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 July 18 - 25.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Comment on the Census’ Alarming Citizenship Question
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ decision to add a question on citizenship status to the 2020 Census is bad for America. There’s still time for the public to comment on the census until August 7, 2018. Advocates, like the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, to see this as “an opportunity to create a strong, clear public record from a range of stakeholders and experts who oppose the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.” Cite the values of Voice and Equality.
- Take action: Submit an organizational comment (download). Ask your individual members to submit comments with this action alert (download) (down. Spread the word with letters to the editor, social media messages and images like this or this.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Census Data: A Fair and Accurate Count and Census Data and Storytelling; Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ talking points and 2020 Census Public Comments Toolkit
- Hashtag: #SaveTheCensus #2020Census #Census2020
Preserve Checks and Balances: #SaveSCOTUS
More than 100 national, state, and local organizations wrote a letter to the Senate urging them to oppose the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. They wrote, “Critical civil and human rights issues hang in the balance… and whether the judiciary will serve as a constitutional check on a reckless president.” Discuss the nomination citing the values of Equality and Voice. Use these messaging tools and hashtags.
- Messaging and communication tools: Messaging on the Nomination of Brett Kavenaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court and Spotlight on Poverty's Confirming Kavanaugh Would be a Disaster for Workers and People in Poverty
- Hashtags: #SaveSCOTUS #StopKavanaugh
Reject Draconian “Public Charge” Proposal
The administration’s “public charge” rule for immigrants could come down this month. This new rule would allow immigration officers to consider whether an immigrant could potentially be dependent on public assistance in order to deny them an immigration status. Discuss this unjust rule using the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: National Immigration Law Center's Access to Health Care, Food, and Other Public Programs for Immigrant Families under the Trump Administration; Center for American Progress' Trump’s Immigration Plan Imposes Radical New Income and Health Tests; The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)'s Trump’s Proposed Immigration Rule Would Harm All of Us; Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign’s Public Charge Fact Sheet: A New Threat to Immigrant Families and A Threat to the Health and Wellbeing of Children in Immigrant Families
- Hashtag: #publiccharge
Keep Up Pressure on Trump to Reunite Immigrant Families
Despite numerous court orders, the Trump administration has failed to reunify all of the 3,200 immigrant children with their families. It’s crucial for us to push for solutions that not only end these practices, but also move us toward productive and real fixes for our problematic immigration policies. Discuss this crisis by citing the values of Voice, Family Unity, and Community.
- Take Action: Donate to Flights to Reunite Families.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About The Crisis at The U.S. Border; Immigration Policy Solutions: Supporting Child Migrants; America’s Voice Immigration 101: Why is the Trump Administration Separating Immigrant Families And Detaining Immigrant Children?
- Hashtags: #FreeOurFuture #FreedomForFamilies #FamiliesBelongTogether #KeepFamiliesTogether
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
Wednesday, July 18
Nelson Mandela was born 100 years ago on this day, . Now known as Mandela Day, it’s a unique opportunity to reflect on his legacy fighting racism and poverty. Use this new peg to discuss the importance of standing up for racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Equality and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice; Talking About Economic Justice; The Nelson Mandela Foundation's Nelson Mandela 100; Global Citizen’s 23 Nelson Mandela Quotes That Remind Us Ending Poverty Is Possible and 7 Ways Nelson Mandela’s Legacy Still Resonates Today
- Hashtags: #MandelaDay #Mandela100 #BeTheGeneration
Friday, July 20
The new film Blindspotting, arriving in select theaters this week, focuses on “returning citizens,” friendship and the intersection of race and class set against the backdrop of a gentrifying Oakland, CA. The film will go nationwide on July 27. Use the film to discuss the values of Redemption and Economic Security.
Sunday, July 22
Poet Emma Lazarus was born on this day in 1849. Her poem “The New Colussus” is inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty and is frequently quoted today in the immigration debate. Use this hook to talk about the importance of welcoming immigrants and refugees to the U.S. and refer to the values of Voice and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s The Importance of Maintaining our Identity as a Nation That Welcomes Refugees; 5 Key Facts: Online Discussion of Immigration in The Trump Era and 5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about a Wall
- Hashtag: #EmmaLazarus #StatueOfLiberty
Tuesday, July 24
Forty-six years ago, in 1972, the Washington Star broke the story of the unethical Tuskegee Syphilis Study conducted on 600 African-American sharecroppers. The exposure led to fundamental changes in medical research. Use this anniversary to underline the importance of the media's coverage of people living in poverty and cite the values of Equality and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice; Talking About Economic Justice; and Opportunity for Black Men and Boys
- Hashtag: #TuskegeeStudy
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Use GBA Strategies and Navigator Research’s National Survey Findings to show that Americans want a balanced Supreme Court. Their recent poll shows that “many Americans are concerned about an unbalanced Supreme Court becoming too political and out of step with Americans.”
Use the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance's A City Fragmented to discuss decades-long local practices that systemically preserve racial segregation across communities in cities like Chicago.
Use the Catholic Legal Immigration Network and Urban justice Center’s Denied a Day in Court to explain how the immigration system fails families seeking asylum, and to provide policy recommendations for how the administration and Congress can address these shortcomings.