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June 19, 2019

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 19-27, 2019. If you'd like to get The Amp delivered to your inbox, click the "Sign Up" button on the left.

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Get Ready to Respond to Supreme Court’s Decision on Census Question

The Supreme Court has a record number of case decissions to release this session. The justices added an additional decision day this Thursday and will likely add more next week. Among the cases under consideration, Department of Commerce v. New York concerns adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Follow SCOTUS blog for live updates. Discuss this case with your networks citing the values of Voice and Equality.  We will be sending talking points when a decision is made so keep an eye out for our email.

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In June


It’s time to #CelebrateImmigrants during Immigrant Heritage Month and share affirmative stories of the crucial ways that diverse communities enrich our society. Reference the values of Economic Security, Community and Voice.


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Only 10 more days are left in Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. It’s special this year because of the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising, which was a key turning point in the LGBTQ rights movement. Discuss intersectional issues for the LGBTQ community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.


Wednesday, June 19


Today is Juneteenth, which commemorates the day enslaved Americans in Texas gained their freedom, two years after the 1862 Emancipation Proclamation. It’s an opportunity to discuss the enduring legacies of racial injustice. Join the conversation, citing the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Community.

Thursday, June 20

Supreme Court potentially releases opinion on census case. (see above).


World Refugee Day commemorates the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. With the arrival of Central American families at the U.S./Mexico border, it’s an important time to connect this international observance to what’s happening in the United States. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this.

Friday, June 21

Today is the deadline to comment on The Trump administration’s attempt to redefine poverty.  By propsing to use a different way to calculate inflation, the White House will deny assistance to people who really need it. Cite the values of Community, Equality and Economic Security when discussing this.


From 2-3pm EST, The Opportunity Agenda’s Immigration Research Consortium will host a webinar about immigration detention with Silky Shah from Detention Watch Network and  Azadeh Shahshahani of Project South. They will share their insights on organizing successful anti-detention and incarceration campaigns, what this work looks like in Georgia, as well as messaging successes and pitfalls learned along the way. To participate and become a participant in the consortium, sign up here.

Saturday, June 22


Fort Sill Protest: Today in Oklahoma, activists will protest the Trump administration’s plan to detain 1,400 immigrant and refugee children there starting in July. Fort Sill has a violent past as a prisoner of war camp for members of the Chiricahua Apache, a boarding school for stolen Indigenous children and also for interning Japanese Americans during World War II. Use the protest to talk about Trump’s family separation policy. Cite the values of Family Unity, Economic Security, and Community. 


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.

Monday, June 24 - Friday, June 28

Supreme Court potentially releases opinion on census case. (see above).


The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and their allies around the country will mark a Shelby Week of Action to push Congress to act to restore the Voting Rights Act. It’s been six years since the Supreme Court’s decision on Shelby County v. Holder, which gutted the law intended to end discrimination in voting nationwide, and to ensure that every vote counts. Discuss this issue by refering to the values of Voice and Equality.

Tuesday, June 25


Today at 2pm EDT, on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on Shelby County v. Holder decision, Congressional Representative Terri Sewell will lead a Twitterstorm. Use and follow the #RestoreTheVote hashtag.



At 2pm EDT, the National Immigration Law Center will hold a webinar on Combating the Muslim Ban Federally and Locally, part of their monthly Winning in the States series. Join for a discussion on how national, state, and local groups fought against and continue to fight against this discriminatory decision. Register here.

Wednesday, June 26


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. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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