The co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, along with 300 of their fellow protestors, were allegedly arrested on the steps of the nations capitol on Monday.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield (co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s brand ice cream) were reportedly arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Monday. The ice cream creators were allegedly arrested along side 300 fellow members of ‘Democracy Awakening’ who descended on our Nation’s Capitol this past weekend to protest the way our government has been dealing with certain issues lately. Democracy Awakening’s website claims that the protests were being held in order to:
Protect voting rights, get big money out of politics and demand a fair hearing and an up or down vote on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee.
Ben Cohen, Jerry Greenfield and other members of this weekend’s protest were alleged arrested on charges of participating in “unlawful demonstration activities.” Capitol police claim that everyone involved was arrested, processed, and released right at the scene of this alleged “unlawful demonstration.”
Cohen and Greenfield are definitely seasoned veterans of the political realm, these two men have been fairly outspoken political activists for quite sometime now.
It is no secret that Cohen and Greenfield are avid supporters of Bernie Sanders, the Democratic Socialist Senator from their home State of Vermont. In fact, they even went as far as creating a new, limited edition flavor of ice cream dedicated to the 2016 Sanders campaign, named “Bernie’s Yearning.” However, Ben & Jerry’s brand ice cream as a corporation adheres to a strict policy to steer clear of political opinions, so the these liberal activists went ahead and created a brand new ice cream company named Ben’s Best so they could properly market and sell Bernie’s Yearning.
The official website for Ben & Jerry’s ice cream wrote an extremely detailed account of the events leading to their co-founders’ recent run in with law enforcement. The following quote summarizes their stance pretty well.
It all comes down to a simple idea that we believe in whole-heartedly: if you care about something, you have to be willing to risk it all—your reputation, your values, your business—for the greater good.
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