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March 28, 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 27 and April 10, 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

Stand Up for Immigrants Across the U.S.

A lot has been happening on immigration in the past few days. Congress was unable to override President Trump’s national emergency declaration about the border. Meanwhile senators introduced bills to protect Dreamers and recipients of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED). The House’s counterpart of this legislationg, the Dream and Promise Act (H.R. 6), now has 221 co-sponsors and is expected to come to a vote in the coming weeks. Also legislators in Florida are considering legislation that would out-law “sanctuary cities” and require local law enforcement to comply with federal requests to detain undocumented immigrants. When discussing these legislative proposals, cite the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.

Denounce Bluff Vote on Green New Deal

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In what was seen as a partisan political move, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell rushed the New Green Deal to a vote in the Senate yesterday without any priror hearings or markups. Supporters of the plan dubbed this a “bluff vote” and evidence that some Congressional leaders are not serious about addressing climate change and creating good green jobs. When talking about these developments, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Now until Sunday, March 31

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It’s National Farmworker Awareness Week 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. Since 1999, Student Action with Farmworkers has coordinated this week of action to draw attention to the fact that 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 farmworker rights citing the values of Voice, Economic Security and Community.

Wednesday, March 27

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Muslim Women’s Day is a designed to celebrate Muslim women and “flood the Internet with positive representations of who Muslim women are.” This year's theme is “Muslim Women Talk Back to Immigrant Life.” Talk about this day using the values of Voice and Equality.

Thursday, 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

Sunday, March 31

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by Rafael Lopez

Today is labor leader and civil rights activist Cesar Chavez’s birthday. In California, this is a state holiday that is observed on April 1 this year. This hook coincides with the end of National Farmworker Awareness Week (above). 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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by Micah Bazant

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.

During the Month of April

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Join the Prison Fellowship and its partners in celebrating Second Chance Month to recognize the dignity and potential of 70 million Americans with criminal records who have repaid their debt to society. Cite the values of Redemption and Mobility.

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This month is also Medicaid Awareness Month, with a different topic each week. This week, advocates will focus on "The War on Medicaid." Next week (April 8), the focus will be on how Medicaid Expansion has helped millions. When talking about Medicaid, cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Monday, April 1

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This is the Census Day of Action, marking one year ahead of Census Day 2020m when the 2020 Census will be in full swing. It’s on all of us to educate our communities about the importance of the 2020 Census. Discuss the values of Voice, Equality, and Community on this day.

Tuesday, April 2

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Food Research & Action Center ‏

Today at 11:59pm is the deadline for commenting on the Trump administration’s proposed rule on SNAP reporting requirements. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this proposal.

Thursday, April 4

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This day marks the anniversary of the assassination of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Use this occasion to talk about the accomplishments of Dr. King as well as his unfinished work, such as the Poor People's Campaign. Cite the values of Equality, Voice and Community.

Saturday, April 6

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On this day in 1931, the first Scottsboro Trial started. Despite lack of evidence, nine African-American teenage boys were ultimately convicted of rape by an all-white jury. The trial has particular relevance this year as the Supreme Court considers the case of Curtis Flowers and racial bias in jury selection. 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.

Wednesday, April 10

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by Barbara Carrasco

Today is labor organizer and activist Dolores Huerta's 89th birthday. Use this anniversary to discuss the concerns of immigrant workers in the U.S. today. Cite the values of Equality, Voice and Economic Opportunity.

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