I’m sure you’ve noticed that the USPS is under fire. While IP has been active in candidate support, we’ve been less involved in issues. Well, here is our chance and this is a big one.
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has brought new meaning to “snail mail.” On Tuesday, he agreed to suspend the changes he’d made to the USPS. However, he did not commit to returning and unlocking mailboxes, returning high-speed sorting machines in working order, allowing overtime, and processing and delivering the huge backlog of mail that has accumulated.
I’ve been listening to Postal Service union reps on the news and searching the net for ways we can get involved that may actually have an impact. What follows are concrete ways we can put pressure on Postmaster General Louis DeJoy, the USPS Governing Board, and the Trump administration. I’ve also included ‘talking points’ I’ve gathered.
The mail slowdown is keeping Vets and Seniors from receiving prescriptions in a timely manner. (The VA sends meds to more than 300K Vets every day.)
The mail slowdown is slowing delivery of Social Security checks to Seniors and payment checks to businesses; small businesses are especially affected.
(The PG has notified 46 states that mail-in ballots may not arrive in time for the counting deadline.) How can 100 million or so ballots overwhelm the postal service when it manages to deliver, on time, more than 1 billion holiday cards each year without a problem?
The USPS is NOT a business. It is a service that reaches every address in the US, urban, suburban, and rural. In many rural areas it is the ONLY reliable delivery service.
The USPS is a lifeline for active-duty troops abroad, keeping them connected with home and enabling them to vote safely and securely.
What Can We Do?
If each adult buys just one sheet ($11) of stamps, more than $2 billion of revenue is generated. So drop by your PO – they have a great selection of commemoratives. Surprise someone with a real card or put them on something you mail that has “no postage if mailed in the US” on it.
It’s postcard party time – send them around this issue or in support of a candidate.
Seems like almost every non-profit is seeking donations around this issue. If there are ones you know and trust, you could donate to help them keep this issue alive.
Make Your Voice Heard
www.SavethePostOffice.com has links to petitions from major activist organizations. If like me, you subscribe to news from activist organizations, you’re already seeing petitions in your email. So, sign them.
Message with Social Media
Facebook, Twitter, and other social media can help us educate and engage. If you find something good, something accurate (do your fact-checking), repost, retweet, etc. Post your own take on this situation; sometimes useful conversations can occur.
Write or Phone (contact list at the bottom)
Here are the people to start with:
Our Federal Senators and Representatives
Our State Governor (Andrew Cuomo) and Attorney General (Letitia James)
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy
USPS Governing Board
Perform an Act of Kindness
Thank your Postal workers. Leave a Thank You card in your mailbox for your carrier. (Drop in a tenner if you can; I can’t think of anyone who needs a drink more than they do.)
Senator Chuck Schumer https://www.schumer.senate.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand https://www.gillibrand.senate.
Representative Nita Lowey https://lowey.house.gov/
Governor Cuomo https://www.governor.ny.gov/
Attorney General Letiticia James https://ag.ny.gov/contact-
Postmaster General Louis DeJoy firstname.lastname@example.org
USPS Governing Board
President Donald Trump (you could also try Twitter)
1600 Black Lives Matter Plaza
Washington, DC 20500
Please help save the USPS. Its function or dysfunction affects our lives every day and is critical for the November election. We must be vigilant and vocal to secure the USPS.
Stay safe --- wear your mask,