CMJ’s Executive Director Malkia Cyril recently wrote two articles for our partner Organizing Upgrade. Organizing Upgrade is a forum for innovative progressive and left organizers to engage in dialogue about big-picture political strategy.
In the below article, Malkia gets into a discussion with sci-fi enthusiast, musician and fellow social justice movement leader Ying-sun Ho about the Hunger Games book series and how the books can help us to re-imagine movement building.
The Ones We Have Been Waiting For: A Review and Discussion of Suzanne Collin’s Hunger Games Trilogy
Imagine a world where the death of children is the sport, vicious economic inequity and competition is the game, and culture is created and manipulated through the daily mechanization of a highly controlled political and media system. In this world, hunger—deep, seemingly insatiable hunger—is etched into the very rhythm of life. This is not simply a physical craving for food or water, but an existential yearning for freedom, self-determined governance, and the kind of love and hope that can outlast even the most powerful enemies and the darkest of days.
No, I’m not talking about life for the 99% in the present day United States, or the rest of the world for that matter.
This is the post-apocalyptic world of The Hunger Games trilogy a young adult book series conceived and written by New York Times best-selling author Suzanne Collins. Read the rest here.