As the longest government shutdown in American history brutally continues, the devastation only grows.
I can’t count the number of headlines I read every day — families plunging into credit card debt, selling cars to pay rent, forgoing life-saving medicine to put food on the table, Native American communities struggling just to get by, food bank lines stretching around the block, the list goes on and on.
All the while, President Trump is threatening to drag on the shutdown for “months or years” and declare a national emergency unless Congress gives in to his latest temper tantrum.
Democrats have come to the table time and time again, offering viable solutions without sacrificing our humanity for an immoral border wall. The House has voted twice to reopen the government.
But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell won’t allow a vote in the Senate. And Trump storms out of meetings without any real display of leadership. He doesn’t listen to the majority of Americans who need the government to reopen.
Here’s the hard truth: Trump’s childish behavior has very real consequences. He’s threatening the livelihoods of everyday American families, using them as bargaining chips in his latest game.
If you are affected by the shutdown, I am so sorry. I promise you, we’re fighting hard to get you back to work. If you are not affected by the shutdown, I ask: how long do you think you could last without a paycheck?
We’re going to keep working as hard as we can to end this shutdown. But in the meantime, here are a few organizations doing work locally and nationally to provide relief to those negatively impacted.
Consider making a donation to help the cause, or visit their websites if you’re in need of support:
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County
Providing food resource assistance to struggling families
San Diego Humane Society
Providing pet food assistance to impacted federal workers with pets
World Central Kitchen
Chef Jose Andres’ organization providing free meals to federal workers in Washington D.C. through their #ChefsForFeds operation
Hunger Free America
Advocating for an end to the shutdown while providing food resource assistance to impacted workers through their ‘Fed Food’ Hotline
Thanks for helping to make a difference in this difficult time for our country,