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September 26, 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 26 – October 3, 2018.

Amplify Values In These Emerging Issues

#ProtectFamilies from Trump Administration’s Unfair Public Charge Rule

Over the weekend, the Department of Homeland Security announced a proposed rule that would disqualify immigrants for using health, anti-hunger, anti-poverty, or affordable housing programs. Advocates have been anticipating this revised “public charge rule” for several months. The new rule will be posted to the federal registrar in a few days for public comment. The rule will not be retroactive, but there has already been a chilling effect that is causing immigrant families to disenroll from programs they are eligible for. This rule would make people choose between the things they need and the people they love while favoring the wealthiest in our immigration system. When discussing the proposal, cite the values of Community and Economic Security.

Stop Tax Scam 2.0 in Congress

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The House of Representatives will vote this Thursday and Friday on three different tax-related bills that comprise “Tax Scam 2.0.” Republicans see this as helping them with the Midterm Elections, despite a leak in which they admitted they “lost the messaging battle” on the first Tax Scam. 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, 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. 27

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The Senate will hold further hearings on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. Christine Blasey Ford is scheduled to testify. The right to live free from violence is a basic human right that should apply to everyone in our country. It should be an intrinsic value that is embraced and experienced by all of us as essential to our human dignity. It must not be compromised in any way, for anyone.We must remember that incidents of sexual violence, harassment, and abuse are life-changing, and can take many different forms. But one thing remains the same: It’s never the victim’s fault and those surviving sexual and other kinds of violence deserve to be heard, supported, and believed. Our institutions and government must be pushed to stand up for advancing, not undermining or denying, safety and gender equality. We must not stand for anything less. Lead with common values: freedom to safety, calling out and standing up to violence, hearing and believing each other, advancing equality for all.

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Today is also Native Women’s Equal Pay Day. Native Women earn approximately 57 cents on the dollar of White, non-Hispanic men (based on 2016 data). Cite the values of Community, Voice, and Opportunity when discussing this news hook.

Saturday, Sept. 29

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Ten years ago, the U.S. Stock Market crashed, contributing to the start of the Great Recession. It’s an important time to talk about how many communities and American families have yet to recover from this economic downturn. Cite the values of Economic Opportunity and Community when talking about this anniversary.

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This day also marks the anniversary of the 1977 Food Stamp Act, a landmark law that set the framework for the modern food stamp program — or, as it’s now known, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Congress is considering changes to SNAP in the new Farm Bill that it needs to pass. Use this news hook to discuss the values of Economic Security and Community with your audiences.

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Global Citizen's year-long campaign to end extreme poverty honors the legacy of Nelson Mandela in the year he would have turned 100. The campaign is culminating with a concert in NY's Central Park that coincides with the United Nations General Assembly. Top musical artists will challenge world leaders to make commitments toward ending extreme poverty. Use this pop culture news hook to talk about the values of Economic Security and Opportunity.

Sunday, Sept. 30

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On this day in 1996, President Bill Clinton signed into law the "Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act.” It’s important time to talk about how the law criminalized thousands of people and led to the deportation of more than 4 million people. Cite the values of Community and Economic Security when talking about this anniversary.

Month of October

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LGBT History Month celebrates the achievements of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender trailblazers. Use this month to talk about intersectional issues that affect LGBT Americans. Cite the values of Voice and Opportunity.

Monday, Oct. 1

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At 1:30pm EST, The Coalition on Human Needs, the Center for Law and Social Policy, and the National Immigration Law Center will host a webinar about the public charge rule, why this change is so dangerous, and what we can do about it. Slides and a recording of the webinar will be available after the event, so if you cannot attend, sign up to gain access to the materials.

Read & Share These New Tools and Resources

Report:

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Use UnidosUS' new national poll How Will Health Care Impact The 2018 Latino Vote? to show that health care is a high-priority issue for Latino voters. More than 50 percent of respondents noting the rising cost of premiums and out-of-pocket expenses as major concerns. Latino voters also believe that the federal government as has a major role to play when it comes to health care, especially on issues related to access and cost.

Report:

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Cite the Rural Health Policy Project's Health Insurance Coverage in Small Towns and Rural America: The Role of Medicaid Expansion to demonstrate that small towns and rural areas of states that have expanded Medicaid have seen the sharpest declines in the uninsured rate.

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