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. 7 - 14, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Keep Up Post-Election Momentum for Social Justice
As the results from yesterday’s election continue to come in, a powerful and encouraging story is emerging. Across the country, millions and millions of Americans chose a shared future over fear, embraced our nation’s diversity as a source of strength, and adopted positive, pragmatic solutions to problems that lawmakers had failed to address. And in the places where fear won out, the recipe for a new way forward began to emerge.Cite the values of Voice, Community and Economic Security when discussing election results.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's A New Way Forward: The Story of Election Day 2018; Americans for Tax Fairness' Midterm Election Results Are Strong Rebuke of Trump-GOP Tax, Economic Policies; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States; Voting Record and the Leadership Conference Education Fund's The Great Poll Closure
Support Lawsuits to Stop the Census Citizenship Question
This week, a New York judge refused to delay arguments in a legal case against the planned citizenship question in the 2020 census. 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; 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
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of November
During National Caregivers Month, discuss our government's role in supporting caregivers. In Tuesday's election, voters in three states decided overwhelmingly to take care of each other, expanding opportunity to those in need. Montana, Utah and Idaho voted to expand Medicaid which is crucial support for caregiving. 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
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
Now through Dec. 15
Open enrollment for health insurance is running until Dec.15. Besides helping to advertise this fact (when the Trump administration refuses to), ou 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' Five Things to Know as Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins and Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA
- Hashtags: #ACA #GetCovered
Friday, Nov. 9
On the Global Day Of InterAction For A #WorldwithoutWalls, activists bring together their experiences with 70 walls across the world. They plan to challenge policies that build walls against their struggles for justice and call for an end to “the architecture of impunity that shields corporations enabling, facilitating,and profiting from the construction and growth of visible and invisible walls of injustice.” Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Five Questions to ask when Crafting Messages about Refugees in the Current Climate and 5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about a Wall;
- Hashtag: #WorldwithoutWalls
Saturday, Nov. 10 - Sunday, Nov. 18
Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is 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
Sunday, Nov. 11 - Saturday, Nov. 17
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 and encourage “grassroots innovation to demand investments in humanity and our planet, safety beyond policing, real community control, worker rights, community defense, divestment from militarization, and other programs that oppress our people.” Use the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security when talking about the 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
- Hashtag: #WeKeepUsSafe
Monday, Nov. 12 - Sunday, Nov. 18
Transgender Awareness Week raises the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people in order to address the issues the community faces. 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
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