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 June 13 and June 20, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Support the Senate’s Plan for Protecting SNAP
This week, the Senate released its own version of the Farm Bill which protects the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Senators could vote on the bill next week but advocates are worried about bad amendments, similar to those proposed in the House. The House’s version of the Farm Bill was defeated last month. When discussing the bill, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking about Economic Justice; The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Senate Agriculture Committee’s Bipartisan Farm Bill Strengthens SNAP and Avoids Harming SNAP Households and the Center for American Progress’ HandsOffSnap.org
- Hashtags: #FarmBill #HandsOffSNAP
Defend Immigrant Rights in the House Debate
Late Tuesday, Speaker Paul Ryan agreed to allow the House to consider two immigration bills: one hardline bill that further cracks down on immigration and another more moderate bill that could allow a more permanent status for Dreamers (undocumented young people). Discuss these bills citing the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Communications to Protect Dreamers and our Nation’s Values and 5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about a Wall
- Hashtags: #heretostay
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During the Month of June:
June is National Homeownership Month and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced their theme for the month: “Find Your Place.” Join the conversation and talk about the importance of fair lending practices. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Public Opinion on Opportunity and the American Dream, Homeownership, and Housing and Compact for Home Opportunity
- Hashtags: #HomeOwnershipMonth
It’s also Immigrant Heritage Month which provides another opportunity to talk about the economic challenges faced by immigrants in the U.S. and recent news about immigration policy at the border. Reference the values of Economic Security, Community and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues; Power of POP - Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows and 5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about a Wall
- Hashtags: #CelebrateImmigrants #IHM2018 and #ImmigrantHeritageMonth
This month is also Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. Discuss intersectional issues for the LGBT 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; 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: #Pride2018 #PrideMonth #MoreColorsMorePride
Now through Saturday, June 23:
The Poor People's Campaign is continuing its 40 days of direct action. Find an event near you. This week's theme is “Everybody’s Got the Right to Live” and next week's is “A New and Unsettling Force.” Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.
Wednesday, June 13
On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court issued its decision on Miranda v. 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.; The Center for Popular Democracy’s Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities
- Hashtag: #mirandarights
Thursday, June 14
The Supreme Court scheduled an additional decision day this week and could possibly release its decision on the Muslim Ban on Thursday. It also happens to be Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan, the month-long Muslim fast. There is also the possibility the court will decide the Janus case as well. Follow SCOTUS blog for live updates. Discuss the decisions and/or Eid using the values of Voice, Equality and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About the Muslim Ban; Six Tips for Responding to Supreme Court Decisions; #NoMuslimBanEver campaign’s Pre-decision Toolkit and Muslim Advocates’ How the Trump Administration is Working to Ban Muslims from the United States
*Thursday is also the national day of action for #FamiliesBelongTogether campaign.
Friday, June 15
On this day in 2012, President Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. President Trump’s decision to end the program is still held up in the courts. It’s also the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Plyler v Doe in 1975 that allowed public education for undocumented students. Discuss both anniversaries by referring to the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Communications to Protect Dreamers and our Nation’s Values
- Hashtags: #heretostay
Sunday, June 17
Father's Day is an important time to talk about racial justice and economic opportunity with your audiences. With the separation of immigrant families at the border, this holiday provides another opportunity to talk about the need for family unity. In the Bay Area, advocates launched a bond fund for fathers in immigration detention. Focus on the values of Economic Security and Mobility.
- Messaging tool: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice - Communications that Support Efforts to Eliminate Poverty
- Hashtag: #fathersday #familiesbelongtogether
Monday, June 18
Each Monday this month is a decision day at the Supreme Court. On this Monday, the justices could release decisions on the Muslim Ban case (Hawaii v Trump) or the Janus case (Janus v. AFSCME Council 31). Follow SCOTUS blog for live updates. Cite the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security when discussing these cases.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Six Tips for Responding to Supreme Court Decisions; Ten Tips for Talking About Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 and Talking About the Muslim Ban
- Hashtags: #janus #UnionStrong #JanusVsAFSCME #NoMuslimBanEver
Tuesday, June 19
Juneteenth commemorates the day enslaved Americans gained their freedom in Texas, two years after the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. Today's celebrations provide the opportunity to discuss the enduring legacies of racial injustice. In New York, Just Leadership USA and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice are planning events. 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 #FreeNewYork
Wednesday, June 20
World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. With the recent arrival of Central American families at the U.S./Mexico border, it’s an important time to connect this international event to what’s happening in the United States. 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
- Hashtag: #withrefugees
June 20 is also the six-month anniversary of passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The Roosevelt Institute and the Tax March are planning to share the latest research and offer new arguments on the destructive impact of the new tax law, especially for people of color. More information here.
Use the Institute for Research on Poverty’s Wisconsin Poverty Report as an example to show how progress against poverty stalled in the state in 2016. Changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (called FoodShare in Wisconsin) reduced the program’s positive effects. Other factors included rising childcare, and increasing medical out-of-pocket expenses, especially for the elderly.
Cite the American Immigration Council’s The Immigrant Success Story:
How Family-Based Immigrants Thrive in America to explain how our family-based immigration system results in upward economic mobility.
Watch and share Common Justice’s Ever After to help tell new and more complete stories about violence and its aftermath. The videos focus on “stories of who have survived harm and people who have committed it; stories of violence, accountability, and healing; and stories that will help us see things as they are and imagine what else is possible.”