Quips and Clips.

The Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General’s Report on offering Financial Services and Banking at the Post Office.

Local reporter Judith Scheer on Postal Banking et al:

On Tuesday afternoon, with about a dozen service windows shuttered, 24 people waited for help from two postal clerks…

Local activist Sharon Maldonado with  Save the Berkeley Post Office said postal banking would be a positive step toward re-establishing the fiscal health of USPS…

J.P. Massar of Berkeley Post Office Defenders echoed the report’s concern for the 68 million people outside the mainstream banking system who pay usurious fees to cash checks and take out loans.

Information booth at Post Office set up by homeless and union members.WW photo: Judy Greenspan

Judy Greenspan writing on “Victory in Struggle to Save Berkeley Post Office” in Workers’ World:

The information booth is still standing. The occupation of the front of the Berkeley Main Post Office by “First They Came for the Homeless” continued into May. But the main battle to save this historic building was won on April 14…

According to Dave Welsh… “Our victory is a result of nearly three years of intense political activity by the people of Berkeley, including two lengthy encampments. I think people have had enough of privatization. We all wanted to keep the post office as a public place. I hope this will be the beginning of many victories across the country.”

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