Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Congressman Bobby L. Rush says Post Office Must Not Balance Budget on the Backs of the Black Middle Class

Dec 5, 2011
Press Release

CONTACT: Renee Ferguson
(773) 224-6500 ofc.; (202) 674-0891 mobile

CHICAGO – Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) made the following statement about the Postal Service Cuts:

"The black middle class has been particularly hard hit by public sector layoffs.  The history of African-Americans being hired by the Postal Service dates back more than 145 years.  When no one else would hire former slaves the postal service did so.  For that reason alone the Post Office has been a significant block in the building of the black middle class in America.  I am very concerned about the impact this latest round of cuts will have on families and communities during what is already a bad time.  The future, I believe, must be seen in terms of training and re-training for jobs in our new technology-driven economy.  The future must be seen in terms of a diversification of skills and education that keeps African-Americans from being overly reliant on any one sector for employment.  African-American youth, especially, must turn their tremendous creativity, hard work and ambition into building their own businesses.  If they’re not entrepreneurs I believe they must focus on training, especially in science, math and technology…knowledge that equips them with the necessary skills to compete, in a new global economy.  I will be vigilant regarding any future closings in already underserved communities.  I will not allow the Postal Service budget to be balanced on the backs of the most vulnerable among us."