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 Jan. 23-30, 2019.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Tell Congress to Vote Yes on Reopening the Government
For the first time since the start of the government shutdown, the Senate is slated to vote on two competing bills to end the impasse. Federal/D.C. employees, their unions, and other organizations are planning to occupy the Hart federal building today to demand that the Senate vote to reopen the government. The ramifications of the shutdown are becoming clearer, especially for Americans receiving medical, food, and housing assistance. We must continue to amplify our values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking Border Issues Amidst the Government Shutdown and 5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about A Wall; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Millions Face Cut in SNAP Food Assistance if Government Shutdown Continues; Food Research and Action Center’s Government Shutdown Threatens National Emergency for Millions of Hungry Households; Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding’s Impacts of Government Shutdown on Affordable Housing Programs; National Low Income Housing Coalition’s Update on the Shutdown’s Impact on Housing and How to Take Action; Southern Border Communities Coalition's Trump Shutdown Social Media Toolkit; MomsRising's Social MediaToolkit
- Hashtags: #trumpshutdown #nobannowall #noborderwall
Keep Pushing to Eliminate the Census Citizenship Question
In response to last week’s decision to remove the census citizenship question, the White House has asked the Supreme Court to take up consideration of the case, bypassing the U.S. Court of Appeals. Meanwhile, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross agreed to testify to Congress about his controversial decision last year to add the question to the 2020 census. Discuss these developments with your audiences by citing the values of Community, Economic Opportunity, and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Census Data: A Fair and Accurate Count; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Advocates Applaud Ruling to Remove Citizenship Question
- Hashtag: #Census2020 #SaveTheCensus
Month of January
During Poverty Awareness Month, Americans are encouraged to “take up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor.” Use this month to discuss poverty with your audiences and cite the values of Community and Economic Opportunity.
- Messaging tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Shifting the Narrative on Poverty and A Window of Opportunity II: Analysis Public Opinion on Poverty; Campaign for Human Development’s online calendar of daily ways to learn about poverty (also en Español); Poverty USA’s interactive quiz
- Hashtag: #PovertyAwarenessMonth
Wednesday, Jan. 23
Today is the birthday of Edward Verne Roberts, who was a pioneering advocate for people with disabilities. Many consider him the “father of independent living.” The new film, “The Upside,” also focuses on the issue of independent living for people with disabilities. Use the anniversary and the film to discuss how imposing work reporting requirements on Medicaid recipients will hurt people with disabilities. Use the values of Equality and Economic Mobility.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Opportunity Impact Statement - Expanding the American Dream; 99% Invisible podcast’s Curb Cuts; The Center for American Progress' Beyond the ADA - Introducing the Disability Justice Initiative at Center for American Progress; The Trump Budget’s Attack on People with Disabilities and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Trump’s Budget Director Gets Social Security Disability Insurance Wrong
- Hashtags: #ADA #SaveMedicaid
At 1pm ET, the Arab American Institute will present findings of its research on get-out-the-count census messages that resonate with hard to count communities. The briefing is part of a series convened by the Funders Census Initiative. Register here.
Friday, Jan. 25
On Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Awareness Day, the Internal Revenue Service and community groups want to “increase eligibility awareness of refundable credits that many miss claiming or don’t get right.” Discuss the EITC using the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: Internal Revenue Service’s PSAs, Video, Audio and Print Files; Twitter Messages, Screen Savers and Badge Graphics; EITC Quick Marketing Kit; EITC Fast Facts; The Opportunity Agenda’s ; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Working-Family Tax Credits Lifted 8.9 Million People out of Poverty in 2017
- Hashtags: #EITC
Starting on this day, the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture launches the People’s State of the Union, to “build bonds of empathy and connection by coming together in our own homes, schools, houses of worship, and community organizations and sharing our own take on the state of our union.” There are two main parts: Story Circles and a Poetic Address to the Nation.
- Messaging and communication tools: U.S. Department of Arts and Culture’s 2019 Toolkit;
- Hashtag: #PSOTU2019
From 12pm - 1pm ET, advocates are launching a twitterstorm to mark the second anniversary of the “Muslim Ban” on Jan. 27 to draw the public’s attention to the ongoing injustice of the Muslim Ban, the impacts on refugee communities, and build support for a legislative fight. President Trump’s executive order 13769 barred the entry of nationals and refugees from 11 Muslim-majority nations. The Supreme Court upheld the third iteration of the Muslim Ban this past June. Discuss this anniversary with the values of Community and Equality.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Six Tips for Responding to Supreme Court Decisions; Preliminary Messaging Advice on The Supreme Court's Muslim Ban Decision; #NoMuslimBanEver campaign’s Digital Action Toolkit on the Ruling; Joint Union Statement; Muslim Advocates’ Muslim Ban Decision “Puts the Basic Rights of All Americans at Risk.
- Hashtags: #NoMuslimBanEver #NoBanNoWall
Sunday, Jan. 27
Today is the second anniversary of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban” executive order which barred the entry of nationals and refugees from 11 Muslim-majority nations. See twitterstorm on Friday, Jan. 25 above.
Tuesday, Jan. 29
President Trump is moving ahead with plans to give his State of the Union address to Congress. It’s unclear where it will be held since Speaker Nancy Pelosi has not invited the president to the House of Representatives due to the government shutdown. Follow the Amp for updates.
Wednesday, Jan. 30
Korematsu Day celebrates the birth of Fred Korematsu who challenged the constitutionality of President Roosevelt’s executive order to create the “relocation camps” or internment camps for Japanese-Americans. The case is being discussed in relation to Trump’s Muslim Ban. Cite the values of Equality, Community, and Voice when talking about this date.
- Messaging and communication tools: Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s What does safety really mean in America? and The Relationship Between Racial Integration and the Duty to Further Fair Housing; Noah Feldman’s Why Korematsu Is Not a Precedent; Radiolab’s More Perfect podcast- American Pendulum I; ThinkProgress’ Judge compares Trump’s Muslim ban to one of the worst chapters in American history
- Hashtags: #Korematsu
At 2 pm ET, join The Opportunity Agenda’s webinar, Five Lessons for Shifting the Narrative on Migrants & the Border Region, as we explore the potential for artists and advocates to shift the narrative on migrants and the border region, and look at new opportunities to persuade and inspire, even as fear-mongering and white nationalism intensify. Featured guests will share their narrative shift strategies. Register now.