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."
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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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In 2013, there were 45.3 million people in poverty.
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About 1 in 5 children under 6 were in poverty in 2013.