Press Release: Save Our Berkeley Post Office-- Berkeley Residents Take Action!

Forwarded by Adolpho Cabral
Tuesday July 17, 2012 - 12:24:00 PM

On Friday, July 20, from 3– 6:00 pm. A public information demonstration will gather at the Downtown Berkeley Post Office, at 2200 Allston Way (near Milvia St). 

Then, Friday evening, July 20, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, join us for “They're Selling the Berkeley Post Office?! A Travesty in National Context” for a discussion of options with Gray Brechin at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar Street (at Arch), Berkeley. * * * * * * * 

The following Tuesday, July 24, at 5:30 pm. Join the Rally & Happy Birthday Post Office Demonstration Party. Celebrate the 99 year old landmark Berkeley Main Post Office with a Big Cake! Then, at 6:40pm we March to City Council at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. 

Then, at the Berkeley City Council on Tuesday evening, July 24, at 7 pm, they will consider a resolution to formally appeal the proposed USPS sale. We the people will speak to support the appeal & to protest the sale of our landmark Main Post Office. 


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The giant CB Richard Ellis real estate brokerage is contracted by the U.S. Postal Service to sell America's post offices. It is doing so without local public input and with no consideration for the architectural aesthetic, or historic merit, let alone the vital community functions of postal services. A national grassroots fight to stop service cutbacks and preserve living-wage postal jobs for our communities is also growing (savethepostoffice.com). Berkeley’s Main Post Office was built in 1914 and was modeled on Brunelleschi's Foundling Hospital in Florence, and it hosts two public New Deal art works. 

The Berkeley Main Post Office belongs to all of us. 

For more information, contact Harvey Smith at 510-684-0414 or 

Gray Brechin at 510-204-9607. 

The Committee to Save the Berkeley Main Post Office