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May 12, 2020

This week, our partners were organizing (at home, from a safe social distance) in anticipation of a Supreme Court ruling on DACA. 

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Supreme Court DACA Ruling Imminent; Thousands Essential Workers Affected

Thousands of DACA (Deferred Action for Child Arrivals) recipients — immigrants who arrived in this country as children and have known no other country — are organizing in anticipation of a ruling from the Supreme Court that may come as soon as Thursday morning. If the court sides with Trump, DACA recipients will not only lose work authorizations and the health benefits tied to their work, but the Trump administration's top immigration enforcement director has indicated an intention to deport DACA beneficiaries. This, as large numbers of DACA recipients and their family members serve in essential roles as front-line health care workers, grocery store workers, janitors, farm workers, educators and others — not just during the pandemic, but every day.  

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

May 13 - 28

via Coyote Chronicle

Throughout May:


Events and Cultural Hooks:

  • May 14 - Building Unity in The Mass Incarceration Crisis - UndocuAllies at Harvard collaborates with scholars, activists, and students in this webinar discussion on how to center black migrant experiences in the fight for abolition. 
  • May 19 - Fighting COVID/Building Power: Workers & Unions on the FrontlinesAn online forum via zoom featuring speakers from Make the Road New York, TWU Local 100, ATU Local 1056, Local 338 RWDSU/UFCW, and the CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies.  
  • May 21 - Red Nose Day 2020 which, through engagement with celebrities, raises awareness and funds to help children in need. Watch and tweet during the prime time Red Nose Day Special on NBC and look for Red Nose Day face filters in your favorite social media apps. Use this opportunity to discuss the values of Economic Security and Community.

Birthdays and Anniversaries: 

  • Supreme Court Ruling in Brown vs. Board of Education: May 17, 1954
  • May 19 is the birthdate of two racial justice champions: 
    • Yuri Kochiyama: May 19, 1921 
    • Malcolm X: May 19, 1925
    • The Poor People's Campaign sets up a shantytown known as “Resurrection City" on the National Mall to draw attention to poverty in the U.S.: May 21, 1968
    • Harvey Milk Day / 90th Birthday of Harvey Milk, one of the nation's first openly gay elected officials: May 22, 1930
    • Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007signed into law by President George W. Bush, raised the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour. It was the last time that the federal minimum wage was raised: May 25, 2007.
    • President Andrew Jackson signed into law the Indian Removal Act, legitimating the genocide of native people. May 28, 1830
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