Milwaukee protesters push for transparency, efficiency outside USPS

Posted at 9:57 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 22:57:39-04

MILWAUKEE — Dozens of protesters gathered outside of USPS downtown to fight for what they believe is an attack on democracy and mail-in voting.

Protesters said with the pandemic, protecting USPS’ efficiency is vital.

"Our votes matter!," protesters chanted as they demanded answers from the USPS.

Saturday, a large group gathered at the USPS location along St. Paul Ave. to speak out about cuts by the postal service ahead of November's general election.

“The postmaster general said he’s waiting to make more changes. The damage is already done,” said Rev. Greg Lewis.

Car drove by in support. As protesters like Lewis, a COVID-19 survivor spoke out.

“I almost died because I acquired COVID-19. And I cried like a baby watching people standing in line, waiting to vote. Because it’s their right to vote. People should not be declined their right to vote.”

The controversy behind Postmaster Lewis DeJoy’s decision to shut down mail shorting machines. The postmaster told a senate committee he has no plans to bring the machines back, nor make any other changes before November's election.

“Whatever happens here in Milwaukee can change the world," Lewis said.

Four of those machines were removed in Wisconsin. One in Milwaukee, Madison, Green Bay and Rothschild.

“Democracy could be on its way out if we don’t stand up for the things that are important right now,” Lewis said.

Mark Ferrari, a representative with the American Postal Workers Union said Saturday's turnout was promising.

“It’s a warm feeling to know you get the kind of support from the public. I think it’s very warranted in these time," Ferrari said.

The city also has plans to install ballot drop boxes at city hall and local libraries.

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