Harry Potter Fans Move UN Security Council to Action

Jul 15, 2008

Posted by Melissa Anelli
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This week we’re proud to report that actions spurred by The HP Alliance have caused the UN Security Council to make its first-ever presidential statement demanding an end to impunity and condemning Sudan’s lack of action in the genocide in Darfur.

According to an official at the UK-based Aegis trust, this real-world action came about in large part because the HP Alliance “made it possible to send almost 10,000 e-mails asking for the Council to speak out … Without your imaginative campaigns over 3/4 of these emails would never have been sent.”

The e-mails (which were signed by Potter fans here) “really made the difference – showing that it wasn’t just NGOs [non-governmental organizations] and members of the elite who care about Darfur – but people from all walks of life disgusted at the impunity for mass murder and eager to see action.”

The HPA says this is only in the beginning; the next step is a switchover pledge, a peaceful show of disapproval for the Chinese government’s practice of supplying money and weapons to the hostile forces in the Sudan. Signees promise to switch their television sets from the Olympic coverage during commercials, over to a broadcast of Mia Farrow reporting from a Darfurian refugee camp.

Congratulations, Potter fans, on achieving real-world action!





26 Responses to Harry Potter Fans Move UN Security Council to Action

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This is wonderful news and the start of better things to come! By the way, Melissa, why aren’t you asleep? Get some sleep, girl! It’s early in the morning…I’m going back to bed!

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This is awesome! We should all remember that our voice counts, whether it is speaking up against atrocities like Darfur, voting, or working to improve our home community.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”

Margaret Meade

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awesomeness. :]

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Fantastic news. Isn’t it wonderful when lots of little voices in the world can make such a very LOUD noise when then all sing from the same hymn sheet at the same time. Well done to all of us for standing up to these people and trying to make the world a kinder place.

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The Olympics are broadcasted on a commercial-free network here in Sweden… So can’t really switch away from any.

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Bravo, Bravo, Bravo!! What a brilliant result. I watched the news last night and the situation out there is so awful.

BTW is the Aegis Trust anything todo with Aegis, the security and risk management company?

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I am extremely extremely impressed. I have loved the wonderful world of the Harry Potter fandom for a long time now, but I would never have believed that they – we – could achieve such a thing in the Muggle world. This is the SECURITY COUNCIL we are speaking about! If there is anything like magic, this is it. I am ashamed that I didn’t take part in the e-mail action, but will follow the activities of the Harry Potter Alliance much more closely from now on. Many congratulations to all who took part in the action and especially to those who organized it.

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That really is awesome! I am happy that the HP community is using the morality of the story and the lessons of love to face the world to change it, to show that people can be inspired by books and fantasy to make the world a better place. I am proud that the community stood up and said no this has got to stop so loudly that the world had to take notice. I just want to say thank you to everyone who took part!

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The weapon we have is love.

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It felt so good to hear this news. I’m a part of something that is actually helping to make a real difference. Al-Bashir is a criminal of the worst kind. The road ahead will be very long and very difficult, but this is a huge step and it feels really good.

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It is very heart warming to realize that novels by JKR have not only served for tremendous enjoyment in our world, but also as inspiration to follow in Harry’s footsteps to make a real difference. Congrats HP Alliance on a job WELL DONE!

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That’s GREAT! The HP Alliance is awesome, Congratulations you guys! The weapon we have is love :D I am really active on the situation in Darfur, and this makes me have hope that things will get better soon!!

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That’s magnificent!* Great job, Potter fans!*

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It feels so awesome to be part of the Potter community, because we are changing the world for the better!

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HP fans causing real-world action! And I have a feeling that this is only the beginning! We should send a bunch of copies of the books to the UN. If only everyone there would read them, the world would be a much better place, would it not?

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I have no words to describe how cool this is…

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God bless Andrew for thinking up this amazing idea! JKR must be so proud

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This symbolic gesture is not going to do anything to spur more world involvment in Darfur. The rhetoric from several countries and the U.N. has been a call for the end of genocide. The genocide has not stopped and unfortunately the only way it can be stopped is through armed combat.

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what’s your point? don’t bother because it’s hopless? how much money did the HPA get potter fans to raise to protect woman over there? should we have just not bothered because it’s not gonna change the situation? took me 2 minutes to sign and send that e-mail. the $30 i sent was hardly something i wouldn’t drop on a dvd on a whim. and if nothing comes of it all, i’d still do it again and anything else i can to raise awarness of the situation rather than bitch.

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You missed my point entirely. The awareness of the situation in Darfur is very high throughout the world. The problem is that no nation is willing to do what is necessary to solve the problem. None of the European nations want to step into Africa to solve the problem. The realize the risk of becoming bogged down in Africa, because a good number of those nations have been bogged down in Africa in the past. Among the nations who are considered global powers, only the United States, Russia, China, and India had avoided establishing colonies or engaging in major warfare down there. Of those four nations none of them will commit troops to resolving the problem in Darfur.

The United States does not have anywhere close to the number of ground troops required to maintain a successful military presence in Darfur.

The Chinese could care less as long as they keep benefitting from the situation in terms of oil and increased political stability in that part of the world. China is more concerned with protecting its borders (borders Russia, N. Korea, and India (slightly)) and what goes on inside its borders.

Russia is not known for great humanitarian actions. There is no reason to expect them to help and it is not in the national interest of Russia to help. Plus their economy would probably collapse again if they intervened.

India is in no shape at all to help. They will not be capable of putting a large army down and properly sustaining their forces for another 20 years.

The United Nations has to rely on other countries for its army. Because of this the U.N. hands are tied by the willingness of other countries to participate. The UN sent in a small peace keeping force before. But told them theat they could not return fire when fired upon.

The situation is not hopeless, it is just extremely difficult to find a solution.

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This is fantastic. It’s one of the first steps to helping people who really need it.

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All I can say is Bravo – HP alliance! I had sent in my $30.00 – a pittance against what I was already spending for the holidays, and I am glad to see it actually helped.

This is just a first step, but a very needed one in this resistance action. Well done, gentlemen and ladies!

Now, keep it going!

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Its things like this that make me proud to be a Harry Potter fan. Kudos to Andrew and the whole alliance team The Weapon we have is love… and the ability to help change :)

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Guys that’s so AWESOME! We really have changed the world! Well done everyone! The weapon we have is LOVE <3 xoxoxoxx

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Oh, WTD, that is such a hopeless response. History has taught us that all types of resistance can stopcrimes against humanity … not just armed ones.

We have to maintain our hope for peace so that people in Darfur (and other oppressed societies) can keep their hope alive.

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this is amazing! but i think we need to get our government and/or other governments to help darfur first and foremost. if we are going to protest china giving weapons to darfur, i think we should first be protesting in the US because the US is an even huger weapons supplier. just my opinion though, i’m not all that versed in politics.

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