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. 24-31, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Support the Rights of Central American Asylum Seekers
President Trump is using the exodus of Honduran migrants to stoke fear among his base. Don’t take the bait and try to refute his baseless claims (i.e. myth-bust). Instead remind your audiences about the long tradition of welcoming immigrants that the United States has provided to people fleeing persecution and unrest. Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.
- Take Action: Join our myth-busting webinar today (see below)!
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Five Questions to ask when Crafting Messages about Refugees in the Current Climate and 5 Tips for Talking About Border Communities Without Talking about a Wall; The Washington Office on Latin America’s 9 Questions (and Answers) About the Central American Migrant Caravan; American Friends Service Committee's How to Talk About the Migrant Caravan; Coalition of groups’ Talking points on Migrant Caravan; Amnesty International’s 'You don't have any rights here'
- Hashtags: #migrantcaravan
Oppose McCarthy’s Political Posturing at Expense of Immigrant Families
With midterm elections in only a few weeks, Congressional representative Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has introduced a draconian immigration reform bill H.R. 7059 “Build the Wall, Enforce the Law Act.” Immigration advocates note that the bill would cost taxpayers $25 billion to build a wasteful border wall, lock up families and children, and imprison people seeking asylum at the border. Cite the values of Community, Voice and Economic Security when opposing the bill.
Issues to also keep an eye on
- Potential changes to SNAP in the Farm Bill negotiations
- Comment on the Proposed “Public charge” rule for immigrant families here and encourage your networks to Share Your Story (Also see Oct. 28 below)
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
Now until Sunday, Oct. 28
Dignity in Schools and partners is leading 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
Wednesday, Oct. 24
Today 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. Join us!
Eighty years ago on this day, 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.
Friday, Oct. 26
On October 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.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Immigration Policy Solutions: Due Process and Fair Treatment Under the Law; American Civil Liberties Unions’ Surveillance Under the Patriot Act; American Bar Associations’ 9/11 and the Transformation of U.S. Immigration Law and Policy
- Hashtag: #PatriotAct
Saturday, Oct. 27
On this day 40 years ago, 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 othera 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.
Sunday, Oct. 28
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 “public charge” proposal, since it runs counter to the statue’s message. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues; Welcoming America’s Stand Together; Protecting Immigrant Families’ campaign resources
- Hashtag: #StatueofLiberty #ProtectFamilies
Comedian Hasan Minhaj’s show “Patriot Act” premieres on Netflix. In this weekly show, Minhaj will “explore the larger trends shaping our fragmented world” from affirmative action to immigration. The show will be formatted much like John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight with each episode devoted to one subject. See more here.
Monday, Oct. 29
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 in an economy that is out of whack. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice; Bill Moyers’ Why is SNAP Part of the Farm Bill? ; Center for American Progress’ How Classical Liberalism Morphed Into New Deal Liberalism; SNAP to Health’s The History of SNAP
- Hashtags: #GreatDepression #HandsOffSNAP #BlackTuesday
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Refer to Demos’ How Marriott’s Corporate Practices Fuel Growing Racial Inequality in America to explain how America’s racial wealth gap is fueled by public policy and corporate practices.
Cite the Democracy Fund Voter Study Group’s Not Buying It to show that a majority of voters are skeptical of the new tax law’s benefits for themselves and their families.