Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Speak up for Democratic Values in Impeachment Trial
This week, the Senate is deciding the rules for the trial to convict President Trump of the high crimes and misdemeanors outlined in the articles of impeachment passed by the House. This moment in history calls for social justice advocates to weigh in on the importance of interrogating the values of this president and his administration. Discuss the impeachment by citing the values of Voice and Equality.
- Take action: Share Indivisible’s call-in tool to demand that senators support a fair impeachment trial.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking Impeachment: Protecting our Democratic Values; Center for American Progress’ Trump’s Constitutional Crisis
- Hashtag: #ImpeachmentTrial
Reject Trump's Restrictive Disability Rule
The Trump administration wants to change Social Security rules for people who get disability benefits, forcing them to prove their disability every two years. The Coalition on Human Needs points out that, in the 1980s, a massive public outcry reversed a similar Reagan administration policy which denied benefits to more than 315,000 Americans. Discuss this proposal by citing the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Take action: Use these tools to tell the Social Security Administration not to create additional burdens for people with disabilities: Community Legal Services of Philadelphia and Center for American Progress
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Opportunity Impact Statement - Expanding the American Dream; Community Legal Services of Philadelphia’s Social Security Action Alert; Huffington Post's Trump Administration Quietly Goes After Disability Benefits and Cutting Social Security Disability Benefits Can Backfire Horribly; The National Organization of Social Security Claimants’ Representatives’ public comment
- Hashtag: #NoSocialSecurityCuts; #CripTheVote
Promote Sanctuary City Policies
Last week, the acting director of the Dept. of Homeland Security tweeted a scaremongering accusation which reignited discussion about “sanctuary city” policies in New York and other cities that refuse to cooperate with ICE. Mayor Bill De Blasio posted a strong values-based response to shift the narrative to one of safety and community. When discussing sanctuary city policies, cite the values of Community, Redemption, and Economic Security.
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
Jan. 22 - 31, 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.
Events and Cultural Hooks:
- Poverty Awareness Month
- Sundance Film Festival: now until Sunday, Feb. 2
- Poor People's Campaign's "Battle for the Bible: Christian Nationalism and the Movement to End Poverty": Saturday, Jan. 25
- Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day: Saturday, Jan. 25
- Grammy awards: Sunday, Jan. 26
- Fourth circuit hears oral arguments against Muslim ban: Tuesday, Jan. 28
- Fred Korematsu Day: Thursday, Jan. 30
- Supreme Court rules in Roe V. Wade: Jan. 22, 1973
- Disability rights activist Edward Verne Robert's birthday: Jan. 23, 1939
- Angela Davis born: Jan. 26, 1944
- Trump issues "Muslim Ban" executive order: Jan. 27, 2017
- Migration Protection Protocols implemented: Jan. 29, 2019
- U.S. House of Representatives votes to add 13th Amendment to Constitution: Jan. 31, 1865
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