What: Occupy the Mail is a national call to action to stand in solidarity with the United States Postal Service (USPS) workers. The USPS is undergoing major reform, with proposed ideas such as a 50-cent stamp, “changes” to employee health care benefits and cutting up to 150,000 employees through retirement. Occupy the Mail requests that working groups inside of Occupy Wall Street, as well as Occupations nationwide, to take action immediately.
Who: Occupy the Mail’s National Call to Action is for the hundreds of Occupations in the United States to participate. The following idea can be brought to specific working groups or to the general assemblies. The proposal is for each occupation to open a P.O Box—so that occupiers would not have to give out their personal addresses—that the entire occupation could then publicly shout out. Occupiers could then send letters back and forth to one another, in order to update each other on their progress, increase solidarity, and build communication and understanding about the productivity of other occupations.
Where: Occupy the Mail wants to spread across the nation, not only to occupations but to households as well. As the letters get processed and sent across the nation, they will touch the hands of hundreds of USPS employees who will have the opportunity to read the messages of solidarity from the occupiers.
When and Why: A retired member of the United States Postal Service recently came to an Occupy Wall Street General Assembly to ask for solidarity from OWS for a massive USPS action that is taking place on March 17th. The NYCGA reached consensus on the proposal for solidarity. As a show of respect and solidarity, Occupy the Mail thinks that March 17th would be an appropriate day to launch the Occupy the Mail campaign.
How to take action:
- Grab a pen and paper, and start writing letters.
- Address them to friends, family or other occupations.
- In your letters, inform the recipients as to why we stand in solidarity with the USPS.
- Inform the recipient of how hard you are working with your local occupation.
- Seal the letter, and add a personalized message to the USPS from your occupation!
(Postcards are available. For more information email OccupyMailUSPS@gmail.com)