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Press Release: Save our Post Office! Rally on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 11:30

From Dave Welsh, Save the Berkeley Post Office
Friday November 30, 2012 - 08:39:00 AM

Save our Post Office!

There will be a rally on Tuesday, Dec. 4th at 11:30 at the offices of Richard Blum, 909 Montgomery, San Francisco.

Towns and cities throughout the entire country are losing their historic post office buildings that were built with public monies. The giant real estate company CBRE advises the U.S. Postal Service on what post offices to sell and then profits as the listing agent. UC regent Richard Blum is the chairman of CBRE. Blum is married to California Senator Dianne Feinstein.

On Tuesday, December 4th. at 11:30 a.m. those of us outraged by this theft will meet at Richard Blum's office, Blum Capital, 909 Montgomery (and Pacific) to Rally and then March to Senator Diane Feinstein's office, 1 Post Street at Market Street. 

Right now, the USPS proposes to sell Berkeley's beautiful 1914 Main Post Office. It has two priceless New Deal art works. Our grandparents paid for this building and countless others in the country that are on the USPS hit list. Over 3,700 post offices are at risk of sale or closure. Sold post offices have morphed into restaurant and offices or have been abandoned. At some we must ask permission to see our public art work. Gray Brechin
and Harvey Smith of California’s Living New Deal Project will speak.

The USPS was established in Article I of the Constitution. Benjamin Franklin was our first Postmaster General. Until 1971, the Post Office was under Congress, and funded by taxpayers. Since 1971, the USPS has received no federal tax dollars. Congress's 2006 Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act forces the USPS to pay $5.5 billion each year to fund future retiree health benefits, an act designed to gut the service. This is another attempt at privatizing public services and profiting from our public good.

Those who are opposed to the selling off and privatization of our historic post office building must write to their senators and congresspersons, and to the US Postal Service, Ms. Diana Alvarado, USPS Facilities Office, 1300 Evans Ave, Suite 200, San Francisco 94188. Learn more about the threat to our postal service by visiting ;

We must confront Richard Blum about his selling of our public property and ask Senator Feinstein to act to save our post offices!

Dave Welsh
Save the Berkeley Post Office
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