Third Albany rally held in support of Postal Service
(Updated Aug. 26)
Rallies in support of the U.S. Postal Service continued Tuesday in Albany and around the county.
Fifteen people, one dog and a bicycle were on hand for the Day of Action at all four corners of the intersection of Second Avenue and Washington Street near the Albany Post Office. That included the northwest corner of the intersection where rally attendees had to share the sidewalk with Recall Kate Brown petition gatherers. There were no incidents between the two groups, although one rally attendee quickly wrote, "Don't Recall Kate" on the back of one of his signs.
The rally was part of a nationwide Day of Action, organized by the US Mail Not for Sale. a worker-led campaign sponsored by the American Postal Workers Union and the National Association of Letter Carriers.
About 50 sign-carrying people also gathered Saturday at the same intersection to show their support for the USPS.
Passing motorists honked their horns and one bicyclist rang his bell in appreciation. The rally attendees clapped every time a postal carrier stopped to make a turn at the intersection.
“While Postmaster General Louis DeJoy has announced the suspension of his policies to undermine the postal service, he refuses to commit to repairing the damage that has been done,” says Bernadette Niederer, a Linn County Democrat and member of Albany Regional Indivisible who organized Saturday’s rally.
Rallies were held at Post Offices around the country Saturday.
DeJoy testified at a Senate hearing on Friday and a House hearing on Monday (see videos below).
The House of Representatives passed H.R. 8015, the Delivering for America Act, on Saturday. It is not expected to pass or be taken up in the Senate.
The Aug; 22 rally by the Albany Post Office marked the second straight Saturday that people came out to support the Postal Service. A smaller rally was held Aug. 15 on Ellsworth Street in downtown Albany.
Another way to show support for the Postal Service is to email one or all of the the members of the USPS Board of Governors with your concerns. They are:
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