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October 31, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.


For Native American Heritage Month, discuss the values of Voice, Economic Security and Opportunity with your audiences.

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.

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.”


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.


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. 

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.


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.  

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.

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The Opportunity Agenda commissioned artist Nina Montenegro to create high-resolution, downloadable art that illustrate values that would allow for a prospering economy. The images are free for our partners like you to use! 

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