This Heartbreaking Hashtag Reveals Real-Life Hunger Games

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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.
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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.
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The poverty rate for women aged 18 to 64 was 15.3% in 2013.
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Barely half (47%) of Americans think the rich-poor gap is a very big problem.
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31.6% of the population had at least one spell of poverty lasting two or more months from 2009 to 2011.
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Between 1979 and 2007, the average incomes of the 1% increased by 241%.
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The average student loan holder graduated with $28,400 in debt in 2013.
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In 2013, the official poverty rate was 14.5%.
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In 2013, there were 45.3 million people in poverty.
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The 2013 poverty rate was 2.0 percentage points higher than in 2007.
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U.S. income inequality is the highest it’s been since 1928.
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400 Americans have more wealth than half of all Americans combined.
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The poverty rate for girls under age 18 was 20.0% in 2013.
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About 1 in 5 children under 6 were in poverty in 2013.
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Children represented 23.5% of the total population and 32.3% of the people in poverty.
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The poverty rate for families was 11.2% in 2013.
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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.
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