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Ben & Jerry's Founders Arrested During Protest At US Capitol

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were just two of hundreds of people arrested at a rally organized by Democracy Awakening.

By Briana Altergott | April 19, 2016

The two founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream were arrested Monday at a protest at the U.S. Capitol.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were just two of hundreds of people arrested at a rally organized by Democracy Awakening to protest the large amounts of money spent by corporations during elections. 

A statement from the U.S. Capitol Police said the protesters were charged with unlawful demonstration activities on the scene and then released.

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The company later confirmed the arrests on its website. "It all comes down to a simple idea that we believe in whole-heartedly: if you care about something, you have to be willing to risk it all ... for the greater good."

Of course, the Ben & Jerry's company and its co-founders have been long known to speak their minds about many social issues, including climate change, GMO labeling and gay rights.

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