Release Date: 
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Peggy Chong
Des Moines Chapter
National Federation of the Blind of Iowa
(515) 277-1288

Blind Spearhead Rally to Save Downtown Des Moines Post Office

Des Moines, Iowa (May 8, 2012): The Des Moines chapter of the National Federation of the Blind of Iowa (NFBI) will once again spearhead and sponsor a rally to save the downtown Des Moines Capitol Square Post Office.  The rally will be held on Monday, May 14, inside the Capitol Square Building, first floor atrium, from 11:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.  Anyone interested in saving the Capitol Square post office is welcome to attend.

The rally is being organized by the blind of Des Moines, the American Postal Workers Union, and the Alliance of Retired Americans.  "The closing of the Capitol Square branch affects all of us, blind and sighted alike," said Scott Van Gorp, President, Des Moines Chapter, NFBI.  "When a valuable, easily-accessible service leaves downtown, it impacts all of us in Des Moines in many ways, not just monetarily.”

Peggy Chong, coordinator of the event, said, "The moratorium on closures of post offices will be lifted on May 15.  For months, hundreds of people in Des Moines have asked for a reconsideration of the closure of the Capitol Square location.  So far we have all been ignored by the Des Moines Postmaster.  On May 14, we will send another message to the Postmaster here in Des Moines, telling her that we have not forgotten this branch and we still need it open here in downtown Des Moines.”

"Pre-addressed Post Cards will be available for everyone to sign," said Chong.  "They ask that Deb Woodrum, Des Moines Postmaster, to reconsider the closing of Capitol Square.  We are encouraging everyone who uses this branch to sign one of the post cards or to write to Ms. Woodrum and let her know how much this closing will affect each of us.”

"We understand that the Postal Service has financial problems, but Capitol Square is a profitable station and should not close.  The Postal Service needs a presence downtown, with access for everyone," said Lance Coles from the American Postal Workers Union.

"During the rally, everyone who stops by will be given a post card to send to the decision makers at the Postal Service that will strongly urge a reconsideration of the closing," Chong said.