BPOD came into existence in May of 2013, after the U.S. Postal Service announced its “final” decision to sell the downtown Berkeley Post Office. Members of Save The Berkeley Post Office, Strike Debt Bay Area and Occupy Oakland came together to form an independent committee to plan for and execute an encampment/outside occupation of the downtown Berkeley Post Office.
On July 26th, a little more than a week after the Postal Service rejected Berkeley’s appeal of the sale, tents and information tables went up at 2000 Allston Way. They remained for thirty-three days, not without considerable controversy, getting worldwide attention and sending a clear signal of resistance to Postal Service management.