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 26 – October 3, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
#ProtectFamilies from Trump Administration’s Unfair Public Charge Rule
Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security announced a proposed rule that would disqualify immigrants for using health, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, or affordable housing programs. Advocates have been anticipating this revised “public charge rule” for several months. The new rule will be posted to the federal registrar in a few days for public comment. The rule will not be retroactive, but there has already been a chilling effect that is causing immigrant families to disenroll from programs they are eligible for. 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: Once the proposed rule change is published, there will be a 60 day period for the public to leave comments. Use this Comment FAQ document to get ready. Join the coalition webinar on Oct. 1
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues; Protecting Immigrant Families’ updated Public Charge 2-Pager; updated quick analysis and Public Charge" Partner Digital Toolkit; National Immigration Law Center’s How to Talk About Public Charge with Immigrants and Their Families and Mom’s Rising’s Facebook Live recording and What You Need To Know On the Public Charge Rule & Immigrant Families; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' One-Third of U.S.-Born Citizens Would Struggle to Meet Standard of Extreme Trump Rule for Immigrants; ASO Communications' Words that Work on Immigrant Rights
- Hashtag: #ProtectFamilies
Stop Tax Scam 2.0 in Congress
The House of Representatives will vote this Thursday and Friday on three different tax-related bills that comprise “Tax Scam 2.0.” Republicans see this as helping them with the Midterm Elections, despite a leak in which they admitted they “lost the messaging battle” on the first Tax Scam. 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; Americans for Tax Fairness’ Tax Scam Round 2 Talking Points & Polling; Highlights of #TaxScam2 and Tax Scam 2 Action Page; Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy's Tax Cuts 2.0 Resources; 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
- 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, 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: The Opportunity Agenda's 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
- Hashtag: #HispanicHeritage #HHM
Thursday, Sept. 27
The Senate will hold further hearings on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify. The right to live free from violence is a basic human right that should apply to everyone in our country. It should be an intrinsic value that is embraced and experienced by all of us as essential to our human dignity. It must not be compromised in any way, for anyone.We must remember that incidents of sexual violence, harassment, and abuse are life-changing, and can take many different forms. But one thing remains the same: It’s never the victim’s fault and those surviving sexual and other kinds of violence deserve to be heard, supported, and believed. Our institutions and government must be pushed to stand up for advancing, not undermining or denying, safety and gender equality. We must not stand for anything less. Lead with common values: freedom to safety, calling out and standing up to violence, hearing and believing each other, advancing equality for all.
- Take Action: Share 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 Rights’ SaveSCOTUS.org
- Hashtags: #BelieveSurvivors #SaveSCOTUS #StopKavanaugh
Today is also Native Women’s Equal Pay Day. Native Women earn approximately 57 cents on the dollar of White, non-Hispanic men (based on 2016 data). Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Opportunity when discussing this news hook.
Saturday, Sept. 29
Ten years ago, the U.S. Stock Market crashed, contributing to the start of the Great Recession. It’s an important time to talk about how many communities and American families have yet to recover from this economic downturn. Cite the values of Economic Opportunity and Community when talking about this anniversary.
- Messaging and communication tools: the Opportunity Agenda’s Ensuring Equal Opportunity in Our Nation’s Economic Recovery Efforts; Center for Popular Democracy’s 10 Years After: the Financial Crisis and the New York Federal Reserve District and video series; Annie E. Casey Foundations’ U.S. Child Poverty Rate Reaches Prerecession Level; Center for Economic and Social Rights’ Assessing Austerity: Monitoring the human rights impacts of fiscal consolidation; The Roosevelt Institute's 10 Years After the Financial Crisis; Marketplace’s Divided Decade and On the Media's One Financial Crisis, Many Explanations
- Hashtags: #10YearsAfter #HowWeChanged
This day also marks the anniversary of the 1977 Food Stamp Act, a landmark law that set the framework for the modern food stamp program — or, as it’s now known, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Congress is considering changes to SNAP in the new Farm Bill that it needs to pass. Use this news hook to discuss the values of Economic Security and Community with your audiences.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking About Economic Justice; The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' SNAP at 40 and new video on the program; Commentary on SNAP’s Bipartisan Legacy.
- Hashtags: #SNAPsince77 #handsoff
Global Citizen's year-long campaign to end extreme poverty honors the legacy of Nelson Mandela in the year he would have turned 100. The campaign is culminating with a concert in NY's Central Park that coincides with the United Nations General Assembly. Top musical artists will challenge world leaders to make commitments toward ending extreme poverty. Use this pop culture news hook to talk about the values of Economic Security and Opportunity.
Sunday, Sept. 30
On this day in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the "Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.” It’s important time to talk about how the law criminalized thousands of people and led to the deportation of more than 4 million people. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about this anniversary.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues and Power of POP: Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows; Human Rights Watch’s 20 Years of Immigrant Abuses; Immigrant Defense Project’s Dismantle, Don’t Expand: The 1996 Immigration Laws
- Hasthags: #heretostay #crimmigration
Month of October
LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender trailblazers. Use this month to talk about intersectional issues that affect LGBT 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
- Hashtags: #LGBTHistoryMonth
Monday, Oct. 1
At 1:30pm EST, The Coalition on Human Needs, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the National Immigration Law Center will host a webinar about the public charge rule, why this change is so dangerous, and what we can do about it. Slides and a recording of the webinar will be available after the event, so if you cannot attend, sign up to gain access to the materials.
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Use UnidosUS' new national poll How Will Health Care Impact The 2018 Latino Vote? to show that health care is a high-priority issue for Latino voters. More than 50 percent of respondents noting the rising cost of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses as major concerns. Latino voters also believe that the federal government as has a major role to play when it comes to health care, especially on issues related to access and cost.
Cite the Rural Health Policy Project's Health Insurance Coverage in Small Towns and Rural America: The Role of Medicaid Expansion to demonstrate that small towns and rural areas of states that have expanded Medicaid have seen the sharpest declines in the uninsured rate.