The #OccupyWallStreet protestors picked up a cool supporter on Monday: Ben & Jerry’s have made an official statement in support of the ever-growing movement.
On the company’s website, Woody, the Ben & Jerry cow mascot, is holding a sign reading “Occupy.”
From the statement, signed by the company’s board of directors:
“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 nonviolent 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.”
The site then goes on to list a handful of the issues (inequality, unemployment, corporate lobbying, etc).
It then goes on to say:
“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.”
One thing to note: Ben & Jerry’s is owned by British-Dutch conglomerate Unilever, a publicly traded company.
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Ben and Jerry's, the Vermont ice cream maker known for their activism, announced today its backing Occupy Wall Street protestors.