John on November 17, 2011 at 9:14 am
OWS is now encouraging people to stamp/print their slogans and graphics on money:
They have an entire website devoted to this effort (it’s called Occupy George) where you can download templates to deface your own money. There are currently five approved styles.
As usual, OWS is long on symbols and short on substance. Here’s the entire explanation for this action:
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
moneyknowledge is power.
I’m not a lawyer, but I think this sort of thing is probably illegal. Here’s what I believe is the statute that covers defacing money at FindLaw:
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.
Anyone with expertise is invited to weigh in. And can we call them anti-capitalist now?