Cars, buses and vans of labor and community activists will form a Caravan to Washington, DC, in the early hours of Thursday, June 28, to join a mushrooming national hunger strike to save postal services and jobs.
The nationally organized hunger strike was initiated by Community and Postal Workers United, spearheaded by postal workers in Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Jersey and New York. (See CPWUnited.com.)
The caravan will start at 4 am in Newburgh, NY, where hunger striker and Mid-Hudson APWU President Debbie Szeredy will lead a delegation of postal workers and community leaders heading to DC. Debbie will explain the hunger strike and the fight to save the post office.
Next stop will be the James A. Farley General Post Office in New York City, at 8th Avenue & 33rd Street. A 6 am support rally and send-off is planned by Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs & Services (CLUPJS.com), with support from the National Conference of Black Trade Unionists, a coalition of public sector unionists from APWU, NALC, AFSCME District Council 37, the Transport Workers Union Local 100, United Federation of Teachers, and SEIU District 1199. Other participants include the South Bronx Community Congress, Parents to Improve School Transportation, and the Chelsea Tenants Council. Some of these groups will have delegations joining the caravan to DC.
A Newark, NJ rally will take place at 7:30 am, hosted by the People’s Organization for Progress (POP), with members of the APWU, Mail Handlers and Letter Carriers.
The caravan will roll into Philadelphia at 9:30, for a rally organized by postal workers, longshore workers, Occupy Philadelphia, and other groups.
The caravan’s last stop before entering Washington will be in Baltimore, at 10:30 am. The Baltimore All-People’s Congress will hold a press conference and send-off rally, together with community and labor leaders and organizers.
On arrival in Washington, the caravanistas will join a national press conference of Hunger Strikers and their supporters, and help launch two days of protest and civil disobedience aimed at US Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, and his rightwing supporters in Congress.
SUPPORT THE JUNE 25-28 HUNGER STRIKE: CONFRONT CONGRESS, USPS AND THE 1%
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Labor-Community Caravans Head to DC 6/28 to support Postal Community Hunger Strikers Leave a comment
When one mail processing plant is closed, the mail from the area it formerly served is shipped to another mail processing plant, which may be several miles away, to be sorted, resulting in work overload at that plant and delays in delivery. Postmaster General Patrick F. Donahoe, whose salary is second only to that of President Obama, has proposed closing 229 processing plants nationally by 2014, with devastating consequences to the integrity of the network.
This sequence of mail delivery trucks waiting to be unloaded was filmed over a roughly 30 minute consecutive period on one day. It has been minimally edited. For commentary and analysis of the postal crisis and the impact of plant closings, please see previous post on this channel or at mobilebroadcastnews/Newsroom/Squaring. Thank you.
ALL OUT TO WASHINGTON, DC SUPPORT THE JUNE 25-28 HUNGER STRIKE CONFRONT CONGRESS ,USPS AND THE 1% Leave a comment
NEW YORK, June 19 2012–CLPUJS, a coalition of postal workers and supporters from the community held a rally today from 4 to 6 at the James A,. Farley General Post Office on 31st and Eighth Avenue in Manhattan in solidarity with the hunger strike which will take place Washington DC from June 25 at 8am to June 28 at 6pm. The hunger strike has been organized by Communities and Postal Workers United, a national movement to save the post office. For more info, see http://cpwunited.com/home. The purpose of the strike is to dramatize the fact that the 2006 Bush-era mandate requiring the post office to prefund its retiree pensions 75 years in advance, as opposed to the 20-30 year prefunding required of other government agencies, is literally starving the postal service. At the latest count 12 postal activists from throughout the US will be fasting for the four-day period. CLPUJS or Community-Labor United for Postal Jobs and Services will be taking a caravan to DC on June 28 to join the hunger strikers.Blog: clupjs.com. Facebook: :saveyourpostoffice. See also interview with John Dennie in postal article by Liza Béar in The Villager, June 7.