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July 25, 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 July 25 - August 1, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Stop the Tax Scam 2.0

On Tuesday, Representative Kevin Brady (R-TX) shared his outline for the next round of tax cuts with the Republican conference. In response, Patriotic Millionaires, Not One Penny, and Americans for Tax Fairness are exposing the truth behind the original GOP Tax Scam and how this new #TaxScam2 will just be more of the same. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing the tax cuts with your audiences.

Challenge the Citizenship Question in the Census

Newly released documents reveal that the idea of adding the citizenship question to the U.S. census originated with Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, not the Department of Justice, as Ross claimed during testimony. On Tuesday, Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) called for Ross to clarify his comments before Congress. Use this news to discuss the values of Community and Equality with your audiences.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Now until July 27

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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 Voting Rights/Civil Rights and Labor/Worker Rights.

 

Thursday, July 26

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Today, the labor movement is organizing a Congressional call-in day focused on workers’ rights with the goal of stopping the Senate from confirming Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Demand that senators refuse to put another enemy of working men and women on the Supreme Court. Cite the values of Economic Opportunity and Voice.

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On this day in 1990, President George H. Bush signed the Americans with Disability Act. This was the culmination of many years of advocacy by disability rights activists. Use the anniversary to discuss current budget proposals that will hurt people with disabilities. Use the values of Equality and Economic Mobility.

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

Saturday, July 28

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On this day in 1917, the NAACP, churches, and community groups organized a “Silent Parade” of 10,000 people in New York City to protest violence against African-Americans, particularly lynchings. Use the anniversary to talk about the on-going violence and government support of white supremacy. Cite the values of Voice, Equality, and Community.

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The 1951 Geneva Convention on the Status of Refugees was signed on this day. The international treaty established the definition of who is a refugee. The geographic scope  for this definition was extended worldwide in 1967. Use this hook to discuss the international commitments of the United States and our nation’s long history of welcoming refugees. Cite the values of Community, Economic mobility, and Voice.

Monday, July 30 – 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.

Monday, July 30

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On this day in 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson created both Medicaid & Medicare by signing into law an amendment to the Social Security Act. Now that these programs are under attack, this is an important anniversary to use in your messaging. Refer to the values of Economic Security and Community.

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

Tuesday, July 31

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Movimiento Cosecha is organizing a National Day of Action to #AbolishICE  by targeting the government institutions and companies that "do business with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, make their job easier, or profit from the inhumane treatment of immigrants." Discuss this day using the values of Community, Family Unity, and Voice.

Wednesday, August 1

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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. They designed the 37-day trip to advocate for a pathway to citizenship for all non-citizens in this country. Cite the values of Community, Family Unity, and Voice.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

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Use the Immigrant Defense Project and the Center for Constitutional Rights’ ICEWatch interactive map and report to show the deceptive and aggressive tactics used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The creators want to “better equip individuals to exercise their constitutional rights, as well as to highlight the harms associated with the agency’s mass deportation mandate that they fuel through the criminalization of immigrants.”

Research report:

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Use the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ new research report, "Most Workers in Low-Wage Labor Market Work Substantial Hours, in Volatile Jobs" to show how many SNAP and Medicaid participants still need benefits to meet basic needs even when they’re working. The researchers show that “work requirements would likely do little to reduce poverty and would, instead, put many low-income workers at risk of losing benefits.

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