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May 2, 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 May 2-9.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Speak Out Against Crackdown on Public Housing

Last week, Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), revealed legislation that would triple the rent for people receiving public housing assistance. The Administration also wants to make it easier for housing authorities to impose work requirements on renters. The proposals have been widely criticized. Join the effort to stop this legislation by discussing it with your networks, referring to the values of Community and Economic Security.

Also see below: The Our Homes, Our Voices Housing Week of Action happening now.

Defend DACA Against Lawsuit by Seven States

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by Nicolas Lampert

On Tuesday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit on behalf of seven states to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. In 2015, Texas successfully sued to stop the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents (DAPA) program for the parents of Dreamers. Rally your networks by talking about the values of Community and Voice.

*Correction to last week's Amp: The federal district court in D.C. ordered the Trump administration to accept new applications from immigrant youth eligible for DACA, but not immediately. The court is giving the Trump administration 90 days to explain why they ended DACA. This means that for now, the DACA application process remains open only to people who previously had DACA and want to renew. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is not accepting any applications from first-time applicants.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the month of May

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via Coyote Chronicle

It's Asian-Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, an opportunity to celebrate the history of and leaders in the APA community. Discuss the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans citing the values of Community and Voice.

The month of May is also:

Now until May 8

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During Our Homes, Our Voices Housing Week of Action, join advocates from across the country in calling for greater investments in affordable homes and our communities. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Friday, May 4

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via apr.org

On this day in 1961, the original group of 13 Freedom Riders left Washington, D.C. on a Greyhound bus to protest segregated bus terminals in the South. Use the anniversary to discuss how today's racial justice activism echoes their pioneering actions and furthers their work. Cite the values of Voice and Mobility.

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Also on Friday, the new documentary "RBG" about the life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will premiere at select theaters across the country. The producers write, "At the age of 85, Ginsburg has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon. But without a definitive Ginsburg biography, the unique personal journey of this diminutive, quiet warrior's rise to the nation's highest court has been largely unknown, even to some of her biggest fans – until now."

Sunday, May 6

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Chinese Historical Society

On this day in 1882, the Chinese Exclusion Act was signed into law by President Chester A. Arthur. In 2012, the U.S House of Representatives and Senate formally expressed regret for denying basic freedoms to Chinese Americans. While today's Muslim Ban is an Executive Order, you can draw the comparison to this earlier legislation that is now seen as a shameful act of xenophobia and discrimination based on national origin. Cite the values of Community and Voice.

Tuesday, May 8

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Center for Community Change

The much-anticipated Farm Bill, which funds the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP or "Food Stamps"), may finally be considered by the entire House of Representatives this week. Advocates are planning a Day of Action on May 8 around the legislation. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing the legislation.

For more information on the #HandsOffSNAP Day of Action (including a digital toolkit), contact Abbie Gately at Moms Rising.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

Census Fact Sheet:

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Census map

Use the Asian Americans Advancing Justice and The Leadership Conference Education Fund's new fact sheet to discuss the legal protections that safeguard the confidentiality of census responses.

Voter Guide:

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NC Justice Center

Use the North Carolina Justice Center's Your Voice, Your Vote issue guide as a model of how to "explain the real challenges facing your state, and how best to ask candidates in 2018 what they intend to do about these crucial issues."

Report:

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The Haas Institute

Use the Haas Insitute's California Survey on Othering and Belonging as a model to get a "baseline for understanding where Californians [and other Americans] are in relation to some core pillars of progressive agendas, and to track trends on attitudes and values that will help inform how to more strategically focus our efforts." Also share the accompanying video.

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