While many excitedly anticipate the release of tomorrow's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1
, others are pointing out that the fictional dystopia in the books is hardly fiction at all.
Economic inequality, a major theme in the series where the exceedingly rich Capitol rules over everyone else, is unfortunately alive and well in the United States. In fact, income inequality is the highest it's been since 1928
. Today, the Harry Potter Alliance
, an organization determined to "turn fans into heroes," launched a new campaign to battle government corruption, economic inequality and other examples of injustice.
HP Alliance calls for users to "join the resistance
" by sharing their experiences with the hashtag #MyHungerGames. They explain in their blog post
, "Economic inequality manifests itself in our daily lives and yet even alluding to it is frowned upon. Now is the time to shine a light on it...If the gamemakers are going to perpetuate the culture of silence, it’s up to us to raise our voice."
And, as usual, the good people of Twitter responded with some heartbreaking and eye-opening stories.
In addition to tweeting, you can join the resistance by donating to the Harry Potter Alliance here
or to Feeding America
, an organization fighting to end hunger in the United States.