Our Mission and Goals
The Stampede is a mass, sustained demonstration against big money in politics and voter suppression. With already over 65,000 people all across the country stamping their cash with the Stampede, this people-powered grassroots campaign is a striking visual display of the growing demand in this country for change–change with how our elections are funded and how big moneyed groups influence government policies at the expense of “We the People.”
Check out this message from Ben & Jerry–the ice cream guys–on the mission and goals of Stamp Stampede:
The goal of stamping paper currency is to get these anti-big-money and pro-voting rights messages stamped on your bills seen by as many people as possible….Now you can be a casual stamper and not follow stamping tips or you can be an expert stamper and follow them. We love all stampers. But we love expert stampers more.
Getting the message you stamp seen by the maximum number of people involves two variables:
1) Making the stamp on the bill as visible as possible so that people can’t miss it when they receive the bill;
2) Avoiding the bill being classified as “soiled money” and being kicked out by the automatic scanners when it gets to one of ten Federal Reserve Banks around the country.
Download the Complete Guide to Stamping
Now that you know where to stamp your bills the only thing that could go wrong is that you fail to abide by the watchword of our movement: TKITKOS – The Key is to Keep on Stamping! And we’ve got a fun way to make that easy: the Millionaire Stamper Club.
Historical Background for Turning Money into a Form of Protest
The earliest calls for women’s suffrage in England began in the nineteenth century, with local women’s groups organizing petitions and distributing propaganda. But by 1903, frustrated with the movement’s lack of progress, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) was founded by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughter. And from 1905 onwards WSPU used new tactics including civil disobedience, rallies, and demonstrations.
This coin was part of that civil disobedience. Stamped with the suffragette slogan “votes for women”, it circulated as small change and spread the message of the campaign until the law giving women the same voting rights as men was passed in 1928.
Big money has corrupted our elections and undermines the fundamental principal of “one person, one vote.” So we’re doing what the suffragettes did. We’re building a movement of dedicated citizens rubber stamping messages like “Not to Be Used for Bribing Politicians” and “Stamp Money Out of Politics” to create a “petition on steroids” that Congress and the entire country cannot ignore.
We’ve already recruited over 65,000 stampers, and we’re just getting started. We’re growing faster than ever before, building a movement united in massive and sustained protest to overturn Citizens United and restore a government of, by, and for the people.
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