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November 14, 2018

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 Nov. 14 - 28, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Stand for A Compassionate Nation that Welcomes Asylum Seekers

Creating a community that values the contributions of all of us is a fundamental American value. In times of division and uncertainty, it becomes even more important that we honor this value. The president’s latest attempt to divide the country focuses on one of the most vulnerable populations: those seeking asylum. Cite the values of Community and Welcome when talking about the asylum ban.

Protect Immigrant Families by Opposing “Public Charge” Rule


The window is closing soon for commenting on the Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” rule for immigrant families. In anticipation, advocates are rallying their networks this week to oppose the rule (see daily actions below). Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this issue.

Halt the Census Citizenship Question


Last week, U.S. District Judge George J. Hazel denied the Trump administration's attempt to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of Asian Americans, Latino, Native Americans, and others by advocacy organizations. The lawsuit alleges that the citizenship question is based on racial animus and is unconstitutional. Use this news to discuss the values of Community and Equality with your audiences.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of November

Carl Fleischhauer

For Native American Heritage Month, discuss the values of Voice, Economic Security, and Opportunity with your audiences.

Caring Across Generations

During National Caregivers Month, discuss our government's role in supporting caregivers. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

Kassandra Seven

Open enrollment for health insurance plans is happening now and ends on Dec.15. Besides helping to advertise this fact when the Trump administrations refuses to, you can discuss the importance of healthcare insurance by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

During this Week (until Sunday, Nov. 18)


During the #WeKeepUsSafe National Week of Action, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice and the Marsha P. Johnson Institute lead a national conversation to reimagine community safety. Use the values of Community, Voice and Economic Security when talking about this week of action.


Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is being sponsored each year by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. When talking about homelessness this week, cite the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.


Transgender Awareness Week raises the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people in order to address the issues faced by the community. When discussing transgender concerns, be sure to refer to the values of Voice and Community.

Wednesday, Nov. 14


At 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT), join the Protecting Immigrant Families Campaign Tweetstorm, led by the Asian Pacific Islander American Health Forum, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations, and the UndocuBlack Network.


At 3:00 PM ET (12:00 AM PT), join a Twitter Town Hall led by the Value our Families Coalition. For more information on their Digital Week of Action, go to their Participation Form. (Also see tools above in Emerging Issues)



Fasting for Families (all day). Join people of faith across the country for a day of fasting for families and invite others to fast as well. The Interfaith Immigration Coalition is asking participants to share this digital prayer card on social media with a message about why you are participating in this week of action and/or fasting today. They also have sample posts for those participating in the week of action. (Also see tools above in Emerging Issues)

Thursday, Nov. 15


From 12 - 1pm ET (9-10am PT), join “Digital Vigil” to protect immigrant families from the public charge rule. The vigil is led by NETWORK, the Interfaith Immigration Coalition, and Catholic Legal Immigration Network, Inc. Use this Candle GIF.

Friday, Nov. 16


At 2pm ET, The Opportunity Agenda’s Immigration Research Consortium will hold its monthly webinar. Speaker Beth Hallowell, of American Friends Service Committee, will share findings on anti-Islamophobia message testing in several states. Register here to join the webinar.



Alternatively at 2:00 PM ET (11:00 AM PT), you can join the Value Our Families Coalition for a Facebook Live event. For more information, see Digital Week of Action activities and sign up with their Participation Form.

Monday, Nov. 19


FRAC (Food Research and Action Center) declared this National Comment Day on the proposed public charge rule.

Tuesday, Nov. 20

Amir Khadar

Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance for those killed by anti-trans violence, which overwhelmingly targets Black and Latinx trans women and femmes. In 2014 the Audre Lorde Project founded Trans Day of Resilience to celebrate the power of the living trans family. When talking about these issues, cite the values of Voice and Equality.

Thursday, Nov. 22


Thanksgiving is often a time when tough or awkward conversations arise around the dinner table. Use these tools to keep your conversations focused on values.

Friday, Nov. 23 and Saturday, Nov. 24


The Friday after Thanksgiving is often dubbed “Black Friday” because consumer spending puts retailers’ revenues “in the black.” And the day after has been declared to be "Small Business Saturday."

Monday, Nov. 26


The Partnership for Working Families is organizing a CyberMonday action against Amazon/Palantir. Check back for updates!

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources



Use the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Work Requirements for Cash Assistance Fueled Rise in Deep Poverty to explain why "reporting requirements" for SNAP recipients create greater economic insecurity. 

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The Opportunity Agenda commissioned artist Nina Montenegro to create high-resolution, downloadable art that illustrate values that would allow for a prospering economy. The images are free for our partners like you to use! 

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