What you can do


What do you do when your post office may close?

Start by reading this blog post, then check out the following:

 


 

The National League of Postmasters puts out a "Save Your Post Office Guide," an excellent place to start.  Click To View Document (Word)

 


 

The National Association of Postmasters of the United States (NAPUS) provides a helpful Action Guide called the Red Book, as well as sample letters to postal officials and elected representatives.  You can find all this material on the NAPUS site here.

 

 

 

 


The rules for closing a post office are part of the law.  The complete Title 39 is here.  The Postal Operations Manual describes the guidelines for closing a post office.  Learn it better than the Postal Service administrators handling your closure. Download the PDF.


Congress.org makes it easy to contact your elected representatives.  Just type in your zip code, and you'll get a list of your senators, congressman, and other elected officials, complete with contact links and addresses.

 


It's easy to start an online petition with Change.org, and here are some how-to's.

 


 

What else can you do?

Your post office may not be on the new closing list, but it will be there on the next list, or the one after that.  If you care about your post office, write a letter to the editor, hold a rally in front of the post office, start a "save my post office" page on Facebook, find a celebrity to take up the cause.  Go to your post office, buy some stamps, and start writing letters to your elected representatives.  Flood the offices of the Postal Regulatory Commission with letters telling them why you need your post office, why America needs its post offices.  Here's the address:

Ruth Y. Goldway, Chairman

Postal Regulatory Commission

901 New York Avenue NW, Suite 200

Washington, DC 20268-0001

(You could do an email too.)

Sign the petition

On Privatization

Good Reading on Postal Privatization

Also: Sarah Ryan's "Understanding Postal Privatization: Corporations, Unions, and the "Public Interest"

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Organizing to Save Rural Post Offices


A Community Organizing Toolkit

Revised November 2012

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