The Occupy Wall Street movement continues to get creative. A new website called Occupy George (as in Washington) is encouraging sympathizers to stamp dollar bills with red-inked infographics about wealth disparity.
The site provides .Share of income_PRINT OUT.pdf for download, with instructions for printing them directly onto bills. (Hint: This process involves scotch tape and an InkJet.) The site also provides template files that can be taken to "any company that produces custom rubbers stamps and they will be able to produce a true-to-size stamp for making infographics on dollar bills."
As it so happens, using these stamps and .pdfs may or may not constitute a federal crime. Currency defacement is illegal under Title 18, Section 333 of the U.S. Code:
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.
Then again, the First Amendment protects flag-burning. Holder v. Occupy George would probably make for an interesting Supreme Court case.
Image credit: Occupy George
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