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November 28, 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 Nov. 28 - Dec. 5, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Stay Vigilant During Lame Duck Session

Congress has a lot on their plate before the end of the year. Here are a few things to keep an eye on:

Shutdown? Dec. 7 is Congress' deadline to pass a spending bill in order to avert government shutdown. If $5 billion is not committed to building the border wall, Trump may stall the process. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has suggested that he's willing to offer $1.6 billion for the border security. There are also suggestions that Congress might pass a one-week continuing resolution to make Dec. 14 its new deadline.

The Farm Bill (which funds the SNAP program) is still in conference committee since Congress missed its October deadline. The negotiators announced this Thursday that have reached an "agreement in principle." Although a final bill has not been released, it appears that it does not include reporting requirements for SNAP recipients. Advocates are still concerned that unhelpful language could get slipped into the bill. 

More Tax Scams: Despite the fact that previous tax cut legislation hurt Republicans during the midterm elections, Representative Kevin Brady introduced a new tax cut bill late at night and without consulting Democratic members of the House. Email your member of Congress NOW and urge them to oppose the latest tax scam.

Other issues to keep an eye on:

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of November

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Open enrollment for health insurance plans ends on Dec. 15. Besides helping to advertise this fact when the Trump administration refuses to, you can discuss the importance of health care insurance by citing the values of Community and Economic Security.

Wednesday, Nov. 28

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At 4pm ET/1pm PT, several LGBTQ organizations are sponsoring a webinar on the proposed public charge regulation’s impact on LGBTQ immigrants and access to health care, including HIV care. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community in your tweets. 

Thursday, Nov. 29

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At 12:30pm ET / 9:30am PT, Global Detroit, the Welcoming Economies Network and New American Economy are organizing a tweetstorm on the potential impact of the public charge rule on businesses and the economy. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community in your tweets. 

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At 2pm ET / 11am PT, the Protecting Immigrant Families campaign is hosting a “tweetnado” bringing together advocates in the women’s, LGBTQ, progressive, and labor fields. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community in your tweets. 

Friday, Nov. 30

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It’s Shirley Chisholm Day, commemorating the birthday of the first black woman elected to Congress, which was 50 years ago.  Cite the values of Voice and Equality when talking about this day.

Saturday, Dec. 1

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On this day in 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the “whites only” section on the bus, a pivotal moment in the civil rights movement. This anniversary provides an opportunity to discuss the ongoing struggle for racial justice by referencing the values of Equality, Voice, and Community.

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Saturday is also the 30-year anniversary of World AIDS Day. This year’s theme is “Know your status.” The United Nations AIDS agency encourages everyone to get tested because only 3 out of 4 people who are HIV positive know their status. Since 1988, there has been immense progress in the number of people tested, yet many still face stigma and discrimination when going in for testing. On Dec. 1, show support for those living with AIDS and honor those who have died from AIDS-related illness.

Sunday, Dec. 2

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December 2 is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery, another opportunity to discuss the legacies of racial injustice in the United States. In telling your story, we recommend leading with the values of Equality, Mobility and Voice.

Monday, Dec. 3

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Today is the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) National Day of Action to say #NoToPublicCharge. AAPI organizations, advocates, influencers, community members want to mobilize 23,000 AAPIs to stand against the proposed rule. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community in your tweets.  

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It's also the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. It was created by the United Nations to empower and ensure inclusion of persons with disabilities. This year, they’re raising awareness about “the need for inclusiveness within sustainable development plans, especially in disaster recovery plans and urban development.”

Tuesday, Dec. 4

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On this day in 1967, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. told reporters in a press conference that the Southern Christian Leadership Conference would start an initiative that came to be called the Poor People’s Campaign. Discuss this anniversary by referring to the values of Economic Security, Equality and Voice.

Wednesday, Dec. 5

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International Volunteer Day: Volunteers and organizers are important parts of social justice movements. Today’s the day to thank them. In telling your story, we recommend leading with the values of Community and Voice. 

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