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 September 19 - 26, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Stand Up Against Tax Scam 2.0
House Republicans are pushing what they call “Tax Reform 2.0” but which is actually a Tax Scam 2.0. It’s mostly an extension of temporary provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last year and won’t benefit middle class Americans. The bill has been marked up by the Ways and Means Committee, and Speaker Paul Ryan wants the House to vote on it next week. Opponents are worried about the impact on state and local taxes (SALT). In the meantime, the Congressional Budget Office’s official score of the bill revealed it would cost $2.4 trillion over 10 years. This would certainly lead to cuts in the social safety net. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing the bill.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking About Poverty and Taxes; Moms Rising’s video on Youtube and Facebook; CAPAction’s Corporate Profits v Wages Chart; Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s Latest GOP Tax Package Is Also Skewed Toward the Rich; Not One Penny's RepealTheTrumpTax.org and Economic Policy Institute's Data continues to show little evidence that tax cuts are trickling down to typical workers, and now House Republicans want a do-over
- Hashtag: #TaxScam2
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of September
September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and a nationwide network of food banks raise awareness on the hunger crisis. Use this hook to discuss the underlying economic injustices that create hunger. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Take Action: Share Feeding America’s Find a Local Food Bank as well as Need Help? Find Food resources.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice and Shifting the Narrative on Poverty
- Hashtag: #HungerActionMonth
National Recovery Month raises awareness about mental illness and substance abuse disorders. It also provides the opportunity to talk about harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration, and the need for health insurance and federally-supported programs, many of which are under threat by this Congress. Cite the values of Redemption and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Alternatives to Incarceration; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Report of Taking Away Medicaid from People with Substance Abuse Disorders; Drug Policy Alliance's Safety First curriculum; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's toolkit; Center for American Progress' Trump Administration’s Response to the Opioid Crisis: Re-Igniting the War on Drugs
- Hashtags: #RecoveryMonth #handsoff
Now until Sunday, Sept. 23
During Welcoming Week, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. In 2017, there were more than 700 events around the country. Use this week to discuss Community, Opportunity, and Equality.
- Take Action: Participate in an event near you or use the Welcoming Week Toolkit to plan your own event. Print and share these Welcomer signs and postscards.
- Messaging and communication tools: A Winning Narrative on Immigration - Real Solutions, American Values; and 5 Key Facts About Online Discussion of Immigration in the New Trump Era
- Hashtag: #WelcomingWeek
Now until Sunday, 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.
- Messaging and communication tools: 10 Facts About Public Attitudes Toward Economic Opportunity, Diversity, and Media Trust in the Trump Era
- Hashtag: #HispanicHeritage #HHM
Thursday, Sept. 20
One year ago, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico with devastating effects. President Trump’s recent tweets refuting the death toll have kept the hurricane in the public’s eye. Use this anniversary to discuss the need for equitable infrastructure and emergency planning. Discuss the values of Community and Opportunity.
- Take Action: Call your legislator and register to vote via Center for Popular Democracy's 1yearaftermaria.com
- Messaging and communication tools: Milken Institute of Public Health’s Ascertainment of the Estimated Excess Mortality from Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico; Center for American Progress’ On the Ground in Puerto Rico: A Population Left Behind, A Monumental Task Ahead; UnidosUS’ Mr. President: Puerto Ricans are Americans Too; Intercepted Podcast: Hurricane Colonialism: The Economic, Political, and Environmental War on Puerto Rico; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ History Shows What Steps Trump Administration and Congress Can Take to Ensure Access to Health Care for Those Affected by the Hurricanes; The Brookings Institute’s Can people afford American infrastructure?
- Hashtag: #1yearAfterMaria #HurricaneMaria
Friday, Sept. 21
Join the #TaxScam2 Twitterstorm from 12pm ET with Americans for Tax Fairness, MomsRising, Patriotic Millionaires, and Tax March and speak out against these upside-down tax policies that benefit the one percent instead of working families. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Take Action: Ask your networks to call their Representatives’ district offices using 1-888-678-9477
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking About Poverty and Taxes; Americans for Tax Fairness’ social media toolkit; Moms Rising’s video on Youtube and Facebook; CAPAction’s Corporate Profits v Wages Chart; Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy’s Latest GOP Tax Package Is Also Skewed Toward the Rich; Not One Penny's RepealTheTrumpTax.org and Economic Policy Institute's Data continues to show little evidence that tax cuts are trickling down to typical workers, and now House Republicans want a do-over
Tuesday, Sept. 25
On National Voter Registration Day, 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.
- Take Action: Share the National Voter Registration Day’s online registration tool.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Our Values: Voice; The Culture Group’s Go Vote images;
- #NationalVoterRegistrationDay #MidtermsOnMyTerms
On this day in 1789, the first US Congress passed the Bill of Rights. It’s an important time to talk about the Constitution as the Senate is considering the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Cite the values of Voice and Equality when discussing this anniversary.
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Use Church World Service’s rapid response toolkit to challenge The Trump administration for setting the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.
Use Talk Poverty’s interactive map to learn more about the economic health of your state and congressional district across a variety of indicators.
Use the New American Economy’s Cities Index to learn how effectively the nation’s largest 100 cities welcome immigrants. You’ll be able to see “in-depth breakdowns of 51 key policy and socioeconomic indicators across 9 broad categories that determine the overall scores in each city surveyed.”