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May 29, 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 May 29 - June 5, 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

Urge Support for H.R. 6 During Congressional Recess

Now that Congressional Representatives are in their home districts during the recess, it’s the perfect time to connect with them about voting for H.R. 6, “The American Dream and Promise Act” and cutting off funding for detention and deportation. H.R. 6 would keep families together and give permanent status to over two million immigrants already in the U.S. In June, Congress will introduce bills to fund the Department of Homeland Security for 2020 with more than $2.1 billion. Discuss the legislation and funding bills by citing the values of Family Unity, Economic Security, and Community.

Challenge Trump’s Redefinition of the Poverty Line

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The Trump Administration is proposing to change the way the federal poverty line is adjusted annually for inflation. By shrinking the poverty line over time, this change could reduce the number of people who qualify for health care, food assistance, and other aid.  The Trump White House is seeking comments by June 21st. Discuss this development with your networks, citing the values of Economic Security and Community.

Thwart Trump’s Latest Attack on Immigrant Families

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Last week, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum ordering federal agencies to develop policies within 90 or 180 days that target U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents who sponsor their relatives when they immigrate. The agencies are tasked with developing plans to sue the sponsors of immigrants who use certain public programs. The Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign points out that, by stigmatizing those who use public benefits, these policies will intimidate sponsors from reuniting with their family members and will deter documented immigrants from securing services for which they are eligible. “Trump will do anything to send immigrant families the message that if you’re not white and wealthy, you’re not welcome — or even safe — here,” the campaign co-chairs wrote in a statement. Discuss these proposals by citing the values of Family Unity, Economic Security and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Month of May

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This week wraps up these month-long observances:

Wednesday, May 29

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Join The Opportunity Agenda's webinar, "Talking about Poverty and Economic Opportunity: Shifting the Narrative" which offers messaging guidance on how to shape an affirmative narrative on the issues of poverty and economic opportunity. Guest speakers will be Marisol Bello (Community Change), Bill Nichols (Spotlight on Poverty), and Charon Hribar (Poor People's Campaign). Register here. Hashtag: #EconOpp4All

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On this day in 1851 Sojourner Truth made her famous “Ain’t I a Woman?” speech at the Women’s Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio. Today scholars see the speech as an intersectional critique of single-issue activism. It’s also an important anniversary in light of recent abortion bans passed at the state level and their potential impact on people of color. Use this anniversary to discuss intersectionality and the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

Thursday May 30

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At 7pm EST, join Detention Watch Network for a webinar, "The Fight to Shut Down and Stop the Expansion of Detention Centers." The webinar will be entirely in Spanish with English interpretation. Register now! Hashtag: #CommunitiesNotCages

 

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On May 30, 1955, the Supreme Court ordered that schools should be integrated “with all deliberate speed." Known as “Brown II,” the order was issued because few schools had integrated since the Brown vs. Board of Education decision. Today, several of Trump’s judicial nominees refused to affirm Brown, a troubling sign for advocates. Cite this anniversary by referring to the values of Voice, Equality, and Mobility.

Friday, May 31

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The four-part miniseries, “When They See Us,” written and directed by Academy Award nominee Ava DuVernay, premiers on Netflix today. The series exposes the failures of the U.S. criminal justice system through a retelling of the Central Park Five case that gripped the nation in 1989. Cite the values of Voice and Equality when discussing this series.

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Today celebrations are planned across the country to celebrate the 200th birthday of Walt Whitman. Because Whitman criticized slavery and stood up for social justice, he is considered the first "poet of democracy" in the United States. The poet’s sexuality has been disputed but some still consider him a gay icon. Use Whitman’s birthday to discuss the role of artists in changing hearts and minds for lasting social change. Cite the values of Voice and Equality.

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On this day in 2009, Dr. George Tiller was assassinated in Wichita, Kansas. Tiller was the medical director of Women's Health Care Services and was targeted by anti-abortion extremists. Use the anniversary of Tiller’s death to talk about the dire need for reproductive healthcare for women living in poverty. Recent state legislative banning abortion also makes Tiller’s more resonant. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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At 2:00 pm PST/5:00 pm EST in Pasadena CA, the Unity and Freedom Presidential Forum will be the first immigration presidential forum to take place. Community Change Action, CHIRLA and FIRM Action will have a conversation with 2020 Democratic candidates about their ideas and solutions to the immigration questions facing the country. RSVP to join the live-stream

During the Month of June

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June is Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month and this year it’s an even bigger deal with the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprisng. Discuss intersectional issues for the LGBT community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

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Immigrant Heritage Month provides another opportunity to talk about the economic challenges and contributions of immigrants in the United States. Reference the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

Monday, June 3

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Today is the deadline to sign onto the Families Belong Together Coalition’s “No Profits From Pain” action to demand that Bank of America and SunTrust stop financing private prisons. More than 70% of immigrants in immigration custody are in private prisons and they are part of the system of mass incarceration that has devastated communities of color. After a similar campaign, Wells Fargo Bank and JPMorgan Chase declared that they will no longer finance private prisons. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community when talking about this campaign.

Tuesday, June 4

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Today is the 100th anniversary of Congress approving the Constitution’s 19th amendment which gave white women the right to vote. While an important accomplishment, Jim Crow laws prevented many women of color from exercising this right for decades. Cite the values of Equality and Voice when talking about this anniversary.

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