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. 31 - Nov. 7, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
How to Deal with Trump’s Pre-Election Distractions
This week, President Trump suggested that he would issue an executive order to end birthright citizenship for the children of immigrants. Considering the timing, this appears to be an attempt to distract people ahead of the midterm election. We advise keeping to your work and not responding as the course of action. If you feel you need to respond, see our messaging advice below. Cite the values of Community, Family and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communications tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking about the American Citizenship Clause of the 14th Amendment and the Center for American Progress’ Leading Constitutional Law Scholars Say Trump Is Wrong if He Thinks He Can Eliminate Birthright Citizenship Through Executive Action; American Immigration Council's Ending Birthright Citizenship Could Put All Americans’ Nationality in Jeopardy
- Hashtags: #birthrightcitizenship #14thamendment #protectfamilies
As another election-time distraction, President Trump is also sending national guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to stop the caravan of Central American asylum seekers (who are still weeks away). Trump also suggested that he would deport the asylum seekers without hearing their cases. If you must discuss the caravan, cite the values of Community, Voice and Family.
- Messaging and communications 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: #NoLatinoBan #migrantcaravan
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
Wednesday, Oct. 31
At 2pm ET/11am PT, several organizations in the Protecting Families Campaign are hosting a Tweetstorm to raise attention and answer questions on how Trump’s “public charge” rule will be a matter of life and death, threatening the immigration status of people who are older, have disabilities, or use life-saving programs like Medicaid.
- Messaging and communication tools: Protecting Immigrant Families’ Promotional Toolkit Themed Content: Health, Aging, + Disability
- Hashtag: #ProtectFamilies
During the Month of November
During National Caregivers Month, discuss our government's role in supporting caregivers. During the first week of the month, Caring Across Generations is focusing on caregivers from Maine “because of a groundbreaking initiative on the ballot there that would create Homecare for All - so everyone who needs homecare in Maine can get it for as long as they need it at a price they can afford.” Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: Caring Across Generations' Community is essential; Aspen Institute's post The U.S. Must Improve its Long-Term Care Industry and the documentary Care
- Hashtag: #WeKnowYouCare #CaringMajority #caregiving
For Native American Heritage Month, discuss the values of Voice, Economic Security and Opportunity with your audiences.
- 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: #NAHeritage
Thursday, Nov. 1 until Saturday, Dec. 15
Open enrollment for health insurance plans starts today and will end on Dec.15. Besides helping to advertise this fact when the Trump administrations refuses to, you can discuss the importance of healthcare insurance by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Resources: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Social Media Graphics on Open Enrollment; Georgetown University Center for Children and Families' Navigator Resource Guide; GetAmericaCovered.org; Kaiser Family Foundation’s FAQs: Marketplace Eligibility, Enrollment Periods, Plans and Premiums
- Messaging and communication tools: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Five Things to Know as Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins and Sabotage Watch: Tracking Efforts to Undermine the ACA
- Hashtags: #ACA #GetCovered
Thursday, Nov. 1
At noonPT/3pmET, Moms Rising and several other organizations are organizing a #CantWait2Vote tweetchat in anticipation of Election Day. Along with partners, they want to “share messages of encouragement, thanks, and motivation as we engage with our communities on social media to help increase the number of people who vote this election.”
- Messaging and communication tools: MomsRising’s Moms Vote site and social media toolkit
- Hashtag for tweetchat: #CantWait2Vote
- Additional hashtags: #VotingSquad, #MeUrgeVotar, #MomsVote, #LatinxVotan
It's also Día de los Muertos or the Day of the Dead. This year’s Day of the Dead Celebration in Mexico City was dedicated to refugees who have lost their lives traveling to the US. Detention Watch Network is using this day to remember the people who have died in immigration detention in the U.S. Cite the values of Voice and Community when discussing this day.
- Messaging and communications 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; Detention Watch Network's Day of the Dead Digital Strategy resources; 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: #diadelosmuertos #NoLatinoBan #migrantcaravan #DetentionDeaths #DayoftheDead
Today is also Latina Equal Pay Day, the date when the typical Latina woman’s wages since January 1, 2017 finally catch up to what the typical white man was paid in calendar year 2017. Use this day to talk about the values of Economic Security, Mobility and Opportunity.
- Messaging and communication tools: Latina Equal Pay Day's social media resources; Demos' Rebellious Dignity on Latina Equal Pay Day; Sargent Shriver Center for Poverty Law's Women, Poverty, and the Gender Wage Gap; National Employment Law Center's What a $15 Minimum Wage Means for Women and Workers of Color; Center for American Progress' The State of the Labor Market for Latinas: Pre-October Jobs Day Release
- Hashtag: #LatinaEqualPayDay
Friday, Nov. 2
NETWORK’s Nuns on the Bus are wrapping up their national tour to hold members of Congress accountable for their votes on the 2017 Tax Bill and attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act. The tour launched in Los Angeles on Monday, October 8 and has visited 21 states. They’re ending at Mar-a-Lago in Florida with a “Fiesta for the Common Good” on Nov. 2. “We must work for just tax policies that mend the gaps in our nation!” they write.
From 2:00-3:00 p.m. ET, , several organizations are hosting a webinar about fighting back against that Trump administration’s proposed “public charge” rule. Register today!
Sunday, Nov. 4
American Son opening night. American Son, a new Broadway play starring Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale, is a gripping tale about who we are as a nation and how we deal with family relationships, love, loss, and identity. It delves into the tensions within police-community relations, interracial relations, and families. The Opportunity Agenda and American Son have partnered to create a discussion guide, community conversations, and tools for civic engagement.
- Messaging and communication tools: Raising American Son: A Discussion Guide
- Hashtags: #AmericanSonPlay
On this day in 1952, Malcolm Little was released from prison and changed his name to Malcolm X. He then became an outspoken critic of racial injustice in the United States. Use this anniversary to talk about the needs and concerns of “returning citizens” who have completed their sentences but face challenges reintegrating into society. Cite the values of Redemption and Community.
Monday, Nov. 5
Comedian John Leguizamo’s Broadway play “Latin History for Morons” is coming to Netflix. Use the show to discuss representation of Latinos in popular culture. Cite the values of Voice and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Power of Pop; 10 Facts About Public Attitudes Toward Economic Opportunity, Diversity, and Media Trust in the Trump Era; UnidosUS and New American Economy's Power of the Purse: How Hispanics Contribute to the U.S. Economy; The Aspen Institute’s White Paper: Achieving Latino Mobilit
- Hashtags: #lh4m
Tuesday, Nov. 6
Election Day: Across the country, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots for local representatives as well as ballot issues, many related to economic opportunity and racial justice. Cite the values of Voice and Community when talking about Election Day.
- Messaging and communication tools: #GoVote's Free digital art for sharing online; The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights' An Assessment of Minority Voting Rights Access in the United States; Voting Record and the Leadership Conference Education Fund's The Great Poll Closure; Movement for Black Lives' BlackNovember.org
- Hashtags: #govote #togetherwevote #blacknovember
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