Eat Ice Cream for Social Change

One lone corporate voice standing up for the 99%. I copied this from the Ben&Jerry’s website.

To those who Occupy: We stand with you.
We, the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors, compelled by our personal convictions and our Company’s mission and values, wish to express our deepest admiration to all of you who have initiated the non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement and to those around the country who have joined in solidarity. The issues raised are of fundamental importance to all of us. These include:

  • The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply immoral.
  • We are in an unemployment crisis. Almost 14 million people are unemployed. Nearly 20% of African American men are unemployed. Over 25% of our nation’s youth are unemployed.
  • Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape by.
  • Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt.
  • Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.

We know the media will either ignore you or frame the issue as to who may be getting pepper sprayed rather than addressing the despair and hardships borne by so many, or accurately conveying what this movement is about. All this goes on while corporate profits continue to soar and millionaires whine about paying a bit more in taxes. And we have not even mentioned the environment.

We know that words are relatively easy but we wanted to act quickly to demonstrate our support. As a board and as a company we have actively been involved with these issues for years but your efforts have put them out front in a way we have not been able to do. We have provided support to citizens’ efforts to rein in corporate money in politics, we pay a livable wage to our employees, we directly support family farms and we are working to source fairly traded ingredients for all our products. But we realize that Occupy Wall Street is calling for systemic change. We support this call to action and are honored to join you in this call to take back our nation and democracy.

— Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors

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4 Replies to “Eat Ice Cream for Social Change”

  1. Thank you! This is wonderful.
    I am inspired and grateful to Ben and Jerry’s.

    You’ve made this available at a crucial time,
    as winter approaches and OWS needs blankets
    and coats and encouragement. I will pass it on.


  2. Yes,
    “Little” Sister, Ben & Jerry’s inspired me as well.
    They remain true to their vision and beliefs.

    All those mega-rich celebrities that have visited NYC have said they “support” OWS, other than Kanye supplying some tents and blankets, the likes of Yoko Ono ( $500 ,illion net worth) Susan Sarandon ( $65 million) and Michael Moore ( $50 million) have not given any cash, tents, blankets or ice cream!
    The entire movement inspires me I have written two articles in the Baja Citizen about OWS.

  3. My self I like to go to Yogoloso by the tailhunter its healthy with all the fruit and natural flavors. Then if its nice and sunny grab a paddle board next door and paddle out and just enjoy the quite out in the ocean.

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