We’re excited to share that the US Postal Service has agreed to establish a new Central District Post Office at 23rd and Union!
This victory was possible because community members spoke out about the need for the basic service of a public post office in the Central District. Kshama not only listened, she took action — her Council Office put forward a petition and organized a community meeting on May 2 with US Postal service officials. Thanks to the 662 community members who signed the petition, 80+ people who attended the community meeting, and the dozens of people who wrote letters to the Postal Service demanding an end to the post office desert, we made our message loud and clear: Central District residents demand a new Post Office!
“The Post Office returning to the Central District is great, especially for the community elders - they can send and gather mail and purchase money orders and stamps,” noted Georgio Brown, a filmmaker and resident of the new Liberty Bank Building apartments. “Not everyone is mailing via the internet, the post office provides a real neighborhood feel and I am happy it’s coming back.”
The loss of our Central District Post Office was another alarming sign of the gentrification of our historically people-of-color, working-class community. Working-class homeowners and renters both bear the brunt of deeply regressive taxation and skyrocketing rents. On average, one of our neighbors in District 3 is evicted every other day, with many of these evictions leading to homelessness.
Councilmember Kshama Sawant’s office has played a key role in fighting against gentrification and displacement. Together, we’ve won a series of landmark renters’ rights victories, including the Move-In-Fee cap and the “Carl Haglund” law barring rent increases at substandard homes. In District 3, our struggles have included fighting to save Saba (an immigrant-owned Ethiopian restaurant in District 3) and the Umoja PEACE center, and organizing alongside tenants in the Chateau apartments, the Kenton apartments, the Central Area Senior Center and Byrd Barr Place. And while Capitol Hill and the Central District are home to the most rapid gentrification in our city, Kshama has also responded to working people in need all across Seattle. This year alone, we’ve won important victories like winning emergency protection for seniors facing economic eviction by for-profit developers at the Halycon mobile homes park and winning another extension on saving the historic Showbox music venue.
Winning back the Central District Post Office is an important step forward in this struggle. But as Seattle increasingly becomes a playground for the rich, we need rent control and a tax on Amazon and big business to fund a massive expansion of social housing.
We need elected officials like Kshama Sawant who are unafraid to stand up to the for-profit developers and CEOs like Jeff Bezos who are making massive profits by pushing working people out of District 3 and the city of Seattle. Join us to defend our seat for working people on the City Council this year - make your donation today.