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February 20, 2019

This edition of The Opportunity Agenda's weekly action alert system offers tools and tips for using breaking news to frame and advance economic opportunity and racial justice solutions between Feb. 20-28, 2019. If you'd like to get the Amp delivered to your email inbox, click on the "Sign Up" button on the left.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

#WeAreNotFooled: Keeping the Border Conversation on What Really Matters

We cannot let the president’s state of emergency declaration and promotion of fear, hate, and division distract us from talking about what really matters and demanding actions that support communities. The best way to do this is to focus on uplifting a positive, values-based vision of the southern border and its vibrant communities, and to call for actions that promote immigration policies that reflect our values as a nation, such as Community and Voice.

It’s Time to Comment on Proposed SNAP Admin Rule

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750,000 people could lose food assistance if the Trump administration gets its way and approves reporting requirements on SNAP recipients. April 2 is the deadline for leaving a comment to challenge the proposal. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this proposal.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Month of February

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San Francisco Art Institute

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

Wednesday, Feb. 20

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World Day for Social Justice was established by the Union Nations to remove barriers that people face because of gender, age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture or disability. As an example of this work, the International Labor Organization (ILO) recently issued a declaration 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 If You Want Peace & Development, Work for Social Justice. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about this day.

Thursday, Feb. 21

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From 1-2pm EST, the Center for American Progress will hold a #HandsOffSNAP tweet storm about how the administration’s proposed SNAP rule of work requirements will affect communities of color. 

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by Ruben Guadalupe Marquez

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.

Saturday, 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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Also on this day, HBO premieres “The Real O.G.” about a maximum-security prison inmate whose impending release is upended when he takes a new arrival under his wing. It was filmed at an actual prison, with many of the men incarcerated there cast in acting roles. If you’re in New York City, you can visit The O.G. Experience gallery show with art by formerly incarcerated artists. When discussing this film, cite the values of Redemption and Voice.

Sunday, Feb. 24

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by Ernesto Yerena

At 8pm EST, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences begins its ceremony to give  Oscars for 2018 films. Several films on social justice issues have been nominated, including “Black Panther,” “Roma,” “RBG,” “Hale County, This Morning, This Evening” and “BlacKKKlansman.” Yalitza Aparicio (“Roma”) is the first Indigenous person nominated for an Oscar. Use these films to discuss a range of values from Community and Voice to Equality.

Monday, Feb. 25

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On this day in 1870, 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.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

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by Shepard Fairey

On this day, seven years ago, Trayvon Martin was shot and killed in Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer. Discuss this anniversary citing the values of Community and Equality.

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Wednesday, 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.

Thursday, Feb. 28

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From 1-2pm EST, the Center for American Progress will hold a #HandsOffSNAP tweet storm on food banks and hunger in relation to the administration’s proposed SNAP rule on work requirements.

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