Berkeley mayor files appeal with the PRC to stop the closure and sale of his city’s historic post office

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Tom Bates, the Mayor of Berkeley, California, has written a letter to Ruth Goldway, Chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, informing the PRC that he is “personally appealing the sale of the Berkeley Main Post Office because this transaction is not a relocation of services, it is in fact a sale of the historic building.” Mayor Bates notes that the … Read More

Dumbfounded in Dumbo: Residents wonder why automated post office remains locked

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The Brooklyn Daily Eagle has a story about an automated post office in DUMBO (for non-NYer's, that's "Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass," a hip neighborhood in Brooklyn): "DUMBO’s only post office – an unmanned 'Self-Service Kiosk' at 84 Front Street — has been shuttered since last Wednesday and snail mail customers are growing increasingly frustrated. “'I mailed a package … Read More

Building a powerful nationwide grass-roots movement to Save the People’s Post Office

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Dave Welsh, a retired letter carrier and an organizer with Save the People’s Post Office, has written a lucid and informative summary of the grass-roots movement to stop the dismantling of the Postal Service for private profit.  It starts like this: "Without question, the big-business class – and their agents in USPS headquarters, the executive branch and Congress – are … Read More

Berkeley sleep-in on post office steps goes into third day

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About fifteen protesters camped out on the steps of the Berkeley post office for the third night since the rally on Saturday.  Protesters denounced the Postmaster General's decision to sell historic post offices in Berkeley, the Bronx, and LaJolla,, close thousands of post offices and mail processing plants, end door-to-door and Saturday delivery, and lay off 100,000-plus unionized postal workers, in what they … Read More

Gretna gears up to save the post office, again

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For nearly 70 years, the people in Gretna, Louisiana, did their postal business at a beautiful post office built in 1936.  It had a New Deal mural entitled “Steamboats on the Mississippi,” painted by Stuart R. Purser in 1939. In 2003 the Postal Service announced that it wanted to close the post office and sell the building.  The city of … Read More

The GOP’s Relentless Quest to Destroy The US Postal Service Is Almost Done

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There's an excellent piece in today's Occupy Democrats by Salvatore Aversa about the Issa-led quest to destroy the Postal Service.  "The fight against the United States Postal Service continues," writes Aversa.  "While the Post Office looks for ways to save itself, Republicans, led by Representative Darrell Issa, continue to look for ways to destroy it.  Representative Issa, leader of the … Read More

Postal Service defends mailbox removal – WIVB

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The Postal Service continues to remove what it considers underperforming blue collection boxes.  Customers in Buffalo, New York, were dismayed to see some of the boxes they depend on just disappear one day.  WIVB reports the following:  On Clinton Street, a blue mailbox has always been present outside Bruce Beyer's home. But last June, a sign appeared. Then this past … Read More

Remember the Postal Service’s new fashion line? It’s back in the news

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In February the Postal Service announced that it was going into the clothing business with its own line, "Rain, Heat and Snow."  The big new idea for generating revenue generated a lot of derision in the media, including this ironic slideshow that some people took seriously, and the Postal Service quickly pulled the press release from its website.  Now the … Read More

Save the Berkeley Post Office Protesters Set up Camp

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Over a hundred people demonstrated in Berkeley yesterday to protest the sale of the city's historic post office.  Some are camping out to continue the protest.  The protest was widely covered in the news media, including articles on NBC (with videos),  CBS, KTVU, Contra Costa Times, and SF Gate.