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Protesters rally in Oldsmar to save USPS, demand funding

Posted at 3:30 PM, Aug 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-22 18:16:03-04

OLDSMAR, Fla. — About 50 people gathered along Tampa Road in Oldsmar equipped with signs demanding funding for the U.S. Postal Service.

Saturday’s rally happened right in front of the Oldsmar post office.

“I’m proud of all of them for showing up,” said Victoria Cuevas.

The thought of losing postal services is the motivation Cuevas needed to organize her first rally.

“I decided for the first time to take a stand on what I consider a bipartisan issue to save our post office,” she said.

The presidential election in November is what’s fueling the urgency with this issue.

Due to COVID-19, many people don’t feel comfortable going out to their polling locations to vote. This means there will be a lot more people voting by mail.

The protesters said any dismantling of mail capacity could threaten the election.

“That’s not the only issue," said Cuevas.

Losing the postal service will impact the elderly, veterans and anyone who depends on things like social security checks, medication and any other time-sensitive deliveries.

“This is a bipartisan issue, and we all need to work together to save the post office,” said Cuevas.

The postal service hearings will continue Monday, in Washington D.C.