While the Administration remains silent, the management of the U.S. Post Office continues to kowtow to the Republican right wing and its drive to hand over choice Post Office real estate and its most profitable services to private corporations. As in numerous other cities, the historic Post Office building in Berkeley is slated to be sold, and a new bill in Congress aims to break the Post Office unions, contract the profitable first class mail service out to the best-connected bidder, while keeping a lid on the prices charged to bulk advertising mailers, a service on which the Post Office steadily loses money.
All this and more was up for protest at the Berkeley Main Post Office on Allston Street this afternoon. A wide range of speakers exposed the Post Office management’s machinations and the schemes of real estate moguls and their Congressional accomplices in both parties (see photo, above left). I’ve written about this earlier here, which see. Occupella sang, with me providing backup.
Among the pieces of literature distributed at the event was a well thought-out short paper by Dave Welsh, a retired letter carrier and, incidentally, a musician and songwriter of note. I’ve attached a scan of his paper here.