Standing up against the corruption of US politics by corporate money is worth being arrested for, Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the co-founders of Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, told RT after being detained at the Capitol with a group of 300 protesters.
Monday’s mass arrest of hundreds of people in the US capital was “a culmination of a week of protests that began with a march from Philadelphia to Washington DC,” Ben Cohen, the ice cream brand’s co-founder, said.
The Democracy Awakening movement, which Ben Cohen and his business partner Jerry Greenfield support, is not affiliated with any party or presidential candidate, but rather “working to get money out of politics and make voting accessible to minorities and low income people.”
The duo confirmed that they were well aware that they could be busted for joining the unauthorized rally.
“I think we, along with the rest of them (the protesters), decided that this issue is so important that we needed to use the loudest voice that a citizen has, which is to participate in civil disobedience and get arrested,” Cohen explained.
“Yep, there are times you need to take to the street. It’s not enough simply to write letters, to sign petitions. You have to put your body on the line. It’s that important,”Greenfield added.