One more week to Get Out the Vote!

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Unless the twelve appropriation bills that fund our government are enacted into law by midnight November 17 (17 days from now) we will—once again—be confronted by a full or partial government shutdown.

As of yesterday afternoon, the House has passed 5 of the 12 Approps bills on party-line votes and may pass two more by the end of the week. Their bills are loaded with MAGA poison pills such as further slashing of the social safety net, loathsome culture-war assaults on democracy and human dignity, and big cuts to environmental programs, combined with increased spending on defense and new nuclear weapons. President Biden has threatened that he will veto at least some of them if they are passed. But will he do so if they are combined into a huge one-bill-funds-all omnibus or multiple minibus bills?

Meanwhile, the Senate has not yet passed even a single appropriation bill, though senators are currently voting on a minibus combining three bills: Military Construction/Veterans Affairs, Agriculture, and Transportation-HUD.

Without appropriation bills, the only way to prevent a shutdown is passage of yet another Continuing Resolution (CR). Which MAGA Republicans have—as usual—threatened to block unless their political blackmail demands are met.  

Final week to get out the vote!

In the meantime, voting in Ohio and Virginia continues until Tuesday, November 7. That means we have one week left to let as many voters as we can know that their vote is needed.

You can contact voters in whatever way works for you. Some options can be done from home (although the work now shifts away from postal outreach to more immediate methods such as phone and text), while others are available at in-person events. Find it all on our (Get Out the) Vote page.

If you’d rather work locally, there’s work to do here in California, too, to prepare for next year’s primary election in just a few short months. Activate America is running postcard campaigns to three states, and California is one of them, with three flippable districts currently held by Republicans where folks need to know about the MAGA Republicans representing them in the halls of Congress.

Get your 2023 vaccines

To keep ourselves, our loved ones, and our neighbors safe from respiratory illnesses that can cause long-term complications, it’s important that we keep up with our annual vaccinations. There are at least two shots you should get this fall: one for COVID-19 and one for flu. If you’re sixty or older, you should also get the new vaccine for RSV.

Availability of the new, updated COVID-19 vaccines is gradually improving. If you haven’t gotten vaccinated yet, it might be time to give it another try. Most places have Pfizer, Moderna, or both, and Costco and Rite Aid have the new third option, Novavax.

The COVID-19 vaccines are still free, but the details have changed. People with insurance will have to present their insurance, and their insurance will be billed. People without insurance can get the new vaccine for free via the CDC’s Bridge Access Program.

For more information on where to get the shot and how to get it for free if you’re uninsured, see our blog post.

Get free COVID-19 tests from USPS and also from your insurance provider

The USPS and the Biden Administration have reopened the ordering site for free COVID-19 home test kits. Use these rapid antigen tests before attending (or hosting) a gathering or other event; if you test positive, cancel—or wear a good (N95) mask and gather outside if possible. Get your tests today!

Also, as a California resident, you can still get your insurance provider to reimburse you for at-home COVID-19 test purchases, thanks to SB 510, passed in 2021. The rules will change on November 11, so the window is closing fast—you can get covered for up to eight tests per person before then.

And feel free to send this information to anyone else you know who might need COVID-19 home tests.

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, Nov. 9, 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!

TODAY: Swing Left SF Bay Area Coalition Phone Bank: Wednesday, Nov. 1 (and every Wednesday), 2:30–4:30 PM. Join Swing Left SF and the Bay Area Coalition to phone bank for all the key 2023 elections, as we organize to get out the vote in swing states in 2023. RSVP here.

TODAY: Meet the Candidates: Dave Min for CA-47: Wednesday, Nov. 1, 7:00–8:30 PM. The road to the House in 2024 lies through California. Join the SoCal MEET THE CANDIDATES Series to meet Dave Min, candidate for CA-47. RSVP here.

True to Blue IN-PERSON Phone Bank for VA, OH, and CA: Saturday, Nov. 4 (and every Saturday), 10:00–12:00 PM at 541 Castro Street. Join an in-person phone bank with the Bay Area Coalition to make calls to voters in key states for critical elections in 2023 and 2024. RSVP here.

Meet the Candidates: Rudy Salas for CA-13: Monday, Nov. 6, 7:00–8:30 PM. The road to the House in 2024 lies through California. Join the NorCal MEET THE CANDIDATES Series to meet Rudy Salas, candidate for CA-13. RSVP here.

Meet the Candidates: Joanna Weiss for CA-47: Monday, Nov. 15, 7:00–8:30 PM. The road to the House in 2024 lies through California. Join the SoCal MEET THE CANDIDATES Series to meet Joanna Weiss, candidate for CA-47. RSVP here.

About this week’s photo

If you’ve seen our newsletter posts on social media, you might have noticed that we include a photo or graphic with each issue.

Today’s graphic is a photo of a polling place by Shaban Athuman for VPM News. It was featured in an article about the removal of registered voters from rolls in Virginia earlier this year.

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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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