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 September 12 - 19, 2018.
Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues
Speak Out Against Work Requirements for SNAP
Farm Bill negotiations face a self-imposed deadline this week for reaching a deal that Congress could act on by the end of the month. Last week, Trump again tweeted that the bill should include stricter work requirements for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients, which would threaten thousands of Americans who depend on SNAP. Uplift the values of Economic Security and Community when protesting these work requirements. Read our messaging memo on Talking About Economic Justice for more tips. #HandsOffSNAP #SNAPworks
Protect Immigrant Children, Defend Flores
Last week, the Trump Administration revealed plans to defy the Flores Agreement, which limits the detention of immigrant children to 20 days. The Flores Agreement also establishes basic protections (such as requirements for sanitation, living conditions, and adequate food/water) for immigrant children in detention. This new rule would allow the administration to detain children indefinitely. This cannot stand. Uphold our values of Human Rights and Community by speaking out to #defendFlores with this messaging.
Upcoming Media Hooks & Events
During the Month of Sept.
September is Hunger Action Month when Feeding America and the nationwide network of food banks raise awareness on the hunger crisis. Use this hook to discuss the underlying economic injustices that create hunger. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community.
- Take Action: Share Feeding America’s Find a Local Food Bank as well as Need Help? Find Food resources.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice and Shifting the Narrative on Poverty
- Hashtag: #HungerActionMonth
National Recovery Month raises awareness about mental illness and substance abuse disorders. It also provides the opportunity to talk about harm reduction, alternatives to incarceration, and the need for health insurance and federally-supported programs, many of which are under threat by this Congress. Cite the values of Redemption and Community.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Alternatives to Incarceration; Center for Budget and Policy Priorities’ Report of Taking Away Medicaid from People with Substance Abuse Disorders; Drug Policy Alliance's Safety First curriculum; Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's toolkit and Center for American Progress' Trump Administration’s Response to the Opioid Crisis: Re-Igniting the War on Drugs
- Hashtags: #RecoveryMonth #handsoff
Wednesday, Sept. 12
The U.S. Census Bureau will release data on the 2017 income, poverty and health insurance coverage and compare trends with previous years. When discussing this release, refer to the values of Economic Security and Community.
Thursday, Sept. 13
On this day in 1994, President Bill Clinton signed into law The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act, which set the tone for relying on incarceration to solve social problems. Today’s activism to end money bail connects to this piece of legislation because it was a move away from adopting a rehabilitative approach in reviewing cases, and it contributed to the number of people who would be processed by the system. Discuss this anniversary by citing the values of Redemption and Voice.
- Take Action: Sign and share this petition: SB10 is not REAL bail reform. Tell CA Assembly: Vote NO.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Promote Community Safety through Alternatives to Incarceration and Encourage Equitable Sentencing; Color of Change’s End Money Bail and Video: The Truth About the Money Bail Industry; Black Love’s Bail Out; ACLU’s We Can’t End Mass Incarceration Without Ending Money Bail; The Vera Institute’s Justice in Focus: The Crime Bill at 20; The Marshall Project’s 1994 Crime Bill links
- Hashtags: #1994crimebill #EndBailMoney #StopSB10
The U.S. Census Bureau will release data from its 2017 American Community Survey, including “statistics on numerous demographic, social, economic and housing characteristics, including language spoken at home, educational attainment, commute to work, employment, mortgage status and rent, as well as income, poverty and health insurance coverage.” When discussing this release, refer to the values of Economic Security and Community.
Starting Saturday, Sept. 15
Starting mid-month, National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the contributions made by Hispanic and Latino Americans to the United States. Use this month to discuss Community, Opportunity, and Equality.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Power of POP - Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows and 5 Key Facts: Online Discussion of Immigration in The Trump Era; Unidos US’ Power of the Purse: How Hispanics Contribute to the U.S. Economy; Hispanic Heritage Month’s resources
- Hashtags: #HispanicHeritage #HHM
On this day in 1963, white supremacists bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL, killing four young girls. The event was a turning point in the civil rights movement. It’s an important example of how our nation continues to face white supremacist resistance in the struggle for racial and economic justice. When talking about this anniversary, refer to the values of Community, Voice, and Equality.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Rejecting Bigotry, Demanding Action; Our President, the White Supremacist and Ten Lessons for Talking About Race, Racism and Racial Justice;
- Hashtags: #16thStBaptist #4LittleGirls
Monday, Sept. 17
The Television Academy has nominated several TV shows that address social justice issues for the Emmys this year, including “United Shades of America,” "The Handmaid's Tale," "Flint," and "GLOW." These nominations provide an opportunity to discuss the values of Community, Equality, and Voice.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda's Power of POP - Media Analysis of Representations of Immigrants in Popular TV Shows and Reimagining the American Hero: Race, Welfare Queens, and Wrestling in the New Netflix Series GLOW
- Hashtags: #emmys #PowerofPOP
Seven years ago, Occupy Wall Street protestors called out the nation’s economic inequality in the United States. Their campaign spurred a national conversation and still provides an opportunity to talk about economic injustice in our nation. Cite the values of Voice, Community, and Economic Security when talking about this anniversary.
- Messaging and communication tools: The Opportunity Agenda’s Talking About Economic Justice and Breaking Through the Clutter; Inequality.org’s Growing Apart: A Political History of American Inequality and How We Can Make the Economy Work for All Stakeholders
- Hashtag: #occupy