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 23-31.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Get Ready for Supreme Court Decision on Janus Case
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard oral arguments in Janus v. AFSCME Council 31, a case that will determine whether public sector unions that negotiate with employers over fair pay and work conditions may continue to receive fees from all employees who benefit from those advances. If the Court sides with the plaintiff, then the freedom of working people to form unions will be undermined. The Court could make its decision any day in the next few weeks. Be prepared to talk about the case using the values of Voice and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Ten Tips for Talking About Janus v. AFSCME Council 31; Labor movement and allies' Janus vs. AFSCME Decision Day Toolkit; American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees' The Facts About the Janus Case
- Hashtag: #union #janus
Challenge the Trump Administration's Dehumanizing Language
Several times over the past week, President Trump and his administration have referred to Central American gang members as "animals" who need to be brought to justice. He's expected to visit Long Island, NY today to further underscore his point. When discussing this dehumanizing language, cite the values of Voice, Diginity and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Dealing with Lies in the Era of Trump and Promote Fairness at the Intersection of Immigration and Criminal Justice; George Lakoff's Taxonomy of Trump's Tweets and University of Southern California's Program for Environmental and Regional Equity's A Beloved Community: Promoting the Healing, Well-being, and Leadership Capacities of Boys and Young Men of Color
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
In Theaters Now
Wim Wenders' new documentary, Pope Francis - A Man of His Word, is a personal journey that focuses on the pope's deep concern for the poor and wealth inequality. The film will be an opportunity to expand conversations about poverty by reaching new audiences. Cite the values of Economic Security and and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Q&A on Pope Francis' Visit to the U.S. and Biography's 10 Revealing Facts From ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’
- Hashtag: #ThePopeMovie
During the month of May
It's Asian-Pacific Amerian (APA) Heritage Month, an opportunity to celebrate the history of and leaders in the APA community. Discuss the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans citing the values of Community, Inclusion and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Power of POP: Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows; The National Coalition for Asian-Pacific American Community Development's Spotlight: Asian American & Pacific Islander Poverty; Asian Americans Advancing Justice's A Community of Contrasts: Asian Americans in the United States
- Hashtags: #AAHM18 #APAHM #APAHeritage
The month of May is also:
Now through Saturday, June 23
The Poor People's Campaign is continuing its 40 days of direct action. This week's theme is "Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty" and next week's is "The War Economy." Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.
Wednesday, May 23
At 1:00 p.m. ET, The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law will host it's the Advocacy Exchange with The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP) and the National Immigration Law Center to discuss "public charge" doctrine and forthcoming regulations from the Trump administration that will limit immigrant access to key safety net programs. They'll also talk about what the Protecting Immigrant Families, Advancing Our Future campaign is doing to mobilize against it.
Thursday, May 24
The Red Nose Day campaign raises awareness and funds to help children in need with the help of influencers in the entertainment industry. Watch and tweet during special television programming on NBC starting at 8:00 p.m. EST/7:00 p.m. CST. Use this opportunity to discuss the values of Economic Security and Community.
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Use Demos and ASO Communications' Race-Class Narrative National Dial Survey Report for suggestions on how to engage audiences around race and class in ways that "strengthen social solidarity, reduce division and scapegoating, and create a viable foundation for progressive policy victories." Also use this summary handout.
Cite the Kaiser Family Foundation's Implications of the ACA Medicaid Expansion: A Look at the Data and Evidence to explain the effects of the Medicaid expansion and some changes being implemented through waivers.
Use the United Way's updated data on ALICE to explain the challenges faced by Americans who are "Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed." The study found that more than 40% of U.S. households cannot pay the basics: rent, transportation, child care and a cellphone.
Use the Center for American Progress' Bold Ideas for State Action to outline a slate of progressive policies for state and local leaders "to help people secure good jobs and good wages and to support strong and healthy communities in which all people are treated fairly and equitably."