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Federal Appeals Court Upholds Trump's Temporary Protected Status Terminations
On Monday, a federal appeals court upheld the Trump administration's cruel decision to terminate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Immigrants from El Salvador, Sudan, Nicaragua, and Haiti. The decision also opens the way for terminations against TPS for Immigrants from Honduras and Nepal. If upheld on appeal, the decision will force over 300,000 people to either separate from their loved ones and children (there are an estimated 200,000 US-born children of TPS holders) or remain in the country and risk deportation in order to continue lives many have known for 20 or more years.
The ruling comes amid the Covid-19 pandemic, while over 130,000 TPS holders are working essential jobs in healthcare, food, logistics and other fields. It also comes at the start of Hispanic Heritage Month — the largest groups affected by this decision are from El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua — though African, Afro-Carribbean and Nepali Immigrants are also affected. This is also Welcoming Week, an annual celebration that brings together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of a welcoming nation.
The ruling is yet another reminder that our immigration laws do not reflect the values of our nation and communities. Advocates are calling on Congress to pass The Dream & Promise Act (HR6 in the current Congress), which would put TPS holders on a pathway to citizenship and keep families together.
Resources: The Opportunity Agenda's 5 Tips for Talking About the American Dream and Promise Act;
Read More: Appallate Court Sides with Trump Administration's Cruel Agenda to End TPS (UndocuBlack); D.C. Salvadoran Community Braces As Federal Court Ruling TPS (DCist);
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Last week, we released our new report, “Beyond Policing,” which we teased in the previous edition of the Amp. The report reviews the track-record of past calls for moderate police reforms and finds they are not backed up by a record of success. Instead, the analysis shows why calls to defund the police open doors to new, promising solutions that move beyond the police and punishment.
From The Opportunity Agenda:
- Beyond Policing: Shifting to a Narrative About True Community Safety
- 10 Lessons for Talking About Race
- Why People Trust Their Lying Eyes: Implicit Bias and the Limitations of Video Footage in Tackling Police Brutality
- Our Transforming the System tool was featured in this Obama Foundation roundup of racial justice resources.
Resources from our partners:
- Petition: Defund the Police and Invest in Black Communities (Defending Black Lives)
- Healing In Action Toolkit (Black Lives Matter)
- Anat Shenker-Osorio and The Race Class Narrative Action’s messaging guide on policing, protest, and racial injustice
- #BuildCommunities Plan (Just Leadership USA)
Justice Out Loud Virtual Gala!
Come to our virtual gala! Join us, free of charge, on Tuesday Oct. 6th, at 7:00pm for our JusticeOutLoud Livestream Gala. Get ready for an evening community, connection and celebration, as we honor the achievements of Alan Jenkins, Co-founder and Past President of The Opportunity Agenda and DeAnna Hoskins, President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA. Hosted by Fawzia Mirza, help us build our JusticeOutLoud photo mosaic and hear from Jesse Krimes and Russell Craig, two fantastic social justice artivists! RSVP or contribute today.
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
September 16 - 23, 2020
- September 12-20 is Welcoming Week, when communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone.
- September 20 — The Television Academy's 2020 Emmy Awards offer cause to reflect on the stories we tell as a culture and who tells them. Nominations provide an opportunity to discuss the values of Community, Equality, and Voice.
- September 22 — National Voter Registration Day is a time to encourage your audiences to register to vote, the most powerful tool we have for making our voices heard. Cite the value of Voice when discussing this event.
Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Cultural Hooks:
- September 17, 2011 — Occupy Wall Street protesters take over Zuccotti Park in Lower Manhattan, sparking camps all over the world calling out economic injustice.
- September 17, 1787 — The anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution is also Citizenship Day, a time to "reflect on the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and what it means to be a U.S. citizen."
- September 20, 2017 — Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico with devastating effects. President Trump’s refutation of the death toll has kept this hurricane in the public’s eye years later, even as a record Atlantic hurricane season continues to batter the Caribbean and Gulf Coast.
- September 23, 1863 — Birthday of African American suffragette Mary Church Terrell, a charter member of the NAACP and its first president.
- September 23, is also the birthday of three musicians whose work often focused on social justice issues, and who personally funded the work of many activists: John Coltrane (1926), Ray Charles (1930), and Bruce Springsteen (1949)