Saving the post office is going to take a lot of arguing and lobbying, but the strongest weapon is the simplest — love.
The “Send the Love” campaign is about sending messages of support and gratitude for our postal workers during this time of crisis. If we want to preserve "the people’s post office," we're going to have to send out a lot of love. Here are some ways you can do that.
1. Make a mark. Next time you put something in the mail, on the back of the envelope, make a mark of support to show postal workers that you value what they do. Just draw a simple heart with a P.O. inside. If you’re more creative, make a drawing or write a note. The postal workers who handle the mail, from the person who takes it out of the blue collection box to the people who do the sorting and processing to the person who puts it in your box — they will all get the message. So many postal workers make sure your mail gets where it’s going. Send them some thanks.
2. Write a letter. The Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) is conducting hearings to render an "advisory opinion" about the Postal Service's plan to close 3,650 post offices, and the commission welcomes your comments. They don't have to be typed or written on a computer. Handwritten notes are very powerful. Send your comments to Ruth Y. Goldway, Chairman, Postal Regulatory Commission, 901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20268-0001, and in the letter reference Docket #N2011-1. You can also go to the PRC website and send your message online. (Use that stamp to send a note to a friend.)
3. Stand by your post office. Send us a picture of citizens standing in front of their post office. Hold a little rally, get some media coverage, take a photo. Or just grab a shot of a typical day with a few people in front of the p.o. Attach the picture to an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll put the picture on the Scrapbook page.
4. Post a comment. Write a note for the website about how much you love your post office, what the mail means to you, your favorite postal worker, a good story. Here's the comment page. If you're a FB person, here's the wall page — you can comment there.
5. Get the word out. Some of the people who need and value the post office the most aren't looking at websites. Help get the word out to these people. Print out this page and make copies and share it with them.
We're looking for more ideas. If you have a suggestion, connections with the media, anything to help, let us know.
To get the whole thing going, we're going to hear from someone who saw Save the Post Office and asked what she could do. Her post office isn't on a closing list, but it's just the kind that will end up on one eventually. Below is Sherri's story.
(Photo credit: rally at the Pass-a-Grille post office, closed June 17, 2011.)