Tell President Biden: Nominate the Final Two Members of the USPS Board of Governors Needed to Fire Louis DeJoy and Expand Postal Services Now

Nearly two years after his appointment, the United States Postal Service continues to languish under Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s failing leadership.

Despite the passage of the Postal Service Reform Act (PSRA) which brought an infusion of cash, DeJoy still plans to raise postage prices at “uncomfortable rates” around the country. Additionally, numerous post office locations are set to be shuttered under his 10-year restructuring plan, impacting thousands of employees and degrading service to Black, Brown and Indigenous communities.

The US Postal Service, which began hiring Black workers shortly after the Civil War, has long been a pathway to the middle-class for Black Americans. Black workers makeup nearly a quarter of the Postal Service workforce and earn the highest annual wage and highest hourly wage, compared to the top 10 occupations with the heaviest representation of Black workers nationwide.[1]

With two more vacancies slated to open on the Postal Board this coming December, President Joe Biden must appoint Governors who will stand up to Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’sdestructive leadership and advocate strongly for the expansion of USPS services.

Only the USPS Board of Governors can fire Louis DeJoy, and that’s exactly what they should do after DeJoy’s numerous failings, conflicts of interest and destructive leadership. At the very least, it’s imperative we have a strong, diverse, and reform-oriented Board of Governors in place to hold the Postmaster General accountable to the true mission and public service goals of the USPS.

Now is not the time for more corporate nominees who are focused only on small-scale tweaks, service cuts or price hikes — now is the time for a visionary Board that will invest in building the Postal Service of the future. America needs nominees who understand that the USPS could serve an expanded essential role nationwide by providing affordable financial services to low income communities and families as well as other products and services authorized by Congress in the PSRA.

We need nominees who will actively push the USPS to look at its long-term financial health and procure a union-built electric postal fleet that will be better for the planet, for mail carriers, and for frontline communities. Now is no time for a passive board when the problems facing us are so wide.

The current board is also majority white and nearly entirely male. The president’s nominees should provide a diversity of life experience to more accurately represent both the postal workforce and the nation overall — and not just another rich white man like Louis DeJoy.

It’s going to take all of us working together to ensure the United States Postal Service of the future is well-positioned to be the community hub that the people of our nation deserve.

President Biden must make sure the next two nominations to the Postal Board of Governors are up to the task of holding the Postmaster General accountable to the American people and understand that the USPS has always been, and should remain, a cherished public service.

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Sign On: The House Must Pass the Inflation Reduction Act Now

The Senate just passed the Inflation Reduction Act—the single largest investment in clean energy in American history. It will put us on track to cut pollution by 40% by 2030.

The House votes on this bill tomorrow, Friday 8/12. Sign our petition to tell our representatives to pass this bill and send it to Biden’s desk immediately.

Sign if you agree: Congress must pass permanent protections for all immigrant youth now!

On August 3, a federal court in New York blocked first-time DACA applicants from proceeding with their applications, leaving over 80,000 immigrant youth without the much needed legal protection they deserve. Making matters worse, the federal agency that processes DACA claims (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) has kept first-time applicants’ fees at the sky-high rate of $495.

Setbacks such as these leave the lives of DACA recipients, DACA-eligible youth, and their families in uncertainty and dread. Being undocumented without DACA means no job, no driver’s license, no financial aid, no in-state tuition, no Social Security number, and no government-issued IDs.

Current DACA recipients are in our education system. They are caregivers. They are in our healthcare system, food processing facilities, and so many other industries that are essential to keep our country functioning. DACA recipients help make this country better, making this ruling a massive disappointment to immigrant communities and the country as a whole.

DACA recipients and DACA-eligible youth have fought for permanent protections for the last 10 years, and every Congress since then has utterly failed them. A decade of living your life in constant uncertainty is a pain no one should ever have to experience.

Sign if you agree: Congress must pass permanent protections for all immigrant youth now!

Protect Trans Kids and Adults from Discrimination. Tell Congress Pass the Transgender Bill of Rights Now!

Trans kids need to be protected: 52% of youth who identify as transgender contemplated suicide in the last year.[1]

It doesn’t have to be like this — we can make the world better for transgender Americans. Studies show that suicidal thoughts are lower for youth who have access to gender-affirming therapy, the opportunity to change their names on legal documents, and the chance for sports participation.[2][3]

But instead of protecting trans youth, 35 states across the country are trying to restrict their rights. This year, a record-breaking 162 anti-trans bills have been introduced, 21 of which have been enacted.[4] The enacted bills include restrictions on youth athletics, curriculum, healthcare, and bathrooms.

The GOP is using these bills as a “base-mobilizing tool,” ACLU deputy director for transgender justice Chase Strangio says.[4] We should expect to see more and more anti-trans legislation in the lead-up to the 2024 presidential election.[4]

Trans Americans need protection from these attacks on their freedoms and intrusion into their lives. They deserve security in their civil rights. To protect those rights, Reps. Pramila Jayapal, David Cicilline, Marie Newman, Mark Takano, and Ritchie Torres have introduced a Trans Bill of Rights in the U.S. House. The Trans Bill of Rights aims to protect trans Americans’ access to healthcare, employment, and housing. The bill would:

  • Add gender identity and sex characteristics to the Civil Rights Act protections against discrimination
  • Prohibit employment, housing, and credit discrimination against trans people and their families
  • Expand access to gender-affirming medical care, codify the right to abortion and contraception, and ban forced surgery on intersex children
  • Invest in community services to prevent violence against trans and non binary people
  • Ban conversion therapy
  • Designate a liaison to the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice to oversee transgender civil rights

You can help protect trans Americans from state laws restricting their rights and from potential overreach of an extremist Supreme Court. Your representatives need to hear from you why it’s so important to support the Trans Bill of Rights.

Click HERE to send a quick and easy letter to your representatives now. Join us in demanding that Congress pass the Trans Bill of Rights!

[1] “This year on pace to see record anti-transgender bills passed by states, says Human Rights Campaign,” CBS News, April 22, 2022
[2] “National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health 2021,” The Trevor Project, 2021
[3] “This year on pace to see record anti-transgender bills passed by states, says Human Rights Campaign,” CBS News, April 22, 2022
[4] “2022 is already a record year for state bills seeking to curtail LGBTQ rights, ACLU data shows,” CNN, July 17, 2022

Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok: Stop Showing Abortion Disinformation Ads to Teens

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Instagram, Snapchat and TikTok: Stop Showing Abortion Disinformation Ads to Teens

Social media networks which so many families rely on for information are taking millions of dollars to lie about abortion. A recent Bloomberg investigation found anti-choice organizations called “crisis pregnancy centers” are increasingly advertising on TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat to reach pregnant teens and young people with misinformation about abortion care.

Why is this important?

These organizations aggressively lie to teens in their most vulnerable moments – telling them abortion is dangerous, that ultrasounds or other procedures are required when they aren’t, and that local clinics don’t have appointments available when they do. This creates a significant public health risk. Some experts estimate abortion bans will increase maternal mortality in women and girls of color by 33%, the same population most likely to see abortion services from a deceitful center.

By profiting from these centers’ advertisements, TikTok, Instagram, and Snapchat are spreading misinformation about critical health issues to vulnerable kids.

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