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December 11, 2019

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Speak Out for Migrant Children Rights

This week marks the one-year anniversary of 7-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin’s death while in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody. Just last week, the New York Times revealed that the McKinsey & Company consulting firm had advised another immigration agency, ICE, to reduce costs by cutting medical services to detainees. And then on Friday, ProPublica released video of border officials’ inaction, which led to the death of Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez. With this combined evidence, it becomes more urgent that Homeland Security needs to stop detaining migrant children. Discuss this developments by referring to the values of Community, Family Unity, and Voice.

Denounce Cuts to SNAP

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Last week, the Trump administration went ahead with its new administrative rule to allow reporting requirements for some SNAP recipients, a change that is expected to eliminate benefits for nearly 700,000 adults. Coming right before the holidays, the rule is a mean-spirited and ill-conceived policy to address poverty. Voice your opposition by citing the values of Community and Economic Security. 

Support Progressive Bills in Congress

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The House of Representatives is working on promising legislation to restore voting rights and protect immigrant families. Follow these bills and voice your support.

Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA), H.R. 4. passed Dec. 6, 2019

New Way Forward, introduced Dec. 10, 2019

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Dec. 11 - 18

Below is a list of communication hooks and events for this week that you can use to reach new audiences and inform existing ones. Click on each link for messaging and communication tools as well as hashtags.

Events and Cultural Hooks:

Historical Anniversaries:

For a look further ahead in December, click here.

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