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 6 and June 13.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
U.N. Report Exposes Criminalization of Those Living in Poverty in U.S.
Philip Alston, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, released his report on poverty in the United States about a fact-finding visit late last year. Alston found that the United States’ principal strategy for dealing with extreme poverty is to “criminalize and stigmatize those in need of assistance.” The report will be presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council on June 21st. Share and discuss the report with your networks while citing the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice and Shifting the Narrative on Poverty; Alston’s Trump’s Welfare Policy Is Unjustified, Punitive and Cruel and TalkPoverty’s The U.N. Just Published a Scathing Indictment of U.S. Poverty
- Hashtag: #USAPoverty
Support Lawsuits Against Census Citizenship Question
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and its partners filed a lawsuit today challenging the Trump administration’s eleventh-hour decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Last week, the Mexican American Legal Defense, Educational Fund (MALDEF), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) and the Law Office of Robert P. Newman filed a lawsuit on behalf of 21 organizations and two individuals also filed suit. The lawsuits argue that the question violates the U.S. Constitution because it is racially discriminatory and could result in a severe undercount of minorities. Continue the discussion by citing the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Census Data: A Fair and Accurate Count; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ Census Resources; Protect Democracy’s Explainer: The Paperwork Reduction Act and the Census and the ACLU’s Census Citizenship Question Illegally Discriminates Against Immigrants
- Hashtag: #2020Census #Census2020
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of June
June is 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; 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
Immigrant Heritage Month provides another opportunity to talk about the economic challenges faced by immigrants in the U.S. 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 Shows
- Hashtags: #CelebrateImmigrants #IHM2018 and #ImmigrantHeritageMonth
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 " The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet” and next week's is “Everybody’s Got the Right To Live.” Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.
Wednesday, June 6
Twenty-five years ago, the Golden Venture cargo ship ran aground in Queens, NY with 236 undocumented Chinese immigrants on board. The incident was one of the influences on the 1996 Immigration Act and connects to today’s debate about refugee families arriving at U.S. borders. Raise the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about this anniversary.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s 5 Key Facts: Online Discussion of Immigration in The Trump Era and Talking Immigration Issues Today: Due Process and Basic Rights; Jennifer Riddle’s The Golden Venture and American Immigration Laws and the New Yorker’s Path Out of Purgatory
- Hashtag: #GoldenVenture
Friday, June 8
The acclaimed documentary “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” about Fred Rogers arrives in theaters. For over thirty years, the beloved television program, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, spoke directly to young children about some of life’s weightiest issues. Use the film to discuss the importance of values like Community, Voice and Equality.
Tuesday, June 12
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 Equality and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice and Frank Conference’s Caty Borum Chattoo and Leena Jayaswal: Mixed, Mulatto, Swirl: A Documentary Journey of Discovery
- Hashtag: #lovingday
Wednesday, June 13
On this day in 1966, the Supreme Court issued the 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 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. and the Center for Popular Democracy’s Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities
- Hashtag: #mirandarights
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Ahead of the Supreme Court’s decision on the lawsuit against President Trump’s Muslim Ban, read and share Muslim Advocates' Total and Complete Shutdown to understand “the effects and implications of the ban and the great lengths that the administration has taken to circumvent the Constitution.”
Watch and share the National Employment Law Project and the Partnership for Working Families’ Uber & Lyft: Running Over Local Democracy about how these companies have blocked cities in 41 states from adopting protections for drivers and consumers. The video is based on a report we issued back in January—more info here.)
To help protect the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) from cuts or fundamental changes in this year's farm bill, Watch and share the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ SNAP Works. Let's Keep it That Way about people in Milwaukee, Wisconsin who rely, or have relied on SNAP to afford a healthy diet.
Use Save The Children’s Growing Up Rural in America to show that rural child poverty rates are higher than urban in more than 85 percent of U.S. States. This supplement to the global End of Childhood report found that “five states – Arizona, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina – all have rural child poverty rates at or above 33 percent, meaning at least 1 in 3 rural children in these states are growing up in poverty.”
Cite the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Potential Effects of Public Charge Changes on Health Coverage for Citizen Children to show how the proposed rule could result in 875,000 to 2 million U.S. citizen children would lose coverage, the estimates. Read the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ assessment here.