The Amp

January 15, 2020

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Speak Out Against HUD’s Weakening of Fair Housing Rules

The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) released a new rule last week that would weaken fair housing enforcement. HUD wants to remove oversight measures instituted in 2015 that were designed to strengthen the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Advocates fear that the change will be less leverage to fight discrimination by withholding taxpayer dollars. Discuss this new rule by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Call Out Texas Governor Mistaken Ban on Refugees


Also last week, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, said that the state will no longer accept resettled refugees through the federal program. The move was made possible by President Trump’s Executive Order, which gave governors veto power over the program. In contrast, more than 42 governors have reaffirmed their commitment to the refugee resettlement program. Today, advocates are urging Congressional representatives to support the GRACE Act (S.1088 and H.R.2146), which would restore resettlement and increase congressional authority over the program. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this development.

UPDATE: Today, a federal judge blocked Trump's Executive Order on Refugee Resettlement. Read the International Refugee Assistance Project's press release

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Jan. 15 -23, 2020

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

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