The USPS is still crippled by this Bush-era mandate

Trump’s Postmaster General Louis DeJoy is still running the United States Postal Service, causing irreparable harm, intentionally slowing down the mail―undermining faith in the USPS.1

But, even before DeJoy took over at the USPS, the postal service was under attack―constrained by an outrageous mandate from the George W. Bush administration that required the USPS to pre-fund 75 years of health benefits for postal workers.2 This includes pre-funding health benefits for future Postal Workers who haven’t even been born yet!

The mandate has unnecessarily crippled the USPS’s finances, placing a financial burden on the Postal Service that doesn’t exist for any other federal agency or private corporation. Lifting this burden is particularly urgent now, when the USPS is called upon to meet more home delivery needs, including COVID test kits and medications.

Thankfully, there’s something Congress can do. The Postal Service Reform Act has bipartisan support in the U.S. House and is just waiting for a vote.

Join the Coalition on Human Needs and our national allies in calling on Congress to pass the Postal Service Reform Act and save the USPS!


The USPS is popular in Red and Blue states alike and has bipartisan support in Congress. We’re demanding a vote on the Postal Service Reform Act, which has already been passed by the House Oversight Committee and is just waiting for a vote from the full House of Representatives.

Donate today to keep the pressure on Congress to work across the aisle to pass the Postal Service Reform Act and save our cherished USPS.

If you prefer to send your donation by mail, please make a check payable to the Coalition on Human Needs and send to: 

Coalition on Human Needs

1825 K Street, NW, Suite 411

Washington, DC 20006

Many thanks!

Together, we’re fighting back against relentless attacks on the USPS, which have already led to a postal slowdown.

Thank you for taking action today.

Deborah Weinstein
Executive Director, Coalition on Human Needs


Sign the petition: No taxation without representation. DC Statehood today

No taxation without representation was the slogan that led to a revolution, yet it is still happening in our country today. The people of the District of Columbia pay more federal taxes than those in 22 other states and pay more to the federal government than they receive in services.

Yet, those residents — who are mostly Black and brown and members of frontline communities — are denied the most basic tenet that founded our country: Representation.

D.C. residents bear all the responsibilities of full U.S. citizenship—they serve on juries, in the U.S. military, and work hard to build safe, strong communities where they live. And yet, the more than 700,000 people who call D.C. home have no vote on any decisions our Congress makes every day.

This is a fundamental civil rights issue. The campaign against DC statehood is a ferocious attempt to disenfranchise the Black vote. D.C. is a historically Black city and Black people still make up 47% of the population.

What’s more, without statehood, D.C. residents have no voting representation in Congress, even though Congress exerts undue power over those residents.

While the Senate turns their attention to voting rights, they cannot guarantee equality at the ballot box until they grant the residents of D.C. the statehood they deserve to be a part of the democratic process. This lack of representation is the single largest case of voter suppression in our country. It’s past time this great injustice be righted.

Sign and send the petition: Congress must stop denying representation to hundreds of thousands of American citizens. The time for D.C. statehood is NOW!Participating Organizations
Americans for Tax Fairness
Blue Amp Action
Broward for Progress
Coalition on Human Needs
Daily Kos
DC Vote
National Campaign for Transit Justice
People For the American Way
Voter Action Project

Tax paying citizens deserve proper representation in the United States. It’s one of the most sacred tenements of our society, one that sparked a revolution. It’s time for proper representation in America. Congress must stop denying representation to hundreds of thousands of American citizens, and approve DC statehood now!

Air Quality Alert – Jan 22nd – 29th

Please check for burn bans in your area

People with respiratory illness should follow their physician’s advice for dealing with high levels of air pollution during periods of stagnant air.

Air Stagnation Advisory issued January 28 at 10:09AM PST until January 29 at 12:00PM PST by NWS Seattle

Admiralty Inlet Area; Bellevue and Vicinity; Bremerton and Vicinity; East Puget Sound Lowlands; Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca; Everett and Vicinity; Hood Canal Area; Lower Chehalis Valley Area; San Juan County; Seattle and Vicinity; Southwest Interior; Tacoma Area; Western Skagit County; Western Strait of Juan De Fuca; Western Whatcom County


* WHAT…Poor air quality.

* WHERE…Portions of northwest and west central Washington.

* WHEN…Until noon PST Saturday.

* IMPACTS…Poor air quality may cause issues for people with respiratory problems.

People with respiratory illness should follow their physician`s advice for dealing with high levels of air pollution during periods of stagnant air.

State air quality agencies highly recommend that no outdoor burning occur and that residential wood burning devices be limited as much as possible. According to state air quality agencies, prolonged periods of stagnant air can hold pollutants close to the ground where people live and breathe. Check with your local burn agency for any current restrictions in your area.