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 30 and June 6.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Stand Up Against Everyday Racism in America
Earlier this week, ABC cancelled the “Roseanne” show after public outcry over the star’s racist tweets. As Roxane Gay noted in the New York Times, Roseanne Barr posted problematic messages on Twitter well before ABC approved the show’s relaunch.
Also on Tuesday, Starbucks shut down its stores across the U.S. to hold racial bias trainings for its staff. This was in response to an incident in Philadelphia where police were called on two African American customers.
MSNBC also held a televised townhall on Everyday Racism in America.
When discussing these issues with your audiences, refer to the values of Voice and Equality.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice and Roseanne Reboot: A Bridge or Dangerous Path to Normalization?
- Hashtags: #EverydayRacism #Roseanne
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of June
Immigrant Heritage Month provides the opportunity to talk about the economic challenges faced by immigrants in the United States. Reference the values of Economic Security, Community and Voice.
- Messaging and Communication Tools: Quick Tips for Talking Immigration Issues and Power of POP - Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows
- Hashtags: #CelebrateImmigrants #IHM2018 and #ImmigrantHeritageMonth
June is also Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month. Use this month to discuss intersectional issues for the LGBT community, including racial and economic justice. Cite the values of Economic Security, Community, and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Ten Tips for Putting Intersectionality into Practice; Center for American Progress’ ICE’s Rejection of Its Own Rules Is Placing LGBT Immigrants at Severe Risk of Sexual Abuse; Social Justice Sexuality’s Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All; Immigration Legal Resource Center’s Special Considerations for LGBTQ Immigrants
- Hashtags: #Pride2018 #PrideMonth
Now through Saturday, June 23
The Poor People's Campaign is continuing its 40 days of direct action. Find an event near you. This week's theme is "The War Economy” and next week's is “The Right to Health and a Healthy Planet.” Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice, and Economic Security.
Thursday, May 31
The Farm Bill is back. Despite the legislation’s failure earlier this month, some Congressional leaders are planning another vote on a House Farm Bill that would strip food assistance from at least two million Americans. Today is a “call in day” to Congress. Activate your networks to call their Congressional representatives, especially these members. Continue to reinforce the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking about Economic Justice; Center for American Progress’ social media toolkit; Coalition on Human Needs’ Success in Defeating the Harsh Cuts to SNAP in the House; Moms Rising’s We need to keep the pressure on to protect SNAP!
- Hashtags: #HandsOffSNAP #FarmBill
Friday, June 1
The National Domestic Workers Alliance and several of its partners are organizing a National Day of Action for Children in response to the growing number of children and youth separated from their immigrant families and the disappearance of nearly 1,500 children. When talking about this issue, refer to the values of Community and Economic Security.
- Encourage your networks to join the #FamiliesBelongTogether campaign here.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Replacing the Dominant Narrative Around the Border and Talking About Unaccompanied Refugee Children Fleeing Harm; The National Domestic Workers Alliance’s Families Belong Together and toolkit; American Civil Liberties Union of San Diego’s Neglect & Abuse of Unaccompanied Children by U.S. Customs and Border Protection
- Hashtags: #FamiliesBelongTogether #WhereAreTheChildren
Friday, June 1 – Monday, June 4
This week, researchers announced findings that an estimated 4,465 people died in Puerto Rico as a result of Hurricane Maria last year. With hurricane season starting on June 1, faith leaders are organizing a Faith Weekend of Action to demand accountability in Puerto Rico recovery efforts. Discuss injustice in Puerto Rico by citing the values of Equality, Community, and Economic Security.
- Messaging and communication tools: Collective Action for Puerto Rico’s Faith Weekend of Action Against Ecological Devastation Partner Toolkit; UnidosUS’ Mr. President: Puerto Ricans Are Americans Too; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ Trump Disaster Relief Request Doesn’t Address Any of Puerto Rico’s Medicaid Needs; The Brookings Institute’s Can people afford American infrastructure?
- Hashtags: #AuditTheDeaths and #AuditTheDebt
Wednesday, June 6
Twenty-five years ago, the Golden Venture cargo ship ran aground in Queens, NY with 236 undocumented Chinese immigrants on board. Ten of them died trying to reach the shore. The rest ended up in immigration detention. The incident was one of the influences on the 1996 Immigration Act that was passed by Congress a few years later. Raise the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about this anniversary.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s 5 Key Facts: Online Discussion of Immigration in The Trump Era and Talking Immigration Issues Today: Due Process and Basic Rights; Jennifer Riddle’s The Golden Venture and American Immigration Laws and the New Yorker’s Path Out of Purgatory
- Hashtag: #GoldenVenture
Read & Share These New Tools and Resources
Read and share the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative’s A New Social Contract to demonstrate how people who have experienced injustice can be leaders in creating a better shared future.
Share the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations’ (AFL-CIO) Company Pay Ratios web resource that highlights which companies are investing in their workforce to create high wage jobs.
Editorial Board Memo:
Read and share Americans for Tax Fairness’ case study of how motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson’s response to the new tax law “perfectly illustrates the law’s failure to deliver as promised for American workers.”