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February 1, 2020

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Month of February

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Black History/Future Month provides the opportunity to tell an affirmative story about racial justice in the United States. Cite the values of Voice and Community.

Saturday, Feb. 1

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On this day in 1960, four civil rights protesters started the first lunch counter sit-in in Greensboro, NC. Use this anniversary to talk about the importance of civic action and standing up for racial justice. Cite the values of Voice and Community.

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It’s also the annual World Hijab Day to “foster religious tolerance and understanding of the millions of Muslim women who choose to wear the hijab.” Use this hook to discuss how the Muslim Ban is an affront to the American values of Religious Tolerance, Community, and Equality.

Sunday, Feb. 2

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Today is the Super Bowl. Besides the face-off between the 49ers and the Chiefs, the game attracts the nation’s attention with its influential commercials, half time show and political activism. There are also concerns this year about the portrayal of indigenous and Native Americans among Chiefs fans.  Use this event to raise your advocacy issues with audiences online. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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On this day in 1848, the United States and Mexico signed the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo that ended the Mexican–American War and established the border between the two countries. Connect this treaty to today's discussion about the border wall and its impact on border communities. Cite the values of Community and Voice.

Monday, Feb. 3

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Today in the Iowa Caucuses, delegates will select their favorite nominees for the Democratic candidate to run for the President of the United States. It’s also when voters discuss the issues they care about. Use Iowa Caucuses as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity and criminal justice. Cites the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

Tuesday, Feb. 4

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Today is Transit Equity Day to "make public transit accessible and affordable to all, create good jobs by expanding our public transit systems, and protect our health and climate by using renewable energy to power our buses and trains." Organizers chose Feb. 4 because it is Rosa Parks' birthday and they want to honor her act of resistance on a city bus that helped catalyze the civil rights movement. 

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At 7:30pm EST, join MPower Change and other advocates for a webinar on The Muslim Ban: Expanded. The Muslim Ban has been in effect for 3 years, and Trump has just added 6 more countries to the list. Join Avideh Moussavian, Max Wolson, Ramla Sahid, and Linda Sarsour for a conversation on more information about what's going on with the Muslim Ban, and for next steps and what you can do. Join via Facebook here

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At 9pm ET/ 6pm PT, President Trump will address Congress and the nation in his State of the Union. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing Trump’s actions on immigration and anti-poverty programs.

Wednesday, Feb. 5

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At 12pm EST, The Center for American Progress and MomsRising, with the support and contributions of many groups, are organizing a #ProtectKids tweetstorm. This week, the Oversight Committee will be conducting an in-depth, two-day series of hearings to assess the detrimental impact of the Trump administrative regulatory actions around SNAP (cat-el), fair housing, the poverty line, and mercury standards (MATS). Join the online conversation and cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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On this day in 1993, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) that requires most employers to provide job-protected and unpaid leave for qualified medical and family reasons to their employees. The law was an important step for worker rights but today advocates are pushing for paid family and medical leave for all workers. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this anniversary.

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Today would have been Trayvon Martin’s 25th birthday. His death in 2012 and the acquittal of his killer in 2013 launched the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Discuss Trayvon citing the values of Community and Equality.

Friday, Feb. 7

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Today at 1pm EST/10am PST, join Moms Rising's #FoodFri on Twitter for an important and much-needed conversation on how we can protect our kids’ health and well-being against the Trump Administration’s proposed policies that will have detrimental effects on food access, housing, the environment and more. In the chat, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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Today at noon EST, the National Immigration Law Center, SEIU and the Immigration Hub invite you to a webinar on our recent poll conducted by the Global Strategy Group that centers on immigration and the economy, and surveys general election voters in battleground.  The poll looked at messages to counter economic arguments against immigrants and respond to worksite raids, among other related questions. The findings are helpful to rebute Republican arguments coming in 2020. Check out the Webinar RecordingImmigration and the Economy DeckShort Memo and Hub 2018 Case Studies.

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Tonight at 8pm EST is the 8th Democratic debate. Use it as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity, and criminal justice. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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On this day, only seven years ago, Mississippi officially certified the 13th Amendment, becoming the last state to approve the abolition of slavery and involuntary servitude. The amendment makes punishment for a crime as the only exception, which today is often discussed in the criminal justice reform debate (i.e. see Ava Devernay’s documentary, “13th”). Use this anniversary to talk about the continued need for racial justice in the U.S., especially in our criminal justice system. Cite the values of Redemption and Community.

Saturday, Feb. 8

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On this day in 1887, U.S. President Grover Cleveland signed the Dawes Act into law, imposing private land ownership on American Indians. This was intended to break up tribes as communal units and threaten tribal sovereignty. Use this anniversary to advocate for racial and economic justice for Native Americans. Cite the values of Voice and Economic Opportunity.

Sunday, Feb. 9

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At 8pm EST, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences begins its ceremony to give Oscars for 2019 films. Use these films to discuss a range of values from Community and Voice to Equality.

Monday, Feb. 10

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Today, President Trump will release his 2021 budget, even though he recently told a crowed of his donors: “Who the hell cares about the budget?Advocates are anticipating proposals to make very big cuts to human needs programs which Congress has rejected these in the past. Coalition on Human Needs (CHN) and partners assert that his plans matter, because" the Trump Administration has aggressively sought to carry them out through administrative rule-making and moving or refusing to spend money despite Congressional intent."

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Today is the deadline to support Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children's (FFLIC) 4th annual “Stand in Love” campaign for Valentine's Day. FFLIC is asking for help in creating valentine’s cards with a simple message like "We are thinking of you” for youth in Louisiana prisons. Gina wants to top last year’s 1,000 cards. Send cards to FFLIC, 1307 Oretha C. Haley Blvd #304, New Orleans, LA 70113. You can also make a video of support on social media using the hashtags: #standinlove2020#letkidsbekids#lovebeyondbars

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Each year, the president of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) presents the State of Indian Nations around the time that coincides with the U.S. president's State of the Union. NCAI President Jefferson Keel will “outline the goals of tribal leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and priorities to advance the nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.” A member of Congress is invited each year to deliver a congressional response.

Tuesday, Feb. 11

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Today in the New Hampshire Primary, voters will select their nominee for the Democratic candidate to run for the President of the United States. It’s also when voters discuss the issues they care about. Use the primary as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity and criminal justice. Cites the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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On this day in 1978, Native American activists launched The Longest Walk, a 3,200-mile spiritual walk across the country to support tribal sovereignty and challenge anti-Indian legislation that limited water rights. When discussing this anniversary, cite the values of Voice and Economic Opportunity.

Wednesday, Feb. 12

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Today at 1pm PST/4pm EST, RAICES is hosting a webinar about the Migrant Justice Platformhow you can change the conversation about immigration and help push for the most progressive and radical change to immigration policy. Just like advocates did in Iowa with the #DontLookAway campaign, they want to continue to organize around this platform from now until November. But they need you. Register here to participate

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On this day in 1968, African American sanitation workers went on strike in Memphis, Tennessee for better pay and safer working conditions. The strikers would create the iconic image with their “I am a man,” posters. During the strike, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. traveled to Memphis, where he was assassinated. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Economic Security, and Equality.

Thursday, Feb. 13

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Today at 2pm EST, the Coalition on Human Needs is leading a webinar explaining the president’s budget (and why it matters). If this year’s proposal one is similar to past ones, there will be very big cuts proposed for human needs programs.  Congress has rejected these in the past.  But his plans matter, because the Trump administration has aggressively sought to carry them out through administrative rule-making and moving or refusing to spend money despite Congressional intent. In this webinar, you’ll hear from experts about what the Trump budget would do and how it would affect people across America now and into the future. Register here.

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Also at 2pm EST, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, AAPI Data, APIA Vote and Asian American Journalists Association will be participating in the AAPI Decision 2020 Twitter Town Hall to discuss issues important to AAPI communities with several presidential campaigns -- Mike Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders, Andrew Yang, with more to be announced. Join the conversation at #AAPI2020.

Friday, Feb. 14

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At noon EST, Georgia Detention Watch and its partners are holding a press conference and ceremony to honor the life of Pedro Arriago-Santoya and others who have died in ICE prisons. Mr. Arriago-Santoya died in ICE custody in July of 2019, becoming the fifth person to die in ICE immigration detention in the state of Georgia in the last three years.  He was incarcerated at the Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin, Georgia, where a history of medical neglect and use of solitary confinement have contributed to immeasurable suffering and several deaths. 

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Today at 10am PST/1pm EST, RAICES is hosting a webinar about the Migrant Justice Platformhow you can change the conversation about immigration and help push for the most progressive and radical change to immigration policy. Just like advocates did in Iowa with the #DontLookAway campaign, they want to continue to organize around this platform from now until November. But they need you. Register here to participate

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At 4pm CST in Brownsville, TX , Witness at the Border and partners will hold a Rally to Restore Asylum as part of its President's Day weekend of activism. The goal is to challenge cruel immigration policies and create a memorial to victims of those policies. See more below.

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February 14th marks the beginning of this year’s #ToImmigrantsWithLove celebration, an online and in-person letter-writing campaign via Fwd.US to show "positivity and support for all immigrants across the United States." This year, the campaign invites you to participate by submitting artwork that showcases your love and support for immigrant communities before the deadline of Friday, February 28, 2020. Further details here. The Opportunity Agenda recommends citing values like Community, Voice, Equality and/or Economic Security where possible.

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For it's #RGVLove campaignEqual Voice Network, Rio Grand Valley (RGV) are asking people what they love about living in the border region. They're asking residents to share photos of something that is beautiful and quintessentially a part of living in the RGV and share it this Valentine's Day with the #RGVLove hashtag. Equal Voice Network will reshare the photos the entire week after. The Opportunity Agenda encourages participants to cite the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security. 

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Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children (FFLIC), have been organizing their 4th annual “Stand in Love” campaign for Valentine's Day. They're asking friends from all over to "show support our youth in Louisiana who are locked in prison away from family and friends on this annual day of love." In your messages, be sure to reference the values of Redemption and Community.   

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Advocates for progressive tax policy are sharing #TaxValentines on social media. Share your own . Please consider sharing with a note about why you love taxes and the hashtag #IHeartTaxes. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community. 

Friday, Feb. 14 - Monday, Feb. 17

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In Brownsville, TX, Witness at the Border and supporters are organizing a series of rallies and actions for President's Day weekend: Love, Not Hate/Amor, No Odio: Witness at the Border to Restore Asylum. They have four full days of speakers, musicians, as well as a march along the border, visits to the tent courts and the Brownsville airport. The goal is to challenge cruel immigration policies and create a memorial to victims of those policies. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing these actions. 

Sunday, Feb. 16

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Today in New York City, Cosecha is holding a march and direct action, demanding #NoBusinessWithICE. They will be targeting a company that profits at the expense of immigrant lives. They demand that private companies stop being complicit in the violence against immigrant communities and sign the pledge to say #NoBusinessWithICE. Supporters are encouraged to prepare for the action by signing up to attend a non-violent direct action training.

    Monday, Feb. 17

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    It’s the anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Barack Obama signed into law in 2009. As a response to the Great Recession, the act provided relief for those effected by the economic downturn and an investment in infrastructure, education, health, and renewable energy. In talking about this anniversary, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

    Tuesday, Feb. 18

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    Today is the birthday of two influential African-American writers/activists: Toni Morrison and Audre Lorde. They were born a few years apart and throughout their careers they explored intersectional issues of race, gender and sexuality. Morrison passed away last year. She won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Use their birthdays to raise the values of Voice and Equality.

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    At 1pm, EST, join the #TrumpBudget - #BullysBudget tweetstorm to discuss who would gain and lose, the priorities of this administration and how the budget doesn't address America's needs. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security. 

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    Also at 1pm EST /10am PST, advocates are organizing a Digital Advocacy Day for The New Way Forward Act. This legislation would center humanity and compassion in our immigration system, rolling back harsh immigration laws which disproportionately lead to the targeting, jailing, and destruction of families of color. These unjust laws have enabled many of Trump’s abuses. Discuss the Act by citing the values of Voice, Community, Family Unity, and Economic Security. 

    Wednesday, Feb. 19

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    Day of Remembrance: On this day in 1942, the War Relocation Authority was established to relocate Japanese-Americans to internment camps. Today, activists refer to the internment as a shameful precedent for the Trump administration's Muslim travel ban. Discuss the significance of this anniversary by emphasizing the values of Community and Voice.

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    At 2pm EST, the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign is holding webinar to discuss Teach-In strategies about "public charge"/"wealth test", review available resources to support your event, share ideas, and get your questions answered before the National Teach-In Day on Feb. 24 (see below). Register here

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    At 3 pm EST, American Immigration Lawyers Association, along with our partners at the National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) and Human Rights First, will host a  #JudicialIndependence Twitterstorm to call for immigration court reform. They invite you to join them  as we shed light on the dysfunction in the court system and call on Congress to protect judicial independence through the establishment of an independent immigration court. Cite the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security. 

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    Tonight at 9pm EST is the 9th Democratic debate, this time in Las Vegas. Use it as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity, and criminal justice. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

    Thursday, Feb. 20

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    World Day for Social Justice was established by the United Nations through the International Labor Organization (ILO) to “guarantee fair outcomes for all through employment, social protection, social dialogue, and fundamental principles and rights at work.” The theme for this year is “Closing the Inequalities Gap to Achieve Social Justice”Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about this day.

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    Today in Las Vegas, Amnesty International USA will be holding a Presidential Candidate Forum on immigration issues, with particular attention on asylum and U.S. southern border policies. 

    Friday, Feb. 21

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    The Opportunity Agenda has officially rebranded its Immigration Research Consortium to Narrative Research Lab. One of the first resources we’re excited to announce is our new online digital library. To help orient users, our first webinar of the year, on Friday, February 21st from 2 – 3pm ET, when we will introduce the NRL’s new digital library, as well as a provide a refresher to the NRL’s features more generally. Register here

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    Today is the implementation date Trump's Muslim ban expansion. Advocates are planning protests and actions around the country (stay tuned for details). Discuss the No Ban Act which is headed to the full House of Representatives for a vote. Cite the values of Equality, Voice, Economic Security, and Community. 

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    On this day in 1933, singer, songwriter, pianist, and activist Nina Simone was born. Throughout her career, Simone fearlessly spoke out against injustice. Use the anniversary of Simone’s birth as the opportunity to talk about the example she provided for artists to be activists and cultural influencers. Cite the values of Voice and Equality.

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    On this day in 1965, Malcolm X was assassinated in Harlem, New York. A new Netflix documentary questions the criminal investigation following his death. Discuss the anniversary of his death and the legacy of Malcolm X's activism by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Community. 

    Saturday, Feb. 22

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    Today in the Nevada Primary, voters will select their nominee for the Democratic candidate to run for the President of the United States. It’s also when voters discuss the issues they care about. Use the primary as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity and criminal justice. Cites the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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    Tonight at 8pm EST, The NAACP Image Awards will "celebrate the outstanding achievements and performances of people of color in the arts, as well as those individuals or groups who promote social justice through their creative endeavors." The event will provide a prime time opportunity for your organization to discuss social justice with online audiences. Cite the values of Voice, Community, and Equality. 

    Sunday, Feb. 23

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    On this day in 1868, W. E. B. Du Bois was born. He was a sociologist, historian, Pan-Africanist, author, and editor, was one of the co-founders of the NAACP in 1909 and the leader of the Niagara Movement. Discuss his birthday as another example of working for racial justice. Cite the values of Equality and Voice.

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    Today in the birthplace of the Black Panther movement, Oakland, CA will host the 3rd annual Black Joy Parade to celebrate the black experience past, present and future. Even if you're not in the area, use this event to discuss the unique contributions of African Americans and what it means to live in community that's "creative, open, present, and free." Cite the values of Community, Economic Security, and Equality. 

    Monday, Feb. 24

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    On Feb. 24, the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign calls on all of its members and allies to hold a #ProtectFamilies “teach-in” about public charge, dispel misinformation, and reach out to critical groups to spread the facts about the new rule. Please join partners all across the country on this day of action, so that we can together reduce the harm of this new regulation. They write, "You could hold a community workshop, join a radio call-in show, have a promotora outreach day, host a brown-bag lunch for nonprofit colleagues, distribute flyers to local merchants serving immigrant families, present at your church or to a local school, or make a social media push." Discuss public charge by citing the values of Economic Security, Family Unity, and Community. 

    Tuesday, Feb. 25

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    On this day in 1870 (150 years ago), Hiram Revels was sworn in as senator from Mississippi, becoming the first African American to serve in the U.S. Senate. Revels is one of only 10 African Americans ever to have served in the United States Senate. Discuss this anniversary with the values of Equality and Voice.

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    Tonight at 9pm EST in Charleston, SC will host the 10th Democratic debate. Use it as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity, and criminal justice. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

    Wednesday, Feb. 26

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    On this day, eight years ago, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer. After the acquittal of his killer in 2013, activists launched the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Discuss Trayvon citing the values of Community and Equality.Discuss this anniversary citing the values of Community and Equality.

    Thursday, Feb. 27

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    On Feb. 27, 1973, members of the American Indian Movement (AIM) began their occupation of Wounded Knee, site of the 1890 massacre, in South Dakota’s Pine Ridge Reservation. The occupation lasted 71 days and called attention to living conditions and mistreatment from federal and local agencies. Use this anniversary to talk about the values of Economic Security and Voice for Native American communities.

    Friday, Feb. 28 - Sunday, March 1

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    For Freedoms, Sankofa and arts institutions in Los Angeles will present The For Freedoms Congress, "an engaging series of artist-led programs and workshops that build upon Los Angeles' historic role as the birthplace and driver of important artistic-lead cultural movements over the decades." The Congress, which promises to be the "Largest Congress of Creatives in America’s History," will include 4 public Town Hall programs. 

    Saturday, Feb. 29

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    Today in the South Carolina Primary, voters will select their nominee for the Democratic candidate to run for the President of the United States. It’s also when voters discuss the issues they care about. Use the primary as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity and criminal justice. Cites the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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    On Feb. 29, 1968, the special "Kerner Commission" released its investigation findings on the 1967 uprisings in several U.S. cities after police actions. Its most famous passage reads: "Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white — separate and unequal." The Haas Institute is hosting a conference exploring race, segregation, and inequality, Feb. 27- March 1, 50 years after the release of the report. Join the discussion online with the hashtags below and cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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