Ben & Jerry co-founder to raise political awareness by giving away money
Money might not grow on trees, but it is passed out for free in Manhattan.
Next week, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Ben Cohen will stand at Union Square West to dole out dollar bills to passers-by.
Cohen, president of Power Peoples Initiatives, will rally with members of the group as a part of the Stamp Stampede, a project aimed at raising awareness of a constitutional amendment that would take the money out of politics.
Although branded with different stamps, each bill will carry the same message: to stop using money for political gain. “Not to be used for bribing politicians,” one stamp reads.
According to Stamp Stampede, which has already distributed 8,000 stamps nationwide, each stamped bill reaches an average of 875 people, based on the Federal Reserve’s estimates of currency life spans.
The campaign will make a stop in Union Square West (between 15 Street and 16 Street) on Tuesday, June 25 between 12 and 2 p.m.