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It's Not Too Late

Join the Battle to Save America's Postal Service!

(This article first appeared in the March-April 2015 issue of The American Postal Worker magazine.)

The time to act is now! On Nov. 14, 2014, our national day of action, we had protests at 150 sites and at least one activity in every state. It was one of our biggest turnouts. We appreciate those who stood on the front lines and spoke out against management policies that are destroying our communities, our jobs, and the Postal Service.

However, we didn’t get crowds like the Super Bowl, or the crowd that watches the ball drop New Year’s Eve, or the crowd at a concert, or even the crowd at church or school. We didn’t get all the community organizations to stand with us, nor did every state and local official attend and bring the media.

We didn’t get our own members to show up in big numbers like we had hoped. We didn’t get every news outlet to tell the real story. Reporters made sure they ended every story with a USPS representative downplaying the consolidations, closures and change in service standards.

We have hope, but we don’t have enough members willing to help organize our powerbase!

Remember, “We, the People,” have to make a radical change. We have the power to organize ourselves and get our community to stand together. Those before us found a way and we must, too. Tell your local president you’re ready to take action and volunteer to get our communities and our members on board to save our Postal Service.

Do you know the magic words to get members to volunteer to help organize our community? We need to stop sitting back and accepting whatever happens to us. We don’t have much time and we need to commit to making a difference.

Every Vote Counts

A perfect example is how many of us don’t vote. In the 2012 election over 93 million eligible voters didn’t vote. More people didn’t vote than voted. That’s not even counting those who have never taken the time to register. Those 93 million eligible voters who didn’t participate could have changed the outcome of many races. Even if we had a small fraction of those votes it could have made a difference.

Some people don’t vote because they don’t have time, don’t know where to go, or don’t want to wait in line. We can do better than that. Voting by absentee ballot is an option in many situations. Absentee ballots also demonstrate the importance of our mail service.

Lack of participation in our nation’s civic life makes it harder to accomplish our goals, but it is not impossible. We must find the strength and the willingness to stand up and help each other.

When members of Congress see that many community organizations in their districts expect them to stop the destruction of the USPS, they know they have to do something. There is only one vote per person and if we have all the people working with us to save our Postal Service, we will have the bigger voice and the power. Our votes can bring about great change.

Get Involved

In America’s early days, only the rich and privileged were allowed to vote. The intent of the Constitution is that our country is to be governed by the will of the people. The structure is there to preserve life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. It’s up to us to use it. 
Are we going to stand by and let the rich and privileged privatize our Postal Service? We can’t just tune out and give up. Our founding fathers gave us the power to meet with one another and discuss the direction of our country. Through our determination and votes we can make needed changes, regardless of political affiliation.

That’s one of the reasons we have a Postal Service: to provide necessary communication and to educate each other across this country. Performing your civic duty as a voter is much more important than most people think. You can’t just vote and think your responsibility ends there. You must give your elected officials input on what needs to be done throughout their terms. You must get actively involved, supporting change that helps not only yourself, but many others in your community.

Many politicians don’t know how important our issues are because they don’t see the people standing with us. It’s horrifying to see management destroy the USPS with their plans to turn retail and mail processing over to private, for-profit companies. The Postal Service has initiated these policies over the last few years and we have not influenced Congress to stop it.

We are not making our collective voices and votes heard. We need all the people who will be adversely affected to stand with us. That means pretty much the whole country. That’s a big job and that’s why we all need to be involved in attending community meetings, contacting our representatives, the Board of Governors, the Postal Regulatory Commission, and yes, even the president of the United States.

It is not enough to just educate yourself. You also need to think about your area of influence, which is much bigger than you might think: immediate family, friends, extended family, neighbors, work associates, church members, and a host of other people you come in contact with every day.

Our children and grandchildren are frequently excluded from serious conversations about the future of America, but it’s their future, too. You probably have social media contacts. Don’t forget the elderly, infirm, and disabled individuals who are just as important to reach. We can help them stand with us, contact Congress, or help them get an absentee ballot.

If each of us sits back and expects someone else to take action, it will soon be too late. Listed below are some organizers you can contact to sign-up to make a difference.

Organizers To Contact To Join The Battle

Alabama (North Alabama) Thomas Shelton naal359pres@att.net

Mississippi (Grenada) Kennith Artman kartman@bellsouth.net

Arizona (Tucson) Mark Dragoslovich marfie@aol.com

North Carolina (Rocky Mount) Sandra Davidson president591@suddenlinkmail.com

California (Southern) Barnesia Chatterfield apwuhpbc@yahoo.com

North Carolina (Asheville) Joannne Guess joanneguess@ymail.com

California (Northern Redding) Larry DeNayer lassenman13@gmail.com

North Carolina (Fayetteville) Mary Bumbrey mabumbrey@gmail.com

California (Northern Eureka) Michael Hetticher ijedi1@yahoo.com

North Dakota (Minot) Gary Hesch jujubee2334@yahoo.com

California (Northern North Bay) Dave Swaney REAL1291@sbcglobal.net

Nebraska (Grand Island) Scott Hawkins scjkk5565@hotmail.com

Colorado (Colorado Springs) Rob Preston robapwu@gmail.com

Nebraska (Norfolk) Dave Chlopek dchlopek@msn.com

Connecticut (New Haven) Bob Johnson rljapwu@earthlink.net

Nevada (Elko) John Jiven shawpark@citilink.net

Connecticut (Stamford) Alex Alvarez alexapwu@optonline.net

New York (Mid-Hudson) Diana Cline skatergurl96diana@aol.com

Florida (Gainesville) Robert Hofer dutchee09@yahoo.com

New York (Queens) Bob Yaccarino apwu2286@msn.com

Florida ((Mid-Florida) Ricky Nelson erock1215@aol.com

Ohio (Dayton) Nathan Grant bhandsomen8@aol.com

Georgia (Augusta) Karen Gilmore karengilmore7041@att.net

Ohio (Toledo) Pete Reese petereese1955@gmail.com

Georgia (Athens) Juanita Gresham jntgrshn@bellsouth.net

Ohio (Youngstown) Myra Grubbs myralynng@aol.com

Idaho (Pocatello) BC Morris idapwusec@aol.com

Oklahoma (Tulsa) Charles Mose charley_mose@yahoo.com

Illinois (Fox Valley) Rathore Devendra apwu7139pres@yahoo.com

Oregon (Bend) Linda O’Donnell LJO58@hotmail.com

Indiana (Gary) Benjamin Barnes apwugary@att.net

Oregon (Pendleton) Robert Vatca vac975@hotmail.com

Indiana (Muncie) Douglas Brown indianastate@apwu.org

Oregon (Eugene) Braden Pelky bspelky@yahoo.com

Indiana (South Bend) Dealio Dainelli nival@sbcglobal.net

Pennsylvania (Erie) Joseph Szocki zoxebox@hotmail.com

Indiana (Kokomo) Patricia Orndorff pattio469@hotmail.com

Pennsylvania (Lancaster) Michael Stephenson lancawpu@verizon.net

Indiana (Lafayette) Pamela Taylor apwu839@frontier.com

Pennsylvania (Scranton) Kevin Gallagher scrloc101@aol.com

Kansas (Salina) Thomas Johnstone Thomas01262000@yahoo.com

South Carolina (Florence) Shushelia Lockhart locks329@bellsouth.net

Kentucky (Lexington) Randy Bradley presidentckal@yahoo.com

South Dakota (Huron) Rodney Snyder local_7141@yahoo.com

Kentucky (Paducah) Gerl McKinney gerlmckinney@hotmail.com

Tennessee (Chattanooga) MichaelAnn Hart michaelannhart@icloud.com

Kentucky (Campton) David Wolf unionstrong2307@yahoo.com

Tennessee (Jet Cove Annex) Maria Johnson apwumem@aol.com

Louisiana (New Orleans) Thomas Valazquez kathleenlucien@yahoo.com

Texas (Corpus Christi) Ruben Campos 6brownducks@msn.com

Massachusetts (Central MA) John Flattery cmal@cmal-apwu.org

Texas (Houston) Gary Glazebrook Gglazebrook@apwuhouston.com

Massachusetts (NW Boston) Scott Hoffman ashapwu@gmail.com

Texas (Abilene) Judy Glossup jglossup@aol.com

Massachusetts (Middlesex) William McNally mcnally2500@aol.com

Texas (Beaumont) Phyllis Wycoff phylliswycoff@yahoo.com

Maryland (Southern MD) Dena Briscoe msdbriscoe@aol.com

Utah (Provo) Nick Webb nickprovo42@yahoo.com

Michigan (Lansing) John Greathouse the.pacer@yahoo.com

Virginia (Roanoke) Lisa Kirkwood vavp4blueridge@yahoo.com

Michigan (Iron Mountain) Theresa Granquist apwu498-499@sbcglobal.net

Virginia (Norfolk) Charles Leavell charlesleavell2@gmail.com

Michigan (Kalamazoo) Linda Sarratt smal143pres@hotmail.com

Washington (Seattle West) David Yao david.yao@comcast.net

Minnesota (Duluth) Todd Fawcett apwu142@qwestoffice.net

Washington (Tacoma) Robert Hill local298apwu@gmail.com

Minnesota (St. Cloud) Michael Kaehler winston@cloudnet.com

Washington (Wenatchee) Ryan Harris p_r_sound@yahoo.com

Minnesota (Mankato) Paul Rodgers malapwu@hickorytech.net

Wisconsin (Lacrosse) John Shea johnshea1@hbci.com

Minnesota (Bemidji) James Walinski becidaguy@yahoo.com

Wisconsin (Wausau) Mike Tomczyk tzack89@msn.com

Missouri (Cape Girardeau) Greg Davidson 4088pres@att.net

Wisconsin (Eau Claire) Lane Wilkinson randym@chibardun.net

Missouri (Springfield) Marci Sekscinski mkdski@yahoo.com

Wisconsin (Madison) Bret Wersland apwumadison@aol.com

Missouri (Gulfport) Mark Cunningham mc204apwu@aol.com

Wyoming (Rock Springs) Pat Larrieu fayfrye@yahoo.com

Mississippi (Hattiesburg) Timothy Eaton eatontd@comcast.net