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January 30, 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 Jan. 30 - Feb. 6, 2019.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Stand Up for Border Communities and Refugees

The longest government shutdown in history may be over but the border security debate continues (and another possible shutdown is looming). The president will most likely discuss the border during his State of the Union speech on Feb. 5 (see below). We must continue to amplify our values of Community and Economic Security.

Challenge Proposed SNAP Admin Rule


The Trump administration will soon post a proposed rule on imposing reporting requirements on SNAP recipients, potentially eliminating 750,000 people from the program. There were will be 60 days for the public to comment on the rule. Some advocates are already gathering comments in anticipation. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this proposal.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Now until Feb. 3


The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is leading 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 take on the state of our union.” There are two main parts: “Story Circles” and a “Poetic Address to the Nation.”

Wednesday, Jan. 30


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. Watch the recording of the webinar.


Today would have been the 100th birthday of Fred Korematsu, who challenged the constitutionality of President Roosevelt’s executive order to create 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.

Thursday, Jan. 31

Ava DuVernay

On this day in 1865, the U.S. House of Representatives followed the Senate in voting to add the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which abolished slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime. This exception is often discussed in today’s discussions about criminal justice reform (including 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.

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.

Friday, Feb. 1


On the 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.


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.

Saturday, Feb. 2

U.S. National Archives

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. 4


At 2pm ET, join the Opportunity Agenda for a discussion on findings from our latest research, The Case of the Cultural Influencers. In recent years, the power of popular entertainment to inspire large audiences and shift cultural norms has become a topic of growing interest in the social advocacy space. As part of our Power of POP series, this new research examines three cases of high-profile entertainers and athletes speaking out or advocating for a social and/or policy change. Register now.


Monday is also 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 a resistance on a city bus that helped catalyze the civil rights movement. 

Tuesday, Feb. 5


At 9pm ET/ 6pm PT, President Trump will address Congress and the nation in a rescheduled State of the Union on this day. Border security is likely to feature prominently in his remarks. Below are online actions planned by several organizations while others are planning to ignore the speech completely. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing the border region.

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