IUY Save Our Post Office – Save Our Election ACTION

SAVE OUR POST OFFICE – SAVE OUR ELECTION    

You may have heard – the U.S. Postal Service began removing mailboxes from “strategic” voting districts nationwide, including Montana.
You may not have heard, a reporter for NBC Montana in Bozeman, caught onto the action, filed the story and contacted, among others,
Sen. Tester. Bolstered by an almost immediate storm of phone calls to all Montana congressmen, the point was made that the ongoing
tampering with the ability of the post office to handle mail – in particular for the upcoming general election – had to stop, now.
By Thursday, Tester, followed somewhat later by Daines and Gianforte, wrote letters to the Postmaster General Louis DeJoy requesting
that he explain removal of the post boxes. By Friday afternoon the USPS in Montana called a halt to removing mailboxes in the state.
By the end of the day on Friday the moratorium was extended nationally. Public pressure works.


LAUNCHING A FOCUSED AND EFFECTIVE CAMPAIGN

Quite literally the ability of the Postal Service to handle the absentee/mail-in ballots is a make or break issue for the democratic process
in this election. Thanks to the coronavirus crisis, a great deal of fear and uncertainty surrounds the process of voting. Only safe and timely
handling of ballots by mail can overcome this barrier to a free and fair election. As has been publicly admitted by Trump, his administration
and by extension the newly installed Trump appointed USPS leadership is doing all it can to make postal service slower and all but dysfunctional. Most
remedies for this are too slow, but public pressure can make things happen, fast.

This is not a general call for participation. This is very specific and very serious. If we don’t force Congress and other officials to solve
the artificial bottleneck at the post office, we are heading for unprecedented chaos and challenges to the election.
This is a numbers game, nationwide and immediate. It’s time to show up.

  1. LET THE PEOPLE KNOW – PUBLIC DEMONSTRATION


Save Our Post Office Demonstration – Wednesday August 19 – 4:30 to 5:30 PM
Starting at the corner of Fifth Street and Park Street (Depot Park), wear a mask,
we will social distance, and with enough people will also send a group to the post office.

It will be warm, dress accordingly, with a sun hat and sunglasses and bring a favorite beverage.. Bring friends. 


  1. DEMAND THE HOUSE GET BACK IN SESSION

We need, at a minimum, for the House of Representatives to come back from “vacation” enough to open relevant committee sessions
to look into the actions of the Postmaster General, the board of the Postal Service, and the potential election interference by
Trump and other members of the White House. Representative Ayanna Pressley has already called for this action.

Contact Representative Gianforte:Gianforte committed Friday to support the USPS, ask him to take it to the next step and agree
to have the House investigate means of forcing the USPS to stop hindering processing of the mail.

Representative Gregg Gianforte  406-969-1736 (Billings)  202-225-3211 (DC)

  1. GET FINANCIAL SUPPORT FOR THE USPS – PASS THE “HEROES ACT”

It’s necessary to get the U.S. Postal Service administration, e.g. Louis DeJoy, to roll back procedural changes that have caused
slowdowns. However, it is almost equally important that funding be provided to the USPS not only because it needs it, but because
it removes cost-cutting as an excuse. This money, about $25 billion, is already part of the House “Heroes Act” bill, which is languishing
in the Senate. When Congress reconvenes by mid-September, it’s vital to get this or some similar bill passed into law.


Contact Sen. Tester: Thank him for taking quick action on the postbox issue in Montana, for appearing on the Rachel Maddow show,
and hopefully putting pressure on senators to pass a coronavirus relief bill with support for the post office.

Senator Jon Tester  406-586-4450 (Bozeman)  202-224-2644 (DC)

Contact Sen. Daines: Ask that he follow-up by supporting investigation of election tampering at the post office.

Senator Steve Daines  406-587-3446 (Bozeman)  202-224-2651 (DC)

Contact Representative Gianforte: Ask him to support bringing their House into session so that investigation into the U.S. Postal Service

can be conducted.

Representative Gregg Gianforte  406-969-1736 (Billings)  202-225-3211 (DC)  

As always, the point of these contacts is not to convince, but to be registered and let them know we are demanding action on this issue.

   TRUMP HAS KICKED THE HORNET’S NEST   

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