The Schuylkill Democratic Action Group plans to hold a protest outside the office of US Rep. Dan Meuser (PA-9) on Thursday in support of the US Postal Service.
The protest is scheduled for this Thursday, Aug. 20, starting at 1 p.m. in front of the Congressman’s office. That’s at the Losch Plaza building on Progress Avenue in Pottsville.
The protest is part of a nationwide network of protests planned for that day. And it’s hosted locally by the Schuylkill County Democrats and Gary Wegman, who’s running against Meuser in the November General Election.
Todd Zimmerman, Secretary of Schuylkill County Democrats, tells The Canary, “We are urging Americans to purchase a book of stamps that day to show our solidarity with the Post Office Workers.”
He also notes that the protest is being launched in the hometown of former Postmaster General Megan Brennan.
And this will be the second protest of the day in Pottsville. Earlier in the day, a group is expected outside Schuylkill County Courthouse to protest Commissioner George Halcovage’s refusal to resign from office following allegations he harassed female employees there.
Schuylkill County Democrats Plan Protest in Support of US Postal Service on Thursday in Pottsville
Democrats now believe President Donald Trump is somehow sabotaging the US Postal Service ahead of the election this Fall. They think Trump’s doing this to prevent people from voting by mail rather than turning up at their local voting precinct on account of the coronavirus pandemic.
On Sunday, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi called Congress back to session to investigate the moves they say Trump is making with the Post Office ahead of the election. It’s alleged Trump is removing mail sorting machines and delivery drop boxes nationwide.
Critics of this stance say these cuts at the US Postal Service were planned in advance. But Democrats say Trump is doing this to sabotage the election in November.
Democrats have been pushing voters to use the mail-in voting system in place in Pennsylvania to avoid potential exposure to COVID-19 at polling locations despite there being no reports of any outbreaks or infections tied to the June 2 Primary election in Pennsylvania, held much earlier in the pandemic.
Wegman posted this video to social media over the weekend.
“I’m mad as hell because our postal system is under attack,” Wegman says.
Zimmerman adds, “We support our postal union brothers and sisters, The Postal Service is part of our Constitutional heritage and all Americans should fight for its survival.
“We are gathering at Congressman Meuser’s office because he has been silent on this issue. We are calling on Congressman Meuser to take immediate action to ask for the resignation of Postmaster General Louis DeJoy.
“Under DeJoy’s watch, service has suffered from the removal of high speed mail processing machines and blue post office boxes,, and we are asking for them to be reinstalled.
“Our rural communities and senior citizens depend on the USPS for critical materials including medical prescriptions. Also, our citizens need a safe and secure way to get and return mail-in ballots in this presidential election. We encourage all Americans to participate in our peaceful protest.”
Meanwhile, on July 27, Meuser helped introduce the Stop Main-In Voter Fraud Act in Congress.
“The integrity of elections should be of the utmost importance to every American. Shocking examples of mail-in voter fraud, coupled with the adoption of new forms of voting in recent months, make it imperative for Congress to send a message of zero-tolerance for those who try to tamper with votes,” Meuser says. “Submitting a fraudulent vote is, literally, stealing a vote. Additionally, a fraudulent vote cancels out a legitimate vote cast by a law-abiding citizen, effectively suppressing that legitimate vote. The Stop Mail-In Voter Fraud Act sends a clear warning to anyone thinking of tampering with mail-in ballots that they will be subject to significant penalties, possibly including jail time.”
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