It’s that time of year again when celebs are getting politically active!
This time around, it’s Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield — you know them better as the gentlemen behind Ben & Jerry’s — who were arrested for their activism as part of a similar non-violent protest for an organization called Democracy Awakening!
The ice cream duo were two of approximately 300 people arrested on Monday for protesting the role of money in politics at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC — and now, they are opening up about it!
On the official Ben & Jerry’s website, Cohen explained their motivation behind being arrested over the protest:
“The history of our country is that nothing happens until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested.”
At the point of arrest, the duo was charged with crowding/obstructing, which is considered an illegal demonstration activity in DC.
The fellas explained more about their specific motivations for being in the nation’s capital after the arrest, too:
“Protesting injustice has been on the agenda all weekend. 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 pair — two of more than 1,200 people arrested since protests began last week — were processed at the scene and released.
What do U think about their activism?! Is it noble to risk getting getting arrested, like these two obviously see?!
[Image via Ben & Jerry’s.]