On Monday, noted leftists Ben and Jerry of the ice cream empire were arrested on Capitol Hill along with hundreds of other "Democracy Awakening" activists.
People Magazine reports:
The businessmen, both 65, were reportedly arrested by the United States Capitol Police on the East Front Rotunda Steps of the building for unlawful demonstration activities, according to a press release from the police. (The report does not name Cohen or Greenfield or any of the people arrested.) All of the approximately 300 individuals were charged for crowding, obstructing or incommoding, and were processed and released on the scene.
“The history of our country is that nothing happens,” said Ben of Ben and Jerry's just prior to his arrest, “until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested.”
The website explains, "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."
Or perhaps half-baked. They go on to say,
"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."
The site provides no further specifics about this "wave of attacks in many states on citizens’ right to vote."