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September 12, 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 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.

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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.

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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.

Wednesday, Sept. 12

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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

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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. 

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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

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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.

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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.

Monday, Sept. 17

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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.

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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.

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