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August 22, 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 23 – September 5, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Speak Out for the 500 Immigrant Children Still Separated from the Their Parents

Despite a court order, there are still more than 500 immigrant children separated from their parents. As of August 26, it will be thirty days past the deadline. The U.S. government has suggested that it was the American Civil Liberties Union’s job to find the children’s parents, and refused to consider reunifying them in the United States. Discuss this crisis by citing the values of Voice, Family Unity, and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Now until Sunday, Aug. 26

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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.

Now until Sunday, Sept. 9

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Men and women incarcerated in prisons and immigration detention centers across the nation have started a National Prison Strike in response to the riot at 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 22

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At 12:30pm, there will be a rally at the Supreme Court as part of Justice Rising: Women United to Stop Kavanaugh. Today's theme for the #SaveSCOTUS Women’s Week of Action: Working Women Will #StopKavanaugh. See tools above.

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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 now considering making changes to. Use this anniversary to talk about the need for safety programs and the values of Economic Security and Community.

Thursday, Aug. 23

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Today's theme for #SaveSCOTUS Women’s Week of Action: Fight for Reproductive Justice. See tools above.

Friday, Aug. 24

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Today's theme for #SaveSCOTUS Women’s Week of Action: Fighting for Our Future (Youth, Student, & Educator Day of Action). See tools above.

Saturday, Aug. 25

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One year ago, President Trump pardoned Sheriff Joe Arpaio from his conviction for obstruction of justice. By pardoning him, the president sent a message that civil liberties are only for some, and that he is fine with law enforcement flouting the very laws they are meant to uphold. When discussing this anniversary, cite the values of Equal Justice and Community.

Sunday, Aug. 26

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The People’s Defense Coalition, NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn and more than 30 other organizations are coordinating a National Day of Action, Unite for Justice, across the country to stop Brett Kavanaugh from being confirmed as a Supreme Court justice. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

Monday, Aug. 27 – Friday, Aug. 31

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The #SaveSCOTUS campaign focuses on #WhatsAtStake (health care and reproductive justice) with the Supreme Court justice nomination. This week they’re also focusing on education and net neutrality/consumer issues

Monday, Aug. 27

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The fourth episode of the new documentary series, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, airs tonight. The series reexamines the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, whose death became a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2012. Use the values of Equality and Voice when discussing the series.

Tuesday, Aug. 28

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On this day in 1955, African-American teenager Emmet Till was abducted for supposedly whistling at a white woman. His brutalized body was found a few days later. Today, vandals continue to tear down and shoot historical markers that were erected to recognize Till’s death. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community when discussing this anniversary.

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On this day in 1963, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech as part of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Use this anniversary to remind your audiences about the importance of reaffirming our values, as exemplified by Dr. King’s speech. Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.

Wednesday, Aug. 29

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On this day in 2005, Hurricane Katrina made landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi on this day. Use the anniversary to discuss the need for equitable infrastructure spending and emergency assistance. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

Friday, Aug. 31

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In 1964, C, which formalized the federal program now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Use this hook to discuss how Congress should uphold a program that supports the economic security of families and protects the American values of Community and Economic Security.

Starting Saturday, Sept. 1

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September is Hunger Action Month when Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks spread the word and take action on the hunger crisis. Use this hook to discuss the need to address underlying economic injustice that creates hunger. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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National Recovery Month raises awareness about mental illness and substance abuse disorders. It also provides the opportunity to talk about harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration, and the need for health insurance and federally-supported programs, many of which are under threat by Congress. Cite the values of Redemption and Community.

Monday, Sept. 3

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Labor Day honors the contributions of American workers and the labor movement (the people who brought you the eight-hour work day and improved working conditions). Use this holiday to highlight the importance of worker rights, including the right to organize and join a union.

 

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The fifth episode of the new documentary series, Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story, airs tonight. The series reexamines the life and legacy of Trayvon Martin, whose death became a catalyst for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2012. Use the values of Equality and Voice when discussing the series.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

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Use the Food Research and Action Center’s How Hungry Is America? FRAC’s National, State, and Local Index of Food Hardship to show that large number of American households are experiencing food.

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Cite Data & Society’s Beyond Disruption to highlight the employment barriers and discrimination risks created by online labor platforms for non-white, low-income, older, or non-native-English-speaking workers, who may be frozen out of use of the platforms altogether.

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