This Week in Wizard Activism: Leap Year Imagining!
By Jessica Rozycki
Let’s jump in because I’ve missed you all!
When you show up to Leap Day with a fantastic plan and Leap Day is all:
In order to build local power and keep up momentum for the Granger 2020 campaign, we’re asking fans across the nation to host a Leap Year Imagining Circle on Saturday, February 29th. At your visioning circle you’ll gather with others to imagine the world you want to see (aka one that’s led by empathy and inclusion, and powered by radical love). And in the spirit of imagining the world you want, you can make this event whatever you want. Want to make it a formal event with a booked venue and spreadsheet of RSVPs? Go for it! Want to simply invite some friends to hang out in your living room and brainstorm while listening to your favorite Wrock bands? Awesome! However you host your Leap Year Imagining Circle, you can use this doc as your guide. And remember to share your favorite imaginings with #Granger2020!
We love to see our Chapters fighting the dark arts IRL.
Here are some examples of how our chapters are doing some good:
- The Museum Marauders in San Diego, California collected toys and household supplies for families in need in their area, and they are currently collecting supplies for School in the Park.
- New York Dumbledore’s Army hosted a Magical Roaring ’20s Bash, a fundraiser for the New York Transgender Advocacy Group.
- Dumbledore’s Duluth Army from Minnesota made fleece scarves to hang on a clothesline outside, attached with notes that read, “I’m not lost, if you’re cold and could use me, please take me!”
Interested in joining or starting a local chapter? Check out our chapter map!
Staffer of the Week: Elizabeth Finder!
Elizabeth’s anonymous nominator wrote: Elizabeth is a Campaigns Historian and is helping us track campaigns as they are currently happening! This work is so helpful for us understanding what is working and what isn’t, and allows us to make campaigns even better!
Elizabeth is a Gryffindor with Ravenclaw tendencies living in Los Angeles. When asked which social justice causes she is most passionate about, she shared that climate change feels the most immediate, though the state of our democracy weighs the most heavily. (Hard agree.) Elizabeth also has an amazing story about how she got started as an activist. When she was in grade school, a kid in her class put a countdown on the chalkboard to when George W. Bush would declare war. When Elizabeth took initiative to argue against it, her teacher encouraged a classroom debate, and she ended up being the only one out of all the other students to take the anti-war stance. According to Elizabeth, even though it was hard to stand in front of a class of 30 eighth graders yelling their opposition, it lit a fire she is proud to have. Elizabeth then convinced her parents to take her to an anti-war rally, which I think is the most badass ending to that story. We’re so glad to have that fire on our team.
More fun facts about Elizabeth!
- Who is an activist that inspires you? So many! Right now I’m really appreciative of Heather Cox Richardson. She’s a political historian who tracks every. single. day’s events and puts them into a historical context. I would not be able to stay nearly as informed (something I find increasingly both so vital and so exhausting) without her.
- What is a personal activism goal you’re working on? How to climb out of pretty deep burn out.
- Favorite book of all time? The Little Prince. I read it with my mom as a kid and we constantly go back to the ending as an inspiration to have faith
- Last show you binge watched? The Good Place
- Favorite class you’ve ever taken in school? I’m a Hermione at heart so I genuinely can’t answer this question haha. The list would be too long!
Thanks to Elizabeth for being such a great HPA team member! We’re grateful for all the work you do.
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