How to Help During the Government Shutdown
The U.S. government is in the midst of the longest shutdown in its history. Today marks day 30: this means that 800,000 workers nationwide have gone without pay for a month.
In today’s world of extreme and growing economic inequality, the shutdown is particular severe for the workers who are affected. Forty percent of Americans can’t afford a $400 emergency payment. Many Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck; missing a month’s pay can be a life or death situation.
There are several ways to help furloughed workers.
Acclaimed chef Jose Andres has fed nearly 12,000 government workers during the shutdown. Andres has set up a pop-up in Washington, D.C. that has promised to continue serving workers through its kitchen until the shutdown ends. “I hope it will be a call to action to our senators and congressmen and especially President Trump to make sure we end this moment in the history of America where families are about to go hungry,” Andres said. “We should always come together as we the people. As Americans. Bipartisan. Republicans and Democrats. All Americans." You can donate to Andres’ World Central Kitchen here.
GoFundMe has also set up a relief fund dedicated to supporting furloughed workers. You can make a donation on their page here.
National parks are among the areas most affected by the shutdown, as trash accumulates and environments are damaged without proper protection. Consider heading to a national park to clean up and take care of the environment.
Most importantly, please contact your representative. You can find out who your representative is here. A government shutdown, putting 800,000 Americans out of work, isn’t a partisan issue. Give your representative a call and ask them to do all they can to reach a solution.