Charity

The Courage of One… In Liquid Form

Once upon a time, 16-year-old me had typical teen job working concessions at a local arena. It did have its upside because I was technically in attendance at every concert there and also got to watch lots of hockey fights, but ANYWAY…

One very memorable concert we had was headlined by Nelly. Why, you ask? Because Nelly had his own special beverage that we were required to sell at the show.

I remember our supervisor, who was probably 21 and kinda old-ish in my eyes at the time, trying to ignore everyone’s snickering and control his voice as his radioed our manager to ask “So… Catherine… how much are we charging for the… Pimp Juice?”

Obviously, courage is found in your local organics market!

Obviously, courage is found in your local organics market!

This is how I imagine Whole Foods workers feel about the Mockingjay themed Courage of One juice.

Sure, it’s way less ludicrous than Pimp Juice (which seemingly received its own parody in Tropic Thunder with the fictional “Booty Sweat” energy drink), but it’s still odd. Not just because it’s called “Courage of One” juice, though we refute that whole tagline for pretty obvious reasons, but because it’s a juice based off of Mockingjay. And there’s nooooo good names for a Mockingjay juice. Because Mockingjay doeesn’t ave anything to do with juice and it’s kinda silly! It’s okay to giggle at it. REALLY!

Yes, selling that title IS indeed a challenge!

Yes, selling that title IS indeed a challenge!

But if food is the way they’re sponsoring these films, we’re going to take Whole Foods over Doritos and the various candy companies involved. First, because using something delicious yet extremely unhealthy and fattening to advertise a film in which a major issue is starvation just seems twisted and cruel. Second, because Whole Foods is the ONLY sponsor this time around who has any intentions to use their partnership with Mockingjay to fight back against poverty.

Whole Foods is home to the Whole Planet Foundation. Every time you buy a ridiculously named juice, a dollar of your money goes to this foundation, which provides loans to low-income entrepeneurs both in the US and abroad to start their own businesses and better their local economy.

Too embarrassed to go into a Whole Foods, grab a Courage of One juice, and try to look into the cashier’s eyes and feel their judgement as you pay? We are too. Thankfully, you can also go to the Whole Planet Foundation’s Courage of One page. There, you can make a donation, design a t-shirt, upload photos, watch videos, write essays, etc– and oh, be entered for a chance to win Mockingjay premiere tickets for every one of these! It’s a symbiotic relationship, y’all!

Is it a perfect campaign? The COURAGE OF ONE JUICE campaign? I just… *gigglesnort* Probably not? But are you really getting more satisfaction out of scanning labels for a few graphics and 5-second videos?

Though This Juice Could Be Made From Wheatgrass Or Something Equally Awful…
The Girl With The Pearl

Our Leader The Mockingjay Gets Charitable

Around mid-to-late July every year, we silently weep to ourselves because we’ve never been to Comic-Con and as such, we’ve never received an awesome limited edition Hunger Games Comic-Con poster like this year’s “Our Leader The Mockingjay”.

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Proof o’ signature

But it turns out that there is some good to come out of all that exclusivity: A little bit of charity that will go a long way.

Lionsgate, as it has since the first film, is auctioning off five of those exclusive posters signed by Natalie Dormer, Evan Ross, Elden Henson, Mahershala Ali, and Wes Chatham benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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Iiiiiiitty bitty signing space!

First thing we noticed? As awesome as the artwork is, it apparently makes the poster REALLY difficult to sign! The design is so busy that everyone’s signature is crammed into the margins.

Still, this whole thing is awesome. When things aren’t exclusive just for the sake of exclusivity, it feels good to know that fans can get their hands on it to support a cause, to get what you want be more than a rabid fan collecting things. Yes, bid starts at $100 and that gives fans with money a distinct advantage, but it least other Hunger Games related charitable projects in the past have used Prizeo in the past, which is raffle based.

Yeah, we’re selfish by nature and want ALL THE THINGS. But not getting them all is helping aid the lives a young people with a frightening disease, in this case, so can we really complain? Sometimes, keeping things rare and valuable is actually a good thing!

Now Somebody Get Us Money To Bid!
The Girl With The Pearl

Books For Tributes: A Literacy Revolution

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Three years ago, I started a blog to talk about this amazing book I read. You might have heard of it- it was called The Hunger Games. It wasn’t anything extraordinary, just me talking about my thoughts on things like video games and Finnick and Annie… until I wrote a post about the personal impact reading the series had on me, not only as a reader, but as a citizen of the world:

“It would be an understatement to say that I was a wreck. I like happy endings. I can deal with loss, and death, and sadness, as long as at the end good triumphs over evil. To me, no one won at the end of Mockingjay.

It felt so sad, so hopeless in those hours after I finished the book. I couldn’t let it end like that. I needed to give myself a happy ending.

The Hunger Games series is a book about many things, but for me the realistic depiction of how poverty and oppression go hand in hand was at the heart of the books. The districts were easily manipulated by the Capitol not only by a deprivation of resources, but also (and more importantly) by a deprivation of information. It is not until the Districts gain the ability to learn and communicate with one another that the Rebellion is born.

Education powers revolutions.”

I put my words into action and went to donorschoose.org. There I found a project from a teacher in New York City:

“My Students: My Latino and African-American students attend a high poverty school in New York City.

They are 13 going on 14, have a nose for injustice, and love to argue. I need The Hunger Games to give their voices a focus. After I discussed the book on the first day of school, they were hooked. They would love a chance to investigate a current social issue and try to solve it. As we will read this novel later in the year, they will also have a chance to apply their Social Studies lessons.

My Project: The Hunger Games is a dystopian novel full of social issues that the students will identify and define. For each issue, they will need to explain how external events shaped it, how it shapes a character’s choices and relationships with others, and how it inspires characters to act and change their social environments. At the end, they will choose a social issue we face (problem) and think of ways to change it (solution). The unit not only allows them to examine how literature reflects society, it helps them see the complexities of real social issues. By discussing the issues and thinking of creative solutions, they are laying the groundwork for a better future.

Unfortunately, my school does not have the money to purchase 35 books. Reading is fundamental to a good education. Please help me provide my students with the resources necessary to foster my students’ minds!”

I donated and then spammed my family and friends through social media until the project was fully funded. The teacher was thrilled, the students had access to books they were genuinely excited about reading, and I had that warm fuzzy feeling that only comes with helping someone else out… and I wanted more.

Through the support and help from Savanna and Adam of the Fireside Chat and DownWithTheCapitol, we started a small movement to fund more teachers looking to use the series in their classrooms. This was back in the early days of the fandom- the Fireside Chat was about a month old and DWTC less than a year with only a handful of other sites out there; but our small band of rebels was still able to help two classrooms get the books they needed.

Fast forward to now: the Hunger Games is a global phenomenon: there are dozens (if not hundreds of fan sites); the Fireside Chat logged 130 episodes, and there are almost 20,000,000 fans on The Hunger Games’ official Facebook page. I’d say it’s time to try this literacy revolution over again.

Let’s get Books For Tributes.

My goal is to fund teachers across the country looking to put The Hunger Games in their classrooms and libraries using donorschoose.org.

As of today, I have 45 projects queued up on this donorschoose campaign page, and every. single. one. of them is looking to place our favorite book series into the hands of kids across the US.

So, let’s do it.

Let’s stand with the Mockingjay and start a Literacy Revolution. Our goal is simple. As Hunger Games fans who believe in equity and empowerment, we will work to fund as many as possible of the requests for Hunger Games books posted on donorschoose.org.

We’ll take it one class at a time—just as Katniss and the Rebels worked District by District to overthrow the Capitol. Give as much or as little as you like, as often as you wish. When we fully fund a project, I’ll let you know on the Books For Tributes twitter and Facebook pages.

When you donate please place the following somewhere in your personal message:

“I gave to this project because I’m with the Mockingjay, and support a literacy revolution in American classrooms. #books4tributes”

When you tweet about donating please use #books4tributes

Let’s set a goal to fund these 45 projects before Mockingjay hits theaters this fall, so that when we see Katniss on screen, fighting the Capitol, we can know that we’ve done our part to fuel our own revolution in Panem.

Fire is catching, and we are the spark. And if we put our hearts and minds behind this effort, the Capitol doesn’t stand a chance.

*three finger salute*
Shylah

Ready to #IgniteTheFight

So many bright, shiny, sexy things are going on in this fandom right now. Jen, Josh, and Liam have done about 10,000 interviews in the past week. Sam and Jena are getting fans all excitable in new ways. And the other victors have been so full of win! Fans are already camping out for the world premiere in London (shout out to Joan!) and that glitz and glam is right in the horizon. We’re not talking about that tonight, so bear with us and remember that The Hunger Games fandom is not inherently flashy. It’s supposed to make you think.

There are some Catching Fire advertising partnerships that you have to take a moment to laugh at, like the Net-A-Porter clothing line and Subway’s “Fiery Footlongs” et circuses. Sriracha isn’t even fiery, Subway! Get your hands on some Ghost Chili Salsa and we’ll talk! Also, what does eating mildly spiced subs/grinders/hoagies/heros/whatever the hell else you call them have to do with standing up for my beliefs, exactly?

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BUT ANYWAY, there are other partnerships that are kind of important! They actually mean something other than getting stuff. Namely the #IgniteTheFight campaign partnerships with Feeding America and The World Food Programme. In case you’ve been living under a rock, these two great organizations are out to end hunger, in both the US and other countries in need.

Over on The Official Hunger Games website, #IgniteTheFight is dishing up some pretty devastating facts about the realities of hunger (some of which we’ve added to this post), complete with comprehensive United States and Worldwide maps charting food insecurity and what we can do to help.

This was a big part of the Victory Tour, but it’s downright silly to think you can only donate if you had perishable items handy at one of five localized mall tour stops.

It’s easy to say “In the totally non-existent dystopian future of Panem, hunger is an issue.” It’s not so easy to admit that it’s also an issue right this very second, right under our noses. We’re all vaguely aware that there are major issues like hunger that exist out there, but being aware and acknowledging the issue are different things. Especially when you have never been in that particular situation. And there’s nothing wrong with that! We’re not claiming to donate all our time and money advocating world peace, because we got bills to pay and all that jazz.

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But when an opportunity like #IgniteTheFight is presented directly to you, it’s a special opportunity to prove yourself. Here’s your chance to show that you actually understand that the books are about recognizing the troubles of the less fortunate and helping those in need. We know this fandom enough to know that it’s NOT full of mindless drones that only wear Capitol Couture makeup and eat Fiery Footlongs. We’re not saying you’re a bad person if you’ve indulged in any of that, of course! We have too! We just know that’s not specifically why you’re part of this fandom.

If you’re a little skeptical of charities, you can do your research on both charities and choose the one that seems most reputable. Or choose whichever charity tugs at your heartstrings more. Hell, choose both! A couple dollars, LITERALLY a couple dollars, makes a huge difference.

And yes, if you enter your email address, you’ll be entered to win some pretty sweet prizes, too!

Turns Out I’ve Got Nothing Witty to Say About the Worldwide Hunger Epidemic,
The Girl With The Pearl

Let’s Play ‘That Type of Character’!

It’s a new game! We just made it up! …Not really.

Today, Glamour released some new stills of Sam Claflin and Jena Malone rocking a vintage photoshoot via Just Jared. Besides the obvious fact that they both look fabulous, it also got us thinking about why they’re good for their characters– Jena looks jaded and even a bit intimidating ala Johanna in one shot. And Sam on the ground looking cheeky with that camera? Hellooooo Finnick!

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But besides that, it made me think a new thought:
“Damn, for some reason, I really want to see Sam Claflin in a movie set in the 60s.”

Some actors just have that look, or that vibe, and you feel like they’d be perfect in a certain film setting. Sam’s got the 60s vibe for me. And the other Hunger Games actors, they’ve got their vibes too! There’s something about them that makes us want to see them play certain types of characters. Let’s discuss, shall we?

Jena Malone: Manic Pixie Girl – Jena is so genuine and bubbly, which makes us think she’d be the actress to play what’s traditionally referred to as a “Manic Pixie Girl” role: A character that’s well-loved and seemingly perfect to the narrator, but has a dark side that slowly unravels throughout the story. Some people consider it a trope, but this type of girl is something to admire when presented by a talented film team.

Bruno Gunn: Cynical War Leader – At first, we were thinking full-on evil overlord, which would also be a splendid choice, but we can see this guy shining in a role that’s a little less Brutus. Instead, we picture him stretching out his chops in a role where he plays a jaded military figure, the one who has done this for too long and seen too much, working with the young and unaware. There’s more versatility there.

Alan Ritchson: Nice Guy Serial Killer – We know! WE KNOW! We’re not saying Alan looks like a serial killer, far from it! But that’s actually what would make him great for the role of a Ted Bundy-esque character who disarms everyone with his charms before things get terrifying. We’d fall for it!

Willow Shields: Youngster Changing the World – Willow seems like she’d be really apt for one of those inspirational films in which a young teen who’s been through too much sets out to make a difference. She’s full of likable sweetness, but there’s grit under that. Maybe it’s because Prim’s grown some cojones in the Catching Fire trailers?

Meta Golding: The Savvy Politician – It may be the international upbringing or the degree in International Relations from an Ivy Leaque university, but Meta Golding has a certain worldliness to her that makes us think she’d play a great politician. Perhaps an ambiguous one or they young blood going up against old school corruption, as those are the best kinds!

There’s a few exmaples! Of course, we’re not saying these are the only roles said actors should take on. Just ones we hope they get the chance to take on, because we would thoroughly enjoy that!

What types of roles would you like to see Hunger Games actors in?

Don’t You Love When Posts End in an Open-Ended Question?!
The Girl With The Pearl

A PS PSA!

We’ve recently talked about our distaste for people selling signed Catching Fire posters and the like on eBay, but there is one HUGE EXCEPTION!

Lionsgate and the Catching Fire cast have been kind enough to provide 5 signed Catching Fire posters and five SDCC exclusive Mockingjay pins to be auctioned off to benefit the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. The winners will receive a letter of authenticity from Lionsgate and 100% of the winning bids go to charity.

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Hunger is NOT a Game. We Ain’t Playin’!

You know that we LOVE to bring the funny. It’s our favorite! But every now and then, there’s something totally UNfunny that deserves the attention of fans even more than our goofy ramblings. Today, we’re heading into that territory.

Because as much as we like to joke, we are NOT going to joke about starving children in Africa. Seriously.. anyone who jokes about that is just asking for a cosmic bitchslap.

You know how when you read The Hunger Games you think “Oh man.. a corrupt society that allows its citizens to live in squalid conditions and starve to death. That’s really effin’ disturbing!” Well, that’s happening RIGHT NOW.

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Click here to watch the Hunger is Not A Game video!

East Africa is a long ways away from most of us, so it’s easy to forget about the constant struggles happening there. But when a crisis like this is brought to our attention and we ignore it, we’re just as bad as the Panem government that we find so off-putting.

You know those completely mindless Capitol citizens who have the world practically handed to them? The ones that completely ignore the struggling districts rather than face the truth of the world around them? WE’RE THEM. Think about it. Even struggling Americans are a thousand times better off than people struggling in third world nations. No matter how dire our situation, there will always be places we can turn to. These people don’t have that, yet most of us barely register their existence, let alone help them.

Having realized this, we were pretty psyched to see the new charity initiative started by Shylah, an awesome member of The Hunger Games fandom who you may know from Down With The Capitol– Hungerisnotagame.org

The goal is to raise $1,000 for the International Rescue Committee, which will provide food, water, supplies, and security to families affected by famine and drought. It’s a modest goal, but it will make a HUGE difference in the lives of these individuals. These donations have the power to save struggling people from death.

It’s not like anyone is expecting $1,000 to come from one person. What Shylah’s looking for is $10 from 100 people. Another totally reasonable request.

And before you start listing off the reasons why you can’t donate, let’s cut those shenanigans off early

“I don’t have the money!”YES YOU DO. I am a person of very few dollars and I found the money to donate. If you collect all the spare change from in between your couch cushions or do a thorough check of your old winter coats, you can probably scrounge up $10. Got a job, especially one with tips? You’ve got $10. If you don’t, borrow it from someone! If someone can give you $10 to see a movie, they can give you $10 to help save a life. Oh.. and if you can pay for the Internet, you can spare the cash.

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Here to MAKE SURE you play like a champion..

“I don’t have a credit card!”– Talk to your parents. Talk to your friends. Someone has got to be willing to trade $10 cash for a $10 charitable donation to be charged to their card. It’s not like you’re shopping for knickknacks on eBay. If not, you can buy a Visa gift card or a prepaid debit card and try paying your donation with that. You don’t have to have a card, but there’s plenty of ways to donate around that without much fuss.

“I think all charities are a conspiracy theory and the money really goes to corporate fat cats.”– Oh, get over yourself!

Have we donated? Of course! We’re not playing the hypocrite card here. Rule #76: No excuses, play like a champion!

Avoiding bad karma since 1987,
The Girl With The Pearl