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March 1, 2020

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During the Month of March

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The theme for this year’s Women's History Month is Valiant Women of the Vote.” The National Women’s History Alliance chose this to honor "the brave women who fought to win suffrage rights for women, and for the women who continue to fight for the voting rights of others." Use this hook to discuss the vital role that women have played in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Be sure to cite the values of Equality and Voice. 

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It’s also National Professional Social Work Month, when social workers and their supporters educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. The National Association of Social Workers will also uses the month to push for better pay for social workers, which continues to lag behind that of other helping professions. The theme this year is “Social Workers: Generations Strong.” Use this hook to discuss the values of Community and Economic Security.

Sunday, March 1

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Today is also the 17th birthday of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Use this anniversary to take stock of an agency that has deported millions of people and separated thousands of families in the process. Cite the values of Community, Family Unity, and Economic Security.

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East LA Walkouts: On this day in 1968, students walked out of their high schools in East Los Angeles to protest the quality of their education and in support of civil rights for Mexican Americans. The protest was the first of many and inspired later protests that used similar tactics. To talk about this anniversary, use the values of Voice and Equality.

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On this day in 1872, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the Yellowstone National Park Protection Act into law and the world’s first national park was born. This anniversary is particularly relevant because in 2019 Trump signed The Natural Resources Management Act into law. The act not only protects millions of acres of land and miles of rivers, but it also contains provisions for Native Americans and African Americans. When discussing this anniversary and recent legislation, cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

Monday, March 2

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On March 2, 1955 (nine months before Rosa Parks’ act of civil disobedience), 15- year old Claudette Colvin was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger. She became one of four plaintiffs in Browder v. Gayle, which ruled that Montgomery's segregated bus system was unconstitutional. When discussing this anniversary, cite the values of Equality and Voice as well as the importance of youth voices in social justice activism.

Tuesday, March 3

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Today is Super Tuesday, when voters in 13 states will select their candidates to run for the President of the United States. It’s also when voters discuss the issues they care about. Use the primary as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity and criminal justice. Cites the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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On this day in 1991, officers with the Los Angeles Police Department were captured on camera beating Rodney King during a traffic stop. This anniversary offers the opportunity to discuss police accountability and over-policing in communities affected by poverty. Cite the values of Community and Redemption.

Thursday, March 5 – Sunday, March 8

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The Center for Justice at Columbia University is hosting its tenth “Beyond the Bars” conference in New York City, which coincides with the tenth anniversary of the book, “The New Jim Crow.” Organizers write, “in the past 10 years, the movement challenging incarceration and criminalization has grown significantly - in part due to the role of currently and  formerly-incarcerated and directly impacted people.” Register to attend in person or watch via livestream.

Friday, March 6 – Saturday, March 7

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From sundown to sundown, the National Day of Unplugging invites people around the globe to a 24-hour respite from technology. The event “highlights the value of disconnecting from digital devices to connect with ourselves, our loved ones and our communities in real time.” Cite the value of Community when talking about this day.

Saturday, March 7

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Today is the 55th anniversary of the first march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights in Alabama. One of its leaders, Rep. John Lewis, continues his fight for civil rights in Congress. Use this anniversary to talk about the renewed need to protect voting rights and fight racial injustice. Cite the values of Equality and Voice.

Sunday, March 8

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International Women’s Day, women across the world will march under the theme of #EachforEqual. Use this event to discuss the intersectionality of gender and poverty. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Economic Security.

Tuesday, March 10

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Presidential Primaries: Today voters in six states will select their nominees to run for the President of the United States. It’s also when voters discuss the issues they care about. Use the primary as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity and criminal justice. Cites the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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Today is also Abortion Provider Appreciation Day to recognize staff who work every day to ensure that patients have access to the full range of reproductive health care options — including safe and legal abortion.  Use this day to talk about the intersectional issues of reproductive justice and economic opportunity. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

Thursday, March 12

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On March 12, 1912, the Bread and Roses strikers in Lawrence, MA successfully won their demands. The Zinn Education Project notes, “This was an historic strike that united workers across many traditional barriers including language, nationality, gender, and age.” Cite this anniversary and cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Friday, March 13

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Today in New York City, 400 Years of Inequality will hold a symposium to create a People’s Platform for Equity. There will be hands-on workshops to practice shifting from fear into “finding what we’re FOR” in order to carry our movements and communities forward. Learn more here.

Saturday, March 14

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On this day in 1990, at least 16 activists were arrested in Washington, D.C. during a protest where people were demanding that the federal government pass the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Today, provisions of the ADA and disability benefits are under attack. Activists are also pushing back against the “subminimum wage” for disabled people. Discuss this anniversary and current activism by citing the values of Voice and Equality.

Sunday, March 15

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Today is Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's 87th birthday. Discuss the Justice’s lifelong work for gender equality by citing the values of Economic Security and Voice.

Monday, March 16

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Today is the deadline to comment on The Department of Housing and Urban Development’s new rule that would weaken fair housing enforcement. HUD wants to remove oversight measures instituted in 2015 that were designed to strengthen the Fair Housing Act of 1968. Advocates fear that the change will be less leverage to fight discrimination by withholding taxpayer dollars. Discuss this new rule by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Tuesday, March 17

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St. Patrick’s Day provides an opportunity to talk about the Irish immigrant experience with the American social construction of “whiteness” and how its boundaries shifted over time. Since many Irish people were fleeing state-sponsored famine, it’s also possible to make connections with refugees today. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, Economic Security, and Community.

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Presidential Primaries: Today voters in four states (AZ, FL, IL, OH) will select their nominees to run for the President of the United States. It’s also when voters discuss the issues they care about. Use the primary as an opportunity to raise policy issues related to immigration, economic opportunity and criminal justice. Cites the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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Today is the birthday of civil rights leader Bayard Rustin. As a gay black man who helped plan the 1963 March on Washington, Rustin’s life illustrates the reality of intersectional struggles. Just last month, California Governor Gavin Newsom of California posthumously pardoned Rustin for a 1953 conviction under laws that targeted L.G.B.T.Q. people. Cite the values of Equality and Voice when talking about Rustin’s life.

Wednesday, March 18

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Public Defense Day commemorates the Supreme Court's 1963 ruling that states must provide free legal counsel for people living in poverty. The case, Gideon v. Wainwright, was spurred by Clarence Earl Gideon who was charged with a felony in Florida state court and denied a court-appointed lawyer. The Supreme Court's decision extended the right to counsel to state courts across the country. Discuss the importance of public defense by referring to the values of Voice and Equality.

Thursday, March 19

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On this day in 1917, the Supreme Court upheld the Eight Hour Act, the first federal law regulating the work hours of private companies. The law was passed by Congress after nationwide industrial strikes. Unions have also been instrumental in fighting for worker rights but fair scheduling and overtime are still issues for many Americans. Cite this anniversary citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Friday, March 20

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The United Nations declared today the International Day of Happiness. It’s meant to recognize that ending poverty, reducing inequality, and protecting our planet are three key aspects that lead to well-being and happiness. This year's theme is Happier Together, focusing on what we have in common, rather than what divides us. When talking about this hook, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Friday, March 20 – Monday, April 20

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The U.S. Department of Arts and Culture is partnering with the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival for their sixth annual People’s State of The Union. During this month, hundreds of people across the nation will host Story Circles to share our stories and visions for a more just future, and to build creative people-power to confront systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, and militarism.” The stories that come out of Story Circles will be interpreted by an array of artists, poets, and musicians, and make their way directly into the Poor People Campaign’s Mass Assembly and March in Washington, D.C. on June 20, 2020.

Saturday, March 21

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Today is the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, according to the United Nations. Discuss racial justice by citing the values of Voice, Equality and Community.

Sunday, March 22

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The United Nations designated March 22 World Water Day to focus attention on the importance of universal access to clean water in developing countries. In the U.S., clean water continues to be an issue in Flint, MI as well as in many public schools across the country. Water infrastructure is also part of Trump’s 2020 infrastructure plan. Use this hook to discuss clean water infrastructure, citing the values of Economic Opportunity and Community.

Monday, March 23

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on this day, 10 years ago. Since then, more than 20 million people have gained health coverage. Even though Congress has undermined the law by repealing the individual mandate that required Americans to have health insurance, voters in several states chose to expand Medicaid in 2018. Despite this, Trump’s 2020 budget proposes cuts to Medicaid and Medicare. To discuss the anniversary and current healthcare debate, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Tuesday, March 24

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The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (more commonly known as ACT UP) held its first-ever demonstration on this day in 1987 on Wall Street, the world’s leading financial center in New York City, and targeted pharmaceutical companies that were profiteering from the epidemic. ACT UP brought widespread attention to the AIDS epidemic and helped make significant advances in AIDS research. Discuss this anniversary and the on-going need for healthcare and LGBTQ activism. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

Wednesday, March 25 - Tuesday, March 31

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It’s the National Farmworker Awareness Week. Since 1999, Student Action with Farmworkers has coordinated this week of action to “raise awareness about farmworker issues, honor their everyday contributions, and gain more allies to help advocate for better living and working conditions in the fields.” Farm work is the third most dangerous job in the United States and has few federal labor protections such as overtime, unemployment insurance, and protection when joining a union. Talk about the farmworker rights citing the values of Voice, Economic Security, and Community.

Wednesday, March 25

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On this day in 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 immigrant garment workers (predominantly women) in Manhattan. Use this anniversary to discuss the concerns of immigrant workers, particularly workplace safety. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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On this day in 1931, nine young African American men (The “Scottsboro Boys”) were falsely charged with rape in Alabama. Despite lack of evidence, eight of them were convicted and sentenced to death by an all-white jury. The trial has particular relevance since the Supreme Court ruled in 2019 that there was racial bias in the jury selection for the case of Curtis Flowers. Use this anniversary to discuss the continued need for criminal justice reform, especially as it affects people of color living in poverty. Cite the values of Equality and Voice.

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Today is also the birthday of Aretha Franklin. Use the anniversary of her birth to talk about the role of influential artists in fighting for the values of Voice, Equality and Community.

Thursday, March 26

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On March 26, 1839, Cherokee Indians reached the end of the “Trail of Tears,” a forced death march from their ancestral home in the Smoky Mountains to the Oklahoma Territory.

Friday, March 27

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Muslim Women’s Day is designed to celebrate Muslim women and “flood the Internet with positive representations of who Muslim women are.” Also use this day to talk about how Trump’s Muslim Ban has affected Muslim women and their families. Talk about this day using the values of Voice and Equality.

Saturday, March 28

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On March 28, 1898, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark that under the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, children who are born in the United States to non-citizen parents are indeed U.S. citizens. Wong Kim Ark had been born in San Francisco to Chinese immigrants who were barred from ever becoming U.S. citizens under the Chinese Exclusion Act. He was denied re-entry to the United States after a trip to China and sued the federal government. Trump has suggested that he could end “birthright citizenship” by executive order. Discuss this anniversary citing the values of Equality and Community

Monday, March 30

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One hundred fifty years ago, on March 30, 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution was formally adopted. The last of the three Reconstruction amendments, it gave black men the right to vote by declaring that this right could “not be abridged or denied by any state” on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Over time, loopholes in the amendment would allow states to implement restrictions such as poll taxes and literacy tests that did not mention race by name, but effectively prevented most African Americans from voting. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 was passed to outlaw these practices but it was recently gutted by the Supreme Court. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice and Equality. 

Tuesday, March 31

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Today is labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez’s birthday. In California, this is a state holiday. Discuss the on-going issues faced by farmworkers and the importance of unions, citing the values of Economic Security and Community.

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It’s also the International Transgender Day of Visibility, a day dedicated to “celebrating the accomplishments and victories of transgender & gender non-conforming people while raising awareness of the work that is still needed to save trans lives.” When talking about this day, cite the values of Voice and Equality.

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On this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Congress created the Civilian Conservation Corps, a public work-relief program to combat unemployment. The corps provides historic precedent for proposals like the Green New Deal. Use this anniversary to discuss the values of Opportunity, Economic Security and Community.

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