Hacking the Hunger Games: Harry Potter Alliance Launches Catching Fire Themed Economic Equality Campaign

Note: Slight Hunger Game’s spoilers in the video above and ahead.

Since its inception The Harry Potter Alliance has launched successful campaigns, told intricate policy stories and done a world of good in a world of Muggles. Now, in time for the release of Catching Fire the group is looking to The Hunger Games to elevate the issue of economic inequality and to galvanize young people on behalf of those most affected. I got a chance to talk to Andrew Slack, Co-founder and Executive Director of the Harry Potter Alliance about the campaign and will share some of his insights.

But first — some background:

The Harry Potter Alliance has built a reputation for being scrappy, creative and full of heart.

The group grounds complex policies and contemporary events in fictional references and beloved narratives and in fact looks to the world of Harry Potter- and the series’ creator J.K Rowling specifically, for guidance on how to change the world.

They quote her on their about page: (more…)

Gucci Baby, For Your Little Bundle of 1%

Oh goodie! The new Gucci Baby collection has arrived at Ron Robinson, a boutique located in the fancy retail souq Fred Segal. Worried that, with an average growth rate of 3/8 of an inch per month and 3 to 5 oz a week after 6 months, little Supine Charger or Nyak Lord Nelson Reilly could outgrow their $250 Gucci denim romper or $240 Gucci jacket? Well, gosh, just think how good you’ll feel when you go buy them a bigger size, knowing that:

Nearly 15 million children in the United States – 21% of all children – live in families with incomes below the federal poverty level – $22,050 a year for a family of four.

 

Matt Damon is Just Like Us: Bummed by Obama


Tonight in a interview with Piers Morgan on CNN to promote is new films The Adjustment Bureau, which I can’t wait see, Matt Damon expressed his disappointment with Obama. While the actor didn’t go so far as to call POTUS

Obummer

that was pretty much Damon’s vibe when he expressed that he is

bummed out

by the way things have gone since the election. In his opinion Obama has

misinterpreted his mandate. He’s doubled down on a lot of things … In his State of the Union [address] he didn’t even say the word ‘poverty.’ You’ve got millions of people languishing in it.

Damon narrated the Academy Award-winning documentary Inside Job about the banking industry. He feels that a financial meltdown is

just going to happen again

because bankster firms

don’t make anything. They don’t build anything.

And the actor, who had strongly supported Obama during his 2008 run for president isn’t too happy about Afghanistan either:

I don’t think the mission there has been very well articulated.

Join the group, Matt.

U2 Tour on Hold: Bono Recuperating from Emergency Back Surgery

U2 frontman and anti-poverty activist Bono has returned home to Dublin after emergency back surgery performed in Munich just days after his 50th birthday. The band’s second phase of the mega-band’s 360 Degrees tour through the US scheduled to begin June 3 in Salt Lake City has been put on hold as he recuperates.

U2.com states that Bono was

admitted to a specialist neuro surgery unit in a Munich hospital, and is under the care of neurosurgeon Prof. Dr. Jorg Tonn and Dr Muller Wohlfahrt.

Over 400 hundred crew members and hundreds of thousands of fans in the US have put their concert plans on hold as Bono recovers.

For decades Bono has worked to alleviate poverty and eradicate HIV/AIDS in Africa. U2′s performance at the first LiveAid concert was a standout, and throughout the 80s the band also performed benefits for Amnesty International and to create jobs in Ireland, as well as recording songs for the very Special Christmas albums benefiting the Special Olympics. Since his father’s death, Bono has helped raise funds for the Irish Hospice Foundation.

Bono cofounded DATA (Debt, AIDS, Trade Africa) an African relief fund; ONE, a grassroots campaign and advocacy organization committed to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease; and (RED), which partners with consumer goods to create jobs and raise funds to provide HIV/AIDS medication in Africa.

On their tours, the band stresses human rights and during their Elevation tour after 9/11 screened a memorial list of names of those killed.  To show thier support for New Orelans, the band played Super Bowl there. They rock, they are great guys and Godspeed to Bono for healing.


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