“The U.S. Mail is not for sale!” This slogan has been the battle cry for defenders of the U.S. Postal Service for years. Right wing haters of our nation’s postal service have pushed for everything from privatization to the complete dismantling of one of America’s foundational agencies.
The U.S. Postal Service dates back to 1775, when the Second Continental Congress wisely established an organization that proved to be a backbone of our budding democracy. Benjamin Franklin was appointed as our first Postmaster General.
Since then, our nation has depended on our mail men and women to deliver the letters and packages that have fed the growth and success of our nation. Our Post Offices have dependably provided essential services fairly to all Americans at a bargain price for nearly two and a half centuries!
The Postal Service has evolved with our changing world, of course — and it has mightily struggled to provide all of its mandated services under a cloud of Congressional budget cuts. Yet the greatest threat to the U.S. Postal Service, may not be from Congress, the Internet, or even private package delivery services — but from the bizarre political machinations of the Oval Office.
To be frank, the president’s desperation for reelection seems to be driving him to attack a fundamental pillar of our democracy — voting by mail — and our U.S. Postal Service that makes that possible. In the midst of the Coronavirus pandemic, the very fabric of our nation my depend on every American’s ability to safely and dependably vote by mail. You really need to know what’s going on here.
On Thursday, July 2nd, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., as our nation prepares to celebrate its 244th birthday, the Space Coast Progressive Alliance will invite you to an essential Virtual Meeting — using the Zoom App — with a team of expert panelists who will delve into this issue with you. They will each bring a unique perspective to the virtual meeting, and you — our members and guests — will enjoy the last portion of the event to ask your questions. The discussion will surely be lively and informative!
We will post the specific details of logging into the Zoom meeting on July 1st, so be sure to check back here, and watch our Face Book feed. We will also send an email reminder to all SCPA members on file.
For the sake of the health of our members, our guests, and our community, we WILL NOT be meeting at the Front St. Civic Center, until further notice.
As always, this virtual meeting is free and open to the public!
Zoom program link info:
Topic: Your Mail Your Voice Your Vote
Time: Jul 2, 2020 06:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89514871708
Meeting ID: 895 1487 1708
Our panelists will be:
Sam Delgado: Florida Statewide Voting Rights Organizer for the American Civil Liberties Union.
Al Friedman: President of the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers.
Donna Morris: Co-Chair of the Voter Services Committee, The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast.
Stacey Patel: Chair of the Brevard County Democratic Executive Committee.
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YOUR MAIL…..YOUR VOICE…..YOUR VOTE
Even though the right to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy, the vote has a long history of not being a right for every US citizen. In the earlier part of our history, only white men could vote. Then, you had to own property, or be literate, or be able to pay a poll tax.
Even in these current times, there are new barriers of state approved identification, restrictive poll hours, denial of released inmates voter rights, and difficult access to voter registration. In this upcoming presidential election, voters are being compelled to physically go to the polls to vote in spite of governmental and health recommendations to stay at home as the best defense to Covid-19.
In the midst of the worldwide pandemic, it is even more necessary to assure everyone’s right to vote. The most logical, the most safe, and the most effective way to have total access to the vote for all voters is the Vote by Mail. Unfortunately, just as the US Postal System is the most essential means of Vote by Mail, it is being politicized and dismantled. What we need is more access and more choice and more assurances in order to preserve and to be able to ensure every US citizen the right to their vote.
Please join us on Thursday July 2, 2020 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in our virtual Zoom Meeting to hear the following speakers:
Al Friedman: President of the Florida State Association of Letter Carriers. To accomplish the goals of the National National Association of Letter Carriers, as set forth in the National Constitution and to enforce the State Bylaws. Make the internal workings of the FSALC’s Transparent and Accountable to the membership. Through Education and Training, make the State first in the nation Legislatively, and in all other aspects of UNIONISM. Together the membership will prevail…The Struggle Continues.
Sam Delgado: Florida Statewide Voting Rights Organizer, American Civil Liberties Union. Sam Delgado joined the ACLU team in January 2020 as Statewide Voting Rights Organizer. In this role, he mobilizes and builds our network of dedicated activists to become a critical part of the work the ACLU does to defend our Constitution. Sam has been involved in a variety of electoral campaigns, local, congressional, and presidential, and has a strong history of advocacy work that has focused on civic engagement, immigrant rights, and language accessibility. He is an alumnus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando, where Sam did research on the Puerto Rican debt crisis and he came to recognize that Central Florida was one of the epicenters of the new wave of migration from the island to the mainland. This inspired Sam to seek out ways to make accessible critical resources in Florida to the new wave of stateside Puerto Ricans, which led him to work with regional civic organizations engaged with Latinx and immigrant communities. As the Trump administration began ramping up attacks on immigrant communities, Sam’s focus broadened into advocacy for immigrant communities. He was highly involved in much of the grassroots immigrants’ right work in Orlando and Tampa from 2017 through 2018. He was also heavily involved in the grassroots outreach campaigns to mobilize activists to talk to voters about Florida’s Amendment 4 in the 2018 elections. This work furthered Sam’s passion for ensuring the fair representation of all people in the election process. Securing the right to vote inspires Sam to help communities throughout our state to become directly involved in ensuring that their voices are heard.
Donna Morris: Co-Chair of the Voter Services Committee, The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast. Donna Morris was born and raised in North Carolina and has lived in Satellite Beach with her husband Bob Grumble since 1990. She holds an MBA from Columbia University. Donna has a long history of activism and a wealth of experience acquired through working on candidate and voter registration campaigns. Her first political experience was working on the Bobby Kennedy campaign. She has been a leading force in getting the League of Women Voters of the Space Coast (LWVSC) to increase voter registration initiatives and a pioneer for Vote by Mail expansion. The League of Women Voters of the Space Coast is a nonpartisan political organization that seeks to encourage informed and active participation in government. The League works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy.
Stacey Patel: Chair of the Brevard county Democratic Executive Committee. Stacey Patel was elected Chair of the Brevard Democratic Party in 2016 after serving as a delegate to the Democratic National Convention. She earned her graduate degree from Carnegie Mellon’s Heinz School of Public Policy, and has decades of experience leading organizational change in corporate, government, and nonprofit environments.