Demonstrations across the country are being organized to save the United States Postal Service and American democracy from President Donald Trump and to demand the immediate removal of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
Over the weekend, activists calling for DeJoy to resign gathered outside his Washington DC apartment.
DeJoy, a Trump mega-donor whom the president put in charge of the USPS in June, has had a meteoric ascent from obscurity to infamy because of his willingness to dismantle crucial mail-in voting infrastructure at the president’s pleasure.
The protests were announced on Twitter by MoveOn.org Executive Director Rahna Epting and will take place outside post offices in all 50 states at 11 AM on Saturday, August 22.
“It’s going to take everyone, on multiple fronts, to save our postal service and our democracy,” Epting tweeted. “Join @civilrightsorg, @NAACP, @SEIU, @WorkingFamilies, @ruralorganizing, and dozens more on Sat. the 22nd, but do everything you can today, tomorrow & days after to #SaveThePostOffice“
It's going to take everyone, on multiple fronts, to save our postal service and our democracy.
Join @civilrightsorg @NAACP @SEIU @WorkingFamilies @ruralorganizing and dozens more on Sat. the 22nd, but do everything you can today, tomorrow & days after to #SaveThePostOffice https://t.co/CXPThMYzuR
— Rahna Epting (@rahnamepting) August 16, 2020
In addition to Saturday’s protests, the House of Representatives will return from recess to vote on the Delivering for America Act, which would “prohibit the Postal Service from implementing any changes to the operations or level of service it had in place on January 1, 2020, until the COVID-19 pandemic has ended.”
The novel coronavirus has claimed more than 170,000 lives since March, according to Johns Hopkins.
“I am a tax paying American Citizen,” the petition states. “Louis DeJoy is taking actions that are disrupting the mission of the United States Postal Service, which is to deliver US mail to the citizens of the US in a timely fashion. DeJoy has no experience or expertise that pertains to the USPS. In the last 3 weeks mail delivery has begun to take longer than it had prior to Mr. DeJoy being appointed to the position of US Postmaster General. Mail that would normally take 2-3 days to receive is now taking 4-6 days. This is in direct correlation to actions taken by Mr. DeJoy that deprioritize the timely delivery of our mail. With a federal election less than 3 months away in the midst of a global pandemic it is imperative that the timely delivery of United States mail be made a priority. Mr. DeJoy is a barrier to this necessity.”
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