We are once again asking Biden to End the Republicans’ Manufactured Crisis

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We voted for a leader with years in Congress and the White House, who had experienced all the spiteful games Republicans in Congress dish out and would actively oppose their malarkey. We agree with what President Biden said about Republicans’ debt ceiling ransom games last week:

“This is a manufactured crisis.  And there’s no question about America’s ability to pay its bills.  America has the strongest economy in the world, and we should be cutting spending and lowering the deficit without a needless crisis, in a responsible way. 

“In my first two years in office, I’m the only President in history that’s lowered the deficit in those two years by a record $1.7 trillion. And the budget I proposed back in March would cut the deficit again by nearly $3 trillion in the decade ahead. For example, my budget cuts $30 billion in wasteful spending on tax subsidies to the gas and oil companies.  They earned  $200 billion last year.  Do they need a $30 billion subsidy?”  

We agree. It’s time to end this manufactured crisis.

Tell President Biden once again: It’s time to play hardball through executive action that prioritizes our constitution and protects the strong economy you have built for us.

Keep up your protection: Get another bivalent booster against COVID-19!

The protection you get from vaccination gradually wanes over time, so it’s important to regularly get boosters to maintain a high level of protection against COVID-19.

People who are 65 and older, or of any age who are immunocompromised, can now receive an additional bivalent booster following after their previous dose, per updated CDC guidance. Everyone else, from six years on up, can get a bivalent booster if they haven’t already. The California Department of Public Health has detailed, up-to-date information on when you can get your next booster.

The updated guidance also simplifies the schedule to remove the use of the outdated original monovalent (single-strain) vaccines. Now the bivalent vaccines are the only mRNA vaccines recommended in the United States. If you or your child only recently started the monovalent series, you’ll finish it with a bivalent dose.

The bivalent vaccines, introduced last year, provide better protection against more recent strains of the virus that causes COVID-19, particularly the Omicron strains. Keep up your protection by keeping up to date on your vaccines.

Some COVID-19 tests have been recalled: check yours today!

Last week, the FDA published a recall notice for certain Pilot brand at-home COVID-19 tests. These tests come with a vial of fluid which, in the recalled units, is contaminated with harmful bacteria. If your tests have one of the lot numbers on the FDA’s list, throw them out in your landfill trash. Do not pour the liquid down the drain.

Continue to support Pajaro farm workers through long recovery

Locally, Pajaro residents still need our help after the city residents had to evacuate in the middle of the night when the Pajaro River levee broke on March 11 and flooded their homes and fields.

While FEMA aid is critical and will be helpful, it’s not straightforward or convenient, nor does it include a significant portion of those living in Pajaro, because they are undocumented. Indeed, the aid is piecemeal. The livelihood of all the farm workers remains at great risk

To continue to help those who face a long and difficult recovery, many community groups are providing cash, clothing, food, and cleanup supplies to the victims of this disaster, and they could still use your financial support:

Center for Farmworker Families
 provides direct support to farmworkers (donation page)

Santa Cruz Community Ventures Undocufund

Raíces y Cariño

Watsonville Campesino Appreciation Caravan GoFundMe

Second Harvest Food BankCommunity Foundation of Santa Cruz Disaster Fund

Community Foundation for Monterey County Storm Relief Fund

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.

Indivisible SF Federal Working Group: Thursday, May 25, 7:30–9 PM. Planning meeting where we discuss strategy to influence our Members of Congress and the Biden administration to enact a progressive agenda. Meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM. All are welcome. Register here!

SURJ SF Dialogue: Accountability Through Collective Action: Sunday, June 4, Noon–1:30 PM. SURJ SF Dialogues are participatory events designed for, but not exclusive to, white people committed to anti-racism who want to examine issues of identity, privilege, racism, and white supremacy. Individuals at all stages of their anti-racist journey are invited to join us. This Dialogue will explore what building accountability relationships with BIPOC organizations engaged in racial justice work looks like and why it is so important. Register here.

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.

This week’s image of a photo from 2011 of President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden briefed by Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, during a meeting in Chief of Staff Bill Daley’s West Wing office at the White House to discuss ongoing efforts to find a balanced approach to the debt limit and deficit reduction. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Since the January 2017, more than 4,000 San Franciscans have united as Indivisible SF to march in the Women's Marches, protest the Muslim Ban, meet regularly with our Members of Congress, and make thousands of phone calls to their offices to pressure them to do everything in their power to counter the policies and politics of Trumpism. There is much work in progress and many actions to come.

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