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January 16, 2019

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 Jan. 16 - 23, 2019.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Push Congress to Enforce Judge’s Decision to Block Citizenship Question

Yesterday Judge Jesse Furman ruled that the Trump administration violated the law by adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. Furman said the process was based on ‘acts and statements of officials with something to hide’ and should be removed  because it will reduce participation by immigrants and people of color. The Leadership Conference assets that it’s now “up to Congress to step in to remove the question and lift any cloud of uncertainty that will hang over final census preparations if the issue remains tied up in the courts.” Discuss the decision with your audiences by citing the values of Community, Economic Opportunity and Voice.

Focus on the Real Impact of the #TrumpShutdown

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Our country is now facing the longest government shutdown in U.S. history, affecting millions of Americans, potentially including those receiving medical, food and housing assistance. The Department of Agriculture (USDA) took steps to ensure that 38 million SNAP recipients get food assistance through February but it is unclear what will happen in March. Congress must quickly reopen the government to avoid hardship for these families. We need to continue to amplify our values of Community and Economic Security.

Stand with Los Angeles Teachers

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This week, 35,000 teachers in the Los Angeles School District when on strike for better pay, smaller classes and more support. Discuss the strike citing the values of Economic Security, Voice and Community.

Keep An Eye on: SNAP Rule-Making

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The Trump administration proposed SNAP rulemaking that imposes reporting requirements targeted unemployed and underemployed workers. Once the rule is posted in the Federal Register, there will be 60 days for the public to comment. Be sure to refer to the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about this rulemaking.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Month of January

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It’s Poverty Awareness Month and Catholic organizations are encouraging Americans to “take up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor.” Use this month to discuss poverty with your audiences and cite the values of Community and Economic Opportunity.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

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One hundred years ago on this day, Prohibition was legalized when the 18th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified, outlawing “intoxicating liquors.” The ban came into effect in 1920 and lasted for 13 years until it was reversed by the 21st amendment. Today, we view this period as a wasteful, punitive and ill-conceived intrusion on the lives of Americans. Current discussions about criminal justice reform and drug policy demonstrate that our nation is moving towards more effective and humane ways of dealing with addiction harm reduction. Use this anniversary to discuss how far our nation has come in upholding the values of Redemption and Community.

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At 1pm ET, the National Congress of American Indians will present findings from its research on get-out-the-count census messages that resonate with hard to count communities. The briefing is part of a series convened by the Funders Census Initiative. Register here.

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At 3pm ET, The Leadership Conference will host a stakeholder call with representatives from the New York Attorney General’s office, and other organizations to discuss the decision in the multi-state lawsuit to remove the citizenship question from the 2020 Census. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and discuss next steps. Click here before 2pm to register for the call and receive call-in information. See tools above.

Friday, Jan. 18

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Across the U.S. and Canada today, Indigenous people are standing together to bring awareness to the injustices affecting their communities.The largest march will be held in Washington, D.C. Use these events to talk about racial and economic justice for Native Americans and cite the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security.

Saturday, Jan. 19

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The Women’s March returns for its third iteration. The main march will be in Washington with hundreds of regional marches across the country. It’s a great opportunity to talk about the intersection of gender, economic opportunity, and racial justice. Be sure to refer to the values of Community and Economic Security.

Monday, Jan. 21

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Today we celebrate the birthday and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This federal holiday is a great opportunity to talk about the ongoing struggle for racial justice in the United States by citing the values of Equality, Community and Economic Security.

Tuesday, Jan. 22

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It’s the second annual National Day of Racial Healing, an opportunity for people, organizations and communities across the United States to “call for racial healing, bring people together in their common humanity and take collective action to create a more just and equitable world.” Cite the values of Community, Equality and Economic Security on this day.

Wednesday, Jan. 23

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Today is the birthday of Edward Verne Roberts, who was a pioneering advocate for people with disabilities. Many consider him the “father of independent living,” and his wheelchair is displayed in the Smithsonian Museum because of his work. Use the anniversary to discuss how imposing work reporting requirements on Medicaid recipients will hurt people with disabilities. Use the values of Equality and Economic Mobility.

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At 1pm ET, the Arab American Institute will present findings of its research on get-out-the-count messages that resonate with hard to count communities. The briefing is part of a series convened by the Funders Census Initiative. Register here.

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