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March 6, 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 6 - 14, 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

Prepare for Trump’s 2020 Budget Proposals

Next Monday, March 11, the Trump administration will release the first of two parts of its proposed 2020 budget to Congress. Its a statement on the president's priorities: namely cuts to basic-needs programs and huge increases for national defense. Advocates are concerned that spending caps could mean 10 percent reductions to domestic programs for low-income people. There's also concern that the 2020 Census will not receive adequate funding to count everyone in the country, a vital element in state and federal funding. Discuss the proposed budget with the values of Community and Economic Security.

Less than One Month to Comment on Proposed SNAP Admin Rule

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There's now less than a month left to comment on the Trump administration's proposed rule on SNAP reporting requirements. 750,000 people could lose food assistance if the Trump administration gets its way. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this proposal.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

Month of March

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March is Women's History Month and this year’s theme is “Visionary Women: Champions of Peace & Nonviolence.” 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. Use this hook to discuss the values of Community and Economic Security

Wednesday, March 6

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Christopher Cardinale

This week, JP Morgan announced that it will stop financially backing private prison companies, which detain 75 percent of all immigrant detainees for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In a timely action, activists in New Jersey will march on Ash Wednesday to oppose immigration detention in the their state (as they have done for the past 23 years). The protestors will stop at the offices of elected officials to demand that they “start providing oversight with an eye toward ending New Jersey’s county jail contracts with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” Join the discussion by citing the values of Community, Economic Security, and Voice

Thursday, March 7

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Today is the 54th anniversary of the first march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights in Alabama. The #SelmaJubilee reenacted the march this past weekend. 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.

Friday, March 8

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On International Women’s Day, women across the world will march under the theme of #BalanceForBetter. Use this event to discuss the intersectionality of gender and poverty.

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From 1-2pm EST, the Center for American Progress, in collaboration with MomsRising, will hold a #HandsOffSNAP tweet storm on how women, children and families would be be effected by cuts to food assistance resulting from the administration’s proposed work requirements for SNAP recipients.

Monday, March 11

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The Trump administration will release the first of two parts of its proposed 2020 budget to Congress. See messaging advice above in Emerging Issues. 

Tuesday, March 12

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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. This week’s theme is Criminal Justice/Reentry/People with Criminal Records. Tweet chats will continue every Tuesday until the April 2 public comment deadline.

Thursday, March 14

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From 1-2pm EST, the Center for American Progress will hold a #HandsOffSNAP tweet storm on Criminal Justice/Reentry/People with Criminal Records in relation to the administration’s proposed SNAP rule on work requirements.

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At 2pm EST, the Coalition on Human Needs will hold a webinar, “The Trump Budget: What You Need to Know,” which will cover key takaways from the Trump budget and the work that lies ahead for better alternatives in Congress. “Advocates need to know how to prevent those cuts, how to fight against cuts to basic needs programs like Medicaid or SNAP, and how to advance real improvements in the services we need,” organizers write.

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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 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.

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