This Week in Wizard Activism: Memories from Camp GLA
By Jessica Rozycki
Hello and happy Friday!!!
This weekend, the Camp GLA vibes were impeccable.
As you may know (I truly hope you do), the HPA hosted our first ever virtual Camp GLA! The weekend was full of inspirational conversations, passionate activism, and of course, so much learning and growth. So much love for the team who made this marvelous event possible, but we can truly never have enough positivity to share. They really deserve it all. AND, that includes all of the folks who joined us. Whether spending time at the lake in the morning, in outer space at night, or in the SNAC completing over 650 (!!!!!!) actions in support of Amnesty International’s #FreetheFamilies campaign, Camp GLA was all kinds of magic. Thanks for being a part of it!
️️PS. STELLA HAS HER OWN SHIRT. Because it’s what she deserves. Buy one here.
Staffer of the Week: Pasqua Ruggiero
Pasqua was nominated by her team lead, Devra! Devra shared: “Pasqua is such a lovely, enthusiastic person. I’m so glad to have her on the Analytics Team.”
Pasqua is a Hufflepuff from Schaumburg, Illinois who does analytics for the HPA’s Facebook page. Pasqua has been participating in wizard activism for years, from advocating for mental health awareness and organizing fundraisers for various nonprofits such as UNICEF and Planned Parenthood, to protesting on her college campus to bring awareness to the lack of mental health resource funding. She even took a Harry Potter English class that focused on social justice themes in the series — which sounds like a class every member of the HPA would enjoy. She finds inspiration from her friend Amara, her successor in the Magical Illini (her college’s HPA chapter!) and the one who got Pasqua more involved in the HPA.
With her role as a wizard activist, Pasqua shared that one of her goals is to be more conscious of racial and LGBTQ+ social imbalance. “I think I’ve been too comfortable and complacent as a straight cis-white women for too long, and I want to learn more about the struggles that less privileged groups face and use my privilege and identity to help empower them instead.” We couldn’t think of a better place for you to do just that. Thank you, Pasqua, for all the work you’ve been doing for the DMCC! We’re so glad you joined the squad.
As we can see from the Snaps Jar this week, we love to highlight great work in the HPA.
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