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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Three Things to Remember when Talking about the President’s Proclamation on Asylum-Seekers; American Civil Liberties Unions’ Groups File Federal Lawsuit Challenging New Trump Asylum Ban; Center for Constitutional Rights’ Human Rights Attorneys Blast Trump Asylum Ban
- Hashtags: #NoLatinoBan #NoAsylumBan
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues; Protecting Immigrant Families’ Public Charge 2-Pager and quick analysis; National Immigration Law Center’s How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Trump Administration’s Proposed Rule Will Result in Legal Immigrants of Modest Means Forgoing Needed Benefits; Moms Rising’s Facebook Live recording and What You Need To Know On the Public Charge Rule & Immigrant Families; Food Research and Action Center’s Hunger Consequences of The Public Charge Rule; National Health Law Program’s Public Charge Issue Brief; The National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health’s Public Charge Rule: A Threat to Women of Color (also available in Spanish); Kaiser Family Foundation’s Proposed Changes to Public Charge: Implications for Health Coverage
- Hashtags: #ValueOurFamilies #ProtectFamilies
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Census Data: A Fair and Accurate Count; Advancing Justice’s Maryland Federal Court Rejects Trump Administration Motion to Dismiss Census Citizenship Question Lawsuit; Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ talking points and 2020 Census Public Comments Toolkit; The Leadership Conference Education Fund and Georgetown’s Center on Poverty and Inequality's Why a Fair and Accurate Census Matters to Thriving Private and Public Sectors
- Hashtag: #SaveTheCensus #2020Census
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of November
For Native American Heritage Month, discuss the values of Voice, Economic Security, and Opportunity with your audiences.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s ‘We Are All Related’; U.S. Department of Arts and Culture's #HonorNativeLand: A Guide and Call for Acknowledgement; National Congress of American Indians' Proud to Be Campaign; Unitarian Universalist Association's Ten Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day; Reclaiming Native Truths’ Changing the Narrative about Native Americans; IllumiNative’s The false narratives, invisibility, and the erasure of Native peoples must end
- Hashtag: #NAHeritage
During National Caregivers Month, discuss our government's role in supporting caregivers. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: Caring Across Generations' Community is essential; Aspen Institute's post The U.S. Must Improve its Long-Term Care Industry and the documentary Care
- Hashtag: #WeKnowYouCare #CaringMajority #NationalCaregiversMonth
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.
- Resources: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' social media graphics on open enrollment; Georgetown University Center for Children and Families' Navigator Resource Guide; GetAmericaCovered.org; Kaiser Family Foundation’s FAQs: Marketplace Eligibility, Enrollment Periods, Plans and Premiums
- Messaging and communication tools: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' 5 Things to Tell Your Family on Thanksgiving About ACA Coverage
- Hashtags: #ACA #GetCovered
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Building a Narrative to Address Violence in the U.S.; Ten Lessons for Talking About Criminal Justice Issues and Create Fair and Effective Policing Practices; Million Hoodies Movement’s Stories of Power and Resilience and Digital toolkit
- Hashtag: #WeKeepUsSafe
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Perceptions about Poverty and Homelessness and Talking About Economic Justice; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Republican Plans to Cut Taxes Now, Cut Programs Later Would Increase Homelessness and Hardship; National Coalition for the Homeless' 2017 Manual for HHWeek; Western Regional Advocacy Project's Homeless Bill of Rights
- Hashtag: #hhweek
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; GLAAD's Media Reference Guide and resource kit for journalists covering Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Hashtags: #TransWeek
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: Event Promo Toolkit for People of Color Tweetstorm (also see tools above in Emerging Issues)
- Hashtag: #ProtectFamilies
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)
- Hashtag: #ValueOurFamilies
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: Protecting Immigrant Families’ Event Promo Toolkit for Faith Digital Vigil Tweetstorm (also see tools above in Emerging Issues)
- Hashtag: #ProtectFamilies
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
Tuesday, Nov. 20
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: Forward Together’s Trans Day of Resilience art project; The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; GLAAD's Media Reference Guide and resource kit for journalists covering Transgender Day of Remembrance
- Hashtags: #TDOR #TransDayofRemembrance #TransDayofResilience
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."
- Take Action: Use these hooks to share the Shop Your Values campaign run by the Main Street Alliance to support small businesses that are active community members advocating for economic and racial justice across the country. Also see Give Women Your Money: A Shoppable Spreadsheet of women-lead businesses.
- Messaging and communication tool: The Opportunity Agenda’s Campaign for Community Values Message Toolkit; TalkPoverty's Black Friday Isn’t the Only Time Workers Face Unfair Schedules; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' 5 Things to Tell Your Family on Thanksgiving About ACA Coverage
- Hashtags: #blackfriday #shopyourvalues
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.
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!