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 25-May 2.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Speak Out to Support Judge's Ruling on DACA
This morning, U.S. District Judge John D. Bates said that in 90 days the Trump administration must explain why it ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In the meantime, his ruling calls for U.S. Citizenship and Naturalization Services to start accepting new applicants. Discuss this development with the values of Community and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Communications to Protect Dreamers and our Nation’s Values and The National Immigration Law Center's DACA resources (being updated)
- Hashtag: #HereToStay
Public Charge: Reject the Administration's Draconian Proposal
The Administration has proposed a new rule that would allow immigration officers to consider whether an immigrant could potentially be dependent on public assistance if they or their family members ever accepted a wide range of benefits. Discuss this unjust proposal using the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: National Immigration Law Center's Access to Health Care, Food, and Other Public Programs for Immigrant Families under the Trump Administration; The Center for Law and Social Policy (CLASP)'s Trump’s Proposed Immigration Rule Would Harm All of Us
- Hashtag: #publiccharge
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
Wednesday, April 25
Today, the Supreme Court will hear arguments in the case, Hawaii v. Trump. They will decide whether 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. Join or organize an event near you.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Talking About the Muslim Ban 3.0; No Muslim Ban Ever's messaging toolkit and shareable graphics; Muslim Ban Story's How to share your @MuslimBanStory
- Hashtags: #NoMuslimBanEver #MyMuslimBanStory #ThisBanIsntUS
Also today, join The Opportunity Agenda at 2 p.m. EST for "Affirmative Storytelling in a New Era," a FREE webinar that demonstrates how our Future Over Fear narrative pillars can counter and replace stories of exclusion and fear with inclusion and diversity. Guest speakers include Aman Ali, a Muslim-American writer and filmmaker, and cultural strategist Terry Marshall as well as Julie Fisher-Rowe, Acting Director of Narrative, Training and Journalism. Register now and follow the hashtag #NewEraStories.
Also at 2 p.m. EST on today, join a Twitter storm during the House Financial Services Committee hearing on federal housing programs. Use the National Low Income Housing Coalition's toolkit and hashtag #CutsHurt on proposals for rent increases, time limits, and work requirements.
Thursday, April 26
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!
- Messaging and communication tools: United We Dream's toolkit; The Opportunity Agenda's Communications to Protect Dreamers and our Nation’s Values
- Hashtags: #HereToStay #EducationNotDeportation
Friday, April 27
Marvel returns to Wakanda in The Avengers: Infinity War which opens in theaters on April 27. The fictional African nation first appeared in the movie Black Panther, which ignited a movement around African-American representation in film and the visioning of an equitable future. Cite the values of Community and Voice when discussing the new film.
Saturday, April 28
On Workers Memorial Day, labor unions and organizations working for occupational safety remember those who have suffered and died on the job, while renewing the fight for safe jobs.
- Messaging and communications tools: The American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) Workers Memorial Day Toolkit; National Employment Law Project's Trump Agriculture Department’s Proposed New Swine Slaughter Inspection System Will Endanger Public Health, Worker Safety and Animal Welfare and Remarks on Worker Safety
- Hashtags: #1uSafety #IWMD2018
Tuesday, May 1
Across the country, immigrant leaders and allies will lead marches, rallies, protests, and town halls for May Day. The Center for Community Change is also launching their Unity Summer campaign to "bring people together to take back our power, and stop the administration’s blatant racist attacks on communities of color." A coalition of organizations called Freedom Cities is also planning events across the country. Use this opportunity to talk about the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Messaging tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues and 5 Key Facts: Online Discussion of Immigration in The Trump Era; Freedom Cities' resources
- Hashtags: #May1 #MayDay #UnitySummer #VeranoUnido #FreedomCities
To find an event in your city, check out events listed by Reform Immigration for America.
During the month of May
Use the Economic Policy Institute's new paper to show the need to “go bold” and assess the costs and benefits for low-wage workers rather than a singular focus on potential employment losses.
Share the W.K. Kellogg Foundation's The Business Case for Racial Equity: A Strategy for Growth to show how The United States economy could be $8 trillion larger by 2050 if the country eliminated racial disparities in health, education, incarceration and employment.
Cite the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' brief about How Medicaid Work Requirements Will Harm People Who Are Experiencing Homelessness. They write: "People experiencing homelessness face significant barriers to work, including physical and behavioral health conditions, lack of work experience or inconsistent work history, and histories of incarceration."