The co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s have been arrested at the U.S. Capitol as part of ongoing protests in Washington about the role of money in politics.
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were among approximately 300 people who were arrested Monday as part of protests by a group called Democracy Awakening.
The Vermont-based ice cream company’s website says the purpose of the protests is to make sure everyone’s voice is heard ‘and that power in this country is returned to the people.’
‘If you care about something, you have to be willing to risk it all – your reputation, your values, your business – for the greater good,’ the statement said.
Vermont ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield, right, were arrested on Monday for taking part in a protest against big money in politics. Pictured above at the Monday demonstration
Video shows the moment Ben Cohen (left) was arrested at the scene and then released
Greenfield is seen center leaving the capitol on Thursday after his arrest. Ben & Jerry plan to stump for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Delaware on Tuesday
Cohen said in a separate statement that ‘the history of our country is that nothing happens until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested.’
Actress Rosario Dawson and Harvard Professor Larry Lessig were also arrested.
The group has been protesting at the Capitol since April 11, resulting in the arrest of more than 1,200.
The group’s main concerns is getting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee appointed so that the Citizen’s United decision can be overturned.
The company posted this picture to their Instagram account on Monday, explaining Democracy Awakening’s goals for voter reform
The decision resulted in the expansion of voting rights for corporations.
The group also wishes to restore protections against voter discrimination and to enact a form of small-donor campaign funding.
U.S. Capitol Police say those arrested were charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding, which is unlawful demonstration activity.
They were processed on the scene and released.
On Tuesday, Ben & Jerry plan to stump for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Delaware.
Sanders is their home state senator and they recently made a limited edition ice cream in his honor, called Bernie’s Yearning.