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Guide to the Billionaires for Bush Records TAM.725

Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archive
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Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives

Collection processed by Rachel Searcy

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on August 15, 2022
Finding aid written in English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

 Record updated by Rachel Searcy to reflect deaccessioning action Updated by Weatherly Stephan to reflect deaccessioning of vinyl banners  , November 2017 , August 2022

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Billionaires (Organization)
Title: Billionaires for Bush Records
Dates [inclusive]: 2000-2013
Abstract: Billionaires for Bush was a grassroots media campaign that used culture jamming and street theater to satirize politicians supporting corporate interests and the upper class. Activists wore costumes to parody the wealthy and jokingly supported political campaigns, with the greatest amount of activity during the 2000 and 2004 U.S. presidential elections. Since 2005, the group continues to advocate on a number of economic issues, including income inequality, gentrification, taxation policies, and Social Security privatization. The Billionaires for Bush Records document the organization's activism, with majority of the materials in this collection document the group's street theater and other actions during the 2000 and 2004 United States presidential elections. Materials in this collection include photographs, correspondence between organizers, printed suggestions for participating, flyers for distribution at actions, drafts of public statements, promotional ephemera like brochures, notes from planning meetings, newspaper clippings, and costumes used in actions. In addition to documenting specific activism during the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the collection reveals a larger context of activism against economic inequality, as well as the tactics used by the organization, such as culture jamming and street theater.
Quantity: 10 linear feet in 4 record cartons, 1 half manuscript box, 2 oversize boxes, 1 oversized rolled storage, and 1 flat-file folder
Quantity: 8.12 Gigabytes
Location: Some materials in this collection are stored offsite and advance notice is required for use. Please contact at least two business days prior to your research visit to coordinate access.
Language: Materials are in English.
Call Phrase: TAM.725