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July 25, 2019

This summer, The Opportunity Agenda's weekly action alert system has a new schedule. Every two weeks, we’ll offer tools and tips for using breaking news to frame and advance economic opportunity and racial justice solutions. This edition covers events between July 24 - August 7, 2019. If you'd like to get The Amp delivered to your inbox, click the "Sign Up" button on the left.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Speak Out Against Expanded Expedited Removal

The Trump administration is also implementing a new rule to speed up deportations through expanding “expedited removal” beyond the border region. This policy waives the right to a hearing in front of an immigration judge for undocumented people who have been in the country for less than two years. Discuss this new rule by citing the values of Due Process, Community, and Economic Security.

Tell Trump Administration: #HandsOffSNAP!

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This week, the Trump administration proposed bypassing Congress and creating a new rule for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) that would cut vital food assistance for three million people. Last year, the same proposals were rejected by Congress as part of the Farm Bill. We need to ensure that the legislative process is followed. Discuss this proposed rule by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Reject the Reinstatement of the Federal Death Penalty

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Today, Attorney General William Barr announced that the Department of Justice will reinstate federal executions after a 16-year pause. The last federal execution occurred in 2003. It is well-known that the death penalty is disproportionally used on people of color and people living in poverty. Discuss this development by citing the values of Redemption and Voice. 

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Friday, July 26

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On this day in 1990, President George H. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act. This was the result of many years of advocacy by disability rights activists and allies. Use the anniversary to discuss current budget proposals that will hurt people with disabilities. Use the values of Equality and Economic Mobility.

Saturday, July 27

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Today in McAllen, Texas, the Native Voice Network and the Carrizo Comecrudo Tribe will protest immigration detention and “the U.S. government’s response to the migration of our relatives from the south.” The organizers write, “We, the First People of this land, with inherent authority on immigration to the U.S., will gather with allies to rally and call for an end to the practice of family separation, to dismantle detention facilities and stop border wall construction." Help promote this event and discuss the values of Economic Security, Family Unity, and Community.

Sunday, July 28

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The Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees was signed on this day in 1951. The international treaty established the definition of who is a refugee. The geographic scope for this definition was extended worldwide in 1967. Use this hook to discuss the international commitments of the United States and our nation’s long history of welcoming refugees. Cite the values of Community, Economic Security, and Voice.

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At 7pm MDT (9:00pm EST), Rev. William Barber and his organization, Repairers of the Breach, will hold a Mass Meeting in El Paso, Texas to demand the end of child detention and family separation. Help amplify their message and discuss immigration detention by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Monday, July 29

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At 10am MDT (12:00pm EDT), Rev. William Barber and his organization, Repairers of the Breach, will hold a Moral Monday at the Borderlands to demand the end of child detention and family separation. Help amplify their message and discuss immigration detention by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Tuesday, July 30

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On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson created both Medicaid and Medicare by signing into law an amendment to the Social Security Act. Now that these programs are under attack, this is an important anniversary to use in your messaging. Refer to the values of Economic Security and Community.

Thursday, August 1

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Today in Lawton, Oklahoma, the Heartland for Human Justice coalition will protest the opening of the new detention center in Fort Sill, Oklahoma and hold an interfaith vigil in remembrance of the children who have died while in detention. Help promote this event and discuss the values of Economic Security, Family Unity, and Community.

Friday, August 2

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On this day in 1934, writer James Baldwin was born. Baldwin was an outspoken and influential advocate for racial justice. Use this anniversary to discuss the role of artists and culture shifters in challenging white supremacy. Cite the values of Voice and Equality.

Saturday, August 3

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Today, the We Are All America campaign will hold "Rise for Refugee" national day of action and mass mobilization to reject the Trump administration's barring of refugees at the U.S. southern border and reports of plans to zero out refugee resettlement in 2020.  Organizers write, "This would result in a near total refugee ban, collapsing the U.S. Refugee Resettlement program and the infrastructure of humanitarian protection this country has built over decades—all during the worst global refugee crisis in history." Help amplify these events and discuss these policies by citing the values of Community and Economic Security. 

Tuesday, August 6

The Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on this day in 1965. Since the Supreme Court gutted the act, use this anniversary to talk about the need to pass H.R. 4, the Voting Rights Advancement Act, and enable everyone to participate in our democracy. Point out the values of Equality and Voice.

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It's the Night Out for Safety and Liberation. The Ella Baker Center and its partners are encouraging people across the country to reimagine what #SafetyIs: dignity, opportunity and freedom for our communities. Use this event to talk about the values of Community and Economic Security.

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