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April 18, 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 April 18-25.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

How to Talk About the Farm Bill Markup

The full Agricultural Committee in the House of Representatives is set to begin marking up the highly partisan Farm Bill, which proposes slashing the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or "food stamps"). The bill is the primary legislative push of this Congressional session. Watch the markup process online today. Prepare to activate your networks by citing the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing the legislation.

Use Pulitzer and Peabody Winners to Discuss Racial and Economic Justice

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Several of the winners of the 2018 Pulitizer Prizes focused on topics ranging from the effects of privatizing Medicaid for Iowans living in poverty and the struggles of Syrian refugees in the U.S., to the consequences of America's criminal justice system on people of color. The Peabody Awards for television and radio also recognized several social justice-themed podcasts, including Ear Hustle, Scene on Radio: Seeing White and Uncivil. Use these worthy works to discuss the values of Voice, Redemption and Economic Security with your networks.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of April

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Medicaid Awareness Month

This week, during Medicaid Awareness Month, advocates are focusing on the concerns of seniors and older adults. Next week (April 23), they will focus on people with disabilities. Use these week to help focus your messages. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

 

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Second Chance Month recognizes the dignity and potential of 65 million Americans with criminal records who have repaid their debt to society. The week of April 16 focuses on prison phone rates while the week of April 23 focuses on fair chance hiring. When discussing these issues, lead with the values of Redemption and Mobility.

Friday, April 20

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At 1:00 pm EST, join Moms Rising and partner organizations for a #FoodFri Twitter chat highlighting issues around SNAP and the Farm Bill. For sample tweets and more information, read more here.

Tuesday, April 24

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At 3:00 pm EST: Twitterstorm for Second Chance Month about fair chance hiring. Use the hashtag #FairChanceHiring. If you would like to plug in, sign up here. See more above.

Wednesday, April 25

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On this day, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case, Hawaii v. Trump. They will decide whether one of Trump's Muslim Ban 3.0 (which permanently bans nationals from six Muslim-majority countries) violates federal law. Use our messaging and lead with the values of Community and Opportunity when discussing this case.

Thursday, April 26

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On National Immigrant Resilience Day (NIRD), educational institutions and community centers will celebrate undocumented students. United We Dream wants to create practices that will "combat racism and the criminalization of undocumented communities, increase resources, and adopt institutional policies that will protect undocumented students and their families from detention and deportation." Help them achieve this!

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

Report:

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The Leadership Conference Education Fund

Use The Leadership Conference Education Fund and the Georgetown Center on Poverty and Inequality's Bare Minimum to explain why we need to raise wages for America’s lowest-paid families. The report makes a case for "raising wages that is grounded in history, economics, and movements across the country, but particularly in the lived experiences of our nation’s lowest-paid working people."

Factsheets:

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Refer to the The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families' Medicaid fact sheets for information on children's coverage across states and how Medicaid restructuring could affect children.

Resource:

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Kaiser Family Foundation

Keep tabs on which states are imposing work requirements and other changes to Medicaid by checking out the Kaiser Family Foundation's Medicaid Waiver Tracker.

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