I love the USPS... Constantly amazed by it. One stamp to send a letter across the country in a day or days? Amazing. All you eBayers out there! You love the USPS... those sweet sweet priority mail boxes arriving with vintage goodness inside... mmmmm Child of the 90s... can you see that hat and not think House of Pain and hip hip/workwear? Just me?? Neat little history of letter carrier uniforms by the USPS here.
Unless you have been under a rock you know our current administration is trying to undermine the USPS via intentional slowdowns (the President said it plainly already) - paving the way for a heartless privatization that will hurt rural addresses and increase costs to all. Not to mention a complete kick in the teeth to these essential workers at this pandemic time - and a way to try and ratf*ck mail-in voting... Totally unacceptable behavior.
What can we do?
1) Sign the petition to SAVE THE USPS.
2) Buy stamps now to use later. Hey Cooks Illustrated fans... Rob Papp has a set just released! Or dig sculptor Ruth Asawa. Or how 'bout you just say THANK YOU to someone... You have a stack of thank you notes ready to go right??? Essential kit...
3) Contact Congress today. By Phone: call the Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 to reach your senators and representative. By Mail: write to your senators: [Name], U.S. Senate, Washington DC 20510. Write to your representative: [Name], U.S. House of Representatives, Washington DC 20515
"Ask your senators and representative to support legislation that addresses the cause of the Postal Service’s manufactured fi nancial crisis. Ask them to: Repeal the unfair mandate to pre-fund health benefits; Protect service standards to keep post offi ces and mail sorting centers open, and allow USPS to offer new services to consumers and businesses."
In raking around interviews for The Last Black Man in San Francisco we heard how Danny Glover's parents were postal workers in the 'Bay area and the role of the USPS as an equal opportunity employer nationwide that allowed upward mobility for many. Hear Glover below expand on that theme via usmailnotforsale.org.
Finally. If you thought perhaps the Postal Service (and it is a service) was maybe not as hip and with it as other shipments carriers - do you have the INFORMED DELIVERY app? This not only handles all tracking of packages (yawn...) but pre-alerts you with an image scan of your incoming mail so you can see what is arriving in the mail. Lots of deep options.
OMG dood... almost fo'got this guy...