Already, 13 states and 500 municipalities have voted in favor of an amendment to the constitution to get money out of politics. Over 120 Members of Congress have signed on as well. In an effort to build support for the rapidly growing movement, Ben Cohen (co-founder of Ben & Jerry's) will rally at Union Station's West Porch on June 18 with his Stamp Stampede, using money to fight money in what Cohen calls "economic jujitsu."
Starting at 12pm, Cohen will be handing out dollar bills with stamped with phrases like "Not To Be Used for Bribing Politicians" and "Stamp Money Out Of Politics," encouraging more Americans to rubber stamp paper currency to spread awareness. A stamping station will be set up for spectators to stamp their own money and buy stamps of their own. Everyone who presents a stamped dollar will get a free Ben & Jerry's ice cream cone.
The Stampede has already distributed over 8000 stamps and each bill someone stamps reaches an average of 875 people (based on the Federal Reserve's estimates of currency lifespans). That means one committed stamper can reach over a million people in a year's time.
Stamping is fun, slightly subversive and 100% legal - they asked their lawyers.
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Go here for more info: http://www.stampstampede.org/
Stamp Stampede Dollar Giveaway w/ Ben CohenWHEN:
Tuesday, June 18 @ 12pm – 3pmWHERE:
Union Station's West PorchAbout the Stamp Stampede:
Described as "a petition on steroids," the Stampede's medium is rubber stamped messages on money itself, with messages like "Not To Be Used For Bribing Politicians" and "Stamp Money Out of Politics," as a reminder that corporations are not people, and money is not free speech.
The Stampede is only a few months old, but has already distributed over 8000 stamps and been covered by CNN, The LA Times, MSNBC, Wired, Politico and many others.http://www.stampstampede.orghttp://twitter.com/stampstampedehttp://www.facebook.com/stampstampede