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September 5, 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 September 5 -12, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

The Call to Action is Now: #Disrupt SCOTUS!

Today, as all eyes are on the Senate Judiciary Committee's second day of Kavanaugh hearings, we must #Disrupt and call out this undemocratic process. President Trump should not be given the opportunity to nominate anyone to the high court as he and his administration are under federal criminal investigation, and Brett Kavanaugh should not be permitted to be a nominee to the court due to his of his radical position regarding presidential power. Join us and our partners (including Linda Sarsour and other #Disrupters) to #SaveSCOTUS. Help us #Disrupt the process and protect our democracy with messaging from our interactive digital toolkit.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of September


September is Hunger Action Month when Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis. Use this hook to discuss the need to address underlying economic injustice that creates hunger. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.


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.

Wednesday, Sept. 5

Susan Simensky Bietila

On this day in 2017, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the Trump administration would rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Several lawsuits have prevented the program's complete shutdown, including a win in Texas on Aug. 31. Use this anniversary to discuss the continued need to protect Dreamers and their families from deportation. Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Opportunity.

Thursday, Sept. 6

Gerhard Sisters via Wikimedia

On this day, Jane Addams, the “mother of social work,” was born. Use this news hook to talk about the role of our nation’s public welfare programs in reducing poverty. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.  



From 2:00 -3:00 p.m. EST, the Coalition on Human Needs will hold its annual Census webinar to prepare you for the new data coming out on September 12-13. "The snapshot and trends in the annual Census survey data can help us answer questions about what reduces poverty and increases wages and income – and what doesn’t."  Register now for their webinar, "Poverty, Income, Health, and Work: What Can We Learn From the New Census Data?" Registrants will receive all the slides, the full recording, and follow-up materials  – essential resources for navigating the Census website.

Friday, Sept. 7

Dept of Defense

Today is National Food Bank Day when communities recognize the importance of fighting hunger. Use this day to extend the conversation to focus on the underlying economic injustices that create hunger. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Saturday, Sept. 8 – Friday, Sept. 14, 2018


California Governor Jerry Brown and international business leaders will hold a Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) where they will discuss corporate responses to climate change. In a parallel event, a coalition of community-based groups are organizing the #ItTakesRoots Solidarity to Solutions (#Sol2Sol) week to highlight solutions that address the interlinked crises of climate, economic justice and racial justice.

Monday, Sept. 10


The sixth (and final) episode of the new documentary series, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, airs on Paramount. The series reexamines the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, whose death became a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2012. Use the values of Equality and Voice when discussing the series.

Tuesday, Sept. 11


It has been 17 years since the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and in addition to remembering and honoring those who lost their lives, we must continue to rise above hate and Islamophobia and put our Future Over Fear. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing this anniversary. 

Wednesday, Sept. 12


The U.S. Census Bureau will release data on 2017 income, poverty and health insurance coverage and compare trends with previous years. When discussing this release, refer to the values of Economic Security and Community.

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