This edition of The Opportunity Agenda's weekly action alert system offers tools and tips for using breaking news to frame and advance economic opportunity and racial justice solutions between April 18-25.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
How to Talk About the Farm Bill Markup
The full Agricultural Committee in the House of Representatives is set to begin marking up the highly partisan Farm Bill, which proposes slashing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or "food stamps"). The bill is the primary legislative push of this Congressional session. Watch the markup process online today. Prepare to activate your networks by citing the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing the legislation.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking about Economic Justice; Center for American Progress' House Republican Farm Bill Proposal Launches a Dangerous Attack on Nutrition Assistance; Talking Points and Rapid Response Digital Toolkit; Food Research and Action Center's SNAP Fact Sheet; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Chairman Conaway’s Farm Bill Would Increase Food Insecurity and Hardship
- Hashtags: #HandsOff #ProtectSNAP #FarmBill
Use Pulitzer and Peabody Winners to Discuss Racial and Economic Justice
Several of the winners of the 2018 Pulitizer Prizes focused on topics ranging from the effects of privatizing Medicaid for Iowans living in poverty and the struggles of Syrian refugees in the U.S., to the consequences of America's criminal justice system on people of color. The Peabody Awards for television and radio also recognized several social justice-themed podcasts, including Ear Hustle, Scene on Radio: Seeing White and Uncivil. Use these worthy works to discuss the values of Voice, Redemption and Economic Security with your networks.
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of April
This week, during Medicaid Awareness Month, advocates are focusing on the concerns of seniors and older adults. Next week (April 23), they will focus on people with disabilities. Use these week to help focus your messages. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking about Economic Justice; Protect Our Care's Fact Sheet and Shareable Graphics; Center for American Progress' Who Receives Medicaid? A State-by-State Breakdown; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Medicaid Briefs: Who is Harmed by Work Requirements?
- Hashtag: #MedicaidMatters #MedicaidAwarenessMonth
Second Chance Month recognizes the dignity and potential of 65 million Americans with criminal records who have repaid their debt to society. The week of April 16 focuses on prison phone rates while the week of April 23 focuses on fair chance hiring. When discussing these issues, lead with the values of Redemption and Mobility.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Foster Successful Reintegration; The Prison Fellowship's model resolutions for state and local officials, petition and social media toolkit; Leadership Conference on Civil Rights' shareable graphics.
- Planned event in St. Paul, MN on April 22
- Hashtags: #phonejustice #FairChanceHiring #SecondChanceMonth #SecondChances and #SecondPrison
Friday, April 20
At 1:00 pm EST, join Moms Rising and partner organizations for a #FoodFri Twitter chat highlighting issues around SNAP and the Farm Bill. For sample tweets and more information, read more here.
Tuesday, April 24
Wednesday, April 25
On this day, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case, Hawaii v. Trump. They will decide whether one of Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0 (which permanently bans nationals from six Muslim-majority countries) violates federal law. Use our messaging and lead with the values of Community and Opportunity when discussing this case.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking About the Travel Ban; No Muslim Ban Ever's messaging toolkit and shareable graphics; Muslim Ban Story's How to share your @MuslimBanStory
Thursday, April 26
On National Immigrant Resilience Day (NIRD), educational institutions and community centers will celebrate undocumented students. United We Dream wants to create practices that will "combat racism and the criminalization of undocumented communities, increase resources, and adopt institutional policies that will protect undocumented students and their families from detention and deportation." Help them achieve this!
- Messaging and communication tools: United We Dream's toolkit; The Opportunity Agenda's Communications to Protect Dreamers and our Nation’s Values
- Hashtags: #HereToStay #EducationNotDeportation
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Use The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's Bare Minimum to explain why we need to raise wages for America’s lowest-paid families. The report makes a case for "raising wages that is grounded in history, economics, and movements across the country, but particularly in the lived experiences of our nation’s lowest-paid working people."
Refer to the The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families' Medicaid fact sheets for information on children's coverage across states and how Medicaid restructuring could affect children.
Keep tabs on which states are imposing work requirements and other changes to Medicaid by checking out the Kaiser Family Foundation's Medicaid Waiver Tracker.