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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking About Imprisoned Children at the Border; Talking About The U.S. Border: Imprisoned Children and Separated Families; The Importance of Maintaining our Identity as a Nation That Welcomes Refugees
and Talking About Unaccompanied Refugee Children Fleeing Harm; Interfaith Immigration Coalition's One Year After Death of Jakelin Caal Maquin, International Mayan League and Faith Leaders Condemn Children’s Deaths, Inhumane Treatment in U.S. Custody; American Civil Liberties Union's Family Separation by the Numbers; Kids In Need of Defense (KIND)'s Family Separation; Families Belong Together's Resources
- Hashtags: #FamiliesBelongTogether; #AbolishICE
Denounce Cuts to SNAP
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking About Poverty & Economic Opportunity Today: Three Core Pillars; Center on Budget and Policy Priority's New SNAP Rule Would Cost Many of Nation’s Poorest Their Food Aid; National Center for Law and Economic Justice's NCLEJ Condemns Trump Administration’s Draconian SNAP “Work Requirement”; The Hamilton Project's New SNAP Rule Change Just Made It Harder to Combat Future Recessions; Food Research and Action Center's SNAP Rule Would Take Food Away From People in Need in Areas With Too Few Jobs
- Hashtags: #HandsOffSNAP; #SNAPMatters
Support Progressive Bills in Congress
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
- Messaging and communication tools: The Leadership Conference on Human and Civil Rights' House Delivers on Restoring the Voting Rights Act; Now Senate Must Act; NAACP's Voting Rights Advances
- Hashtags: #RestoreTheVOTE; #HR4
New Way Forward, introduced Dec. 10, 2019
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Tips for Talking Due Process & Immigration; Immigrant Justice Network's The New Way Forward Act; one pager and digital tool kit; America’s Voice Praises Introduction of Visionary “New Way Forward Act;” National Immigrant Justice Center's Groundbreaking New Way Forward Act Challenges Racial Profiling And Mass Incarceration In U.S. Immigration System
- Hashtag: #NewWayForward
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:
- Deadline to submit a question for next Democratic Presidential debate: Friday, Dec. 13
- Bill of Rights Day: Sunday, Dec. 15
- Webinar - Storytelling for Systemic Change: Wednesday, Dec. 18
- International Migrants Day: Wednesday, Dec. 18
- Birthday of civil rights activist Ella Baker: Dec. 13, 1903
- Safe Drinking Water Act becomes law: Dec. 16, 1974
- Tax Cuts and Jobs Act becomes law: Dec. 17, 2017
- Public Proclamation No. 21 ends Japanese-American internment: Dec. 17, 1944
- Thirteenth Amendment is approved: December 18, 1865
- Supreme Court rules against Fred Korematsu: Dec. 18, 1944
For a look further ahead in December, click here.