Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Build Back Better is about Values, Not Bottom Lines
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has set an October 31 deadline for Democrats to pass a physical infrastructure bill. The new deadline follows a week dominated by headlines of Democratic caucus division and continued public debate over the final price tag. Both narratives have distracted from the long-term vision at stake in the current negotiation: building a country that keeps people safe and creates greater economic opportunity and mobility.
While the road forward remains uncertain for which programs will end up on the chopping block, it’s critical that we avoid the trap of adding air to spending debates. Instead, we are uniquely positioned as advocates to uplift the human-centered benefits this legislation could deliver over the next 10 years.
Many of the policy priorities outlined in both President Biden and House Democrats’ “Build Back Better” agendas enjoy significant public support and promise real improvement in people’s lives, with an eye towards racial equity, expanding safety net programs, and combating climate change. Key investments include:
- creating universal preschool programs and reducing childcare costs;
- establishing broad-based paid family and medical leave;
- closing Medicaid gaps for people with low incomes;
- reducing student loan debt through increased Pell Grants and two years of free community college and;
- transitioning away from fossil fuels and toward clean energy solutions
By reminding audiences that these policies aim to improve people’s lives, we not only break through the noise of partisan politics but also shift the conversation back to human-centered solutions. Paint a picture of what our future could look like when we invest equitably in communities and families — a future where we can all thrive, together.
Messaging from The Opportunity Agenda:
- We Can Thrive Together: Visioning Economic Justice for All - Art & Discussion Guide;
- The Mandalorian’s Lessons on Paid Leave for Men;
- Painting a Vision of Economic Justice for All;
- Talking About Poverty & Economic Opportunity Today: Three Core Pillars;
- Telling a Story About Families and Opportunity;
- COVID-19 Messaging Resources;
- Shifting the Narrative on Poverty
Additional messaging resources:
- House Build Back Better Legislation Advances Racial Equity (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)
- The Build Back Better Agenda Boosts Productivity and Long-Term Economic Growth in Numerous Ways (Center for American Progress)
- Workers and families urgently need paid leave. The time is now for Congress to deliver. (Family Values @ Work)
- Paid Leave Equity Matters (Family Values at Work / Center for Law and Social Policy);
- The 19th Represents: Building a Caregiving Economy for All (feat. Josephine Kalipeni of Family Values @ Work);
- The Pandemic Exposed The Lie Of Women’s Equality. Where Do We Go From Here? (Refinery29 feat. Aisha Wells of Mothering Justice)
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
Detained and Disappeared: NRL Webinar on October 15
This month’s Narrative Research Lab Webinar will include a feature presentation by Jeff Migliozzi and Layla Razavi on Freedom for Immigrants’ (FFI) latest report, “Detained and Disappeared.” Their new research documents how the United States is engaged in a pattern and practice of regularly disappearing immigrants in its federal immigration detention system. Through surveys, interviews, and ongoing work with people in detention and their loved ones, FFI documented 698 cases of what the U.N. defines as "enforced disappearances" of immigrants in ICE custody between 2017 and 2021.
Please join us on Oct. 15 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT for a presentation on the report’s methodology, findings, policy recommendations, and key messaging. Register for the webinar here.