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November 1, 2020

Below is a list of communication hooks and events for the month of November that you can use to reach new audiences and inform existing ones. If you notice any errors or would like to add to the calendar, please email us.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of November


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


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

Nov. 1 through Dec. 15

Open enrollment for 2021 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act starts Nov. 1 and will end on Dec.15. The Trump administration is not advertising this fact and will be actively testifying against the ACA in the Supreme Court this month. November will be an important month for discussing the importance of healthcare insurance by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

November 1

Today is Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). In the past, Detention Watch Network has used this day to remember the people who have died in immigration detention in the U.S. Cite the values of Voice and Community when discussing this day.


The Carlisle Indian School opened in Carlisle, Pennsylvania on Nov. 1, 1879. It was the first boarding school of many that the federal government set up to forcefully assimilate Native children into white culture after taking them from their families. This shameful anniversary is a historical precedent for the Trump administration’s separation of families at the U.S. border. Discuss both the Indian schools and family separation by citing the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

November 2

by Melanie Cervantes

On this day in 2013, 19-year-old Renisha McBride was shot and killed for asking for help after a car crash in Dearborn Heights, Michigan. The homeowner said that he thought his home was being broken into after he heard her knocking on his door early in the morning. Discuss the anniversary of McBride’s death by citing the values of Voice and Community.

Election Day


Across the country, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots for president, Congress, state and local offices, and ballot issues — many related to economic opportunity and racial justice. After the Supreme Court gutted key protections of the Voting Rights Act, states are finding new ways to disenfranchise voters. Cite the values of Voice and Community when talking about Election Day.

November 6


On this day in 1986, President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986, legalizing all undocumeted immigrants who entered the U.S. before 1982. Charles Kawasaki of The Migration Policy Institute points out that it was “an important milestone in U.S. immigration history, representing the first and most comprehensive legislation to take on the issue of illegal immigration to the United States.” Use this anniversary to talk about the need for truly just and humane immigration reform. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

November 9


On Nov. 9, 1989 the Berlin Wall fell. The anniversary is an opportunity to discuss militarization at the U.S. southern border. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

November 10


On Nov. 10, 1969, the public television children’s show, Sesame Street, first aired. At the time, it was the most racially diverse children’s show ever on TV. As one of the actors, Loretta Moore Long, noted: "Sesame Street has incorporated a hidden curriculum … that seeks to bolster the Black and minority child’s self-respect and to portray the multi-ethnic, multicultural world into which both majority and minority child are growing.” Use this anniversary to talk about the need for inclusion and intersectionality in television programs. Cite the values of Voice and Equality.

November 13 - 19


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.

November 13


On Nov. 13, 1956, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down segregation on Montgomery buses (Browder v. Gayle) and ordered Alabama to desegregate all public buses. Less than a year before, activist Rosa Parks was arrested for violating bus segregation laws by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white man. Her action launched a boycott of the buses that lasted for months. Fred Gray filed a lawsuit challenging bus segregation in federal district court on behalf of four black women who had faced discrimination. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice and Equality.


Today is World Kindness Day. Started by the World Kindness Movement, the day highlights "our good deeds in our communities, cities, and nations; it is for us to further focus on the positive power and common thread of kindness, which binds us together." Use this day to discuss the values we share as a nation, like Community, Voice, and Equality.

November 14


On this day in 1960, six-year-old Ruby Bridges integrated her New Orleans elementary school. She was escorted by four federal marshals and was met by a white mob who screamed insults and slurs. True school integration is still an issue in places like New York City. Discuss this anniversary and the need for real school integration by citing the values of Voice and Equality.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week


2020's Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is Nov. 15-22. Sponsored each year by the National Coalition for the Homeless and the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness, the event is an annual opportunity for people to come together and draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. When talking about homelessness this week, cite the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.

November 20


Today is the Transgender Day of Remembrance/Resilence honoring 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.



On Nov. 20, 1962, President John F. Kennedy issued Executive Order 11063, banning federally-funded housing organizations from racially discriminating. The order was symbolic and it wasn’t until the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968 that fair housing regulations were enforced. Today anti-discrimination housing policies are under attack by the Trump administration. Under the leadership of current Secretary Ben Carson, Housing and Urban Development has stepped back its enforcement of fair housing laws. Use this hook to discuss home opportunity and fair housing. Cite the values of Voice and Economic Security.


On Nov. 20, 1969, Native American activists landed on Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay and occupied the island. They called themselves “Indians of All Tribes” and issued a proclamation, “We Hold the Rock.” The protest lasted for 19 months until the protest was forcibly ended by the U.S. government. Cite this anniversary as part of Native American History Month by using the values of Voice and Equality. 

November 22


On this day in 2014, 12-year old Tamir Rice was shot by police in Cleveland, Ohio for carrying a toy gun. He died the next day. Discuss the anniversary of his death by citing the values of Voice and Community.

November 25


On this day in 2002, the Department of Homeland Security was founded when President George Bush signed the Homeland Security Act into law, more than a year after the September 11th attacks. This bold government restructuring reframed immigration as a security issue. Use this anniversary to discuss the legacy of DHS agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this anniversary. 

Thanksgiving Weekend


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.




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."

November 30


Shirley Chisholm was born on this day in 1924. Chisolm was the first black woman elected to Congress. Cite the values of Voice and Equality when talking about this day.

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