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August 21, 2019

This edition covers events between August 21 - September 4, 2019. If you'd like to get The Amp delivered to your inbox, click the "Sign Up" button on the left.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Denounce Proposed “Public Charge” Rule Against Immigrant Families

Last week, the Department of Homeland Security officially published its final “public charge” rule which would punish immigrants who access any public assistance. When it goes into effect on October 15, 2019, the rule will threaten millions of immigrant families. Immediately after the announcement, advocacy organizations across the country filed four lawsuits against the Trump Administration to block the implementation of the rule. Discuss this development by referring to the values of Community and Economic Security.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Wednesday, Aug. 21


At 2 pm EDT (11 am PDT), join the National Immigration Law Center and CLASP for a tweetstorm about the administration’s new “public charge” rule. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security in your tweets.

Thursday, Aug. 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 legislation created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Use this anniversary to talk about the need for safety programs and the values of Economic Security and Community.


Today is also Black Women’s Equal Pay Day, the approximate day that an African-American woman must work into the new year to make what a white non-Hispanic man made at the end of the previous year. Use this news hook to talk about the values of Equality and Economic Security.

Friday, Aug. 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. This year, the day has even more resonance in the U.S. with the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved people from Africa. Cite the values of Voice, Equality and Community when talking about this event.

Saturday, Aug. 24

by Ruben Guadalupe Marquez

Today would have been LGBTQ activist Marsha P. Johnson’s 74th birthday. Johnson was 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.

Sunday, Aug. 25

Gage Skidmore via Flickr CC

TTwo years ago, President Trump granted a pardon to Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his obstruction of justice conviction. By pardoning him, the president sent a message that civil liberties are only for some, and that he is fine with law enforcement flouting the very laws they are meant to uphold. Other sheriffs, like Butler County’s Richard Jones, are continuing to follow Arpaio’s example. When discussing this anniversary, cite the values of Equal Justice and Community.

by Meredith Stern

On this day in 1925, A. Philip Randolph and colleagues launched the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters (BSCP). The union was 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.

Monday, Aug. 26

Harris & Ewing, Washington, D.C.

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.

Wednesday, Aug. 28


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. 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.


During the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech on this day 56 years ago. Use this anniversary to remind your audiences about the importance of reaffirming our values, as exemplified by Dr. King’s speech. Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.

Thursday, Aug. 29


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.

Saturday, Aug. 31

In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Food Stamp Act, which formalized the federal program now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Trump administration is now proposing to implement, through executive action, a second SNAP benefits cut that Congress already rejected. Its new proposed rule would eliminate “Broad-Based Categorical Eligibility” for working families in 40 states. 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.

Starting Sunday, Sept. 1


September is Hunger Action Month when Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks spread the word and take collective action on the hunger crisis. Use this hook to discuss the need to address underlying economic injustice that creates hunger. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.


It’s also National Recovery Month, which raises awareness about mental illness and substance abuse disorders. It also provides the opportunity to talk about harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration, and the need for health insurance and federally-supported programs, many of which are under threat by Congress. Cite the values of Redemption and Community.

Monday, Sept. 2

by Josh MacPhee via Justseeds

Labor Day honors the contributions of American workers and the labor movement (the people who brought you the weekend, the eight-hour work day and improved working conditions). Use this holiday to highlight the importance of worker rights, including the right to organize and join a union. Cite the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Community.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Ricardo Levins Morales

On this day in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Adamson Act, which established an eight-hour workday for railroad workers as well as additional pay for overtime work. The act was the culmination of organizing by railroad workers and the first federal law to regulate the hours of workers in private companies. Discuss this anniversary as evidence of the importance of unions and worker rights. Cite the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Community.

Wednesday, Sept. 4

Today at 2pm EDT, the Coalition on Human Needs will help you prepare for the Census Bureau's release of national poverty and income data later in September and October. Join their webinar What Can We Expect from the New Poverty, Income and Health Insurance Data, And How Can We Find the Info We Need? Panelists will share predictions about the data (i.e. More uninsured after years of better news? More progress in reducing poverty or stubbornly high numbers?) as well as help participants navigate the Census Bureau’s new website and resources. Whether you plan to comment on September 10th or use the data over time, we will give you the tools you need. Register today. Even if you can't attend, sign up to gain access to a captioned recording and slides after the webinar.



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