WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 22, 2012) – On Monday, June 25, 2012 at 10:00 am et, Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) will host 10 postal activists from across the country as they kick off a hunger strike to protest a 2006 Congressional mandate to prefund retirement benefits for postal workers 75 years in advance. The mandate is considered by many to be one of the primary reasons the postal service is having financial difficulties.
When: Monday, June 25, 2012
Where: “House Triangle”
House side of the Capitol’s East Front
What: Press Conference – “Hunger Strike to Save the Postal Service”
The activists are calling upon Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe to maintain delivery standards and suspend cuts and closures to the postal service while giving Congress an opportunity to repeal the 2006 prefund mandate.
According to Communities and Postal Workers United, the group organizing the hunger strike in Washington D.C., sympathetic hunger strikes will take place nationwide in Seattle, Olympia, Portland, San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Philadelphia.
The activists will gather in vigil from 8-9 am and every afternoon from 5 – 6:30 pm outside the Rayburn House Office Building on Independence Avenue.