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May 16, 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 during the week of May 16-23.

 

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Today: Demand Congress Reject the Farm Bill

Congress is expected to take up the Farm Bill late Wednesday night or Thursday. The bill imposes draconian "work requirements" for recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Now is the time to speak out. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing the legislation.

Speaking Up for Children's Health

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Next week, the House of Representatives will consider the Trump administration's proposal to rescind $15 billion from the recently approved budget that was dedicated to the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). There's still time to stop the cuts. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the month of May

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During May, Community Action Month calls attention to the positive programs by Community Action Agencies that help thousands of families across the U.S. These organizations were founded in 1964 as part of the War on Poverty and funding provided by Community Services Block Grants. Join the conversation by using the values of Community and Economic Security.

The month of May is also:

Now until Saturday, May 19

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This is Police Week and Congress is considering ill-conceived legislation, The Protect and Serve Act (HR5698), that could make relations between communities and police worse. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights notes that the act creates a new – yet duplicative – crime for offenses that "target law enforcement.” Discuss this legislation citing the values of Redemption and Voice.

Now until Monday, May 21

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Pete Railand via Justseeds

During Infrastructure Week, organizations and leaders garner public awareness and advocacy to support increased investments in infrastructure. Advocates are planning to discuss a broader vision for infrastructure that would ensure the values of Opportunity, Community, and Economic Security.

Now through Saturday, June 23

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Ashley Hufnagel via Justseeds

The Poor People's Campaign launched its 40 days of direct action last weekend. This week's theme is "Somebody's Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty." Next week, it's "Linking Systemic Racism and Poverty." Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.

Monday, May 21

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Erik Ruin Poor via Justseeds

On this day in 1968, activists with the original Poor People's Campaign set up a shantytown known as “Resurrection City" on the National Mall. They protested at several locations in Washington, D.C. Use the 50th anniversary of this action to discuss the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.

Coming soon: Thursday, May 24

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The Red Nose Day campaign raises awareness and funds to help children in need.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

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Use the Center for American Progress' Jobs Blueprint to explain how creating jobs, raising wages, and revitalizing communities will help those who have been left behind amidst economic growth.

Update:

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Cite Americans for Tax Fairness' Trump Tax Cut Truths website to detail how businesses are spending their tax savings since the passage of the Tax Cut and Jobs Act, including a record $407 billion on stock buybacks.

Report:

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Julio Salgado

Share the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities' Administration Actions Against Immigrant Families Harming Children Through Increased Fear, Loss of Needed Assistance to explain the impact of policies on immigrant families in the United States.

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