Ben And Jerry Explain Why They Were Arrested At The Capitol

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On Monday, prominent Bernie Sanders supporters Ben & Jerry, co-founders of the eponymous ice cream brand, were arrested at the  Capitol while demonstrating for voting and campaign reforms. They were just two of more than 1,000 demonstrators who according to police have been arrested in the past several days. Most had been charged with unlawful crowding and obstruction.

The group organizing the protests, Democracy Awakening, is calling on Congress to vote on bills to reform campaign finance laws, modernize voters registration and consider President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.

In a post on their website, Ben and Jerry have explained their arrest saying that "the history of our country is that nothing happens, until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested," co-founder Ben Cohen said before getting arrested, according to a post on the company's website.

The post said that the two co-founders, Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, haven't been "shy about taking a stand on issues that we care about, even when they're controversial."  The post said that the co-founders' actions Monday came down to a "simple idea."

"If you care about something, you have to be willing to risk it all — your reputation, your values, your business — for the greater good." The post on Ben & Jerry's website said the protests are just a start to make sure the peoples' voices are heard.

When "something really matters, you have to put your body on the line," the post said, adding that "you have to take a stand."

They appealed to reducing the power of campaign finance: "Democracy belongs in the hands of all Americans, not in the pockets of a few billionaires," the post said.

"And no citizen who wants to vote should ever be kept from the polls. Democracy Awakening inspired hope and created excitement that all participants will carry back home with them to their own communities."

Here is the post from their website:

Why Ben and Jerry Just Got Arrested

Earlier today, our cofounders, Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen, along with hundreds of other activists, were arrested as part of Democracy Awakening’s direct action on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building.

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JUST BEFORE THEY WERE ARRESTED

We spoke to them just before it happened. “The history of our country is that nothing happens,” said Ben, “until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested.”

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NOT SHY ABOUT TAKING A STAND

Of course, over the years Ben & Jerry’s hasn’t been shy about taking a stand on issues that we care about, even when they’re controversial. You could say that our passion for social justice has been baked right into everything we’ve ever done. We launched Save Our Swirled last year to bring awareness to climate change. In honor of the Supreme Court’s decision last summer to recognize the right of all couples to marry, we changed the name of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to I Dough, I Dough.

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ONE SIMPLE IDEA BEHIND IT ALL

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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Protesting injustice has been on the agenda all weekend. We’ve been in Washington, D.C. with Democracy Awakening, a remarkable event that brought together hundreds of groups and thousands of people in an effort to fix our broken democracy. There are two trends that everyone from Greenpeace to the NAACP has realized are making it impossible for much good work to get done. The first is the flood of unregulated cash flowing into campaigns and elections. And the second is the wave of attacks in many states on citizens’ right to vote.

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THIS IS THE BEGINNING OF SOMETHING BIG

Democracy Awakening is just the beginning of a movement to ensure that every citizen’s voice is heard and that power in this country is returned to the people.

SO WHY GET ARRESTED?

But Jerry and Ben and hundreds of others felt that they had to do something more, once the marches and the speeches came to an end. As Ben said, there’s

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a powerful legacy of direct action in this country. From mass protests like the March on Washington and 2014’s People’s Climate March in NYC, to incredibly powerful if quieter and more personal actions like the 1960 Woolworth sit-ins started by four African-American students in Greensboro, NC, or the protest against Shell Oil’s plan to drill in the arctic by kayakers in Seattle.

Sometimes, when something really matters, you have to put your body on the line. You have to take a stand.

EVERYONE HAS A ROLE TO PLAY

We all have a role to play in the fight for justice. Join us this year as we spread the word and take action. Democracy belongs in the hands of all Americans, not in the pockets of a few billionaires. And no citizen who wants to vote should ever be kept from the polls. Democracy Awakening inspired hope and created excitement that all participants will carry back home with them to their own communities.

This is how real change happens.

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TradingIsLifeBrah's picture
TradingIsLifeBrah (not verified) Apr 19, 2016 3:19 PM

America doesn't want a Commie government.  Sorry brah, GTFO

johngaltfla's picture

They just want the rest of us to buy their shitty ice cream and pay more in taxes. Fuck them.

froze25's picture

Dude, I don't like their politics but they make some great ice cream. I don't buy it anymore but the shit is good.

johngaltfla's picture

I don't care if I shit gold eagles after eating it. I will not eat commie ice cream. Those two bastards want the middle class to return to an effective 60% tax rate. Fuck'em I say. In fact, I hope the RINOrats win the White House and single Vermont out for a VAT and Tariffs for anything made in that Marxist shithole.

Save_America1st's picture

Fuck you, Ben and Jerry.  bitchez....

SWRichmond's picture

Couple of rich fucktards who don't have to worry about getting jobs, "risking" a misdemeanor bust and pumping their product.

"Look we care."  Marketing gimmick.

Billy the Poet's picture

I buy Turkey Hill ice cream. Real ingredients and about $4 retail.

Pool Shark's picture

 

 

Ben & Jerry's Newest Flavor:

 

Pruno

 

tc06rtw's picture

 …  Why they were arrested ?
   
 My guess is they caught ’em  packing fudge  in public.
  

Mr. Universe's picture

Such eco warriors selling out to Unilever for 326 Million. Seems about right, we got ours, now the rest of you must all share what's left.

Pairadimes's picture

Let me see if I have this right. Two wealthy men who have used their wealth to advance their causes politically were protesting that wealthy people use their wealth to advance their causes politically? Are they just trying to take the heat off of George Clooney?

Bunghole's picture

Just a couple of Jewish cockgobblers who sold ice cream with a 1000% markup to idiots who would know french pot ice cream from ice milk.

Not impressed.

If I want overpriced ice cream, I'll buy Aglamesis Brothers who still make small batch stuff, unlike the Unilever bulk shit these fags put their name on.

NidStyles's picture

We have Tillamook here. Not sure if they are evil Joos or not, but the Ice Cream is natural and dellicious. Far better than any Ben and Jerry's Shoah flavors.

ImGumbydmmt's picture

Tillamook Here also, Southern Oregon!

 

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Billy the Poet Apr 19, 2016 3:59 PM

"I buy Turkey Hill ice cream. Real ingredients and about $4 retail."

Regularly on sale for $2.50.  Although the what used to be one quart containers are getting smaller.  But there is NO inflation...

Billy the Poet's picture

I buy the 1.5 quart boxes or whatever they are these days.

Antifaschistische's picture

I defend my right to buy Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey Ice Cream and have it shipped 1/2 way across the country in REGRIGERATED DIESEL TRUCKS (the least green thing on the planet) just so I can EAT IT in my REFRIGERATED house in HOUSTON...

And if these guys weren't such hypocrites, they would not ship their Ice Cream 1/2 way across the country to me........but......I guess they put their values aside when it comes to making MONEY!!   

The Alarmist's picture

Liberating money from selfish people like you allows them to do good things for the little guy. 

Yeah, I choked on a little Cookie Dough while typing that.

ClydeCrashcup's picture

"From each according to his ability, to each according to his tolerance for lactose (and sanctimonious bullshit)".

smithcreek's picture

Those twatwaffles got away with underpaying employees by claiming that the highest paid employees at B&Js would only make a certain amount more than the lowest paid.  Funny they never mentioned the tens or hundreds of millions the two of them were building in equity, which they cashed out when they sold to an "evil" multinational congolmerate.  Fuck those two assholes.

Bananamerican's picture

Twatwaffle™

"it's MINE now bitch!"

Jeffersonian Liberal's picture

Smith,

These two leftist scumbags whose motto is "Marxism for thee but Capitalism for me" also said any company caught producing dioxins or who had dioxins in their products whould be put out of business...

 

...but they shut that one up quickly when dioxins were found in their ice cream.

 

Grab the money and run and force everyone else into a Socialist system that reduces everyone to poverty.

Very typical of their.....type.

 

BandGap's picture

I also don't eat their shit ice cream. The after taste of thinking I would be supporting these two assholes would spoil any flavor.

Ivanka2032's picture
Ivanka2032 (not verified) BandGap Apr 19, 2016 3:46 PM

Wait till they come out with their new Gefilte Phish Food flavor.

Bush Baby's picture

Bernie, Ben & Jerry icecream , $40.00 a quart

LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD's picture
LowerSlowerDelaware_LSD (not verified) Bush Baby Apr 19, 2016 4:01 PM

$400 per quart for you if you didn't vote the "correct" way.  "We have your records..."

Implied Violins's picture

Oooh, feel the freezer BERN.

NurseRatched's picture

How expensive would Ben & Jerry's be if they actually paid all their employees a $15 living (minimum) wage? 

Oh, they weren't protesting to raise their own costs.

NoDebt's picture

"I don't care if I shit gold eagles after eating it. I will not eat commie ice cream."

Now that's some funny shit right there, John.  Green arrow.

Gold...Bitches's picture

"I don't care if I shit gold eagles after eating it."

 

Actually, If one were to shit gold eagles after eating their ice cream I might have to get me a few pints on the way home so I can add to the stack (after washing them off first).  

Ghost of Porky's picture

They're hoping President Bernie will give them the lucrative FEMA Prison Camp concession.

EdSav's picture

Unilever bought Ben and Jerry's ice cream.. The label says "Ben's Best".. 

froze25's picture

When are the Patriots going get some good products on the selves at the stores. We can make good ice cream, beer maybe even burritos.

SWRichmond's picture

Rifles

Ammo

Body armor

Tactical gear

Commo

BandGap's picture

Three of the five basic food groups, right there. 'Merica!

jus_lite_reading's picture

Hey Ben, hey Jerry I have a new flavor creation for you guys to try out-it's called "Cuban Catastrophe"

It's a big cup of shit, literal SHIT with speckles of KFC fried chicken to represent Communist Sanders support and love for Communism. "Because THIS time, Communism WILL WORK."

 

balz's picture

Sorry to interrupt your nonsense, but Bernie Sanders is not a communist. You should do some research on the differences between communism, socialism, social-democracy, etc. That way, your comments would look a lot more intelligent.

P.-S. I'm not for Bernie, but facts do matter. Bernie is not against private property which is the core position of communism.

Billy the Poet's picture

If you're going to be a national socialist you'll have to like corporations. That's how it works.

jus_lite_reading's picture

If you think I am too stupid to know the difference than you shouldn't bother responding to me as I won't understand anyways.

I fully understand that Sanders is a Social Democrat. That's great and all but the problem is that the pendulum NEVER stays there- it will always drift further LEFT, incrementally, inching its way to full on socialism and then communism. Although the process is slow, it is ALWAYS the course. LOOK at Europe. For example, the people are already taxed to death (don't believe me ask the dozens of Euro posters like "sudden death" from the Netherlands and others)

What is happening now is as the number of welfare leeches increases (mostly 3rd world trash), the wonderful Social Democratic (see they have it already) system they have set in place for the real citizens of Europe to benefit from IF they ever need the money is no longer there and now, little by the little the VAT increase, then the oil/gas tax increase then they find other ways to tax you little by little to fill the hole. Now Europe is almost ready to take the plunge into FULL SOCIALISM. SEE: ANGIE and her attack of the "far right" while simultaneously attacking FREE SPEECH and that leftist comic.

So, yeah, FUCK OFF with Social Democracy.

Ghost of Porky's picture

Lenin was a social democrat.

He only murdered 4 million people.

Imbecile.

 

Gold...Bitches's picture

Lenin was a social democrat.

He only murdered 4 million people.

 

Details, details...

ClydeCrashcup's picture

 

 Sorry to interrupt your nonsense, but Bernie Sanders is not a communist. You should do some research on the differences between communism, socialism, social-democracy, etc.

Here, let me try to elucidate the differences:

Social Democracy (sic) = walking pneumonia, untreated

Socialism = deathbed pneumonia

Communism = "Here lies Socialism"

Huckleberry Pie's picture

Two Socialist homo's....what's new?

DetectiveStern's picture

Hey, if the socialists manage to change the political system that leaves all the sane people to vote in proper politicians they want in the now uncorrupt system ;)

1 step back 2 steps forward.

Moe Howard's picture

Two tribe socialist homo billionaires telling the rest of us we shouldn't allow billionaires to control politics.

 

 

ImGumbydmmt's picture

The vexing problem with Bernie is his correctly diagnosing the problems in America, but wrongly precribes treatments that have proven over and over to kill the Patient.

The ills of socialism (and its inevitiable spawn- communism)are even worse than the system of crony capilatism/"socialism for the rich and powerful" (Facscism by any other name) 

Only by educating the young on why/how America came to be and why a State based on principals of personal Liberty, with Limited Constitutional Goverance, is essential to a prosperous society; will we turn the tide on this mess. 

(So it may be too late, I admit.)

I have possible solutions I am presenting for comment and critique from the ZH crowd. (in case I'm nuts please allow me to be corrected)

The first acts I would do as president myself would be to abolish the Federal Reserve, the IRS and the Dept of Education.

Out with the BLM and re-institute the homestead act, with acreage allowments scaled by annual precpitation, or some metric to allow smaller parcel in very profitable land and larger tracts in less productive/arid regions. 

End any inheritance tax, and persocal residence property tax.

Mandate every corportation be a 66% ESOP. Investment captial is a neceesary function to grow business. Business decisons motivated to only enrich the shareholders and not the partiscipants in the company nor the local community are an anathema to a prodcutive stable society. (we still want your investment captical, but we will decide how to best use the money for the benifit of the participants in the company and the community it supports.) This concept could still be corrupted so I'm open to critique.

 

 

Infield_Fly's picture
Infield_Fly (not verified) Apr 19, 2016 3:19 PM

Ice cream - that helps my heart and helps me lose weight.  Does it come with a free pack of smokes??

synergize's picture

Hey I give them props for standing for someone willing to change the system