~ ACTION COUNCIL ~
Sunday, November 2, 2014 (set clocks back!!)
2:00pm – 4:00pm
UNITE / HERE (Local 2)
215 Golden Gate Ave
(Nr. Civic Center BART)
OccupySF Action Council: http://occupyactionsf.org
Saturday, November 1
N 1, Saturday, 10:30am – On, Rally at the Berkeley Post Office. HELP STOP THE SALE! – 3 – ACTIONS
Downtown Berkeley Post Office steps.
2000 Allston Way
USPS admits it’s signed a sales contract.
The fate of the downtown Berkeley Post Office has reached a crisis point. The transfer of the building to private ownership may be only days away. For this reason, Berkeley Post Office Defenders call for a collaborative mobilization of all those who oppose the threat of privatization. Individuals and organizations will gather to share music, establish an ongoing direct action presence, and provide updates and support for political and legal action including:
– An injunction to Stop the Sale
– Postal banking
– Preservation of historic public property
– Boycott Staples proiftization of postal services
The U.S. Postal Service has walked away from negotiations with the City of Berkeley and the National Trust on an agreement to preserve Berkeley’s Main Post Office. The USPS refuses to respond to questions from the City of Berkeley or from Congresswoman Barbara Lee regarding the imminent sale. We still do not know who the buyer is. The USPS has listed the building for sale since July, 2013, with CBRE, the realty firm headed by Richard Blum, Senator Diane Feinstein’s spouse. Attempts to obtain further information from the U.S. Postal Service were stonewalled.
(1ST Action): Sponsored by Save the Berkeley Post Office, com Massive Rally, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm,
Music is by Hali Hammer, Redd Welsh and Occupella.
Speakers include Congresswoman Barbara Lee, Councilmember Jesse Arreguin, Jacquelyn McCormick from the National Post Office Collaborate, Gray Brechin, Living New Deal, Harvey Smith of The National New Deal Preservation Association, Peter Byrne, author of Going Postal, and Alan Menjivar, American Postal Workers’ Union. Senator Loni Hancock, Mayor Tom Bates, Council Member Linda Maio, all loyal supporters of keeping the Berkeley P.O. public are invited. Congresswoman Barbara Lee is scheduled to speak at 11 AM.
(2nd Action): Coordinated by Berkeley Post Office Defenders, – Jam the Sale, 1 pm till 10 pm
“Come play music! Bring instruments — including your singing voice, spoken word and dancing body. We will not allow our Post Office to be sold, and nothing can sustain persistent resistance like music. We will play until USPS stops pretending not to hear us say that our Post Office is not for sale!”
You’re welcome to pre- schedule at http://tinyurl.com/mlxgpff
(3rd Action): in Collaboration with “ First They Came for the Homeless…” - Direct Action Presence, (bring your pillows)
It’s time to establish and support a physical presence at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office. By taking direct action to defend our public goods, we affirm our reasons for living in community by sharing our energy and resources for the benefit of all.
P.O. Background: http://www.savethebpo.com/home/how-to-get-away-with-destroying-americas-heritage