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 3 - 10, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
This week, the FBI aims to conclude its limited background investigation of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has stated that the Senate will also vote on his nomination this week. When talking about Kavanaugh’s nomination, it’s important to explain that the right to live free from violence is a basic human right that should apply to everyone in our country. Our institutions and government must be pushed to stand up for advancing, not undermining or denying, safety, gender equality and hearing and believing survivors is an important step to do so. Lead with common values: freedom and safety, call out and stand up to violence, hear and believe each other, advance equality for all.
- Take Action: Share Moms Rising #StopKavanaugh Toolkit and Center for American Progress' Save SCOTUS Take Action Toolkit
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s #DisruptSCOTUS Interactive Toolkit; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ SaveSCOTUS.org
- Hashtags: #BelieveSurvivors #SaveSCOTUS #StopKavanaugh
Push for NAFTA Deal that Helps People, Not Products
The Trump Administration announced that it has reached agreement with Canada and Mexico for a revised North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) even though it is still in draft form. While there are encouraging signs that “NAFTA 2018” includes improved labor rules, many details remain to be ironed out. Remind your audiences that NAFTA has displaced millions of Mexican workers, many of whom migrated to the U.S. Any update to NAFTA should recognize that rights of people not just products. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
Push Amazon to Do Even More for Workers
In response to collective action by workers, Amazon announced that it will raise the minimum wage for its employees to $15 an hour. While a positive first step, advocates are calling for further steps such as higher wages for temporary agency workers, a seat at the negotiation table for unions, as well as a union contract. The company’s move should also provide a role model for other corporations. Discuss this news citing the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: National Employment Law Center’s On Amazon Raising Its Minimum Wage to $15; AFSCME’s Amazon Announcement Shows Power of Collective Action; Roosevelt Institute’s Seven Strategies to Rebuild Worker Power for the 21st Century Global Economy.
- Hashtag: #FightFor15
Comment on Proposed "Public Charge" Rule
This week, the Director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced at a conference that the agency would officially publish its draft “public charge” rule for public comment. This rule would make people 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: 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
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, 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
- Hashtags: #LGBTHistoryMonth
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.
Sunday, Oct. 7- 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. or 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
Monday, Oct. 8
On October 8, 2001, President George Bush created the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). This anniversary provides a useful moment to examine how the national security frame has shaped the immigration agencies with DHS. Advocates are calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for its practices that destroy families and communities. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing this anniversary.
- Messaging and communications tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues and Media Briefing: Tracking Tax Dollars for Brutality; Detention Watch Network’s ICE Lies: Public Deception, Private Profit; American Friends Service Committee’s Abolish ICE! End ICE Abuse and Cruelty Once and For All and It’s Time to Abolish ICE
- Hashtags: #StopICE #AbolishICE
October 8 is also Indigenous Peoples Day (the reframing for Columbus Day in many U.S. cities). Use this hook to discuss Voice and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Standing Rock, Ferguson or Mexican Border, ‘We Are All Related’; U.S. Department of Arts and Culture's #HonorNativeLand: A Guide and Call for Acknowledgement; National Congress of American Indians' Proud to Be Campaign; Unitarian Universalist Association's Ten Ways to Honor Indigenous Peoples Day; Reclaiming Native Truths’ Changing the Narrative about Native Americans; IllumiNative’s The false narratives, invisibility, and the erasure of Native peoples must end
- Hashtag: #IndigenousPeoplesDay
Thursday, Oct. 11
National Coming Out Day was founded exactly thirty 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 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
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Cities for Citizenship’s America is Home: How Individuals, Families, Cities & Counties Benefit by Investing in Citizenship to explain how the process of naturalizing brings significant economic benefits to individuals and local communities.