TAKE ACTION w/ #NEVILLEFIGHTSBACK
"The thing is, it helps when people stand up to them, it gives everyone hope. I used to notice that when you did it, Harry.”
- Neville Longbottom
THE FIGHT FOR NET NEUTRALITY CONTINUES!
Advocates for Net Neutrality won an important victory in the United States Senate on May 16, as the Senate voted 52-47 to overturn the Federal Communication Commission’s Restoring Internet Freedom Order. There’s no time to celebrate however, as the issue moves to the United States House of Representatives, where advocates face a much steeper climb.
The US House procedures are a bit trickier and harder for the public to influence directly. That’s why every phone call, letter, and email you send will truly matter! Need more information? Our friends at Free Press have provided a helpful explainer that gives a succinct run-down of our challenge. The bottom line is that every wizard activist is needed to ensure that the internet remains free and open and not run by ISPs and telecom giants like Verizon and Comcast.
Visit Battle for the Net for quick and easy ways to contact your representatives and advocate for a free and open internet. Once you do, be sure to spread the word and share that website with all your social networks. This is an issue that your friends and family should support too, as the outcome will directly impact their ability to use the internet freely, including communicating with awesome heroes like you!
STAND UP TO YOUR FRIENDS
Talking about human rights and social justice isn't always easy, especially with loved ones that don't quite see eye-to-eye with you. Afterall, it takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.
Want to be a real hero? Talk to someone who isn't already a wizard activist about why you care so much about a social justice issue. Neville's Guide to Tough Conversations is here to help you do it.
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Sometimes, it can feel like problems are just too big - like we can't influence policy, or like hatred and bigotry are too powerful. At those times, we remember Neville Longbottom.
When Hogwarts was overtaken by Death Eaters, Harry, Ron and Hermione left Hogwarts to destroy Voldemort's horcruxes. Neville and Luna Lovegood stayed behind - but they didn't stay quiet. They disrupted life at Hogwarts, resisting the "new normal" and speaking out against cruelty and hatred at every opportunity. Neville managed to destroy a horcrux, and his efforts meant that Hogwarts never abandoned the people that called it home.
Neville wasn't quiet when he was afraid - and you don't need to be, either. #NevilleFightsBack is here to serve as an action center for Dumbledore's Army, including resources and new actions that you can take to keep the resistance alive at Hogwarts: volunteer, donate, protest, educate, and contact your lawmakers.
- Work IRL: Join or start a chapter in your community
- Enroll in Wizard Activist School (like all our programs, it's totally free)
- Defense Against the Dark Arts: Politics for Beginners [English] [Português] [More languages to come!]
- Tips for Making Calls & Writing Letters (via Accio Books & the American Library Association's National Library Legislative Day)
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Amnesty International
- Black Youth Project 100
- Define American
- Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund
- Lambda Legal Defense Fund
- League of Women Voters
- Native American Rights Fund
- National Center for Transgender Equality
- The Southern Poverty Law Center
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