The Stamp Stampede
The Stamp Stampede

StampStampede in the News

Our launch week was a huge success. More than 500 stamps sold, dozens of mentions on the press and blogs, our first Ambassadorial appointment, and more. (Details to follow!)

Here are some of the press hits we’re especially pleased with:

Huffington Post: Ben Cohen, Ben and Jerry’s Co-Founder, Launches Campaign To Stamp Out Money In Politics
Sep 28, 2012

Roll Call K Street Files: Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Puts Stamp on Campaign Financ:e
Sep 26, 2012

CNN: Co-Founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream says his new grassroots campaign is ‘using money to get money out of politics’
Sep 26, 2012

USA Today: Ben and Jerry’s Co-Founder Starts Money Stamping Campaign 
Sep 25, 2012

Current TV/Eliot Spitzer/Viewpoint: Ben & Jerry’s Ben Cohen: ‘Money in Politics is Destroying Our Democracy’
Sep 24, 2012

 

Introducing: Ben Cohen & The Stamp Stampede!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 24, 2012

CONTACT: Trevor FitzGibbon, trevor@fitzgibbonmedia.com, (202) 406-0646

Ben Cohen & the Stamp Stampede: “Money’s Not Speech, & Corporations Aren’t People!”

Massive National Campaign Aims to Restore Government to the People

The corrosive influence of money in politics is the target of a bold new campaign aiming to return government to the hands of the people. Ben Cohen, co-founder of gourmet ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s, is headlining the campaign, along with Americans from all walks of life. Their credo: Money’s Not Speech, and Corporations Aren’t People. The campaign can be seen here: http://StampStampede.org

The campaign is a response to the fact that  over 2/3 of Republicans, independents and Democrats all want to get money out of politics, and Congress isn’t doing anything about it.

StampStampede aims to have tens of thousands of Americans across the country use rubber stamps to print messages on currency supporting a constitutional amendment that gets money out of America’s political system.

“It doesn’t matter what issue you care about – education, poverty, Wall Street, spiraling healthcare costs, you name it – at the end of the day, the absolutely massive amounts of money in our politics is at the root of our problems,” said Cohen. “That’s why we have to stamp out the corrosive influence of money in our government and politics.”

Cohen continued, “You can trace the root cause of  our problems to the fact that corporations and the wealthy place their thumb on the political scales with massive donations.”

In order to kick off the campaign, stamps will be distributed across the nation. In addition, people can either design their own stamps at home, or they can purchase ready-made stamps at http://StampStampede.org. More information on the campaign – along with downloadable designs that people can use at their local rubber stamp maker – can be found at the site.

“Money stamping is a delightful activity,” said Charles Lenchner, StampStampede project coordinator. “It’s quick, its easy, it’s bold, it’s slightly subversive, and it’s also legal! People can do it in the privacy of their own homes, and they can do it out in the public at street festivals. It’s a really simple way for people to express their outrage at the ties between big money and political corruption.”

The constitutional amendment would support the principles that money is not political speech (which would overturn the Supreme Court decision in Buckley v. Valeo, 1976), and that corporations are not people (overturning the Supreme Court decision in Citizens’ United, 2011).

For more information, and to contact Ben Cohen and others involved in the campaign, please contact Trevor FitzGibbon at (202) 406-0646, or trevor@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

Stamping Impact Infographic (DRAFT)

We’re still rushing to get this site looking good. An image very much like the one below will be on our home page. What do you think?

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Announcing the Amend-O-Matic StampMobile Tour

Our partners at Move to Amend will be touring with the Amend-O-Matic StampMobile starting in October. They report:

From October 2-7 we will be doing a Shakedown Cruise in the Bay Area to test out the machine and make sure everything is working properly. Then the Stampede to Amend 2012 Tour is set to officially begin with a press conference in Los Angeles on October 11.

From there, our organizers Ashley Sanders and Renae Widdison will drive the “Amend-O-Matic” across the US, stopping cities in the Northeast including Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Washington DC, head through Appalachia, travel through Eastern Texas, Louisiana and a few other stops in the South before heading to Florida to finish up the year with Move to Amend South! — our grassroots regional convergence in Gainesville, Florida from December 14-16.

Click here to see the full list of cities and dates.

This first leg of the tour is basically a pilot project, and in November we will be deciding whether to continue on in 2013. If all goes well with this first tour we will be able to continue the project in 2013 and travel to more communities, including the West Coast, Midwest, more of Texas and New England.

Host a Stop

Our organizers will also be holding workshops and trainings on how to build the movement to abolish Corporate Personhood. This will be a great opportunity to get more involved in this rapidly growing national movement.

Would you be willing to help organize a workshop, host our organizers, or publicize our visit?

What a Visit of the Amend-O-Matic Entails

Ashley and Renae will be driving the Amend-O-Matic to a new community each day, generally arriving around mid-day in order to spend some time in a public location (a community park, downtown, farmer’s market, art walk, etc) operating the vehicle to stamp people’s cash and spreading the word about the workshop that evening. They will also be available at this time for interviews with local media.

The evening workshop will start at 6:00pm and finish by 8:30pm. Ashley and Renae are experienced community organizers and trainers who will lead a workshop to help your community respond to the impacts of corporate rule and join the Move to Amend campaign (or strengthen the work you are already doing).

Host Team Responsibilities:

  • Helping identify a good spot for parking the vehicle to publicly stamp bills and attract attention before the workshop event
  • Securing the workshop venue (venue can be any place that can accommodate an audience. Podium or microphone are not needed, but a whiteboard and pens or a flip-chart and pens are)
  • Hosting our two organizers or securing host housing
  • Event publicity – local listserves, postering/flyering, announcements at local group meetings and events prior to the tour stop (we will do local media publicity)
  • Arranging for the setup at the event
  • Securing co-sponsorship from other community organizations (helpful but not required)
  • Hosting or securing meeting location for follow up meeting of interested attendees approximately two weeks after event (if you are in a town without a Move to Amend Affiliate group)

Note: There is no honorarium charge for our evening workshop or to bring the Stampede to Amend Tour to your community; we will need to pass the hat to pay for our travel and material expenses. It is appreciated when expenses for the venue are donated by the sponsoring organization or individuals, but we can subtract those expenses from the collection and reimburse you if needed.

We have materials to help you pull off a successful event, including:

If you are interested in organizing a Move to Amend event in your community, please contact us! Email stampede@movetoamend.org with your city and state in the subject.

The Finer Points of Stamping

Stamping currency to spread our message to the American people is a winning tactic – we know that. One major reason is that stamping is easy, fun, social and physical. But that doesn’t mean we can’t discuss some of the finer points of stamping!

  • Overturn Citizens United and other court decisions that have led to big money corruption in politics with StampStampede.org!-Consider where the URL will show up. The clear border on the edge of each bill is good.
  • -Use white space! That’s where the message will show up best.
  • -Flatten your money! This is less an issue if you use a wallet or withdraw from the bank. If not – put the cash in a book for a night.
  • -Get that ink up in there! Gently smush your stamp around in little circles. But not too hard….

 

Got any more tips? Send ’em to info@stampstampede.org!