SAVE OUR US CONSTITUTIONALLY MANDATED US POSTAL SERVICE! This is one more symptom of the Corporate Empire System’s drive to privatize everything on Earth! Now the target is your local Post Office! The “Save the Berkeley Post Office Committee” and the City of Berkeley will appeal the USPS decision to sell the beautiful and historic main Berkeley Post Office, and they encourage everyone to write and join their actions. From Georgetown to Santa Monica, the USPS is shamelessly selling historic post offices that were entrusted to it as our great and familiar public cultural and architectural heritage. “Save the Berkeley Post Office” is working with the “National Post Office Collaborate” to take joint legal action with other communities to stop these sales. The US Post Office is absurdly being required to pay its pension fund 75 years in advance. This deliberate destabilization policy must be stopped! Without this requirement, the post office is actually making a profit. C.B. Richard Ellis (CBRE) chaired by Richard Blum has an exclusive contract to sell USPS properties. Billionaire Blum is a University of California regent and is married to Democratic Party establishment Senator Dianne Feinstein.
Update 9-20-13 Major Cover Story Coverage of US Post Office Sales Scandal in the East Bay Express feature article from the new e-book by Peter Byrne. Anne Feeney Cheers Berkeley Activists with Movement Songs!
National award-winning investigative journalist Peter Byrne reports that the husband of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California has been selling post offices at bargain basement prices – often to his own business partners. Richard C. Blum is the chairman of CBRE Group Inc., the largest commercial real estate firm in the world. In 2011, the Postal Service awarded Blum’s company an exclusive contract to sell off postal real estate in cities and towns across America. Byrne’s in-depth investigation details the many apparent conflicts of interests driving the CBRE deals. It brings to light a scathing government audit of Blum’s contract that is being ignored by the Obama administration. The investigation reveals how Senator Feinstein pressured the Postmaster General to stop a postal construction project, and to favor the interests of a developer working with her husband’s firm. Byrne explains why the Post Office is not really broke and how powerful forces on Capitol Hill are angling to franchise the U.S. Mail monopoly. We learn that the post office executives in charge of Blum’s contract have been up to a financial shenanigans of their own. This is first class investigative reporting on a vital issue of the day that you will not find anywhere else. Read the East Bay Express article. Buy the book “Going Postal” by Peter Byrne kindle edition for just $2.99 at Amazon.
The amazing peoples’ singer Anne Feeney came rolling through Berkeley a few weeks ago. On August 31, 2013 Anne was ready to hit the road to LA, but she came out to help the coalition fighting to keep the local post office from the New Deal era. See Save the Berkeley Post Office Facebook page. The city administration was remarkably supportive of this struggle. That’s Dave Welsh at right in the photo. He sang topical and inspirational labor songs and played keyboards with Anne. This attack on the very security and comfort of local geography and landmarks of our culture like the gracious Berkeley Post Office are simply part of a rigged corporate system gone global in its effort of Privatize All the Commonwealth Inheritance of All the People of the Earth. An occupation of the Berkeley Post Office area went on for months, including tents, music jam sing-outs, and outdoor movies with lots of healthy food from Food Not Bombs! Numerous rallies like the one that Anne attended on Aug 31, 2013. Here’s Anne Feeney’s Facebook Page!
See the new flash mob live video production coordinated by Hali Hammer! “Mr Postman Our Post Office Is Not For Sale!!!!” Across the country, over 3700 post offices are at the risk of closure, including many historic buildings with New Deal public art. George W. Bush signed legislation in 2006 that destroyed the financial stability of the Postal Service and laid the groundwork for its privatization. Freddie Gorman (April 11, 1939 — June 13, 2006), who wrote the original lyric to “Please Mr. Postman”, was a retired letter carrier in Detroit MI both before and after the hit song. Hey, I’m in there top right around 1:57 into the song in my straw show hat! (Vic Sadot). What a great parody with purpose by Hali Hammer!
Breaking News at “Save The Berkeley Post Office” website! USPS WILL ABIDE BY THEIR OWN RULES: “In a surprise development Monday, the Postal Service tacked up an announcement at the Berkeley Main Post Office that appeals on the sale & relocation must be postmarked by May 22, 2013. When the USPS approved the sale & relocation of our historic post office, they set an appeal deadline of May 7th. We cried foul and noted that fifteen days was not consistent with USPS regulations, was not the practice on the east coast and was a policy applied only in California. When we asked the Postal Regulatory Commission they said the USPS has the discretion to use either fifteen or thirty days. Then Congresswoman Barbara Lee’s office asked the question. And now Berkeley has the thirty days it is entitled to by USPS regulations.”
Anyone may appeal this decision in writing. An appeal must be postmarked by May 22, 2013, and mailed to:
Vice President, Facilities
Facilities Implementation – Pacific Area
1300 Evans Ave. Ste. 200
San Francisco CA 94188-0200
David Slivka was the sculptor of the 1937 limestone bas-relief on the east end of the entrance porch to the Berkeley Main Post Office. The center figure in back is holding a package addressed: “From: D.S. To: All Mankind, Truth Abode on Freedom Road.” Slivka used his mentor, Ralph Stackpole, as the model for the foreground center figure who is stooping to pick up a mail sack.