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October 1, 2019

Below is a list of communication hooks and events for the month of October that you can use to reach new audiences and inform existing ones. If you notice any omissions, please email us.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Month of October

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October is See Us, Support Us Month which raises awareness and amplifies the voices of children with incarcerated parents. Lead by the Osborne Association and partners, the focus this year is "the importance of child-friendly, in-person visiting and removing systemic barriers to maintaining parent-child relationships during a parent’s incarceration."

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LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender trailblazers. Use this month to talk about intersectional issues that affect LGBT Americans. Cite the values of Voice and Opportunity.

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It’s also , commemorating the first recorded arrival of Filipinos in the continental U.S. (see Oct. 18 below). Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the third largest ethnic group in California, after Latinas/os and African Americans. This year’s theme is “Pinay Visionaries: Celebrating Filipina American Women.” Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

Now until Monday, Oct. 15

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National LatinX/Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to “the generations of Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation and society.” Use this month to discuss Community, Opportunity, and Equality.

Wednesday, Oct. 2

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International Wrongful Conviction Day was created to "raise awareness of the causes and remedies of wrongful conviction and to recognize the tremendous personal, social, and emotional costs of wrongful conviction for innocent people and their families." Use this hook to talk about the need for criminal justice reform. Cite the values of Voice and Redemption. 

Thursday, October 3

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On this day, 10 years ago, President George W. Bush signed into law the $700 billion bailout bill for the U.S. financial system (The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008), often called the "bank bailout of 2008.” This was done to address the  financial crisis which had developed throughout 2007 and 2008. The act was also supposed to help struggling homeowners, but the Home Affordable Modification Program wasn’t created until February 2009. Few Americans benefited from the program, which resulted in foreclosures and evictions. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Economic Security and Community.

Friday, Oct. 4

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Today is National Diversity Day to “celebrate and embrace who we are, despite our differences, no matter what race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, nationality, or disability.” Use this hook to talk about  the need for acceptance, tolerance and inclusion in our society. Cite the values of Community and Voice.

Sun. Oct. 6 - Sat. Oct. 12

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness leads Mental Illness Awareness Week to challenge stigma and misunderstanding by showing that mental illness affects everyone directly or indirectly through family, friends or coworkers. Use this week to talk about how mental illness intersects with poverty and criminal justice. Discuss the need for government support of individuals and families dealing with mental illness. Cite the values of Community and Redemption.

Sunday, Oct. 6

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On Oct. 6, 1917, voting and women’s rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was born in Mississippi. She co-founded the the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party which challenged the all-white delegation at the 1964 Democratic National Convention where Hamer testified. She asked: “Is this America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, where our lives be threatened daily, because we want to live as decent human beings?” Use Hamer’s birthday to discuss voter registration and rights. Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.

Monday, Oct. 7

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Today Church World Service is calling on all of its partners to join the #Blackout4Refugees Social Media Day of Action to join us in this critical moment for the future of the US refugee resettlement program. They write, "Refugee resettlement is under attack. Stephen Miller and his anti-immigrant coalition within the Trump administration have proposed drastically slashing refugee admissions to the United States and allowing states and cities to ban refugees. Across the nation, organizations, communities and people who support refugees will black out their social media profile images, calling on Americans to demand that Congress block the Trump Administration’s plans to destroy the life-saving refugee resettlement program. We are outraged. We must not allow President Trump to trample on our values and traditions. Join us in calling on Congress to ACT NOW." Discuss the refugee resettlement program by citing the values of Community, Economic Security, and Voice. 

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At 2pm EDT, The #DefendCivilRights campaign will be leading a tweetstorm to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to undercut core anti-discrimination protections in housing. Please join the effort in supporting a last push for comments! Discuss the proposal by citing the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice. 

Tuesday, Oct. 8

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Today the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in three cases about federal civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. The Court will decide whether Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits sex discrimination in the workplace, excludes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people. As the ACLU writes, “the Court will be deciding whether to strip LGBTQ people of federal civil rights protections in everything from employment to housing, health care to education.” Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Equality. 

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On Oct. 8, 2001, President George Bush created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This anniversary provides a useful moment to examine how the national security frame has shaped the immigration agencies with DHS. Advocates are calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for its practices that destroy families and communities. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing this anniversary.

Wednesday, Oct. 9

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At 2pm EDT, Narrative Initiative and Spitfire Strategies will host a webinar, "Research Methodologies for Narrative Change Practice," to explore the current state of narrative research by interviewing leading narrative change practitioners who use a range of research approaches, tools, and methodologies. They write, " In this webinar, we will explore the themes and limitations of our recent landscaping project, opportunities for further collaboration, and increased field capacity for narrative change research." Join by registering here. 

Thursday, Oct. 10

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Join National Housing Law Project and its partners for a Day of Action to #FightForHousingJustice and oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to undercut core anti-discrimination protections in housingThe deadline for public comments is October 18. Discuss the proposal by citing the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice. 

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Today is also the 17th World Day against the Death Penalty. Use this hook to talk about how the U.S. criminal justice system is overly punitive, costly, and racially biased. Also discuss how fewer and fewer Americans support the death penalty. Cite the values of Redemption and Voice. 

Friday, Oct. 11

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National Coming Out Day challenges homophobia by making the personal political. LGBTQ people are encouraged to come out to friends and family. Use this hook to talk about intersectional issues that affect LGBTQ Americans. Cite the values of Voice and Opportunity.

Sunday, Oct. 13

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On this day in 1792, the cornerstone of the White House was laid. Former First Lady Michelle Obama noted that, during the eight years that she lived there, she “[woke] up every morning in a house that was built by slaves.” Use this anniversary to discuss the role of enslaved people in our nation’s history and the lasting repercussions of racial injustice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Equality.

Monday, Oct. 14

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by Jared Yazzie

Today is Indigenous Peoples Day (the reframing for Columbus Day in many U.S. cities). Use this hook to discuss Voice and Economic Security.

Mon. Oct. 14 - Fri. Oct. 18

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It's DACA Renewal Week! Next month, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the termination of DACA and decide whether to uphold the highly successful program or put immigrant youth at risk of deportation in 2020. At this time, DACA renewals are still open to those who qualify and the Home is Here coalition is hosting a DACA renewals week to continue to educate those who are directly impacted and encourage them to take action. Discuss DACA by citing the values of Economic Security and Community. 

Tuesday, Oct. 15

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Today at 1pm EDT on Capitol Hill, advocates and allies for refugees will Protest and Responding to Decimation of Refugee Resettlement and call Secretary of State Pompeo to save the U.S. refugee resettlement program. He will be meeting with Congress to get final approval on the administration’s proposed cuts to the program. Protesters wearing orange life vests will risk arrest in solidarity with refugees and in opposition to the administration’s dismantlement of the refugee resettlement program.

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On this day in 2016, the #MeToo movement went viral online and quickly became a national discussion about sexual assault and harassment. The movement was founded in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke to address the lack of resources for survivors, specifically black and brown women and girls. The Me Too Movement is now also an organization committed to healing and action by centering survivors. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice, Equality, and Community. 

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by Emory Douglas

On Oct. 15, 1966, the Black Panther Party for Self Defense was founded to seek justice for African Americans and other oppressed communities through a combination of revolutionary theory, education, and community programs. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Community.

Wednesday, Oct. 16

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On this day in 1968, African-American medal winners in the Olympics, Tommie Smith and John Carlos, gave a Black Power salute during the award ceremony. This anniversary provides a useful hook to discuss today’s activism by athletes like Colin Kaepernick. Cite the values of Voice and Community.

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It’s also World Food Day, which the United Nations created to focus on how people and communities can take action to end hunger. Use this hook to talk about hunger and poverty in the United States, especially now as Congress considers changes to the federal food stamp program, SNAP. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Thursday, Oct. 17

The United Nations' International Day for the Eradication of Poverty recognizes "the knowledge and courage of families living in poverty throughout the world, the importance of reaching out to the poorest and building an alliance with citizens from all backgrounds to end poverty." Use this hook to discuss the values of Economic Security and Community in the United States.

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World Values Day is an opportunity to think about our most deeply held values and act on them. This year’s core theme is about putting our values to action through our communities. Discuss these values with your audiences: Opportunity, Mobility, Equality, Voice, Redemption, Community and (Economic) Security.

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At 2pm ET, the Immigrant Legal Resource Center is hosting a free webinar on a #NewWayForward on Ending Immigrant Criminalization. The speakers will give an overview of the legislative efforts to end immigrant criminalization and repeal the 1996 immigration laws (IIRAIRA & AEDPA) that have contributed to mass incarceration, detention, and deportation. Attendees will also learn about ways to get involved in New Way Forward at the national and local level. Register here

Friday, Oct. 18

Today is the deadline for comments to oppose the Trump Administration's proposal to undercut core anti-discrimination protections in housing. The deadline for public comments is October 18. Discuss the proposal by citing the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice. 

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On this day in 1972, The Clean Water Act became law. The legislation is now under attack. Use this anniversary to discuss the importance of infrastructure spending, citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

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On this day in 1587, the first Filipino immigrants arrived in U.S. by way of a Spanish galleon that docked at what is now Morro Bay, California, the first recorded arrival of Filipinos in the continental U.S. Because of this anniversary, October is Filipino American History Month. Filipino Americans are the second largest Asian American group in the nation and the third largest ethnic group in California, after Latinas/os and African Americans. This year’s theme is “Pinay Visionaries: Celebrating Filipina American Women.” Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

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At 2pm ET, The Opportunity Agenda’s Immigration Research Consortium will hold its monthly webinar (speakers to be announced). Register here to join the webinar.

Sat. Oct. 19 – Sun. Oct. 27

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Dignity in Schools and partners will lead the National Week of Action Against Schools Pushout to “envision a public school system that values students, parents and communities as decision-makers with the fundamental human right to shape their education… and schools that work towards preventing trauma, repairing harm and promoting healing, and rejecting a culture of punishment and criminalization.” Discuss the school-to-prison pipeline and school privatization using the values of Community and Voice.

Saturday, Oct. 19

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On this day in 1870, the first African Americans were elected to the House of Representatives. In South Carolina, Black Republicans won three of the state’s four congressional seats. The Zinn Education Projects points out that Reconstruction, the era immediately following the Civil War and emancipation, “is full of stories that help us see the possibility of a future defined by racial equity” and that “it’s worth remembering a time in U.S. history when Black lives mattered.” Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Voice and Community.

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In New York, activists, scholars, organizers, lawyers, students and members of the community will come together at the Open Borders Conference. It will be a space "to learn what open borders might look like; why open borders would lead to dramatic increases in public safety, prosperity, and equality; and what it would mean to #AbolishICE." More information on registering here. 

Tuesday, Oct. 22

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The Oct. 22 Coalition  to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation has mobilized every year since 1996 for a National Day of Protest against Police Brutality on Oct. 22nd. Cite the values of Voice, Equality and Community.

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The first woman farmworker hired to be a union representative, Maria Moreno, was born on this day in 1920.  Moreno was a vocal fighter for impoverished farm workers in California in the late 1950s and early 1960s. A film about her life is premiered on PBS in September. Discuss Moreno's birthday by citing the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

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On Oct. 23, 1947, W. E. B. Du Bois and the NAACP petitioned the United Nations with a document titled “An Appeal to the World: A Statement on the Denial of Human Rights to Minorities in the Case of Citizens of the United States of America and an Appeal to the United Nations for Redress.” They asked for the U.N.’s help to address human rights violations the United States committed against its African-American citizens, such as lynching, segregation, and the gross inequalities in education, housing, health care, and voting rights.

Thursday, Oct. 24

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On Oct. 24, 1938, the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) took effect, creating for the first time a federal right to a minimum wage and overtime while also banning child labor. Discuss this important anniversary by citing the values of Economic Security and Mobility.

Saturday, Oct. 26

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On Oct. 26, 2001, just weeks after the 9/11 attacks, President George W. Bush signed the PATRIOT Act into law. The legislation expanded surveillance powers of the government and permitted indefinite detention of non-citizens. In 2015, many of its expiring provisions were extended or modified by the USA FREEDOM Act. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Community and Voice.

Saturday, Oct. 26 - Tuesday, Nov. 12

Starting this Saturday, DACA recipients, TPS holders & allies will embark on the #HomeIsHere March from New York to Washington, D.C. head of the Supreme Court taking up DACA beginning on Nov. 12. This march is a mobilization that is part of the larger #HomeIsHere national coalition campaign. More events along the march are listed on the campaign's Routes and Events page. Discuss the march and campaign and cite the values of Economic Security, Voice, and Community. 

Sunday, Oct. 27

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On Oct. 27, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into law the Humphrey–Hawkins Full Employment Act to address rising unemployment. Today, overall unemployment is low, but it remains high for black workers, formerly incarcerated people, and others facing discrimination. Talk about how the government still has a role in assisting Americans who are bearing the brunt of our unfair economic system. Use this hook to discuss the values of Community and Economic Security.

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by Nicolas Lampert

On this day in 1994, the Department of Justice announced that the U.S. prison population surpassed one million people for the first time in U.S. history. the United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world (nearly 25% of the world’s prison population). Use this anniversary to discuss the explosion of mass incarceration and the need to end money bail. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Redemption and Voice.

Monday, Oct. 28

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On this day in 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York City. Use this anniversary to talk about the importance of this national symbol in welcoming immigrants to the United States. It’s also a useful hook for the new “public charge” rule, since it runs counter to the statue’s message. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

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Voters Organized To Educate is organizing Justice Votes 2020: A Presidential Town Hall, a 2020 Democratic Presidential candidate town hall on criminal justice reform – set inside a museum that was once a prison – with questions from impacted people and their families. More information here. 

Tuesday, Oct. 29

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On this day in 1929, the Wall Street stock market crashed and plunged the nation into the Great Depression, creating economic insecurity for millions of American families. Use this anniversary to talk about the government’s role in assisting Americans facing economic hardship. An array of programs that were part of “The New Deal” assisted millions of unemployed and starving citizens. Today, programs like SNAP and Medicaid help working Americans stuck in low-paying jobs. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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On this day, 50 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in the case of Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education that schools in the South had to desegregate “immediately,” instead of the previous ruling of “with all deliberate speed.” The case  was brought by Beatrice Alexander, on behalf of her children, after she sued the Holmes County, Mississippi School District. Discuss this anniversary by referring to the values of Voice, Equality, and Mobility.

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On October 29, 2012, Hurricane Sandy hit New York City causing extensive damages to infrastructure in the city. As we’ve seen many times before, natural disasters have the ability to reveal existing inequality among those directly affected. People living in poverty are disproportionately affected by natural disasters. Use Hurricane Sandy to push for economic justice in infrastructure, storm preparedness and recovery spending. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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