Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, is bringing his Stamp Stampede, a grassroots campaign to help get money out of politics, to the Mt. Philo Inn on Friday, Oct. 23.
The Stamp Stampede consists of tens of thousands of Americans legally stamping slogans on the nation’s currency to get their message across that money should get out of politics. Cohen will have stamp devices on hand and will be urging event-goers to stamp dollar bills with campaign finance reform messages like, “not to be used for bribing politicians,” “money is free speech,” and “corporations are not people.”
Cohen’s goal is to promote a constitutional amendment that will overturn Citizen’s United, a Supreme Court ruling that protects political expenditures under the 1st Amendment and allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts on independent political activity. Cohen hopes that as more and more stamped money spreads, so will the movement to amend the constitution.
Money has been shown to be a powerful thing, Cohen has said, adding that he believes it corrupts our democracy. The other side of this issue, he notes, is that another powerful thing about money is its ability to spread a message.
Event co-organizer and Hokum Bros. front man Woody “Woodhead” Keppel promises that, along with the Stamp Stampede, the evening will offer something for everyone. On hand to help celebrate the occasion will be The Hokum Bros. band.
Mt. Philo State Park Rangers John and Kim Frigault, who just completed another year taking care of Vermont’s most popular state park, will talk about the dogs of Mt. Philo and their work with Long Trail Canine Rescue.
Stampers and revelers will be treated to local food from Starry Night Café, Fiddlehead beer, wine and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream for dessert.
The event will be held at 6:30pm at Mt. Philo Inn Ballroom on 27 Inn Road in Charlotte on Friday, Oct 23. Admission is a $20 donation. For more information contact Dave Garbose at firstname.lastname@example.org or (802) 425-3335.