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 Oct. 17 - 24, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Prepare to Oppose Congressional Cuts to Safety Net Programs
This week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell suggested that Congress will need to make significant cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security to fix the debts resulting from two tax-cut bills. At the same time, Congress is revving up for an end-of-the-year spending fight, just after Midterm Elections. There are seven funding bills that have not yet been enacted, including the Farm Bill. Some in Congress are still talking about making changes to SNAP that would cut support for millions of Americans. There has also been increased posturing about funding the border wall, which could lead to a government shutdown. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when talking about these developments.
- Take Action: Encourage your audiences to call Congress to protect SNAP.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking About Poverty and Taxes; The Brookings Institute’s Work Requirements and Safety Net Programs; The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Work Requirements Don’t Work
- Hashtag: #FarmBill #HandsOffSNAP #ProtectSNAP
It’s Time to Comment on Proposed “Public Charge” Rule
The comment period for the Trump Administration’s “public charge” is now open until Monday, December 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; MomsRising’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
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of October
LGBTQ History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and 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; The Making Gay History podcast
- Hashtags: #LGBTHistoryMonth
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
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Values; Countering Fear-Based Messaging; Rejecting Bigotry and 10 Lessons for Talking About Race
- Hashtags: #WorldValuesDay
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
Friday, Oct. 19
At 1pm EST: “Faith and The Farm Bill” Twitter chat. Join MomsRising and guests MAZON: A Jewish response to Hunger, NETWORK, Friends Committee on National Legislation and Bread for the World for a #FoodFri chat to discuss faith and the Farm Bill and efforts to protect SNAP. The conversation will highlight how faith groups are committed to fulfilling our collective responsibility to take care of the most vulnerable. Follow and use the hashtag #FoodFri to join the discussion.
At 2pm EST, The Opportunity Agenda’s Immigration Research Consortium is holding a webinar on successful state level immigration campaigns. Speakers include Lisa Grove of ALG Research and Jon Rodney of the California Immigrant Policy Center. Sign up in advance and get further information.
Saturday, Oct. 20 – Sunday, Oct. 28
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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Devos’ “School Choice” Means No Choice for Many American Families; Center for Popular Democracy's Community Schools Toolkit; Dignity in Schools' Demands and 2018 Week of Action Social Media Assets; Million Dollar Hoods’ Policing our Schools: An Analysis of LA School Police Department Data (2014 - 2017) and Gay Straight Alliance's LGBTQ Youth of Color: Discipline Disparities, School Push-Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline
- Hashtags: #DSCWoA2018 #SolutionsNotSuspensions #CounselorsNotCops #SchoolsNotPrisons #EndSchoolPushout
Monday, Oct. 22
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 on Oct. 22nd. Cite the values of Voice, Equality and Community.
- Take Action: Wear black and join an event near you.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Create Fair and Effective Policing Practices; Talking Policing Issues and Implicit Bias and the Limitations of Video Footage in Tackling Police Brutality; October 22 Coalition’s Resources and Stolen Lives project; Movement for Black Lives' A Vision for Black Lives
- Hashtags: #O22 #BlackLivesMatter
Wednesday, Oct. 24
At 2pm EST, The Opportunity Agenda will host a webinar, “Telling a Proactive Story: Messaging on Economic Opportunity In Challenging Times.” Learn how to counter inaccurate information by telling a new story about the American economy that offers real-world solutions for families facing insecurity. Guest speaker Elaine Mejia of The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities will share how she helps state partners craft compelling messages that avoid jargon, address racial justice, and provide effective solutions for specific audiences. Register today!
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Use Prosperity Now’s Race, Wealth and Taxes to show how tax cuts reward existing White wealth at the expense of the economic security of households of color, poor households and a stalling middle class.
Use the Center for American Progress Action’s Opportunity Costs for a “district-by-district analysis of the state of roads and bridges in the metro areas around 26 districts where Republican members of Congress prioritized tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires over fixing critical infrastructure.”
Read and share the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s Who Pays: A Distributional Analysis of the Tax Systems in All 50 States to assesses tax fairness by measuring effective state and local tax rates paid by all income groups. The report provides “baseline data to help lawmakers and the public understand how current tax policies affect taxpayers at all income levels.”