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December 5, 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 Dec. 5 - 12, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Stand Against Border Wall Funding and a Potential Government Shutdown

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Jess X. Snow

Congress agreed to push Friday’s government funding deadline back two weeks to Dec. 21 in observance of funeral services for President George H.W. Bush today. Trump continues to threaten to hold up the process if $5 billion is not committed to building the border wall. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about the border.

Celebrate an Equitable Farm Bill

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The Congressional conference committee will release its Farm Bill legislation next week and it appears that there are no (work) reporting requirements for SNAP recipients. Advocates should take credit for helping defeat the proposals that were included in the House version of the legislation. Talk about this citing the values of Economic Security and Community.

Prevent the Kneecapping of Wisconsin’s Governor and Attorney General

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Wisconsin elected a Democratic governor in last month’s elections. But in its lame duck session, Republican legislators voted to reduce his power, particularly in expanding Medicaid. They also want to prevent the new Attorney General from withdrawing from a lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act. The bills now await the current governor’s signature. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing this development.

Rally for Final Push to Stop Public Charge

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Next Monday, Dec. 10 is the deadline for comments on the public charge rule. See below for actions happening this week. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this issue.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Now until Dec. 10

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All week, Medicine for Migration are calling all health professionals and students to join a National Week of Advocacy to fight the "Public Charge" regulation through teach-ins and public comment drives. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community in your tweets.

Now until Dec. 15

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Open enrollment for health insurance plans ends on Dec.15. Besides helping to advertise this fact when the Trump administrations refuses to, you can discuss the importance of health care insurance by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

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International Volunteer Day: Volunteers and organizers are important parts of social justice movements. Today’s the day to thank them. We recommend leading with the values of Community and Voice. 

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Also on this day in 1957, New York City passed the nation’s first fair housing ordinance making it illegal to discriminate on the basis of race (something that was not covered by the 1964 Civil Rights Act). Congress did not pass a federal Fair Housing Law until 1968. The anniversary is even more important now that the Trump administration is undermining fair housing rules. When talking about this anniversary, cite the values of Economic Security, Equality and Community.

Thursday, Dec. 6

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Today partners in the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign are hosting several tweetstorms before the deadline for public comments. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community in your tweets. 

At 1:30pm ET / 10:30am PT, join SEIU, UndocuBlack, iAmerica, and All Above All for a Speaking Up for Black Immigrants Tweet Chat. 

At 2pm ET / 11am PT, the campaign is hosting a home stretch tweetstorm, encouraging all partners in all sectors to join this final push.

At 3pm ET / 11am PT, MomsRising, American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the campaign are hosting a bilingual public charge Tweetchat. Please download the social media toolkit for the event and check out the chat script.

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On this day in 1931, The National Hunger March reached Washington DC. Throughout its history, the United States has risen to the challenge of poverty and hunger. Today we continue to work to eradicate these issues. In telling your story, we recommend referring to the values of Economic Security, Community and Equality.

Friday, Dec. 7

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The U.S. Census Bureau releases the 2013-2017 American Community Survey: five years of data collection from across the United States, including information on income, poverty and health insurance. Use this release to discuss Economic Security and Community and the need for accurate census information (which the citizenship question undermines).

    Monday, Dec. 10

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    Today is the deadline for comments on the public charge rule. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this issue.

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    Today is also International Human Rights Day that honors the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which was adopted this day, 70 years ago. The U.S. delegate to the United Nations (and First Lady), Eleanor Roosevelt, was instrumental in drafting the document. When discussing this hook, we recommend leading with the values of Equality, Community and Redemption.

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