- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

BenCohen and Jerry Greenfield — better known as the duo behind ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s — were arrested Monday in D.C. during a protest outside of the U.S. Capitol.

The ice cream mavens were among approximately 300 protesters arrested during a demonstration led by Democracy Awakening, a group that has been conducting nonviolent direct action outside the Capitol building since April 11.

Capitol Police said that individuals arrested Monday were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding — or unlawful demonstrating — and were cited on the scene and released.

“It’s time for us to come together and claim a democracy where every voice is heard and every vote counts equally — in other words, a democracy that works for all of us,” the group states on its website.

More than 1,200 people have been arrested since the demonstrations began earlier this month, police said.

On the Ben & Jerry’s website, the Vermont-based ice cream company says the purpose of the protests is to ensure “that power in this country is returned to the people.”

 

“At a certain point, you have to say enough is enough,” Mr. Greenfield said in a statement. “We can’t continue to have a political system where ordinary people are shut out of the process. It’s not what our founders envisioned, and it’s not what democracy is supposed to be about.”

Mr. Cohen and Mr. Greenfield are both slated to campaign in Delaware on Tuesday in support of Democratic presidential hopeful and longtime Vermont
Sen. Bernard Sanders.

“The history of our country is that nothing happens until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested,” Mr. Cohen added.

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