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 during the week of May 16-23.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Today: Demand Congress Reject the Farm Bill
Congress is expected to take up the Farm Bill late Wednesday night or Thursday. The bill imposes draconian "work requirements" for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Now is the time to speak out. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing the legislation.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking about Economic Justice; UnidosUS' Protect and Strengthen SNAP and video; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' House Farm Bill’s SNAP Changes Are a Bad Deal for States and Low-Income Households; Coalition on Human Needs' Dear Representative letter; Center for American Progress' Talking Points and Rapid Response Digital Toolkit; CAP Action’s call-in toolkit
- Hashtags: #HandsOffSNAP #SNAPMatters #EmptyPlatesEmptyPromises #FarmBill
Speaking Up for Children's Health
Next week, the House of Representatives will consider the Trump administration's proposal to rescind $15 billion from the recently approved budget that was dedicated to the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). There's still time to stop the cuts. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Sample VPSA Message; Shifting the Narrative on Poverty; and Quick Tips for Talking About Poverty and Taxes; Coalition on Human Needs' Sign-on Letter to Oppose Rescissions Package; Kaiser Health News' 4 Takeaways From Trump’s Plan To Rescind CHIP Funding; Juvenile Law Center's Reject Robbing Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) to Fund Trump’s Budget
- Hashtags: #SaveCHIP #ProtectCHIP
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the month of May
During May, Community Action Month calls attention to the positive programs by Community Action Agencies that help thousands of families across the U.S. These organizations were founded in 1964 as part of the War on Poverty and funding provided by Community Services Block Grants. Join the conversation by using the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Shifting the Narrative on Poverty; and Community Action Partnership's 2018 Community Action Month Toolkit
- Hashtag #CommunityActionWorks #WeR1000Strong
The month of May is also:
Now until Saturday, May 19
This is Police Week and Congress is considering ill-conceived legislation, The Protect and Serve Act (HR5698), that could make relations between communities and police worse. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights notes that the act creates a new – yet duplicative – crime for offenses that "target law enforcement.” Discuss this legislation citing the values of Redemption and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' Oppose Senate Introduction of the Protect and Serve Act of 2018 and The Opportunity Agenda's Create Fair and Effective Policing Practices and Talking About Policing
- Hashtag: #HR5698
Now until Monday, May 21
During Infrastructure Week, organizations and leaders garner public awareness and advocacy to support increased investments in infrastructure. Advocates are planning to discuss a broader vision for infrastructure that would ensure the values of Opportunity, Community, and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: Our Neighborhoods Our Future's Vison and Principles and Messaging Guide to Trump's Infrastructure Proposal; Partnership for Working Families' Infrastructure Week Social Media Guide, Graphics and Building America While Building Our Middle Class; Policylink's Equitable Infrastructure blog; Millions of Job's Ten Principles; In the Public Interest's Understanding and Evaluating Infrastructure Public-Private Partnerships (P3s)
- Hashtag: #timetobuild
Now through Saturday, June 23
The Poor People's Campaign launched its 40 days of direct action last weekend. This week's theme is "Somebody's Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty." Next week, it's "Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty." Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.
Monday, May 21
On this day in 1968, activists with the original Poor People's Campaign set up a shantytown known as “Resurrection City" on the National Mall. They protested at several locations in Washington, D.C. Use the 50th anniversary of this action to discuss the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.
Coming soon: Thursday, May 24
The Red Nose Day campaign raises awareness and funds to help children in need.
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Use the Center for American Progress' Jobs Blueprint to explain how creating jobs, raising wages, and revitalizing communities will help those who have been left behind amidst economic growth.
Cite Americans for Tax Fairness' Trump Tax Cut Truths website to detail how businesses are spending their tax savings since the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, including a record $407 billion on stock buybacks.
Share the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Administration Actions Against Immigrant Families Harming Children Through Increased Fear, Loss of Needed Assistance to explain the impact of policies on immigrant families in the United States.