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September 19, 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 19 - 26, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

Stand Up Against Tax Scam 2.0

House Republicans are pushing what they call “Tax Reform 2.0” but which is actually a Tax Scam 2.0. It’s mostly an extension of temporary provisions in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed last year and won’t benefit middle class Americans. The bill has been marked up by the Ways and Means Committee, and Speaker Paul Ryan wants the House to vote on it next week. Opponents are worried about the impact on state and local taxes (SALT). In the meantime, the Congressional Budget Office’s official score of the bill revealed it would cost $2.4 trillion over 10 years. This would certainly lead to cuts in the social safety net. Cite the values of Economic Security and Community when discussing the bill.

Upcoming Media Hooks & Events

During the Month of September

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September is Hunger Action Month, when Feeding America and a 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.

Now until Sunday, Sept. 23

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During Welcoming Week, communities bring together immigrants, refugees, and native-born residents to raise awareness of the benefits of welcoming everyone. In 2017, there were more than 700 events around the country. Use this week to discuss Community, Opportunity, and Equality.

Now until Sunday, Oct. 15

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National Hispanic Heritage Month pays tribute to “the generations of Hispanic Americans who have influenced and enriched our nation and society.” Use this month to discuss Community, Opportunity and Equality.

Thursday, Sept. 20

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One year ago, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico with devastating effects. President Trump’s recent tweets refuting the death toll have kept the hurricane in the public’s eye. Use this anniversary to discuss the need for equitable infrastructure and emergency planning. Discuss the values of Community and Opportunity.

Friday, Sept. 21

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Join the #TaxScam2 Twitterstorm from 12pm ET with Americans for Tax Fairness, MomsRising, Patriotic Millionaires, and Tax March and speak out against these upside-down tax policies that benefit the one percent instead of working families. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

Tuesday, Sept. 25

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On National Voter Registration Day, encourage your audiences to register to vote, the most powerful tool we have for making our voices heard. Cite the value of Voice when discussing this event.

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On this day in 1789, the first US Congress passed the Bill of Rights. It’s an important time to talk about the Constitution as the Senate is considering the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Cite the values of Voice and Equality when discussing this anniversary.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

Toolkit

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Use Church World Service’s rapid response toolkit to challenge The Trump administration for setting the refugee admissions goal for next fiscal year at 30,000 - the lowest level in U.S. history. This drastically low number will leave tens of thousands of vulnerable refugees without a chance at safety.

Interactive Tool:

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Use Talk Poverty’s interactive map to learn more about the economic health of your state and congressional district across a variety of indicators.

Online Tool:

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Use the New American Economy’s Cities Index to learn how effectively the nation’s largest 100 cities welcome immigrants. You’ll be able to see “in-depth breakdowns of 51 key policy and socioeconomic indicators across 9 broad categories that determine the overall scores in each city surveyed.”

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