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Today is D25 of the Berkeley Post Office Occupation. Honestly, I never believed it would go past D3 when we organized it, but here we are still.

A petite photoessay. Enjoy.

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A Berkeley street kid and his puppy sit in on the Berkeley Post Office Defense meeting Monday evening, which takes place on the steps of the downtown Berkeley Post Office most evenings at 6:00 PM. Many have come, many have left. Let's hope these two stay.

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Sandy, one of Occupy Oakland's premier graphic designers, created this postcard recently. Our banner isn't really that big, and our tents aren't quite that colorful, but hey, it's art! And what art!


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Saturday late night, after an exciting day of music and song, and a false-alarm raid alert.  That's Bill, a Strike Debt Bay Area peep, diligent to the last, guarding the people's Post Officee.

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Brian at his post at the Writing Table.
Neither snow nor rain nor heat stays Brian from his appointed seat.  
Mainly because it never snows or rains in Berkeley in August,
and the "heat" is downright pleasant most of the time.


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A flyer we are handing out to customers standing in line at our Post Office. Sometimes there are as many as twenty people in the lobby waiting for one or two tellers.



That's Ed sitting down closest to the screen. He brings moves. And food. Ed is very popular.


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We can't help ourselves. We sit around and make Postal Puns. Then we put them on banners. It's our nature. That's Kossack allie123 (@alyssa011968) front and center at one of our rallies, who's been tweeting up a storm (as usual) about what's happening. For the latest on the Berkeley Post Office and all things Haiti, follow her. She also took the pictures.

Update: Despite twenty Berkeley Police showing up late last night and arresting one of the campers, the Occupation remains. Check out Alyssa's twitter stream for details.

Video of the arrest here.

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Background

Protesters Live in a Tent City to Oppose Post Office Closure

Those Damned Hippies. They're Saving the Post Office.

Selling Off the Post Office: Berkeley Calls Out Richard Blum.

How to Privatize the Post Office Piece by Piece, Step By Step.

Killing the Post Office on the Altar of Privatization.

Other Postal Occupation Diaries:

OMG They're Chalking the Post Office

C'Mon Deliver the Letter, the Sooner the Better.

Enter the Postal Police: Day 10 of the Berkeley Post Office Occupation.

Civil Disobedience in an Age of Insanity. Taking a Stand, A Song and a Tent.

References:

Berkeley Post Office Defense web site

Save the Berkeley Post Office Web Site

Strike Debt Bay Area Web Site

Strike Debt Bay Area Facebook

Save the Post Office Website

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