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Ben & Jerry’s co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were arrested at the U.S. Capitol yesterday, as participants in ongoing protests by a group called Democracy Awakening.
Just before the arrest, Cohen said, “The history of our country is that nothing happens until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested.”
The company explains, “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.”
Cohen and Greenfield were one of approximately 300 people arrested at the scene, who were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding. The police have arrested more than 1,200 people since the protests began on April 11, reports USA Today.
The post on the company’s website detailing why Cohen and Greenfield got arrested concludes, “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.”
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