Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Supreme Court Takes On Immigrant Justice Cases
This week the Supreme Court added two major cases to its docket that immigrant justice advocates will watch closely.
The first seeks to end the Trump administration’s inhumane Remain in Mexico policy, which forces asylum seekers to wait indefinitely in dangerous camps and destabilized communities on Mexico’s side of the border. Advocates assert that the policy violates U.S. law and international treaties that protect asylum seekers from being sent back to dangerous circumstances.
The second case concerns spending on the border wall and militarization of border communities. Trump has diverted $6 billion in funds that Congress allocated for other purposes to build the wall that was one of his central campaign promises in 2016. Under the U.S. Constitution, Congress controls spending decisions.
In related news, court documents filed this week revealed that the parents of 545 children separated from their families at the border cannot be found — appalling evidence that the Trump administration’s cruel border policies are not working and do not represent our values.
With President Trump’s latest nominee for the Supreme Court advancing rapidly through the Republican controlled Congress and Election Day less than two weeks away, the landscape of the court and these policies could change dramatically by the time oral arguments in these cases take place in 2021. When discussing these cases with your audiences, remember to amplify the values of community, safety, and mobility. Our tools below can help you do that.
Resources: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About The U.S. Border: Imprisoned Children and Separated Families; Five Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking About a Wall; and Six Tips for Responding to Supreme Court Decisions.
Hashtags: #abolishICE; #FreedomForImmigrants
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
Vote Early Day
Oct. 24 is Vote Early Day! Join us for a #MyVoiceIsMyVote Twitter Chat where we will talk about what voting means for different individuals and communities. Participants include Comedian Zahra Noorbakhsh, Performing Artist and Entrepreneur Twanna Hines, Comedian Joey Clift, and Student Activist Abrielle De Veux. Follow us @oppagenda to join the conversation this Saturday at 1:00 EST!
Events for October 22 - November 11
- October 22: National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality
- October 28: Latina Equal Pay Day
- November 1: Beginning of open enrollment for 2021 health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act.
- November 3: Election Day — Be sure to vote and encourage your communities to vote!
Birthdays and Anniversaries
- October 22, 1920: Birthday of farmworker and labor activist Maria Moreno.
- October 23, 1947: W.E.B. DuBois and the NAACP petitioned the United Nations with "An Appeal to the World," concerning human rights abuses in the U.S. against African-Americans.
- October 26, 2001: President George W. Bush signs the PATRIOT ACT, expanding Federal surveillance and detention powers.
- October 27, 1978: President Jimmy Carter signs the Humphrey-Hawkins Full Employment Act to address rising unemployment.
- October 27, 1994: U.S. prison population surpassed 1 million for the first time. The number currently stands at 2.3 million.
- October 28, 1886: Statue of Liberty dedicated in New York City.
- October 29, 1929: Wall Street stock market crash plunges the nation into the Great Depression.
- October 29, 1969: Supreme Court ruling in Alexander v. Holmes County Board of Education requires desegregation immediately, replacing previous ruling requiring "all deliberate speed."
- October 29, 2012: Hurricane Sandy hits New York City
- November 2, 2013: Renisha McBride shot and killed in Michigan after asking for help following a car crash.
- November 6, 1986: President Ronald Reagan signed the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, legalizing all undocumented immigrants who entered the U.S. before 1982.
- November 9, 1989: Fall of the Berlin Wall.
- November 10, 1969: Debut of Sesame Street.