Monday, October 17, 2011

Circulating the message

Posted by on Mon, Oct 17, 2011 at 4:00 PM

The Colorado Independent (which is in no way related to this paper) blogged today about an interesting approach to spreading the word on the income disparity at the heart of the #Occupy protest.

It’s a tactic that puts supporters of Occupy Wall Street beyond the reach of pepper spray, and it spreads far and wide in a public and private way the message of crippling financial disparity that’s at the heart of the movement. It’s a literal take on the medium being the message. A project called Occupy George is turning your dollar bills into informational protest placards.

Occupy George explains their protest efforts:

Money talks, but not loud enough for the 99%. By circulating dollar bills stamped with fact-based infographics, Occupy George informs the public of America's daunting economic disparity one bill at a time. Because money knowledge is power.

You can download the templates here and then run your dollars through a printer.

But you should keep in mind that, according to 18 U.S.C. § 333 : US Code - Section 333, the "mutilation of national bank obligations" is illegal.

Whoever mutilates, cuts, defaces, disfigures, or perforates, or unites or cements together, or does any other thing to any bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt issued by any national banking association, or Federal Reserve bank, or the Federal Reserve System, with intent to render such bank bill, draft, note, or other evidence of debt unfit to be reissued, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than six months, or both.

Of course, Occupy George argues that they have no desire to render the currency unusable, as that would defeat the purpose.

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