The grim effects of the ongoing partial government shutdown is putting a strain on Americans across the country. Civil cases in the Justice Department have been temporarily halted as federal attorneys have been furloughed, over 800,000 federal workers remain without pay, federally-funded researchers have had to pause their time-sensitive projects, and much more. If you're similarly frustrated and wondering if there's anything you can do protest this government shutdown, here's how to make yourself heard.
It's entirely unclear when the shutdown, which began on Dec. 22, will end. As President Donald Trump digs in his heels on the $5 billion demand for a border wall, and Democrats continue to resist that request, there seems to be no end in sight.
But while lawmakers quarrel with each other over border security, everyday Americans who work for the government are struggling to pay for their most basic needs, like feeding themselves, caring for their health, and making sure they can pay rent on time. And they're understandably losing their patience, too. Already in Philadelphia and Missouri, federal workers have held protests against the shutdown.
Though it's ultimately up to Congress and Trump to strike a deal, there are some things that you can do to make sure elected officials know exactly how you feel about this government shutdown.