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 October 10 - 18, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Starting today, comment on Proposed “Public Charge” Rule
The Trump administration’s “public charge” rule will be published in the Federal Register today. The comment period will start at the same time and close on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018. This rule would force people to choose between the things they need and the people they love, while favoring the wealthiest in our immigration system. When discussing the proposal, cite the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Take Action: Starting today, leave a public comment with the help of this Comment FAQ document and encourage your networks to Share Your Story
- 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 Public Charge Partner Digital Toolkit and 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; Mom’s 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
- Hashtag: #ProtectFamilies
Support Investigation Of Census Citizenship Question
In recent days, the U.S. Department of Commerce Inspector General Peggy Gustafson received letters from Congressional representatives that called for investigations into the citizenship question in the 2020 census. In a letter signed by 20 Senators, Senator Brian Schatz (D-HI) wrote "Adding an untested and last-minute citizenship question creates uncertainty that jeopardizes the accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the 2020 Census." Ranking House members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly also wrote that despite on-going litigation against the citizenship question, the Inspector General should investigate the process by which it was added. When discussing these letters, cite the values of Voice and Community.
- Take Action: Discuss the letters with your audiences and express your support, i.e. retweet the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights's tweets about the House and Senate letters.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Census Data: A Fair and Accurate Count and Census Data and Storytelling; Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ talking points and 2020 Census Public Comments Toolkit
- Hashtag: #SaveTheCensus #2020Census #Census2020
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of October
LGBTQ History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer trailblazers. Use this month to talk about intersectional issues that affect LGBTQ Americans. Cite the values of Voice and Opportunity.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; Social Justice Sexuality’s Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All; Center for American Progress’ Protecting Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ People and Disaggregating the Data for Bisexual People; Making Gay History podcast
- Hashtags: #LGBTHistoryMonth
Now until Saturday, Oct. 13
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, and 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.
- Messaging and communication tools: National Alliance on Mental Illness’ Cure Stigma Campaign; The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Criminal Justice Issues; Center for American Progress’ How Cities and States Are Leading the Way on Mental Health
- Hashtags: #CureStigma
Now until Monday, Oct. 15
National 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.
Thursday, Oct. 11
National Coming Out Day was founded exactly 30 years ago by activists Robert Eichberg and Jean O'Leary. They considered the personal as political and that “coming out” out as LGBTQ to friends and family was the most effective means of challenging homophobia. Use this month to talk about intersectional issues that affect LGBTQ Americans. Cite the values of Voice, Inclusion, and Opportunity.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; Social Justice Sexuality’s Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All; Center for American Progress’ Protecting Basic Living Standards for LGBTQ People and Disaggregating the Data for Bisexual People; Making Gay History podcast’s Jean O’Leary episodes
- Hashtags: #NationalComingOutDay #NCOD
Tuesday, October 16
On this day, 50 years ago, 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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Opportunity for Black Men and Boys; Rejecting Bigotry, Demanding Action; Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice and Create Fair and Effective Policing Practices
- Hashtag: #blacklivesmatter
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 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.
- Messaging and communication tools: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations’ World Food Day 2018 Communication Toolkits; The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ SNAP Works (video series); Food Research and Action Center’s Rural Hunger in America – Get the Facts; Rural Hunger in America – SNAP: Get the Facts and Senior Hunger resources
- Hashtag: #WFD2018 #ZeroHunger #HandsoffSNAP
Wednesday, 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.
- Messaging tool: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice; United Nations Special Rapporteur’s Statement on Visit to the USA; United Nations' International Day for the Eradication of Poverty 2018
- Hashtags: #EndPoverty #USAPoverty
Thursday, Oct. 18
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' A Four-Point Fiscal Policy Blueprint for Building Thriving State Economies and Natural Resources Defense Council's Advisory on Safe Drinking Water. Our Neighborhoods, Our Future’s principles, Partnership for Working Families’ We Make This City
- Hashtag: #cleanwateract #wemakethiscity
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Read and share Pop Culture Collaborative’s Haqq and Hollywood: Illuminating 100 years of Muslim Tropes And How to Transform Them about the tropes about Muslims that have dominated American film and television screens for a century, and how authentic and nuanced storytellers are emerging today.
Read the North Carolina Justice Center's Crucial Connections about the vital role that public infrastructure and local assets play in connecting workers in rural areas to jobs, boosting rural communities, and contributing to more equitable growth for a state’s economy.