Ben & Jerry’s co-founders arrested at U.S. Capito

WASHINGTON, The co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream were arrested at a U.S. Capitol protest on Monday.


Ice cream icons Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were part of the Democracy Awakening protests in Washington, D.C. A total of about 300 people were arrested.

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

Democracy Awakening organized the protest 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,” their website said.

U.S. Capitol Police arrested protestors for unlawful demonstration activities, promptly processed them on the scene and released them, police said in a statement.

The co-founders will be handing out free ice cream at a Bernie Sanders rally on Tuesday in Delaware. The two made a limited-edition flavor called “Bernie’s Yearning” earlier this year.

Ben & Jerry’s has stood up for causes they believed in before. Last year, the company started their Save Our Swirled campaign for climate change awareness. They also changed the name of their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough to I Dough, I Dough in honor of the Supreme court’s upholding of same-sex marriage.

By Shawn Price