Friday, October 02, 2020

Join The Harry Potter Alliance to Rewrite the Story of Our Democracy

The stories we love most have the power to change the world. With their passion for the Harry Potter series, The Harry Potter Alliance has dedicated itself with fellow Harry Potter fans to support literacy, the LGBTQ+ community, and make substantial changes within the political realm. Now, the activist organization is calling on fans to rally together to rewrite and reclaim the story of democracy.

It's no secret that the 2020 Presidential election in the United States is one of the most important events in our lifetime. Throughout October, the HPA is teaming up with fans to connect more than 100,000 young voters to make sure their voices are heard.

Fall Into Democracy teams up with the annual Granger Leadership Academy, will hold a two-day virtual training and organizing conference. The event will take place from Saturday October 17th to Sunday October 18th, with a kick-off event the evening of Friday October 16th.

From the official press release:
Attendees will learn how to cut through clickbait and find out what (and who) are really on their ballots, practice talking to their friends and loved ones about voting, and make an oath to cast their votes. The roster of over 20 expert speakers and panelists include Women's March Co-Founder Paola Mendoza, ACLU Voting Rights Attorney Molly McGrath, and activist, Tohono O'odham Nation member, and Co-Founder of Indivisible Tohono Gabriella Cázares-Kelly.

Fall Into Democracy and the Granger Leadership Academy are organized by the Harry Potter Alliance, an activist organization that over fifteen years has united hundreds of thousands of online members and 250 local chapters across six continents and 30 nations. The event follows the organization’s innovative and idea-driven approach to activism, holding as truth that anybody can change the world.

In addition to daily sessions and interactive workshops such as “Somatic Care for Organizers” and “Utilizing Journaling to Practice Self Care,” there will also be a Jack-O-Lantern Fest and virtual wizard rock concert.

While convened by Harry Potter lovers, Fall Into Democracy is an all-ages event targeted to muggles of all interests, with work groups planned for fans like Star Wars, the Marvel Universe, Star Trek, Avatar: The Last Airbender/Legend of Korra, and more.

Fall Into Democracy works on a Pay What You Can registration model. Attendees may select the registration level that best represents their financial situation, ranging from $25 to $75. For those unable to pay for a ticket, full scholarships are offered. Those interested in scholarships are asked to email or send a message to the HPA on Instagram (@TheHPAlliance). There is no scholarship application and no justification is needed.

Registration includes access to all Fall Into Democracy programming, including workshops, panels, actions, and socials and access to an event-exclusive Discord area to chat with other attendees. The first 50 registrations will also receive a free sheet of 4 "I VOTE" stickers.

If you want to be a part of history and learn how to make a difference with your vote, check out the official website here to register.

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