Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founders, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Arrested Outside US Capitol
Along with roughly 300 others, Ben & Jerry’s co-owners Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were arrested at the U.S. Capitol while participating in protests centered around political funding.
They were arrested on April 18 during a ‘Democracy Awakening’ demonstration.
The duo’s ice cream website says the founder have been “protesting injustice all weekend,” stating:
“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.”
Capitol Police said the arrested protesters faced charges of obstructing, crowding, and unlawful demonstration. Police have been booking them and releasing them instantly.
— Ben & Jerry’s (@benandjerrys) April 19, 2016
The website post continued:
“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.”
Since April 11, the Capitol Police have arrested 1,200 people due to the political funding protests.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.