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Traffic Stopping Protest and March to Save the USPS
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
On August 22, tens of thousands of people took action across America with a message – #SaveUSPS. In Palo Alto, a giant dragon blowup figure dominated the scene ... protesters dressed it as a postal worker and posed it at the entrance of the downtown post office.
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Photos by Teri Vershel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.

On August 22, tens of thousands of people took action across America to demand that elected officials get rid of Postmaster General DeJoy and provide immediate support for the Postal Service. They called for the stop and reversal of the mail slowdown policies introduced by DeJoy.

In Palo Alto colorful street theater ruled the hour. Protesters stopped traffic on the main street in front of the downtown post office, then marched down a side street to bring their demonstration to the attention of farmers market shoppers. Raging Grannies "defended" the post office with spatulas, wooden cooking spoons, and rolling pins. Protesters dressed a giant blow up dragon as a postal worker and posed it at the entrance of the post office. About one hundred people filled a block in the busy the downtown area.
§into the streets
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§repurposed Bernie sign
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§march to farmers market--Stop Fascism!
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§Don't Mess with USPS
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§Even the dragon wore a mask
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§this post office shows its historic roots
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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Built in 1932
§waving from opposite side of the street
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§great signs thanks to Raging Grannies
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§More signs, more Grannies...and defense "weapons"
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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rolling pins and wooden cooking utensils
§Second from right ... speaker gets in the street too
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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LaDoris Cordell, former judge and after that an Independent Police Auditor for the city of San Jose
§All along the block and down a side street too
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§HONK
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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§message
by R. Robertson
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 1:40 AM
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by Nanci Woody (nanciwoody [at] me.com)
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 9:58 AM
Teri Vershel captured beautifully the essence of the protest against the actions of the Postmaster General, Louis DeJoy, who doesn't know "much about stamps" or the cost of mailing a package and who has worked to dismantle the post office as we know it (right before the election, during a pandemic, where people will be required to vote by mail). Palo Alto people can be counted on to be well informed and take action when the foundations of our Democracy are threatened.
by 10 Weeks to Go
Tuesday Aug 25th, 2020 11:47 AM
No one is required to vote by mail in this election or any other election. We have had no-excuse-needed vote by mail for decades in California, starting 30 days before election day. The polls will still be open and we can always vote at the County Registrar (basement of City Hall in San Francisco) if you prefer that poll instead of the field polls or vote by mail. We are having a universal vote by mail ballot mailed to all registered voters to encourage them to vote by mail instead of a crowded polling place during this pandemic. You can read all about California's vote by mail orders for this election at the Secretary of State's elections page at
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/upcoming-elections/general-election-november-3-2020/
As you can see in the following Executive Order at https://www.gov.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/6.3.20-EO-N-67-20.docx.pdf
there will be at least 1 polling place per 10,000 voters the 3 days before election day (Oct 31-Nov 1) and on election day (Nov 3)
AND
there will be at least 1 vote by mail ballot drop off place per 15,000 voters open from October 6 through November 3 which in San Francisco is usually the Registrar's office and a station outside City Hall. THIS YEAR, the Vote by Mail Center will be outside the Civic Center Auditorium, diagonally across from City Hall, on Grove and Polk Streets. See https://sfelections.sfgov.org/vote-voting-center

The hours the Voting Center is open are:
Every weekday, October 5-November 2, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Two weekends, October 24-25 and October 31-November 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. (same voting hours as polling places).

STRONGLY SUGGESTED to everyone, no matter where you are is to walk your vote by mail ballot to your polling place, Registrar of Voters or your Voting Center. ALSO STRONGLY SUGGESTED is that you complete your ballot, put it in the envelope, sign the envelope and walk it to the polling place, Registrar or Voting Center as quickly as possible. This writer used to mail it within 24 hours of receipt; this year, I am walking it on the first week day after receipt (it usually comes before October 15) since I do not know what Congress will be able to do to rectify Trump's election fraud machine. Trump can only commit election fraud if we do not take the bull by the horns and make sure our ballot is placed in the hands of our County Election Department as quickly as possible.

You can read all about the 12 California propositions and 12 San Francisco propositions, as well as the party platforms and all the candidates at:

California: https://vig.cdn.sos.ca.gov/2020/general/pdf/complete-vig.pdf
For the above, if you cannot immediately access the PDF, click on Official Voter Information Guide, mandatory reading, at
https://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/

San Francisco: At this early date, pull down Campaign Services to check the Candidates and Measures at https://sfelections.sfgov.org/ By October 1, there will be a separate link to the Voter Handbook, always mandatory reading.
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