Save the Ocean Beach Post Office From Trump – Saturday, Aug. 22, 11 AM

by on August 19, 2020 · 2 comments

in Ocean Beach

Save the Post Office Saturday

OBceans are joining residents across San Diego County to stand in support of their neighborhood post office this Saturday, August 22, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. to noon. Join others with like minds at the OB Post Office, 4833 Santa Monica Avenue. We will rally peacefully for one hour, using masks and practicing safe distancing. Bring signs and posters and your spirit. Go here to sign up for the OB Post Office event.

This is part of a national campaign organized by groups including Indivisible, the Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights, MoveOn, NAACP, RuralOrganizing.org, Service Employees International Union, Vets for the People, Sunrise Movement San Diego and the Working Families Party and promoted locally by San Diego County Indivisible groups.

So far, groups will stand at post offices in University City, Pacific Beach, Ocean Beach, and Hillcrest. More groups are expected to come online countywide as word spreads and the week progresses.

The purpose of this action is to demonstrate local support for neighborhood postal workers, as well as raise public awareness about the Trump Administration’s appointed Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy’s efforts to slow down postal services nationwide before the November 3rd presidential election. Americans will come together to stand up for a postal system that connects us, that we rely on for medications, paychecks, and more, and that will literally be counted on to deliver democracy in the elections this fall.

National news sources report postal employee overtime hours have been cut, some 671 multimillion dollar sorting machines have been decommissioned, removed, and in some cases destroyed. Photos published by national news organizations show hundreds of mailboxes have either been removed or locked to prevent use.

The motive for the mail slow down appears to some to to cast doubt on the efficacy of voting by mail and to suppress the vote. The House of Representatives and the Senate will hold public hearings with the Postmaster General Friday and Monday and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the House of Representatives will vote on legislation Saturday to provide funding to support the United States Postal Service and return postal operations to pre-pandemic capabilities.

To promote safety given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the action will take place outdoors and have a physical distancing plan, and attendees will be asked to wear masks.

Sign here for the OB Post Office event.

To find additional local events or to host an event, use this link :

https://www.savethepostoffice.net/event/save-the-post-office/search/?source=changebegins

See here for background and here.

 

 

 

 

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Avatar Shelly Schwartlander August 21, 2020 at 6:48 am

Postmaster DeJoy was asked if he will be returning any sorting machines that were removed. He answered Senator Peters with, “no, they are not needed”. Per news report possibly KPBS Rancho Bernardo (our main post office) lost 4 sorting machines, removed. Those machines, per report, sort 36,000 pieces of mail per hour. Not needed? Not being returned. OMG this guy this hearing. He does and did answer to Mnuchin, only talked to POTUS upon selection, was congratulated. Presented a bunch of reasons he gave orders to remove, etc. to save $, insists al mail will be ontime, even insists it is now and disputes claims it is not. No matter what he says we won’t know how election mail will be handled until after election day, when it will be too late. Be sure to watch Monday’s hearing before House. This one is a softball practice in senate.

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Frank Gormlie Frank Gormlie August 22, 2020 at 6:33 pm

Fifty people showed up today at the OB Post Office – all wearing masks and rallied to help save it and all the other Post Offices from Trump and Louis DeJoy. Standing along Sunset Cliffs Blvd with signs and chanting, we received lots of horn honks and thumbs-up in support.

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