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Our Post Office is Not for Sale — Poster of the Week


Our Post Office is Not for Sale

Jos Sances; Art Hazelwood; Alliance Graphics

Silkscreen, 2012

Berkeley, CA

41079

 

This week the newest United States Postmaster, Louis DeJoy, began his job in the midst of a financial crisis. Due to coronavirus, mail volume has plummeted causing an already delicate situation to be worse. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act had originally allocated $25 billion for the USPS but was blocked by the Trump administration in March. The President has repeatedly stated that he believes that the United States Postal Service should raise its prices to compete with other mail competitors, which would make it less accessible to those who rely on USPS, especially underserved communities in rural areas and small businesses.


Without immediate help from Congress and the Trump administration, the Postal Service is “insolvent”, says Rep. Gerry Connolly, It needs debt forgiveness, not debt extension, and it needs an infusion of capital right now." Gerry Connolly also went on to state, “I don’t think it’s going to cease operations, but [the crisis] could affect operations – there could be delays, there could be interruptions in delivery, there could be layoffs.” This just adds to the already poor condition the Postal Service has been in the last 20 years.


With the state of the country, millions of Americans are also going to be voting by mail in the middle of USPS’s financial disaster. The numbers of alternative forms of voting have gone up in recent years, and in light of the pandemic, it will rely on these methods more than ever. Just in 2018 midterms alone, 40% of voters used an "alternative" method of voting, either by casting ba