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March 20, 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 March 20 - 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

Oppose the President’s #BullysBudget

This week, the Trump administration released the second part of its 2020 budget. Although it’s dead on arrival in the House, it still relfects the president’s priorities: increasing defense discretionary funding while cutting funding for basic needs programs. Advocates held a Twitter storm on Tuesday to make clear the harm that Trump’s budget would cause. Discuss the proposed budget with the values of Community and Economic Security.

Comment in Opposition to Proposed SNAP Rule

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Coalition on Human Needs

The comment deadline is just around the corner for the Trump administration’s proposed rule on SNAP reporting requirements. If approved, the rule could deny food assistance to 750,000 people. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this proposal.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of March

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Hillary LaMountain

“Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence” is the theme of this year’s Women’s History Month. 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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UC Allied Health

It’s also National Professional Social Work Month when social workers and their supporters educate the public about the invaluable contributions of the profession. Use this hook to discuss the values of Community and Economic Security.

Wednesday, March 20

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It’s the International Day of Happiness, according to The United Nations. This day is 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.

Thursday, March 21

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From 1-2pm EST, the Center for American Progress will hold a #HandsOffSNAP Tweet storm about LGBTQ Americans and the administration’s proposed SNAP rule on reporting requirements.

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At 3pm EST, Community Catalyst is hosting a Twitter storm in honor of the Affordable Care Act’s ninth anniversary. They plan to highlight the ways the ACA has improved health coverage for women, LGBTQ people, and their families. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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Today is also the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, according to the United Nations. The timely 2019 theme is “Mitigating and countering rising nationalist populism and extreme supremacist ideologies.” After the recent tragic events in Christchurch, New Zealand, white supremacy is again in the headlines. Discuss this issue citing the values of Voice, Equality and Community.

Friday, 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.

Saturday, March 23

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The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law on this day, nine 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.

Monday, March 25

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Today is the start of 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 us 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.

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On this day in 1911, the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire killed 146 immigrant (predominantly women) garment workers 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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Today is also the birthday of Aretha Franklin. The much-loved singer and social justice advocate passed away last year. Use the anniversary of her death to talk about the role of influential artists in fighting for the values of Voice, Equality and Community.

Tuesday, March 26

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From 1-2pm EST, the Center for American Progress will hold a #HandsOffSNAP Tweet chat to raise awareness and drive public comments on the proposed SNAP rule. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this proposal.

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