Call them expensive flyers, if you will.
The differing red overlay graphics use stats—and even pie charts!—to vividly explain how America’s wealthiest 1% dominate the country’s financial landscape. As the Occupy Wall Street protests continue, this new movement aims to occupy American currency one dollar at a time.
Already about a week old, Occupy George supporters have been working around the clock to trade run-of-the-mill bills with a bored looking George Washington for Occupy George bills with printings. The newly minted Occupy George bills then get exchanged at the Occupy Wall Street site for a fresh set of plain greenbacks.
The two men who started the group both work in advertising and say experts confirm that what they are doing is just fine and dandy, as far as legal ramifications are concerned. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing says currency defacement only happens if a person mutilates a bill to the point it can’t be reused, whether by cutting or disfiguring. These printed graphics don’t amount to that extreme, as they are careful to leave the serial numbers intact, for example.
Examples of Occupy George stamps include using shaded areas to show average worker pay (a small area in the corner) versus average CEO pay (the rest of the bill) or three pie charts that showcase the share of income growth over the last century. The most basic of the designs simply stamps “Future Property of the 1%” right on George’s face.
Not to let a movement get too controlled by just a few, Occupy George encourages folks to download the templates and print their own graphics. You can even buy the stamps.