Support the legal battle to save our post office.
Plan on attending a benefit at Berkeley's Hillside Club
7 pm, Wednesday, July 17, 2013
Halt the Heist! Support the legal effort to save historic post offices.
Who Owns Our Post Offices,
and Who Sells Them While the Nation Sleeps?

with Dr. Gray Brechin and Attorney Adam Ford

Dr. Gray Brechin will update us on saving magnificent buildings, unique art works, and the postal system itself that Americans are now losing to privatization. National Post Office Collaborate attorney Adam Ford is part of the litigation team working to protect the Berkeley Post Office. Mr. Ford will give us information on the progress of the case. This event is a benefit to support the legal action by the Berkeley-based National Post Office Collaborate. Come and help us raise funds for this important legal challenge!  Save our Post Offices!
Wednesday, July 17 at 7 PM
The Berkeley Hillside Club
2286 Cedar Street (near Spruce)
Berkeley, CA 94709

Wheelchair Accessible
$20 / Sliding scale

Come to a community meeting to plan our next steps.
Share your ideas! All are welcome.

General discussion of goals, strategies and tasks plus help plan local events for Friday and/or Saturday, July 26 & 27, a National Protest against the illegal sale of our post offices and Celebration of the founding of the post office in 1775.

7 pm, Monday, July 22, 2013, Berkeley Arts Festival,
2133 University Avenue (above Shattuck, near Ace Hardware).
Zoning Protection for Berkeley's Main Post Office

Speak up at a City Council Meeting to support zoning restrictions that will preserve the use of the Post Office building at 2000 Allston Way and other buildings in the Civic Center District for cultural, educational and civic uses.  Clear and specific zoning will provide guidance to USPS on the uses that our community will accept as appropriate.
7 pm, Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Berkeley City Council Chambers, 2134 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way
Labor Fest panel discussion: "Too Big to Name?"

he Press has not reported on who profits from dismantling the U.S. Postal Service. Panel: Gray Brechin, Richard Brenneman, Savanah Blackwell, George Wooding, Peter Byrne.

7 pm, Thursday, July 11, 2013, First Unitarian Universalist Church
1187 Franklin St. at Geary, San Francisco

Laborfest website
Across America

The last day of operation for the iconic art deco Santa Monica Post Office at 5th & Arizona was Saturday, June 29th. The Santa Monica community is working through the Santa Monica Landmarks Commission to protect the defining historic features of the 1938 streamline style building. Also on Saturday, in York, Pennsylvania, 102 years of service to the common good ended with the shuttering of the grand classical downtown post office. The USPS intends to sell both buildings.

Last week the La Jolla post office gained an historical resources designation from the San Diego Historical Resources Board. La Jolla villagers are still waiting for a decision on their appeal to the USPS Facilities Vice-President Tom Samra.  The appeal deadline in La Jolla was back on April 6th, or about six weeks earlier than Berkeley's appeal deadline.

National actions on July 26th & 27th include a "Hands Off the Bronx Post Office" rally at the Bronx General Post Office on the Grand Concourse. Back on June 3rd, USPS bureaucrat Tom Samra cited USPS "financial exigencies" in categorically dismissing 27 letters appealing the sale of the Bronx Post Office.
Washington D.C.

Congress could fix the Postal Service's financial problems. Back in February Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and Oregon Congressman Pete DeFazio introduced legislation that does just that, keeps six-day delivery, preserves mail service infrastructure and doesn't attack postal workers jobs and benefits. The bills have been referred to, but not taken up in Committee. Twenty-eight Senators and 162 members of Congress (including seven Republicans) have signed on as co-sponsors. Missing from the list of supporters are California's Senators, Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. (If you'd like a word with your elected representative, click here for contact info.)

California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa is the chair of the House Committee with oversight on the postal service. Mr. Issa has circulated a draft "compromise" legislation that reduces delivery standards, consolidates additional mail processing facilities, closes more post offices, all while increasing health insurance costs to Postal Workers, cutting their benefits, and promoting the contracting out of postal work. 

The  newsletter of the American Postal Workers Union has a question:
One has to wonder why, if there is really any interest in constructive postal reform, one of the existing bills with many co-sponsors has not yet been brought up to begin the debate. As APWU President Cliff Guffey noted, Rep. Issa’s draft legislation would “punish postal workers, privatize much of the USPS and deprive the American people of vital services.” 

Could it be that this is the only type of postal reform that interests Rep. Issa?
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