BERKELEY POST OFFICE DEFENDERS COMMEND LAWSUIT – BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH.

On the eve of the hearing in Judge Alsup’s courtroom regarding City of Berkeley v Donahoe, Berkeley’s lawsuit to halt the sale of the Berkeley Post Office, Berkeley Post Office Defenders issued the following press release:

BERKELEY POST OFFICE DEFENDERS COMMEND LAWSUIT – BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH
The nation as a whole must have an opportunity to decide on the privatization of our public postal service.
Berkeley Post Office Defenders and other activists have been fighting against the sale of the Berkeley Post Office for more than two years.  The hearing taking place on Thursday in Federal Court regarding City of Berkeley v. Donahoe is one more step in that battle.

We commend the City of Berkeley’s lawsuit against the Postal Service’s illegal sale of the Berkeley Post Office, and hope that it may ultimately prevent the loss of yet another public building to private interests. However, isolated battles by individual communities, no matter how spirited, are not sufficient.

Postal Service management and those who pull their strings have a determined long-range strategy to privatize the Postal Service. One part of this strategy is the piece-by-piece dismantling of its infrastructure by the sale of its Post Offices; another part the degradation of its services. These strategies, while unethical, are not illegal and serve as templates to further seizures of additional public goods.

Congress has abdicated its responsibility to conduct a national debate on the issue of whether the public wants and deserves a public Postal Service. They have left crucial decisions to marionettes controlled by those whose very interests are to see the US Postal Service wither and die. Without such a general discussion on privatization communities are left to fight each on their own – one David at a time taking on the Goliath of the Postal Service.

BERKELEY POST OFFICE DEFENDERS DEMAND A NATIONAL MORATORIUM ON THE SALE OF POST OFFICES and cutbacks in service. We demand that disabling
restrictions on the Post Office’s operations placed there by Congress in 2006 be removed, and that the Post Office be placed in the hands of officials who are committed to fulfilling its Constitutionally mandated function rather than overseeing its dismantlement. Finally, we demand a national debate on the Post Office’s future.

We are confident that The People will reject the dismantling of the Post Office, and in fact will support extensions of its services into related domains such as postal banking – as has already been recommended by the Office of Inspector General of the Post Office.

Background:

Judge William Alsup’s court schedule, Dec. 11, 2014: http://www.cand.uscourts.gov/CEO/cfd.aspx?7137

Case summary: http://dockets.justia.com/docket/california/candce/3:2014cv04916/282000

Berkeley Post Office Defenders: https://berkeleypostofficedefenders.wordpress.com/

First They Came for the Homeless: https://www.facebook.com/pages/First-they-came-for-the-homeless/253882908111999?ref=br_tf

BPOD is affiliated with Strike Debt Bay Area: http://strike-debt-bay-area.tumblr.com/

For more on the Staples boycott:

The Seeds of Protest Bloom. Staples Boycott Goes National.

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/12/1313465/-The-Seeds-of-Protest-Bloom-Staples-Boycott-Goes-National#

USPS mission:

http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/39/101

For more on the privatization of the USPS:

Saving the United States Postal Service as a Public Enterprise: http://tinyurl.com/ltqq7ng

Privatization Is Social Cancer; Saving the US Postal Service
: http://tinyurl.com/mbcbzrf

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