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August 1, 2021

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

August 2

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On this day in 1934, writer James Baldwin was born. Baldwin was an outspoken and influential advocate for racial justice. Use this anniversary to discuss the role of artists and culture shifters in challenging white supremacy. Cite the values of Voice and Equality.

August 3

Since 2013, The Ella Baker Center and partners have hosted Night Out for Safety and Liberation as a counter-program to the law-enforcement driven National Night Out, both held on the first Tuesday of August. With in-person, socially distanced events, #NOSL21 invites communities to reimagine what #SafetyIs: dignity, opportunity, and freedom for our communities. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

Today is also Black Women’s Equal Pay Day 2021, the approximate day that an African-American woman must work into the new year to make what a white, non-Hispanic earned at the end of the previous year. Based on ACS Census data, Black women now earn $0.63 for every $1 made by non-Hispanic white men. Use this news hook to talk about the values of Equality and Economic Security.

August 6

The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on this day in 1965. Following the Supreme Court's gutting of the act, state legislatures nationwide have introduced or passed measures severely curtailing the freedom to vote. Use this anniversary to talk about the need to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act and enable everyone to participate in our democracy. Point out the values of Equality and Voice.

 

August 7

On this day in 2019, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted one of the largest workplace raids in United States' history, arresting as many as 680 immigrant workers across seven chicken processing plants in Mississippi. Traumatic family separations leave lasting emotional and physical impacts on children and families, in addition to economic hardship. Use this anniversary to talk about the need for permanent solutions that create Opportunity and Security for both immigrant families and our Communities.

August 9

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On this day in 2014, a Ferguson, Missouri police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an African-American teenager. His death sparked weeks of protest in Ferguson and outrage across the country. Use this anniversary to discuss police brutality and redefining safety in our communities. Cite the values of Voice and Equality.

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The United Nations has designated today as International Day of the World's Indigenous People. Use this hook to amplify the voices and issues facing Native American communities by citing the values of Economic Security, Equality, and Voice.

August 10

On this day in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed the Civil Liberties Act to provide reparations for Japanese-Americans who were interned by the U.S. government during World War II. The act gave each surviving internee about $20,000 in compensation (roughly $43,600 in inflation-adjusted 2020 dollars). Given the marked increase in anti-Asian attacks over the past year, this anniversary reminds us of the continued work to create an inclusive country where everyone feels safe. Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.

August 11

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In 1965, the Watts Rebellion was ignited by the violent arrest of an African-American driver in Los Angeles. Use this anniversary to discuss policing and economic opportunity with your networks. Cite the values of Equality and Economic Security.

 

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On this day in 1973, hip hop was officially born. At a dance party in the Bronx, NY, DJ Kool Herc used two turntables to create a “break beat.” Hip hop became a messaging tool for political activism. Some even credit it for violence prevention since some gang members stopped fighting in order to breakdance. Use this anniversary to talk about art and culture’s role in creating social justice. Cite the values of Voice and Community.

August 12

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On this day in 2017, during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, VA, a counter protester, Heather Heyer, was killed. Use this anniversary to talk about the values that Heather was defending: racial justice as exemplified by the values of Equality and Community.

August 14

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On this day in 1935, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law the Social Security Act. Use this anniversary to discuss policy changes that would undermine the social safety net by reaffirming the values of Economic Security and Community. 

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Today also marks when professional football player Colin Kaepernick first protested racial injustice and police brutality during the national anthem in 2016. Use this news hook to talk about the First Amendment right to challenge injustice and the value of Voice.

August 15

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Susan Simensky Bietila

On this day in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) began to be implemented. Judge Hanen's recent order in Texas v. United States creates more urgency for federal legislators to create a pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, TPS holders, farmworkers, and essential workers through budget reconciliation. Refer to the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security when discussing this news hook.

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Woodstock, one of the biggest rock festivals of all time and a cultural touchstone for the late 1960s, began on this day in 1969. Use this anniversary to talk about art and culture’s role in creating social justice. Cite the values of Voice and Community.

August 20

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On or about August 20, 1619, the first enslaved people from Africa arrived in North America. In recent years, the recounting of the 1619 Project and 400 Years of Inequality, combined with narrative change related to the Movement for Black Lives, has thrust the United States' legacy of slavery and ongoing racial inequality into the spotlight. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Economic Security. 

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On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act into law. This created Head Start and nine other federal programs to combat poverty. Use this hook to discuss the benefits that these programs have had for Americans and how government should invest in "human infrastructure" to ensure everyone has access to a basic standard of living. Reference the values of Economic Security and Community.

August 21

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On this day in 1988, President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring today National Senior Citizens Day. Use this hook to discuss how safety net programs are vital for elderly Americans. Use the values of Economic Security and Community.

 

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In 2018, men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation declared a National Prison Strike in response to the riot at the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum-security prison in South Carolina, where seven people lost their lives. The strikers demanded “humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern-day slavery.” Cite the values of Redemption and Voice when discussing the anniversary of the strike.

August 22

On this day in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, known as Welfare Reform.”  The act created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Today, most states have severely weakened supports for low-income families, with a disproportionate impact on Black and Latino or Hispanic children. Use this anniversary to talk about the need for safety programs and the values of Economic Security and Community.

August 23

Today, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) recognizes the International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. Use this day as another opportunity to demand the United States reckon with its history of racial oppression. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community when talking about this event.

August 24

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by Ruben Guadalupe Marquez

Today is the birthday in 1945 of LGBTQ activist Marsha P. Johnson, a prominent figure in the Stonewall uprising of 1969. She was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front and S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) along with Sylvia Rivera. When discussing Marsha P. Johnson’s birthday, cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

August 25

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On this day in 1925, A. Philip Randolph and colleagues launched the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP). The union was the first labor organization led by African Americans to receive a charter in the American Federation of Labor and played a vital role in U.S. labor and civil rights movements. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice and Economic Security. 

August 26

  

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On this day in 1920, the 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution was formally adopted. While a groundbreaking accomplishment, it only gave white women the right to vote since Jim Crow laws prevented many women of color from exercising this right for decades. Cite the values of Equality and Voice when talking about this anniversary.

August 28

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On this day in 1955, African-American teenager Emmett Till was abducted for allegedly offending a white woman. His brutalized body was found a few days later. This year would have been Till's 80th birthday. And today, vandals continue to tear down and shoot historical markers that were erected to recognize Till’s death. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community when discussing this anniversary.

 

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Also on this day during the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Use this anniversary to remind your audiences about the importance of reaffirming our values and our commitment to winning liberation. Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.

August 29

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On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi. The humanitarian disaster that followed laid bare racial and economic inequities and served as a precursor to recent hurricanes like Harvey and Maria. Use the anniversary to discuss the need for equitable infrastructure spending and emergency assistance. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

August 31

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In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act, which formalized the federal program now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Use this hook to discuss protecting a program that supports the economic security of families and protects the American values of Community and Economic Security. 

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