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Just Launched: Solidarity Stories from Asian American and Pacific Islander Community Leaders
As we mark one year since the uprisings in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, the National Asian American Leaders Table has launched Solidarity Stories, offering an opportunity to learn from leaders in the AAPI community and build on the shared struggle with Black communities against racism and injustice. At SolidarityStories.org, you'll find a series of solidarity case studies, short video clips, and toolkits that include the Filipino farmworker struggle, the LA Uprising, post 9/11 America, and Mauna Kea. These resources reveal links between the incarceration of Japanese Americans and the detention of immigrants today, between the migration experiences of Indo-Caribbeans and the shared struggle with Black communities now. Most importantly, they call us into action for co-liberation with Black communities and reveal the challenges of solidarity practice.
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During the Month of June 2021
June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. Discuss intersectional issues for the LGBTQ community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; Social Justice Sexuality’s Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All; Immigration Legal Resource Center’s Special Considerations for LGBTQ Immigrants
- Hashtags: #Pride2021; #PrideMonth
Immigrant Heritage Month provides another opportunity to talk about the economic challenges and contributions of immigrants in the United States. Reference the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.
- Messaging and Communication Tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues and Power of POP - Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows; Immigrant Heritage Month 2021 Campaign
- Hashtags: #CelebrateImmigrants; #IHM2021; #ImmigrantHeritageMonth
June is also African American Music Appreciation Month, a celebration dating back to 1979 highlighting the Black traditions that created, defined and expanded musical forms, including sacred, folk, blues, jazz, R&B, rock, hip-hop and more. While it might seem that Black music hardly needs a special time for appreciation, given its dominant everyday presence in American culture, Black artists, promoters, record labels, radio stations, and venues have often been sidelined or cut out of the economic opportunities their cultural contributions generate.
- Read more: Black Music Appreciation Month (National Museum of African American History and Culture); History of Black Music Month (Vibe); How Black Music Month Started As A Power Play (Vibe) The Woman Behind Black Music Month (The Root)
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Working with Cultural Influencers and The Case of the Cultural Influencers;
- Hashtag: #BlackMusicMonth;
Today marks the launch of Getting Into Step: A Movement Podcast. The pilot episode features conversation between Min. Dr. Savina Martin of the National Union of the Homeless, Rev. Nelson Johnson of the Beloved Community Center in North Carolina, and Rev. West McNeill of the New York State Poor People's Campaign and the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, on building the independent political power of the poor and dispossessed. Getting Into Step is a collaboration between The Kairos Center and the New York State Poor People's Campaign. Listen and click the subscribe or follow button in your favorite podcast app.
Today is the anniversary in 1919 of Congress approving the Constitution’s 19th amendment, which gave white women the right to vote. While an important accomplishment, Jim Crow laws prevented many women of color from exercising this right for decades. Cite the values of Equality and Voice when talking about this anniversary.
- Messaging and communication tools: Challenging the whitewashed history of women’s suffrage (Southern Poverty Law Center); African American Women and the Nineteenth Amendment (National Park Service); When the Suffrage Movement Sold Out to White Supremacy (New York Times Editorial Board)
- Hashtag: #19thAmendment; #WomensVote
On this day in 2015, Kalief Browder took his own life after spending three years in New York’s Rikers Island jail. Browder had been awaiting trial for stealing a backpack and spent two years in solitary confinement. Supporters point to Browder’s incarceration as the source of his mental illness. Citing Browder’s story, advocates successfully pushed the City of New York to close the facility because of its mistreatment of inmates. Further the discussion by citing the values of Equality, Redemption, and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Promote Justice in Pre-Trial Services & Practices; Promote Community Safety through Alternatives to Incarceration.
- Hashtags: #KaliefBrowder; #justice4kalief
On this day in 1965, the Supreme Court upheld the “right of marital privacy” in the case of Griswold v. Connecticut, which ensured access to contraception. The case provided precedent for the court to legalize abortion in the Roe v. Wade case eight years later. Recent state-level bans on abortion could be potential challenges to these landmark decisions and disproportionately impact people living in poverty. When talking about this anniversary, cite the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Equality.
- Messaging and communication tools: Sister Song’s What is Reproductive Justice?; NARAL’s Reproductive rights are human rights; National Women’s Law Center’s Reproductive Health Is Part of the Economic Health of Women and Their Families; Center for American Progress’ 13 Ways States Can Protect and Advance Women’s Health and Rights;
- Hashtags: #GriswoldVCT; #ThanksGriswold; #StopTheBans; #YouKnowMe
Loving Day celebrates the anniversary of the 1967 United States Supreme Court decision on the case of Loving v. Virginia, which struck down all state laws banning interracial marriage. Use the anniversary to talk about racial justice with the values of Equality and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice and Frank Conference’s Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal: Mixed, Mulatto, Swirl: A Documentary Journey of Discovery; LovingDay.org’s resources
- Hashtag: #lovingday
On this day in 1987, President Ronald Reagan gave his famous "Tear Down this Wall" speech in Berlin. Although Reagan was addressing the Communist bloc, it’s worth noting that this Republican president publicly challenged the idea of using walls to separate or isolate people. In the speech, Reagan also said, “The wall cannot withstand freedom.” Use this anniversary to talk about the needs of the communities in the U.S./Mexico border region and how wall rhetoric and militarization is blatant scare-mongering. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- 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
- Hashtags:#LoveYourBorderlands; #nobannowall; #noborderwall
On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court issued its decision on Ernesto Miranda vs. Arizona. The ruling created what became known as “Miranda rights”, the law enforcement procedure of reminding someone of their rights when being arrested. Use this anniversary to discuss the importance of criminal justice reform by referring to the values of Redemption and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Create Fair and Effective Policing Practices; Promote Justice in Pre-Trial Services & Practices; Building a Narrative to Address Violence in the U.S. and the Center for Popular Democracy’s Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities
- Hashtag: #mirandarights
On this day in 2012, President Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows those who arrived as children — many of whom know no homeland other than the U.S. — to live and contribute to their communities without fear of deportation. While President Biden reversed President Trump’s decision to end the program, advocates are awaiting action from Congress and the courts. Discuss this anniversary by referring to the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: United We Dreams’ Digital Toolkit and Studio Rev's Know Your Rights toolkit; The Opportunity Agenda’s Communications to Protect Dreamers and our Nation’s Values and Promoting Family Unity
- Hashtags: #HereToStay, #HomeIsHere, #DACA
On this day in 1982, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Plyler v. Doe that states could not deny public education to students who were not legally admitted into the country. Doing so, they said, violates the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th amendment. Since the ruling only applied to K-12 students, other court cases and legislation made it possible for some states to deny undocumented students access to in-state tuition, scholarships, or enrollment at public colleges and universities.
Juneteenth commemorates the day in 1865 when enslaved Americans gained their freedom in Texas, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation. Today's celebrations provide the opportunity to discuss the enduring legacies of racial injustice. Join the conversation, citing the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice
- Hashtag: #juneteenth
Father's Day is an important time to talk about racial justice and economic opportunity with your community. The separation of immigrant families at the border and around the U.S., provides another opportunity to talk about the need for family unity. Focus on the values of Economic Security and Mobility.
- Take Action: Share the Immigration Advocates Network’s Make a Plan and Self-Screening Interview.
- Messaging tool: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice - Communications that Support Efforts to Eliminate Poverty and Immigration Policy Solutions: Promoting Family Unity; United We Dream’s ICE and CBP Tracker
- Hashtag: #fathersday #familiesbelongtogether
World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. During the Covid pandemic, refugees have faced hardened borders and increased exposure to the virus in refugee camps. At the same time, the climate crisis is creating disruptions that are forcing more people into refugee status every year. World Refugee Day is an important time to connect this international observance to what’s happening in the United States and across the world. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this.
- Messaging tools: The Opportunity Agenda's The Importance of Maintaining our Identity as a Nation That Welcomes Refugees and Talking About Unaccompanied Refugee Children Fleeing Harm; American Immigration Council’s As World Refugee Day Approaches, A Reminder That We Must Do Better; Church World Service's toolkit
- Hashtag: #withrefugees; #WorldRefugeeDay; #WorldRefugeeDay2021; #WRD2021; #StandWithRefugees
On this day in 1944, President Truman signed the G.I. Bill. As a result, thousands of World War II veterans were able to apply for funds for college education, unemployment insurance, and housing loans. However, less than 2% of these mortgages went to people of color. This is a good time to talk about the role of government in providing economic opportunity to all Americans.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Poverty & Economic Opportunity Today; Realizing the Promise: How to Affirmatively Further Fair Housing; History.com's How the GI Bill's Promise Was Denied to a Million Black WWII Veterans
- Hashtag: #GIBill
On this day in 2018, the Supreme Court upheld the third iteration of President Trump’s “Muslim Ban.” Previously, lower federal courts had found each iteration to be blatantly anti-Muslim, unconstitutional, and an abuse of the president’s power. The No Ban Act would prevent future presidents from enacting such policies. It has passed the U.S. House but awaits action in the Senate. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Six Tips for Responding to Supreme Court Decisions; Messaging Advice on 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; Stand with MPower Change muslim grassroots movement; Tell the Senate to Support the No Ban Act (civilrights.org)
- Hashtags: #NoMuslimBanEver; #NoBanNoWall; #NoBanAct
On this day in 2015, activist Bree Newsome removed the Confederate battle flag after climbing the flagpole in front of the South Carolina Capitol building. The flag was originally raised in opposition to the Civil Rights Movement and lunch counter sit-ins in the 1960s and has flown ever since. Confederate flags and many monuments honoring the Confederacy remain across the U.S. Discuss this anniversary and the underlying problem citing the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.
- Messaging and communication tools: TruthOut’s It’s Time to Honor Victims, Not Perpetrators, of US Brutality; Southern Poverty Law Center’s Whose Heritage? Community Action Guide and Whose Heritage? Public Symbols of the Confederacy
- Hashtags: #LoseTheLostCause; #WhoseHeritage
Today is the anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising in New York City, a key turning point in the struggle for LGBTQ rights. Use the anniversary to discuss intersectional issues for the LGBTQ community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.
- The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; Queer Detainee Empowerment Project’s World Report on the LGBT Immigrant Experience; Center for American Progress’ ICE’s Rejection of Its Own Rules Is Placing LGBT Immigrants at Severe Risk of Sexual Abuse; Social Justice Sexuality’s Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All; Immigration Legal Resource Center’s Special Considerations for LGBTQ Immigrants
- Hashtags: #Stonewall; #Pride; #PrideMonth; #MoreColorsMorePride
President Dwight Eisenhower signed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. The 41,000- mile “National System of Interstate and Defense Highways” insured safe and speedy transcontinental travel and created economic opportunity for millions of people. Infrastructure development demonstrates how we’re all in this together, but the definition of what our common infrastructure needs are is evolving, as has our understanding of who was harmed and who benefited from highway projects. Child care, elder care, affordable housing, broadband access and clean energy are critical elements of shared need today. Use this anniversary to discuss the need for new infrastructure spending and cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Infrastructure Plans Should Boost Affordable Housing for Lowest-Income Americans; Our Neighborhoods Our Future's Vision and Principles; Partnership for Working Families' Building America While Building Our Middle Class; Policylink's Equitable Infrastructure blog; Millions of Job's Ten Principles; In the Public Interest's Understanding and Evaluating Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
- Hashtags: #timetobuild; #BuildForTomorrow
On this day in 1972, in Furman v. Georgia, the Supreme Court struck down the death penalty, ruling it as unconstitutional under the 8th and 14th Amendments. Justice William O. Douglas concluded that the death penalty "is disproportionately imposed and carried out on the poor, the Negro, and the members of unpopular groups." Four years later, the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty on the idea that it was constitutional under the 8th amendment. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Equality, Voice, and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Tips for Talking About Law Enforcement Enhanced Penalty Laws and Americans are Becoming Less Punitive; Death Penalty Information Center’s Death Penalty Fact Sheet;
- Hashtags: #FurmanVGeorgia; #racialinjustice
On this day in 2018, activists organized nationwide protests in opposition to the Trump administration’s family separation policy, which has separated hundreds of immigrant children from their parents. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: Families Belong Together’s Resources; The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About The U.S. Border: Imprisoned Children and Separated Families; National Immigrant Justice Center’s Fact Sheet on Alternatives to Detention; Center for American Progress’ Video: Parents Respond to Trump's Order to Imprison Children and Families;
- Hashtags: #StopDeportations #FamiliesBelongTogether; #FamiliesTogetherAndFree; #FreedomForFamilies; #EndFamilyDetention; #ReunifyFamiliesNow