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August 15, 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 15 - 22, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Stop Hearings to Confirm Kavanaugh

Republicans in the Senate have scheduled Supreme Court confirmation hearings starting Sept. 4. Advocates are arguing that these hearings should not be held until senators and the American public have had the opportunity to review Kavanaugh’s entire record, which is not yet available. Cite the vales of Opportunity, Voice and Equality when discussing this development.

Comment Now on Medicaid Work Requirements

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Several states have asked the federal government for waivers in order to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients. A federal judge ruled recently that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) didn’t adequately consider whether Kentucky’s policies would conflict with Medicaid's purpose of providing health care to low income people. Mississippi has also asked for a waiver for a proposal to strip Medicaid from thousands of people. HHS is accepting public comments on these plans through Aug. 18. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Wednesday, August 15

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On this day in 2012, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) began to be implemented. This anniversary is important today because DACA recipients and their families are currently under threat. Refer to the values of Community, Voice and Economic Security when discussing this news hook.

Now until Friday, August 17

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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 Immigration/DACA and Dark Money.

Monday, August 20 – Friday, August 25

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Next week, the National Women’s Law Center, in partnership with several organizations, is leading Justice Rising: Women United to Stop Kavanaugh, a week of action by women and allies. “Women and girls’ most precious rights and freedoms are on the line if Kavanaugh is allowed to drag our highest court even further to the radical right.” See daily themes in the listings below. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community this week.

Monday, August 20

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On this day in 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act into law. This created Head Start and nine other federal programs to combat poverty. Use this hook to discuss the benefits that these programs have had for Americans and how current Congressional proposals could undermine them. Reference the values of Economic Security and Community.

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Today's theme for #SaveSCOTUS Women’s Week of Action: Speak Out to #SaveRoe. See tools above.

Tuesday, August 21

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President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation declaring today National Senior Citizens Day. Use this hook to discuss how safety net programs are vital for elderly Americans. Use the values of Economic Security and Community.

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Men and women incarcerated in prisons across the nation have declared a National Prison Strike in response to the riot at the Lee Correctional Institution, a maximum security prison in South Carolina, where seven people lost their lives. The strikers are demanding “humane living conditions, access to rehabilitation, sentencing reform and the end of modern day slavery.” Cite the values of Redemption and Voice when discussing the strike.

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Today's theme for #SaveSCOTUS Women’s Week of Action: #StopKavanaugh to protect the ACA, people with pre-existing conditions, and people with disabilities. See tools above.

Wednesday, August 22

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On this day in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996, known as “Welfare Reform.”  The act created Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), which Congress is currently considering making changes to. Use this anniversary to talk about the need for safety programs and the values of Economic Security and Community.

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Today's theme for #SaveSCOTUS Women’s Week of Action: Women At Work. See tools above.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

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Use the Center for American Progress’ Workers’ Wages Remain Stagnant Despite Gains to Top Earners to understand the health of the economy as workers see it.

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Cite the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law’s (Shriver Center) Get Care Illinois as a model for “helping individuals navigate and understand the options available to them through the Marketplace and Medicaid to get their families the healthcare that they need.”

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Use the Roosevelt Institute’s Rebuilding Worker Voice in Today’s Economy to show why and how U.S. labor law should be reformed to restore economic and political power to working people and create a more fair and equal economy and society.

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