Think outside the mailbox

The USPS is under attack from private corporate interests that want to acquire the enormous volume of delivery services it provides. Our new video series, premiering today, highlights how other countries are investing in their postal services while our new Postmaster General is intent on cutting them.

We need to think outside the mailbox. The USPS provided basic banking services from 1911 until the late 1960s. While banks focused on businesses and affluent customers and redlined people of color, working people often lacked bank accounts. The USPS stepped in to serve as a nondiscriminatory alternative, providing inclusionary access to savings accounts and low-cost money orders.

Today, 9 million households are handicapped by not having a bank account, and bank branches are disappearing rapidly, especially in poor urban and rural areas. It is time for the Post Office to step in again and restart this critical public service. You can call 1-800-ASK-USPS to express your concern.

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