Columbus, OH—Grammy Award winning bluegrass musician, Joe Troop of Che Apalache, introduced a new song titled “A Plea to the US Government to Fully Fund the Postal Service” urging support for the United States Postal Service, which is experiencing massive funding shortfalls during the Coronavirus pandemic.
President Trump has threatened to veto legislation that could bail out the postal service. Troop, a resident of rural North Carolina, conveys the importance of the postal service and the dedication of its workers, who are “delivering goods to our front doors despite these troubled times.” He issued a call to his U.S. Senators, Richard Burr and Tom Tillis, to support the Postal Service and urged others to do the same.
The video was produced as part of RuralOrganizing.org's National Week of Action starting on April 27, 2020 which generated over 350,000 petition signatures, nearly 30,000 handwritten letters, and hundreds of social media posts demanding that the White House and Congress fully fund the USPS.
The following is a statement from Joe Troop:
I’ve been thinking a lot here lately about my grandpa, Jay Vann Smith Jr. who died in June of 2010. He got worked like a government mule for half his life by Western Electric and was left nearly deaf from all the loud machinery. But after he retired, he found another job in the mail room at Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem, NC. He was friends with his co-workers, and together they made sure that even the sick and dying could receive their mail. That brought meaning to his life.
I had just moved to Argentina when my grandpa Jay passed and was unfortunately unable to attend his funeral. This song is my tribute to him. We didn’t see eye to eye on everything, but he openly expressed belief in me, and that meant a lot. Y’all, let’s save the United States Postal Service and pay tribute to one of the few organizations that has always been there for us.
The following is a statement from Matt Hildreth, Executive Director of RuralOrganizing.Org:
Joe Troop captures in song the concerns of so many Americans - particularly those living in rural areas - about the importance of the U.S. Postal Service. For many, it’s a lifeline all the time, but especially during the pandemic. That President Trump called this vital entity a “joke” is an insult not only to postal service employees, but to the millions of Americans who count on it. The question is whether Republican Senators, especially those who represent states with large rural populations, will support their constituents who need the postal service - or once again fall in line with Trump. Because as Joe Troop notes, “The US Postal Service direly needs a helping hand.” That helping hand will directly benefit millions of Americans too.
Lyrics for “A Plea to the US Government to Fully Fund the Postal Service”
Music and lyrics by Joe Troop
Video Directed by Gen Kogure
I’m waiting by the mailbox, they say a check is coming soon
1200 bucks to ease the pain and pay a bill or two
But no more aid will come my way, unless I take a stand.
The US Postal Service direly needs a helping hand.
Oh won’t you heed this message, won’t you hear my mournful cry
It’s hard to keep your wits about with all this death and dying
But harder times will come our way, on this you can rely
Unless we learn to not be fooled by awful dreadful lies.
Our government is doing a disservice to us all.
To not deliver us the mail should be against the law!
So many men and women out risking their poor lives
Delivering goods to our front doors despite these troubled times
They make the rounds to bring us mail, they work come rain or shine
and now it seems the government is leaving them behind.
I too have lost my livelihood, I’m struggling day by day
Ole Uncle Sam won’t bail me out, while corporate crooks are saved
In times like these it’s fair to say we’ll need new ways to vote
But if the Postal Service dies, my friends, that’s all she wrote.
They’re well aware of what’s to come and chose to do us wrong.
If the US Postal Service dies, our right to vote is gone.
It’s time for us to make demands, before it is too late.
So, fully fund the US Postal Service for God’s sake!
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