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June 20, 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 June 20 - 27.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Tell Trump to Keep Immigrant Families Together

The Trump Administration has now separated more than 2,000 children from their families and the public outcry grows louder by the day. It’s crucial for us to push for solutions that not only end these practices, but also move us toward productive and real fixes for our problematic immigration practices and policies. Senator Dianne Feinstein’s Keep Families Together Act, S.3036, offers one such solution but so far it has no bi-partisan support. Discuss this crisis by citing the values of Voice, Family Unity and Community.

Reject the House Leadership’s Immigration Bills

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Immigrant Justice Network

The House of Representatives is considering two shameful immigration bills: the Border Security and Immigration Reform Act (the “Ryan bill”) and H.R. 4760, the Securing America’s Future Act (the “Goodlatte bill”). As the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights asserts, “Each of them represents a terrible trade-off that would penalize legal immigrants and asylum seekers, expand the separation of families, drive fear into our communities, waste resources, and erode due process.” While it’s unlikely that either bill will pass, it’s important to discuss them as the means to reinforce the values of Community, Family Unity and Economic Security.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of June:

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By torbakhopper via Flickr CC

It’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month. Use this hook to discuss intersectional issues for the LGBT community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

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June is also National Homeownership Month and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is using the theme of “Find Your Place.” Join the conversation and talk about the importance of fair lending practices. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

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It’s also Immigrant Heritage Month, which provides another opportunity to talk about immigration policy at the border. Reference the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.

Now through Saturday, June 23

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Sarah Farahat via JustSeeds

The Poor People's Campaign is culminating its 40 days of direct action. Find an event near you. This week's theme is “A New and Unsettling Force.” Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.

Wednesday, June 20

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World Refugee Day recognizes the strength, courage, and perseverance of millions of refugees. With the recent arrival of Central American families at the U.S. - Mexico border, it’s an important time to connect this international event to what’s happening in the United States. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this.

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Tax March

This week also marks the Six-month Anniversary of the Trump-GOP Tax Scam, the so-called Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Americans for Tax Fairness is leading a coalition of groups in holding Trump and the Republicans accountable for “their broken promises and the damage we are already seeing being done to working families.” Congressional leaders and Trump are planning to pass a Round 2 Tax Scam that “would hand even more to the wealthy and could cost another $1 trillion.” Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this.

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Partnership for Working Families

Also launching this Wednesday is the We Make This City campaign for “public goods that will increase community wealth, health, and justice for all, especially communities of color.” The Partnership for Working Families’ writes “We would love any retweets, shares, or love you can give our affiliates on Wednesday as they lay out their vision of abundance and inclusion and a public sector that provides for all of us.” Reference the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this.

 

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CLASP

Also on Wednesday, join the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Feeding America, and other advocacy groups across the country to again defeat the House Farm Bill, H.R. 2, which would cut SNAP and take food off the tables of more than 2 million low-income people. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing this.

Thursday, June 21

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In a webinar at 2 p.m. EST, The Opportunity Agenda will explore the different ways that advocates, cultural strategists and influencers are using pop culture for social change. Featured guests Ishita Srivastava (Director of Culture Change, Caring Across Generations) and Jayeesha Dutta (StoryShift Strategist, Working Films) will share their innovative projects to connect advocates with pop culture strategies that have the power to shift policy, narratives, and dominant culture.

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The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

The Supreme Court needs to release decisions on dozens more cases in the next ten days. As a result, they have scheduled an additional decision day this week. The justices could release decisions on the Muslim Ban case (Hawaii v Trump) or the Janus case (Janus v. AFSCME Council 31). Discuss the decisions using the values of Voice, Equality and Economic Security.

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The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights will present his report on U.S. poverty at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. The presentation will be livestreamed on UN WebTV and will be followed by a press conference at 10 a.m. EST which will be livestreamed here.

Friday, June 22

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FRAC

The House of Representatives is expected to reconsider Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018 (H.R. 2 or the “Farm Bill”) on or before June 22, after failing to pass the bill in May.

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Moms Rising

At 1:00 p.m. ET / 10:00 a.m. PT, MomsRising/MamásConPoder is holding a bilingual #FoodFri tweet chat to discuss how the Supplemental Nutrition AP boosts our families and how harmful proposals could lead to a loss of nutrition for children.

Monday, June 25

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JoshBerglund19 via Flickr CC

Each Monday this month is a decision day at the Supreme Court. On this Monday, the justices could release decisions on the Muslim Ban case (Hawaii v Trump) or the Janus case (Janus v. AFSCME Council 31). Cite the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security when discussing these cases.

Tuesday, June 26

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At 9:00 a.m. EST, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights will hold a panel event in Geneva, “Poverty and Inequality in America under Trump: Human Rights under Threat”, which will be livestreamed here. Join the discussion online and cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

Campaign:

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Join  Government Alliance for Race and Equity's (GARE) Racial Equity Here, a national movement advancing racial equity by dismantling structural racism, city by city, town by town. Good intentions aren't enough to close outcome gaps, so we are committed to action, in partnership.

Database:

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Use the Haas Institute’s United States of Islamophobia Database to track anti-Muslim bills designed to institutionalize the exclusion of Muslims from society and the state legislators across the country who supported the bills.

Factsheet:

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Use the Center for Law and Social Policy’s (CLASP) The Struggles of Low-Wage Work to describe low-wage workers' challenges and the elements that a good job requires.

Analysis:

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Dan DeLuca

Cite the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Trump, Ross Rent Plans Would Harm Low-Income People in Every State to show the impact of these plans which would significantly raise rents on low-income renters in each state and the 100 largest metropolitan areas. Also share the Center for American Progress’ The Latest HUD Proposal Would Exacerbate the Housing Insecurity Crisis and National Low-Income Housing Coalition’s new report Out of Reach: The High Cost of Housing.

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