U.S. Post Office Protest Rally in Orinda

(Kathy Enzerink, Photographer)
Madeline (left) and Sofia, with their father Chad Curran, hold signs they made for the rally.

    A synchronized, national rally to “Save the Post Office from Trump” was held Saturday, Aug. 22 at 11 a.m., and Orinda was no exception, with a rally held in the parking area next to the Orinda Post Office.
    Local organizer Chad Curran said the main goal of the event was to “protect mail-in voting.”
    More than 1,000 rallies were scheduled in all 50 states at 11 a.m. local time. According to MoveOn.org, Civic Action, a nonprofit which focuses on “education and advocacy … and supporting the development of more grass root leaders,” orchestrated the “Save the Post Office Saturday” events.
    The website stated their intent was to rally at local post offices across the country to save the post office from President Trump and announce Postmaster General Louis DeJoy must resign.
    The wall adjacent to the post office entrance was filled with homemade and ready-made signs, some made by Curran’s daughters, Sofia, age 9 and Madeline, age 6.
    “They want equal rights and fairness and for all votes to count,” he said.
    Curran said other goals of this rally were to stop further postal service job cuts, restore the jobs and workers already cut from the payroll and for the Postmaster General to resign. Curran estimated 50 people attended the local rally.
    “The event brought awareness around the country and Orinda to the challenges facing mail-in ballots due to cuts in the postal service,” said Curran. “People now know the steps they need to take to make sure their vote is received and counted timely.”

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