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October 10, 2018

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Now until Monday, Oct. 15

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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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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