The Hunger Games are REAL. Support HPA’s vital new initiative!

As many of you well know, the Harry Potter Alliance is an extraordinary non-profit initiative founded by Andrew Slack, dedicated to fighting injustice in the world, a la Harry, Ron, and Hermione. They have since jumped aboard the Hunger Games train, hoping Tributes can show the same passion for charity and altruism that Potterheads have done for years. This video should inspire you:

Their message is very clear: The Hunger Games are real, and they are happening all around us. Go to oddsinourfavor.org and wearethedistricts.tumblr.com to get involved as SOON as you can.

The best thing you can do is spread the word around as much as possible. You may think, just because you’re a fan, that you can’t do anything, but you can ALWAYS do something. Spreading awareness is the best place to start. Let’s do this!

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Hunger Games Fans, Charities in New York Times

To quote one of Jeremy Piven’s best lines in the movie Serendipity:

“I happen to write for a little publication. Maybe you’ve heard of it. It’s called the New York Times.”

Yes, we have indeed heard of it, and that’s why we’re excited to show you the piece they’ve done on Hunger Games fan sites and the Imagine Better charity campaign (spawned from the Harry Potter Alliance).

Here’s an excerpt from Courtney E. Martin’s piece:

This week, Suzanne Collins’s “The Hunger Games” hits the big screen. As the latest wildly popular young adult (Y.A.) novel becomes a film franchise, it’s not just box office dollars that will be captured, but potentially nascent citizens.  At least that’s the goal of the social campaign called “Hunger Is Not a Game” which aims to connect fans to the global food justice movement.

“The Hunger Games” devotees have long congregated on sites like Mockingjay.net, Down with the Capitol, and the “Hunger Games” Fireside Chat podcast. Now Oxfam, with its long history focused on famine relief, has joined forces with a small, fan-focused group called Imagine Better to encourage the mostly young people who gather on these sites to sign Oxfam’s GROW pledge. Representatives will also circulate at midnight theatrical release parties on March 23 to ask people to sign, and encouraging them to tweet with the hashtag #notagame, in order to build a sense of global community.

Food prices in recent years have hit record highs, leading to riots worldwide. Oxfam’s pledge calls for simple reforms: create policies that encourage crops for food, not fuel, reform food aid procedures and support small farmers.

It’s worth paying attention to this campaign, not just because “The Hunger Games” film is projected to make $90 million at this weekend’s box office, but because Imagine Better is an example of how social change organizations are looking to tap into the extraordinary market power of Y.A. fiction — now the world’s fastest growing literary genre.

You can read the rest of the article HERE! Go us, and do what you can to help Imagine Better and Oxfam!

Watch Evanna Lynch launch ‘Hunger is Not a Game’ TONIGHT!

What happens when you combine Luna Lovegood, the Harry Potter Alliance, and the Hunger Games community? Something AWESOME!

Hear what Evanna Lynch, the actress who played Luna Lovegood, has to say TONIGHT! at 7 p.m. ET. (That’s midnight in London and Dublin, 4 p.m. in Los Angeles).

I (Adam Spunberg) have been fortunate enough to be a part of this, thanks to some incredible efforts, brilliant innovation and hard work by my Fireside Chat co-host, Savanna New. We both are immensely excited to launch this vital campaign — and chat with Evanna at the same time.

Here’s all the necessary info, courtesy of Savanna at hgfiresidechat.com:

Tonight at 7pm ET/4pm PT, Adam and Savanna will be joining the Harry Potter Alliance to celebrate International Women’s Day AND to launch the Hunger is Not a Game campaign. (Hopefully you all listened to Monday night’s episode, in which the executive director of the HPA, Andrew Slack, joined us to talk about the origins of and plans for HINAG!)

Andrew will host the livestream, and in addition to US, guests will also include Shylah from Down with the Capitol and musician and prominent YouTuber, Lauren Fairweather.

Evanna Lynch, who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films, will be joining us to talk about female characters who have inspired her (you can share your own favorite fictional females here).

According to the HPA, more guests will be announced soon, so keep an eye on this post for further details!

Where to watch: www.livestream.com/imaginebetter
When to watch: 7pm ET/4pm PT

Source: The Harry Potter Alliance