Protecting Advocacy Groups

Keep making penniesAdvocacy groups are important no matter the issue at hand. Advocacy groups help to raise awareness on issues that matter most politically and socially. It is because of advocacy groups that people can learn information relevant to important political debates or discussions of the time. One such prominent debate is whether or not to get rid of the penny.

People argue that the penny is an important part of our currency and that getting rid of it would be fiscally detrimental whereas other people complain that the cost of producing the penny is actually more than the work of the finished product. Regardless of individual beliefs on the issue of whether to keep the penny or not, advocacy groups stand tall thanks to heightened security measures.


Protect the penny

Protect Your Office

As an advocacy group in favor of keeping the penny is important to make sure that no matter what threats might come your way to employees for the institution itself, you are safe and secure at work. Part of the way that you can stay safe and secure work is to utilize multiple layers of security in your office. Simply having secure locks on the front door and back door is insufficient especially in bigger cities. It might be great at delaying the entrance of someone with nefarious intent but once they get inside, if there are no additional layers of security than there are no additional layers of safety. Another way to think of it is that each door in your office should have its own locks so that each door prevents a secondary or tertiary level of security. Offices of course need to have privacy and security so that employees can do their work. Having individual locks on doors is sufficient even if it is nothing but a regular lock and key. You can do all of this with the help of


Which Locks go Where

Of course you can take this one step further and set up locks on the hallway doors that lead to elevators or working areas of your office building. There are now newer door handles which not only have a physical lock but some have key code options. You can install new door handles that are not only stronger and utilize the existing doorknob holes in the wall and the door, but they require a special key to get in. With that keypad you have to input the code. When new employees, you can give them their own access code. These access codes can be changed regularly. Setting up multiple access codes on hallway doors allows each employee the opportunity to go into the break room, head to the kitchen, go up to the second or third floor, but it prevents someone from breaking in as easily.

Access codes on elevators or stairwell doors can also be beneficial so long as they don’t impede emergency exit protocols. Giving each employee or code in order to access the elevator prevents someone you don’t want from going up.


President's Day - A Time to Celebrate Abraham Lincoln and Cheaper Pennies

President's Day gives us the chance - at least once a year - to recognize Abraham Lincoln's immense contributions to the country and a legacy that continues to enrich us daily.

President Lincoln is a unique cultural and historical figure," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of Americans for Common Cents. "It's not just that the front of the penny has had Lincoln's image since 1909, it's what Lincoln did for our nation," Weller added "He possessed all the qualities we want in a president -- the ability to unite a divided nation, honesty, strength, and humility," Weller concluded.

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Special Announcement!

Pennies for Pasta and Pennies for Patients

These are run by The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society through its local chapters as part of its renamed Student Series program:

For more information, you should call your local Chapter which may be found by going to the Society's website at:

Please note Americans for Common Cents does not get actively engaged in any fundraising activities.

Collapse of the zinc market means the penny is cheaper to make; saves taxpayers!

A collapse in metals prices means U.S. coins, including the penny, are less expensive to make. The penny has reached its lowest cost in seven years. Each 1-cent coin, made almost entirely of zinc, now costs the taxpayer much less to produce and its likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future.

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More than Two-Thirds of Americans Still Favor Keeping the Penny

Recent Poll Shows Increasing Penny Support and Concern About Price Increases If Penny Is Eliminated

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A poll released today by Americans for Common Cents (ACC) continues to show overwhelming and increasing support for the penny by the American public. 68% of those surveyed favor keeping the penny in circulation, representing a slight increase since the last poll in 2012.

"These results confirm the strong and unwavering support the penny continues to receive from Americans," said Mark Weller, Executive Director of ACC. Weller's group includes more than 50 organizations that support continued production of the penny.

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