Spirit Led Justice Alliance *Action Alert* 11/27/19
They say all politics is local and this week that saying is more true than ever here in Portland.
It is time for people of faith and good will to show up to support our houseless population and ensure that those feeding our neighbors in Director Park can do so without constraint.
It is time for us to support both our neighbors AND postal workers by calling for an end to “Consolidated Casing” in 97217.
And its time for us to show up for fair enforcement justice on TriMet.
This week many of us are gathering with family and friends for Thanksgiving and many are finding other ways to spend the 28th, honoring our Indigenous friends and rejecting the day’s mythology.
However you celebrate, we encourage you to consider making a donation to a Native American organization this week, collectively making reparations when our crimes against the First Nations are so visible to us.
Blessings to all of you and thank you so much for all you do!
For the Portland Spirit Led Justice Alliance, Rabbi Debra Kolodny
Rabbi Debra Kolodn
Rally for Fair Enforcement Justice!
Pioneer Courthouse Square
November 29, noon-3pm
Portland Jobs with Justice Community Action Alert!
Call Pastini today! (503) 863-5188
Tell them we support our houseless community members and that Portland fights back against bigotry, against the criminalization of the houseless and against any abridgement of our first amendment rights to gather in public spaces. We will push back until they end their war on the houseless.
Emails released by the Willamette Week revealed that new parks department regulations targeting volunteer groups that feed houseless people in Director Park were put in place by Commissioner Nick Fish after complaints from the local Italian restaurant chain Pastini, which has a restaurant near the park.
Pastini is telling people who call them that this is not true. However, the emails tell a different story. They wrote: “We’ve seen a big increase in the homeless population on our corner and in the park in the last year, and we know it has increased security issues and, looking at declining sales, had a negative impact on our business,” wrote Susan Bashel, an owner of Pastini restaurant adjacent to the park, in an email to Fish on April 24. “We have recently put a restaurant remodel there on hold, and are evaluating whether we should renew our lease there.”
End Erratic, Unreliable, Haphazard Delivery! Stop Understaffing & Overworking Mail Carriers!
Since late September, 97217 mail is arriving days late, in the dark, to the wrong address, and with constantly changing letter carriers.
A “PILOT” project, called “Consolidated Casing”, has been forced on the 97217 zip code. The US Postal Service management is trying to speed up mail carriers, eliminate the number of mail routes and break-up (deskill) their job into two – the “sorters” and the “street carriers”.
What’s been the result over two months? Numerous customer service failings during the test, including entire routes not receiving delivery, presequenced mailings curtailed beyond requested delivery dates, and carriers instructed to disregard the address when delivering walk sequence and/ or marriage mail. Other issues include hold mail that is temporarily misplaced or not processed/resumed in a timely fashion, changes of address that are not being recorded, mail that does not get forwarded and businesses that are closed by the time the carrier arrives. AND exhausted mail carriers, working 10-12 hour days, mandated overtime, exposure to a wide variety of safety issues, and delivering on routes that are too long that they are not familiar with.
What can you do?
CALL 1-800-ASK-USPS and COMPLAIN!
Tell the USPS to Fix 97217 Mail!
Return the Mail Delivery Routes, Return Our Service
Sponsored by: Community and Postal Workers United, email@example.com, 503-752-5112