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September Book Reveal!

Posted by [email protected] on August 12, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

I, Robot- Isaac Asimov.  

Join us on Wednesday, September 9th at 7 PM in the Off the Leaf lounge to discuss it!

Accio Books Update

Posted by [email protected] on June 3, 2015 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh my goodness, you guys!  Want to know what the final count for Accio Books 2015 was?? 254 books!

That's 254!

You helped us DEMOLISH the larger HPA organization's goal for the chapters, which was 175 books.  And this is only our first year participating in Accio Books!  

We owe it all to Sue Powell and her amazing group at Barjon's Books.  They were so helpful, hospitable, and gracious about helping out our little organization and, in turn, our Billings community.  We're so grateful for their help and we're excited to let her know soon what the final destination was for each of our 254 books, and we'll add to this post to let you know, too!  In the meantime, here's a picture of all the books!  Thanks again to Barjon's Books for hosting our donation box and to everyone who donated!  You guys rock!  

June Book Announced!

Posted by [email protected] on May 13, 2015 at 8:00 PM Comments comments (0)

For June, to celebrate the release of Jurrasic World (the movie), we will be reading Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton!

Our tie-in campaign will center around environmental awareness and challenges science faces in congress (a mirror of the role corruption from money plays in the catastrophe experienced by those involved in Jurassic Park).  We'll have a drop-off location for your e-waste, education and FACTS, legislative initiatives and engagement opportunities, as well as an upcycled craft sale to benefit our chapter and an environmental charity of our choosing (but only one that has four stars on Charity navigator, of course!)

We hope to see you at our craft sale at Billings Biggest Garage Sale on Saturday, June 20th from 7 AM to 3 PM.  Come find us and stay tuned for other details!

Accio Books!

Posted by [email protected] on April 7, 2015 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

After our April 1st meeting with our box decorating, we finally found a home for a drop box for Accio Books donations.  What is Accio Books, you ask?  It's an annual book drive to raise books for both the chapter's community as well as a national/international partner, chosen by the larger HPA organization.  This year, our chapter will be raising books for both local libraries as well as Operation Breakthrough, in Kansas City, Missouri, who provides education and learning materials to less fortunate children.  The HPA has set a goal of 175 books for each chapter, so hopefully you'll help us!  Until June 2nd, we will be collecting books as part of the campaign, and our dropbox can be found at Barjon's Books (223 N 29th St).  Any new or used books are welcome, and we appreciate the donations.  A big thank-you goes from our chapter to Sue Powell, the owner at Barjon's, who is happily housing our box at her store.  So stop by if you have anything to donate, and thank you from us and all the people you'll be helping!

Here's what the larger HPA has to say about the campaign, including more about Operation Breakthrough, our partner this year.


Posted by [email protected] on November 17, 2014 at 6:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In honour of the release of Mockingjay part one (Hunger Games movie/book #3), the Harry Potter Alliance is calling on members of the community to share the story of their experiences with economic inequality. In order to add the voices of our Billings community to this discussion, we welcome people to participate in this event. We've created an easy-to-fill-out form that will help your voice be heard, as well as telling you other ways in which you can add to the conversation, if you so desire. We'd really like to hear from you so we can learn how to make the odds in everyone's favour.

Here's the URL to the form to fill out and for sharing with your friends: https://hpabillings.wufoo.com/forms/my-hunger-games/

Odds in Our Favour

Posted by [email protected] on July 15, 2014 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

For those who are familiar with the Hunger Games trilogy, this current Harry Potter Alliance campaign might seem not only applicable, but necessary.  Based on this study, many people are starting to believe that the characterization of "the capitol" and "the districts" is less than fictional.  When one looks at the current state of our democracy, few can refrain from adding about the need for reform and ridding of corruption.  And tha'ts where the HPA and oddinourfavor.org step in.  Together with these groups, we can add our voices (or more importantly, our silent gesture) to express that, as a country (and as "the districts"), we will not sit idly by while the Capitol forces the majority into poverty and a state of social injustice.

HPA Billings (M.A.N.D.R.A.K.E.) members are not the only ones who can participate- anyone can post a three-finger salute, based on Suzanne Collins's novel, on the website as a sign of solidarity.  You can also sign up for news updates from both oddsinourfavor.org and the HPA.

The official definition of the campaign:



Economic inequality knows no boundaries — it is pervasive and persistent, and it affects every city, region, and country across the world. The gap between the wealthy and the poor grows wider every day, while the middle class shrinks and more people find themselves short of what they need to get by.


Who controls the narrative? The rich and powerful tell us that if we put our heads down and work hard, we can overcome the odds and join the ranks of the victors — the wealthy and privileged few. However, it’s increasingly clear that the game is rigged, and that we have an important role to play: At best, we are the loyal consumers. At worst, we are the ones who slip through the cracks.


And that’s why we’re taking back the narrative. The Hunger Games explores numerous themes that are relevant to the imbalances that exist in our world. In Catching Fire, Katniss Everdeen solidifies her role as a symbol for change and sets the resistance in motion. Thus, the release of the Catching Fire film represents a perfect opportunity to establish a dialogue about our own problems and set the wheels in motion for positive change. Instead, Catching Fire is being used as an opportunity to sell makeup and fast-food sandwiches.


And we have a very simple response to that: Not on our watch.


odds in our favorThis time we’re taking the resistance straight to the Capitol. Using their own marketing website as our platform, we’re assembling an army Katniss Everdeens and flooding every Capitol advertisement with three-fingered salutes, information about economic inequality, and links to resources where followers of the Capitol can learn more about the people of the real-world districts and the worthy goals they’re trying to achieve.


Want to get involved? Join the resistance at OddsInOurFavor.org. You’ll be added to our action network and you’ll receive regular calls to action over the next few weeks. Additionally, you’ll be able to join our in-theater action around the release of the Catching Fire film, and you’ll be part of a dynamic movement that grows out of these initial actions.


we are the districts

You can also participate in our related We Are The Districts project. Run by our Chapters Staff, this blog is an ongoing documentation of real people taking a stand against economic inequality. Although it features campaigns and events organized by HPA chapters, We Are The Districts is open to blog submissions from all HPA members and the general public."

(from http://thehpalliance.org/action/campaigns/odds-in-our-favor/)