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August 1, 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 August 1 – 8, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Comment on the Proposed Citizenship Question before next Tuesday August 7 (It’s super easy)

There are only six more days to leave a public comment on the addition of an ill-advised citizenship question to the 2020 census. Use this deadline to encourage audiences to also comment. Discuss the values of Community and Equality with your audiences.

Hold The Trump Administration’s Feet to the Fire Over Separated Families

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The Trump administration missed the court-imposed deadline to reunify all of the detained immigrant children with their families. Discuss this crisis by citing the values of Voice, Family Unity, and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

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"Orange Is The New Black" returned for its sixth season on Netflix. The show raises compelling issues around race and poverty as well as representation of people of color, LGBTQ and other minority groups on television. Since many people will be discussing the show, use it to talk about Economic Security and Redemption with your audiences.

Now until Friday, August 3

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The #SaveSCOTUS campaign focuses on #WhatsAtStake (health care and reproductive justice) with the Supreme Court justice nomination. This week, organizations are also focusing on LGBTQ rights and gun safety.

Wednesday, August 1

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At noon in front of the U.S. Capitol building, community advocates such as Ady Barkan from #BeAHero, Toys'R'Us employees, environmental leaders, and other will join Democratic senators for a #StopKavanaugh Rally.

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The Dream Riders, young organizers from the National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) and affiliates, will start riding their bicycles from Seattle to San Diego today. They designed the 37-day trip to advocate for a pathway to citizenship for all non-citizens in this country.

Thursday, August 2

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On this day in 1934, writer James Baldwin was born. Use this anniversary to discuss the role of artists and culture shifters in challenging White supremacy. Cite the values of Voice and Equality.

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The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is holding a Facebook Live event at 3:30pm with Rep. Jim McGovern about the Farm Bill and SNAP. Congress needs to complete the Farm Bill by Sept. 30. A Congressional conference committee on the Farm Bill is still forming and nutrition will be one of the most contentious issues.

Monday, August 6 – Friday, August 10

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This week, both houses of Congress are in recess. This means representatives and senators are back in their home districts where you can talk to them about the issues that matter most.

For senators, focus advocacy on stopping Trump’s nomination to the Supreme Court. The #SaveSCOTUS campaign is focusing on #WhatsAtStake (health care and reproductive justice) with the Supreme Court justice nomination. This week, organizations are also focusing on health care/women’s freedom at events in several states.

Representatives from the House will be on recess the entire month of August. Focus advocacy on the 2020 Census, family separation, and the Farm Bill.

Monday, August 6

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The second episode of the new docuseries Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story airs tonight. Each week, The Opportunity Agenda is proud to partner with The Paramount Network and BET to host Twitter chats about the intersection and impact of racism on safety. Use the values of Equality and Voice when discussing the series.

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On this day, The 1965 Voting Rights Act was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on this day. Use this anniversary to talk about the need to restore the Voting Rights Act and enable everyone to participate in our democracy. Further, talk about Trump’s Supreme Court nomination and how it may put voting rights at risk. Point out the values of Equality and Voice.

Tuesday, August 7

CORRECTION: The Facebook Live Event with the The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) is on Tuesday, August 2 (above).

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Black Women's Equal Pay Day recognizes the large wage discrepancies between African-American women and white men. When compared to White, non-Hispanic men, Black/African American women earn only $.63 (cents) on the $1, according to 2017 data. Discuss this day citing the values of Economic Security and Equality.

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Also on Thursday, Missouri voters - not politicians - will have the final say on so-called “right-to-work” laws in a statewide referendum. Amplify the “No” campaign messages that these laws “lower wages for all of us while also allowing politicians to do the bidding of out-of-state CEOs by interfering in the workplace and dictating how employers interact with their own employees.” Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when talking about this issue.

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Also on August 7, it's the Night Out for Safety and Liberation. The Ella Baker Center and its partners are encouraging people across the country to reimagine what #SafetyIs: dignity, opportunity and freedom for our communities.

 

    Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

    Budget:

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    Share the Congressional Progressive Caucus’ 2019 Fiscal Year People’s Budget: A Progressive Path Forward for solutions on how to create “millions of jobs and increases wages for those who continue to be on the sidelines of our economy.”  The Economic Policy Institute’s analysis found that the budget “would have significant, positive impacts.”

    New social justice podcasts:

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    • Listen to Justice in America for different criminal justice issues like plea deals, voter disenfranchisement, “crimmigration,” prosecutor accountability, and many more.
    • Also check out At Liberty, a weekly podcast from the American Civil Liberties Union “that explores the biggest civil rights and civil liberties issues of the day.”

    Report:

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    Use Institute for Policy Studies’ Warehousing Wealth: Donor-Advised Charity Funds Sequestering Billions in the Face of Growing Inequality to talk about donor-advised funds and “the risks they pose to the independent charitable sector, taxpayers, and the public interest.”

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