Tell Congress to approve further COVID-19 relief funding

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The federal funding that Americans relied on for the past year to cover the costs of COVID-19 testing, vaccinations, and treatment has now run out because Republicans refused to fund it. First they blocked renewing it in the Omnibus appropriations bill. Then they “uncoupled” it from the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill that passed in the House and will be taken up soon by the Senate.

As we’ve said before, the current round of inflation is primarily caused by corporate greed and supply chain issues, rather than the state of our economy. But for a majority of Americans, covering the pandemic costs of testing, vaccination, and treatment is another financial burden on top of the rising costs of food, gasoline, and housing, and will further reduce our purchasing power.  

Congress must pass urgent legislation to address the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and mitigate the impact of inflation on American families’ budgets.    

Tell your members of Congress to approve COVID-19 relief funding and provide urgent economic relief for American families.

Vote NOW in the primary election!

It’s election time again! Yes, again, for the third time this year. The May–June primary election is happening now, and you may have already received your ballot. As usual, we have much more info on our blog and at We now have links to some voter guides, so if you’re stuck, check those out!

Get your third round of free COVID-19 test kits!

This week, the Biden Administration began offering a third round of free COVID-19 home tests from the USPS – and this time, orders placed starting this week will include eight tests rather than four. If you already ordered during the first or second phases of the program, you can now request a third shipment. If you haven’t placed your first or second order yet, you’re free to place as many orders as you need to catch up. Order your free tests today!

If you’re interested in participating in activities like drafting letters to our Members of Congress and developing our strategy for influencing them, the Indivisible SF Federal Working Group is where it happens. Our next meeting is on Thursday, May 12. Details on how to register below.

Supporting and Mobilizing Arizona’s Native Voters, Northeast AZ Native Organizing Campaign: TODAY, Wednesday, May 18, 7–8:30 PM. Indivisible South Peninsula and Indivisible San José are hosting an info session and fundraiser for the Northeast Arizona Native Democrats, a grassroots organization that uses deep canvassing and relational organizing to engage, register, and mobilize indigenous voters in three northeastern counties of Arizona. RSVP here.

ISF Federal Working Group meeting: Thursday, May 26, 7:30–9 PM. Register here to join our regular Zoom meeting, where we work together to develop strategies for influencing our Members of Congress and the Biden administration to support a progressive agenda. All are welcome to participate and contribute, even if you’ve never attended an ISF meeting before.

Bay Area Coalition Phone Banks: Wednesdays and Saturdays: Our friends at Swing Left need your help talking to voters about the upcoming primaries and midterms. Join Swing Left and the Bay Area Coalition on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings to make calls to voters in California and around the nation. Sign up for a shift:

  • TODAY, Wednesday, May 18, 5–7 PM
  • Saturday, May 21, 10 AM–12 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25, 5–7 PM

ACLU phone banks against the SF DA recall: Wednesdays: Every Wednesday until the end of the election, the ACLU of Northern California is hosting phone banks asking voters to vote No on Prop H. Defeating Prop H keeps San Francisco District Attorney Boudin working for justice and equity from the DA’s office. Sign up for a shift:

  • TODAY, Wednesday, May 18, 5–8 PM
  • Wednesday, May 25, 5:30–7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, June 1, 5–8 PM

Voter registration drive in the California Central Valley with Swing Left: Swing Left needs your help  registering voters in Central Valley CD-13 and CD-22, from Modesto to Bakersfield. They will conduct door-to-door & COVID-safe canvassing to register voters every weekend until November 8. Sign up here:

  • Saturday, May 21, 9 AM–3:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 28, 9 AM–3:30 PM
  • Saturday, June 4, 9 AM–3:30 PM

About this week’s photo

If you’ve seen our newsletter posts on Twitter and Facebook, you might have noticed that we include a photo or graphic with each issue.  Today’s image is a photo of at-home COVID-19 tests provided by the USPS.

Keep Fighting,

The Indivisible SF Team

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