On June 23, over two million petition signatures demanding urgent postal funding were delivered to Congress. APWU members and postal supporters joined in a National Day of Action to Save the Post Office with car caravans, rallies, coordinated mailbox letter drops, and letter-writing events.
Due to a drop in revenue caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Postal Service will run out of cash without financial assistance from Congress. The House of Representatives passed a $25 billion emergency appropriation for the Postal Service in the HEROES Act on May 15, and the Senate is currently discussing additional stimulus legislation. Should the Postal Service run out of cash millions could go without delivery of life-saving prescription medication, Social Security checks, absentee ballots, and other vital services.
As the petition signatures were delivered in Washington, DC, APWU members brought the demand for postal funding to dozens of other cities, including New York City; Philadelphia; Detroit; Houston; San Antonio; Cleveland; Denver; Oklahoma City; Minneapolis; St. Paul, MN; Kalamazoo, MI; Portland, OR; Clarksburg, WV; Merrillville, IN; Miami, FL; Sacramento, CA; Des Moines, IA; Roseville, CA; Saint Charles, MO; Portland, ME; Raleigh, NC; Ann Arbor, MI; Ypsilanti, MI and Toledo, OH.
Victoria Bruce, Director/Producer, Author of “Inspector Oldfield and the Black Hand Society”
Yasemin Jamison, Associate Producer
Fredric King, Editor
Brian Bo, Composer