Several dozen protesters rallied on Thursday afternoon to express their objections to the Postal Service's plans to close the Southmore Station in Houston, the historic site of the city's first civil rights sit-in demonstration in 1960. Activist Robert Muhammad told protesters, “It’s no reason why you couldn’t have 2,000 people at Texas Southern University for a meeting about what shall happen to this building."
Unfortunately, they may not have the chance. On December 18, the Postal Service sent a representative to a city council meeting to discuss the relocation of five post offices in Houston. According to the mayor's office, elected officials knew that the Postal Service was thereby fulfilling its legal obligation to have a public hearing about the proposed relocations, but they apparently decided a brief presentation at a city council meeting was sufficient. As a result, meetings were not held in each of the five communities, and public participation has been kept to a minimum.
Thanks to requests filed by U.S. Representatives Ted Poe and John Culberson, the public comment period has been extended from January 3 to January 17. A representative for Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee said she opposed the relocation and has planned a town hall meeting about the issue on Saturday. No word yet on whether or not the Postal Service plans to send a representative. Read more.
UPDATE: The Postal Service did send a representative to that meeting. He confessed to being unaware of the historical significance of the location. Read more.