Restoring Door-to-Door delivery will take people power

By Wendy Goldsmith and Dylan Penner

Humanity. Neighbourhoods. Compassion. Love.  TrudeauSticker20170331

These are the driving forces behind Londoners for Door to Door and its recent resurgence to address yet another broken Liberal promise in the making.

A decision is expected this Spring on whether the Liberal government will keep its promise to restore door-to-door mail delivery to thousands of Canadians. Like other Liberal promises from the 2015 election, there’s no guarantee this will happen.

This is a crucial moment and a huge opportunity to win a post office for the 99%, which can also create the conditions to win even more in the future.

Going door-to-door to save door-to-door

To ensure home mail delivery gets restored, and that a public postal bank gets created, local community organizing is essential. That means getting together, handing out leaflets and doing petition drives. It means knocking on doors in our neighbourhoods. It means knocking on the doors of our MPs. It means talking with our friends, family, colleagues, and neighbours and getting them involved as well.

Londoners for Door to Door, a dedicated and diverse group of residents and postal workers that has been going door-to-door, first to stop the conversion to so-called “community mailboxes” and now to restore door-to-door mail delivery to all of its residents, is active again.

Many groups like Londoners for Door to Door engaged in extensive community organizing in 2016, when the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) were on the verge of being locked out, and in response to the Liberals’ continued refusal to reverse the Harper government’s postal service cuts.

People came together to organize in defence of our public post office and in solidarity with CUPW, with the support of pan-Canadian coordination and resources from People4Posties, Friends of Public Services, and CUPW itself.

There is a pressing need for reviving this kind of organizing to defend and expand our postal service. In 2016 we collectively organized to engage thousands of people in communities from coast to coast to coast to ensure the Liberal government not only keeps its promise to restore cut postal services, but adopts also creative new ideas like those proposed by the Delivering Community Power campaign.

We need to do so again.

This isn’t just about our postal service

The bigger picture is important here. This is not just about getting a bill in the mail. We are up against some serious political forces.

This is about a profound opportunity to show leadership in the greening of our economy, to utilize the incredible physical and human resources that constitute our postal service.

Our communities need hubs. We’ve seen this again and again as we analyze our public and social services. We need gathering places, one-stop-shopping for community resources, and safe space for free speech. Transforming our public post office is an opportunity to do all of this.

We need postal banking because it’s time to keep our hard earned money in our pockets. Corporate banks are no less evil than the predatory payday lenders. A thief is a thief.  

This is not happening in isolation. It goes hand in hand with neoliberal policies of austerity cuts to public services, deregulation, free trade, privatization, the criminalization of poverty and protest, and the militarization of policing. In short, capitalism has our public services in its crosshairs.

These are all interconnected parts of a global effort by and for the 1% to implement these policies. The result has been a dramatic increase in inequality around the world.

By fighting to defend and expand our public postal service we are part of the global movement to resist neoliberalism, make meaningful human connections, and build the better world we know is necessary.

Wendy Goldsmith is a community organizer with Londoners for Door to Door.

Dylan Penner is Vice President of Unifor local 567, a Coordinating Committee member of Solidarity Ottawa, and a coordinator of the pan-Canadian People4Posties network.

 

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  1. Trudeau proves to be just another rich charlatan. The real final solution now that Trump and his marauders have been set loose to rape Canadian for all its natural resources, all it’s “low Hanging Fruits” is to wrap them on Socialist Democratic bureaucratic red tape.
    How are Trump’s Marauders going to operate?
    A LESSON IN BUSINESS PRACTICES
    Revisited Jeannette Glass in Pennsylvania as I came across an outdated article regarding its pending demolition. Fearing that Jeannette could be gone sooner rather than later, I packed my bags, hopped into my car, dialed up some music and pointed my compass east.
    Jeannette wasn’t just an ordinary glass plant. Founded in 1887, the plant closed just short of its 100th anniversary. The company introduced the first semi-automatic bottle blowing machine, manufactured beautiful Depression-era glass, and had installed the largest electric glass furnace in the world to melt heat-resisting glass.
    But a buyout by a Connecticut businessman who had no knowledge of the glass industry forced Jeannette Glass into Chapter 11 bankruptcy just a year after its purchase. The businessman, John P. Brogan, bought the profitable factory and bled its assets for quick personal gain.
    Not long after its closure, New York businessman Abe Zion acquired the Jeannette factory for $4 million in a bankruptcy sale. Zion had hoped to reopen the factory, but there were delays – first by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection due to hazardous wastes and industrial pollution, and a fire in the mid-1980s that caused significant damage. The state attempted to force Zion’s hand in 2011 and have him demolish the plant, but only minimal work has been completed since then.

    Niki Ashton, a direct quote:
    “It simply isn’t good enough to continue to follow an incremental approach that has often failed to challenge the policies of Liberal and Conservative governments,” says Ashton. “We must challenge the power of Canada’s elites, the rich and powerful who are benefiting from growing inequality in our country. It’s time to call out a system that is rigged to benefit the few at the expense of the many.”

    Also:
    “I think it’s time in this country that we start saying, ‘You privatize it, we nationalize it. You deregulate it, we regulate it. You bring in unfair trade deals, we bring in fair trade deals,’” she said. – See more at: http://www.thereminder.ca/news/local-news/ashton-looks-left-in-ndp-leadership-bid-1.11873762#sthash.zS4T4qus.dpuf

    Trump’s “play” right from his book, “The Art of The Deal”
    Now that Trump’s Billionaire Marauder’s have taken Aim at Western Canada with back breaking tariffs for smaller Western Canadian softwood companies, expect their next move to be buyouts of these poorer bankrupted Canucks for their cutting rights, at ten cents on the dollar by Uber Rich Americans, then dropped tariffs and huge ROI’s for these US rapist manipulators, and a buy out of Western Politicians making a “rip and ship” raping of the forests there probable. Replanting? Are you kidding me? Justin Trudeau will have to Wake The Phoque Up and Immediately Pass Legislation Blocking This Unethical And Immoral Attack On Canadian businesses, Citizens, And Their Jobs.
    NDP would immediately nationalize/Co-op these fellows with a fair deal to protect them from Trump’s Marauder’s
    Niki Ashton, a direct quote:
    “It simply isn’t good enough to continue to follow an incremental approach that has often failed to challenge the policies of Liberal and Conservative governments,” says Ashton. “We must challenge the power of Canada’s elites, the rich and powerful who are benefiting from growing inequality in our country. It’s time to call out a system that is rigged to benefit the few at the expense of the many.”

    My Question: Will Justin Trudeau’s Trust appointees “jump in” with his ‘Big Bucks Trust funds’, Just-in-time’ to get some Prime Western Softwood Companies at ten cents on the dollar too? Will his conservative Uber Rich colleagues from Bay Street also enjoy this “Bonanza”?

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niki_Ashton

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