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June 1, 2022

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the month of June

 

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June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. Discuss intersectional issues for the LGBTQ community, including racial, gender, and economic justice. Cite the values of economic opportunity, community, and voice.

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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 opportunity, community, and voice.

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Chuck Berry 1957 publicity photo

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.

June 4

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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 equity and voice when talking about this anniversary. 

June 6

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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 health struggle. Cite the values of equity and safety on this date.

June 7

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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. Bans on abortion threaten these landmark decisions, and the judicial impact could extend far beyond the right to access abortions with disproportionate impact on people living in poverty and on Black and brown people. When talking about this anniversary, cite the values of economic opportunity, voice, and equity.

June 8

The 2022 Tribeca Festival takes place June 8-19 in New York City. The Tribeca Festival is one of the major film festivals held annually and includes not only film premieres and competitions but also live performances in music and industry talks on film, television, audio storytelling, and music. The festival offers both in-person and virtual passes or tickets. Cite the values of voice and opportunity when discussing the importance of pop culture and media to shifting narratives on social issues. 

June 12

  

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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 equity and voice.

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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 U.S.-Mexico border communities and how wall rhetoric and militarization is blatant fear-mongering. Cite the values of economic opportunity, safety, and community. 

June 13

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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 equity, safety, and voice.

June 15

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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 opportunity.

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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. Cite the values of voice, equity, and community on this date.

June 19

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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 opportunity, equity, voice, and community.

Father's Day

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Father's Day is an important time to talk about racial justice and economic opportunity with your community. The separation of immigrant families, impacts of discriminatory policing and mass incarceration, and cultural attacks on LGBTQ+ communities can make this a hard and heavy day for many. Talk about the need to protect family unity and inclusively celebrate all families on this date. Focus on the values of economic opportunity, safety, and equity.

June 20

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World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. During the Covid-19 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.

June 22

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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. Also cite the values of equity and community on this date.

June 26

  

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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. Although the Biden Administration rescinded Trump’s order, this date remains important given the persistence of anti-Muslim discrimination. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of voice, equity, and community. 

June 27

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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. Confederate flags and monuments honoring the Confederacy remain in cities and communities across the United States and serve as flashpoints in our national reckoning with slavery and racial injustice. Cite the values of community, voice, safety, and equity when discussing this hook and the threat of white supremacy.

June 28

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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 opportunity, community, and voice.

June 29

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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 equity, safety, voice, and community. 

June 30

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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, equity, and community. 

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