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.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: Census Count’s Message Toolkit and resources; #WeCount Coalition’s Social Media Toolkit; NALEO Educational Fund’s SCOTUS Decision prep toolkit; The Opportunity Agenda’s Census Data: A Fair and Accurate Count and Census Data and Storytelling; Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ talking points; Brennan Center for Justice’s Backgrounder on Federal Laws that Protect Census Confidentiality
- Hashtags: #SaveTheCensus; #2020Census; #Census2020
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
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.
- Messaging and Communication Tools: Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues and Power of POP - Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Show
- Hashtags: #CelebrateImmigrants; #IHM2019;
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; Social Justice Sexuality Project’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: #Pride50; #Pride2019; #PrideMonth
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.
- Take Action: In Philadelphia, join the Close the Creek campaign for its Juneteenth event “From Plantations to Prisons - The Evolution of Oppression.”
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice
- Hashtag: #juneteenth
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.
- Take Action: At 1:00 EDT, join Rep Ted Lieu’s twitter storm. Use this toolkit. If you're in Washington, D.C., attend the World Refugee Day Press Conference on Capitol Hill and Home, Safe and Sound: Storytelling Night.
- 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; #WorldRefugeeDay2019; #WRD2019; #StandWithRefugees
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.
- Take Action: To comment on behalf of your organization, or as an expert, with a detailed comment: Use Coalition on Human Need's portal. To comment as a member of the general public: Use CHN's portal at this link.
- Messaging and communication tools: #RedefiningPoverty social media toolkit ; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Administration’s Poverty Line Proposal Would Cut Health, Food Assistance for Millions Over Time; TalkPoverty's Trump’s Plan to Lower Poverty by Redefining It, Explained; The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Poverty & Economic Opportunity Today and Talking About Economic Justice
- Hashtags: #redefiningpoverty; #usapoverty
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.
- Take action: Join and promote the protest.
- Messaging and communication 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
- Hashtags: #StopRepeatingHistory; #NeverAgainIsNow; #CommunitiesNotCages; #AbolishICE
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
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.
- Take action: Join an event in your state or host your own (Contact Lindsey Walker Walker@civirights.org for support).
- Messaging and communication tools: The Leadership Conference for Human and Civil Rights’ Toolkit and Social Media Guidance; U.S. Commission on Civil Rights’ An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States; and the Leadership Conference Education Fund's The Great Poll Closure
- Hashtag: #RestoreTheVote
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.
- Take action: Join the National Immigration Law Center’s webinar on June 25.
- 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; MPower Change’s report on the impacts of the ban [link will be added when report is live].
- Hashtags: #NoMuslimBanEver; #NoBanNoWall