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June 28, 2018

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 27 - July 11.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Raise Your Voice on Controversial Supreme Court Decisions

This week, in its final week of the term, the Supreme Court issued historically bad decisions on a range of issues. Stunningly, the Court ignored the foundational principals of religious freedom and human rights and instead affirmed President Trump's executive authority in Trump v. Hawaii to continue his administration's Muslim Ban. And in Janus v. AFSCME, the Court majority favored the interests of extremely wealthy CEOs and corporations, rather than working people. When discussing both cases, cite the values of Voice, Family, Economic Security, and Community.

Reject Policies and Legislation that Separate and/or Detain Families:


Much is happening regarding the implementation and creation of xenophobic policies of this administration, and Congress. With 2,300 immigrant children still in custody and the Trump Administration’s family separation policy under way, albeit in flux, the House of Representatives rejected the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (the “Ryan bill”). Activists are planning mass mobilizations around the country (see June 30 below). Especially now, it’s important to reinforce the values of Community, Family Unity, and Economic Security when discussing these and other related issues.

Stand Up for SNAP in the Senate’s Farm Bill

Thad Zajdowicz via Flickr CC

The House of Representatives passed its damaging Farm Bill last week and now the Senate is considering its version (which doesn’t gut the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program - SNAP). The Senate vote could happen this week, and advocates are concerned about a series of potential amendments that could cut or negatively change SNAP. Tell your networks to call their senators and urge them to reject any amendments that would undermine the SNAP program.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Thursday, June 28


Today is the 49th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising in New York City, a key turning point in the struggle for LGBT rights. Use the anniversary to discuss intersectional issues for the LGBT community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

Friday, June 29


At 1:00 p.m. EST, Moms Rising is hosting a #FoodFri Twitter chat to learn about the 2018 Farm Bill and discuss ways to get involved. They will be joined by guests from the American Heart Association, The Bipartisan Policy Center and The Center for Science in the Public Interest.

Saturday, June 30


Advocates are organizing “Families Belong Together” mass mobilizations in D.C. and across the United States. The events have fundamental demands from reuniting families to permanently ending the indefinite detention of families. WEAR WHITE to make a strong visual statement of love, unity, and freedom.


Monday, July 2


On this day, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the landmark civil rights and labor law that prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. Use this anniversary to reaffirm the values of Voice, Mobility, and Community.

Wednesday, July 4

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

As the birthday of the United States of America, July 4th is yet another opportunity to raise the values we believe our nation should embody: Opportunity, Voice, Equality, Community and Mobility. Use this day to remind audiences about the importance of this country's land, and its original inhabitants, Native American peoples, and their plight for equality and justice.

Thursday, July 5

by Mars Primo

Two years ago on this day, Alton Sterling was fatally shot several times at close range by Baton Rouge Police Department officers. Sterling had been selling CDs in a parking lot. His death was video recorded by several bystanders. This anniversary is an opportunity to discuss the values of Opportunity, Community, Equity.

Friday, July 6


On this day in 1907, the pioneering artist and activist Frida Kahlo was born. Use this hook to talk about the role of artists in social justice activism. Cite the values of Voice and Community.

Monday, July 9


On this day in 1868, Congress ratified the 14th amendment to the Constitution, which granted citizenship and rights to African Americans and formerly enslaved people. It also forms the basis of “birthright citizenship” for children of non-citizen immigrants. Use this anniversary to discuss the on-going struggle for civil and immigrant rights by citing the values of Community and Voice.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources



Use First Nations Development Institute and Echo Hawk Consulting’s Reclaiming Native Truth: Detailed Findings to change the false and misleading narratives about Native peoples. Accompanying the report are two messaging guides based on the research findings and a narrative-change strategy framework



Cite the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s 2018 Kid's Count Data Book to discuss state rankings and trends in child well-being during “a period that saw continued improvement in economic well-being but mixed results in the areas of health, education, family and community factors.”  



Share the Multi-State Collaborative’s Enforcing Inequality to better understand the ways in which “the collection of fines and fees debt, consumer debt, and civic debt disproportionately hurt low-income people and people of color” and learn about solutions.

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