MANITOWOC, WI AUGUST 25, 2020 — Supporters of the U.S. Postal Service rallied in Manitowoc August 25, 2020 to join in the national day of action by the American Postal Workers Union (APWU).
Residents of all ages, nationalities, genders and orientations from Manitowoc, Two Rivers and neighboring cities as well as Shawano, Janesville and Green Bay participated. Speakers included members of Crusaders of Justicia, Lakeshore’s United Visionaries and the Wisconsin Bail Out The People Movement. Others included those running for public office and AFSCME and APWU retirees.
The movement for our public Postal Service is demanding that elected officials and Postmaster General DeJoy:
- Provide at least $25 billion in immediate support for the Postal Service
- Stop & reverse the mail slowdown policies introduced by Postmaster General DeJoy
Speakers in Manitowoc also demanded no privatization and no union-busting within the U.S. Postal Service, one of the most diverse workforces in the United States with almost 40 percent people of color and many women and LGBTQ workers. A list of the variety of services provided by postal workers at the USPS was read and these include delivering life saving medication to seniors and many others, affordable money orders, delivery of care packages to college students and to G.I.’s at military bases worldwide and last stop delivery. Vets and their supporters also informed the crowd of the numerous medications that are sent out daily from the VA. And that the same Wall Street forces attacking the U.S. Postal Service are attacking the V.A. in attempts to privatize and bust unions. The billions in capital infrastructure, equipment and vehicle fleets that has been paid for through taxpayer funds is some of what Wall Street forces want to get their hands on and also to reduce wages, eliminate pensions and other obligations to the postal workers.
Those attending the Manitowoc rally were asked to immediately call elected officials in Congress, to join in future actions such as rallies and to share the APWU information to #SaveThePostOffice
A message of solidarity was also issued to Mr. Jacob Blake a Black father who was shot in the back seven times by Kenosha police August 23 in front of his children which has sparked rebellions in that city this week.