by Chetanya Robinson
While a plan from the Trump-appointed Postmaster General Louis DeJoy to cut funding to the U.S. Postal Service and slow mail service has been put on hold until after the November election, local elected officials are still acting out of concern that ballots won’t be counted.
Attorney General Bob Ferguson is leading over a dozen states in a lawsuit alleging DeJoy’s changes could undermine the election, and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (D-Seattle) supported legislation to beef up the Postal Service, calling the service delays an attack on healthcare, democracy, workers, and small businesses.
“When a person votes by mail or any other way, it’s a love letter to democracy,” said Gov. Jay Inslee during an August 18 press conference announcing Ferguson’s lawsuit. “Trump has said he’s going to rob the bank of democracy.”
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by Mark Van Streefkerk
Despite the small turnout, a car caravan on Tuesday morning sought to bring awareness to an important issue: saving the United States Postal Service (USPS) from financial collapse. Taking off from the Queen Anne Post Office at 9:25 a.m. on June 23, about five cars drove down Queen Anne Avenue to 2nd Avenue, arriving at the Seattle Federal Office Building around 9:35 a.m., where they circled the building three times, honking and displaying signs.
The action was in solidarity with other car caravans and demonstrations across the U.S. in support of the June 23 delivery of a #SavethePostOffice petition to Washington, D.C. The petition has two million signatures and was led by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), AFL-CIO, Moveon.org, and other allied organizations.
Continue reading A Modest Car Caravan to Downtown Federal Building Raises Awareness to #SavethePostOffice
by David Yao
The May 7 appointment of Louis Dejoy, a major Trump donor, to be the 75th Postmaster General of the United States, should raise alarm bells for anyone concerned with the future of the U.S. Postal Service. He is a Trustee for the Fund for American Studies, a right-wing think tank whose vision is “to win over new generations to the ideas of liberty, limited government, and free markets.”
Continue reading OPINION: We Need a Strong Postal Service More Than Ever, So Why Is Trump Trying to Destroy It?