SEND WORD: Save the USPS Edition

Here are some of the resources shared during the August 20, 2020, edition of SEND WORD, hosted by Scuppernong Books.

Upcoming Events

August 22, Save the Post Office Saturday Day of Action
Sponsored by MoveOn
savethepostoffice.net

August 25, National Day of Action to #SaveThePostOffice
Sponsored by US Mail Not 4 Sale and the American Postal Workers Union
actionnetwork.org/event_campaigns/save-the-postal-service-aug-25-day-of-action

Organizations & Information

US Mail Not for Sale
Resources and data, from the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers
usmailnotforsale.org

Stand By Your Mail
Additional resources for action, including petitions—scroll down to the Take Action section, & see the About page for some good talking points
standbyyourmail.org

Save the Post Office
See Reports for reprints of USPS-led and other studies on the processing and timeliness of mail
savethepostoffice.com

American Postal Workers Union
News, actions to take, and support for postal workers
apwu.org

This August 12 letter to Postmaster Louis DeJoy from US Senators has lots of solid info:
baldwin.senate.gov/imo/media/doc/F8AD141754ECA3E2F2F031F3D10BB2FB.081220uspsfirstclassmail.pdf

This July 31 Twitter thread from @USPostOffice911 offers some good, brief background:
twitter.com/USPostOffice911/status/1289235982366040066

And here is the USPS on that retirement prefunding law, and what eliminating it could accomplish:
about.usps.com/who-we-are/financials/annual-reports/fy2010/ar2010_4_002.htm

Tips for sending effective emails to elected officials
From the American Planning Association
planning.org/advocacy/toolbox/emails.htm

People to Contact

For Senators’ and House members’ phone numbers and mailing addresses, both DC and regional, enter your zip code at contactingcongress.org.

Rep. Gerald E. Connolly (D-Va.), is chair of the House Subcommittee on Government Operations, whose oversight includes the post office:
DC Office Phone: (202) 225-1492
Fairfax District Office Phone: (703) 256-3071
Prince William District Office Phone: (571) 408-4407

Resistbot makes it easy to email your representatives. (But don’t forget to call/send mail as well!)
resist.bot/news/2020/04/12/save-the-post-office

Here is a PDF including the links and resources mentioned above:
SEND WORD resources PDF

Featured Stationers

Each edition of SEND WORD includes featured stationers—letterpress printers and other artists. Here are the fine folks whose work is helping us write letters this time around.

Grant House Press, in New York state, is offering five of their JUSTICE postcards for just $1 to cover postage. Their other offerings are pretty great too. Support these fine folks and SEND WORD!
etsy.com/listing/853211845/5-postcards-justice

St. Brigid Press, in Virginia, makes fine-press books (full disclosure: they’re bringing out my chapbook Smaller Songs this fall), cards, and prints. Their series The People’s Postcards is perfect. Cards come in packs of 10 for $10, and they’re prestamped! Current designs: BLACK LIVES MATTER & HEALTHCARE FOR ALL.
stbrigidpress.net/the-peoples-postcards

Blackbird Letterpress, in Louisiana, makes gorgeous cards and prints, and is offering ten of their HEAR OUR VOICE postcards free with any order. They’ve given away 3,500 so far!
blackbirdletterpress.com/sale/hear-our-voice-postcards-7gh5l

Sample text for emails, letters, and calls to representatives

The quick version

—The US Postal Service is a vital public institution. {Add rhetorical flourishes/personal note here!}

—Invest in our postal service now, and include the USPS in the next COVID-19 relief bill.

—Protect postal workers!

—Adopt H.R. 2382 , the USPS Fairness Act, and repeal the requirement that the U.S. Postal Service prepay future retirement benefits each year.

Additional possibilities, thanks to https://usmailnotforsale.org/

Our Postal Service has stepped up to keep our country working during the COVID-19 crisis. It urgently needs Federal government support, but so far has received little.

The USPS is the nation’s only universal delivery and communications network, connecting 160 million homes and businesses in every corner of the country. The Coronavirus crisis has put a huge strain on the Postal Service with dramatic falls in revenue and increased costs.

The Postal Service needs both urgent and ongoing support from the Federal Government or Americans everywhere will suffer from the loss of postal services. That must include:

Invest $25 billion now to the Postal Service to help it weather the pandemic and the deep recession it is causing.

Keep our Postal Service running during the crisis with quarterly payments to cover the Postal Service’s increased costs and decreased income.

Treat the Postal Service like other employers by funding the cost of Covid-19 related sick leave and family medical leave introduced by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Any legislation to provide and fund Covid-19 related hazard pay must include postal workers, who face heightened exposure risks to the virus on a daily basis.

Stop Treasury department from forcing operational and policy changes on the Postal Service as a condition for borrowing, and remove the annual limit on borrowing authorities.

More options thanks to actionnetwork.org

Our Postal Service has stepped up to keep our country working during the COVID-19 crisis. It urgently needs Federal government support, but so far has received little.

The USPS is the nation’s only universal delivery and communications network, connecting 160 million homes and businesses in every corner of the country. The Coronavirus crisis has put a huge strain on the Postal Service with dramatic falls in revenue and increased costs.

The Postal Service needs both urgent and ongoing support from the Federal Government or Americans everywhere will suffer from the loss of postal services. That must include:

Invest $25 billion now to the Postal Service to help it weather the pandemic and the deep recession it is causing.

Keep our Postal Service running during the crisis with quarterly payments to cover the Postal Service’s increased costs and decreased income.

Treat the Postal Service like other employers by funding the cost of Covid-19 related sick leave and family medical leave introduced by the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.

Any legislation to provide and fund Covid-19 related hazard pay must include postal workers, who face heightened exposure risks to the virus on a daily basis.

Stop the Treasury department from forcing operational and policy changes on the Postal Service as a condition for borrowing, and remove the annual limit on borrowing authorities.

And some House-oriented options, from change.org/p/save-the-usps

The United States Postal Service employs over 500,000 people and is the #1 employer of veterans.

Donald Trump has rejected a bill that would save it from running out of money in September.

Two bills sitting on Mitch McConnell’s desk that could significantly help the USPS are:

H.R.6800 – The Heroes Act includes 25 billion allocated to the USPS

H.R. 2382 – This bill repeals the requirement that the U.S. Postal Service annually prepay future retirement health benefits.

Contact your representatives to voice your support and show those that wish to dismantle and privatize the USPS that we are against letting one of our prize institutions fail.

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