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 9-16.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Voice Your Opposition to the Farm Bill
On Tuesday, advocates held a Day of Action against the current version of the Farm Bill and its cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives this week or next. Now is the time to speak out against the cuts. 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' 6 Takeaways From CBO Estimate of House Agriculture Committee SNAP Proposals and House Farm Bill Briefs – Who Would Its SNAP Proposals Harm?; Center for American Progress' Talking Points and Rapid Response Digital Toolkit; CAP Action’s call-in toolkit
- Hashtags: #HandsOffSNAP #SNAPMatters #EmptyPlatesEmptyPromises #FarmBill
Stop Cuts to Children's Health Care
The Trump Administration has proposed rescinding $15 billion from the recently approved budget that was dedicated for the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This step requires Congressional approval so 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; 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
Amplify a Productive Conversation in Response to Roseanne's Islamophobia
A lot is being considerd around Trump's Muslim Ban and pop culture isn't missing a beat. Last night on "Roseanne," the lead character spouted xenophobic statements about her Muslim neighbors but eventually learned to trust them. Shape the online conversation about "Roseanne" towards one about the values of Community and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Rise Above: Countering Fear-Based Messaging; Future Over Fear: Affirmative Storytelling in a New Era and Power of POP: Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows and The Arab American Institute's An Arab family gets approved by Roseanne
- Hashtag: #roseanne #futureoverfear
During the month of May
During May, the federal Administration on Aging recognizes Older Americans Month. The campaign is a great opportunity to use a news hook to discuss advocacy issues. Discuss the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Shifting the Narrative on Poverty; and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' How Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm Older Americans and House Farm Bill’s SNAP Cuts, Work Requirements Would Hurt Older Americans
- Hashtag: #OAM18
The month of May is also:
Thursday, May 10
Friday, May 11
At 1 p.m. ET on Twitter, join MomsRising/ MamásConPoder, Talk Poverty, the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence and the National Women's Law Center for a bilingual #FoodFri chat to discuss how the proposed Farm Bill will affect SNAP and women.
- Messaging and communication tools: See above in Emerging Issues
- Hashtag: #FoodFri
Sunday, May 13
Mother's Day is a useful hook for discussing the impact of poverty on families. Forward Together's Mama's Day campaign works to "ensure all families have the rights, recognition, and resources they need to thrive." Black Love Bail Out uses the holiday to raise money to bail mothers out of jail and ultimately end money bail. Use the values of Economic Security and Community.
Monday, May 14 - 21
With Trump's infrastructure plans indefinitely on hold, organizations and leaders are forging ahead with Infrastructure Week. 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
Monday, May 14 - Saturday, June 23
The Poor People's Campaign will launch its first nation-wide event with direct actions in over 30 state capitals to "force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy during a key election year." There will be a continued series of actions for the next forty days. Next week's theme is "Somebody's Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty." Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice and Economic Security.
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Share Social Justice Sexuality's Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All to "provide a roadmap for those looking to deepen their understanding of how to advocate effectively for LGBTQ economic justice."