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May 9, 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 9-16.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Voice Your Opposition to the Farm Bill

On Tuesday, advocates held a Day of Action against the current version of the Farm Bill and its cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The bill will be introduced in the House of Representatives this week or next. Now is the time to speak out against the cuts. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when discussing the legislation.

Stop Cuts to Children's Health Care

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The Trump Administration has proposed rescinding $15 billion from the recently approved budget that was dedicated for the Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This step requires Congressional approval so there's still time to stop the cuts. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

Amplify a Productive Conversation in Response to Roseanne's Islamophobia

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A lot is being considerd around Trump's Muslim Ban and pop culture isn't missing a beat. Last night on "Roseanne," the lead character spouted xenophobic statements about her Muslim neighbors but eventually learned to trust them. Shape the online conversation about "Roseanne" towards one about the values of Community and Voice.

During the month of May

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During May, the the federal Administration on Aging recognizes Older Americans Month. The campaign is a great opportunity to use a news hook to discuss advocacy issues. Discuss the values of Community and Economic Security.

The month of May is also:

Thursday, May 10

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With Mother’s Day right around the corner, the National Partnership for Women and Families is leading a tweet storm from 3 – 4 p.m. ET to call attention to recent actions and policies that threaten mothers and families.

Friday, May 11

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At 1 p.m. ET on Twitter, join MomsRising/ MamásConPoder, Talk Poverty, the National Resource Center for Domestic Violence and the National Women's Law Center for a bilingual #FoodFri chat to discuss how the proposed Farm Bill will affect SNAP and women.

  • Messaging and communication tools: See above in Emerging Issues
  • Hashtag: #FoodFri

Sunday, May 13

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Jamilla Okubo via MamasDay.org

Mother's Day is a useful hook for discussing the impact of poverty on families. Forward Together's Mama's Day campaign works to "ensure all families have the rights, recognition, and resources they need to thrive." Black Love Bail Out uses the holiday to raise money to bail mothers out of jail and ultimately end money bail. Use the values of Economic Security and Community.

Monday, May 14 - 21

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With Trump's infrastructure plans indefinitely on hold, organizations and leaders are forging ahead with  Infrastructure WeekAdvocates are planning to discuss a broader vision for infrastructure that would ensure the values of Opportunity, Community, and Economic Security.

Monday, May 14 - Saturday, June 23

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Aaron Hughes via Justseeds

The Poor People's Campaign will launch its first nation-wide event with direct actions in over 30 state capitals to "force a serious national examination of the enmeshed evils of systemic racism, systemic poverty, ecological devastation and the war economy during a key election year." There will be a continued series of actions for the next forty days. Next week's theme is "Somebody's Hurting Our People: Children, Women, and People with Disabilities in Poverty." Join the conversation by using the values of Community, Voice and Economic Security.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

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Share Social Justice Sexuality's Intersecting Injustice: A National Call to Action Addressing LGBTQ Poverty and Economic Justice for All to "provide a roadmap for those looking to deepen their understanding of how to advocate effectively for LGBTQ economic justice."

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Cite the National Urban League’s annual State of Black America to explain the social and economic status of African Americans using an Equality Index. This year the rpeort includes a Digital Inclusion Index that quantifies Black America’s participation in the digital revolution.

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