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Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors - Occupy Wall Street: We Stand Wth You (Barf Alert)
Ben and Jerry's website ^ | 2/15/2012 | Ben and Jerry's Board of Directors

Posted on 02/26/2012 3:22:13 PM PST by kbobdelux

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

Who’s on our Board?

What’s our position on the issues that matter? •Big Picture, Small World •Fair Trade •Climate Justice •Peace Building •Caring Dairy

Does Ben & Jerry’s spend money on lobbying in the United States? Ben & Jerry’s has launched numerous activist campaigns over the years that are considered lobbying activities according to federal and state laws.

In the past four years, the positions we have taken in these activist campaigns are: 1.Support for a Constitutional amendment that would limit corporate spending in elections. 2.Support for stronger social and environmental protections in the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. 3.Support for the Youth PROMISE Act, which funds proven youth violence prevention programs. 4.Support for continued funding for the United States Institute of Peace. 5.Support for continued funding for the Complex Crises Fund which supports State Department emergency efforts to defuse volatile conflicts around the globe. 6.Support for aggressive federal legislation to limit and reduce carbon emissions to respond to the challenge of climate change. 7.Opposition to FDA approval of foods from cloned animals. 8.Support for a USDA program to require mandatory tracking of cloned animals in the food supply to support consumer choice. 9.Opposition to FDA approval of genetically engineered animals in the food supply. 10.Support for the right of dairy companies to label their products as being ‘rBGH-free.’ 11.Support for the United Nations Millennium Development goals to eradicate extreme poverty and inequality.

Ben & Jerry’s has reported all expenditures on these grassroots campaign activities as required by federal and Vermont state law.


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KEYWORDS: occupywallstreet

1 posted on 02/26/2012 3:22:22 PM PST by kbobdelux
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To: kbobdelux

The Activism sidebar is reserved for FR activism. Not leftist causes.


2 posted on 02/26/2012 3:24:21 PM PST by Admin Moderator
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To: kbobdelux

Let em stand with em. I don’t eat their garbage ice cream.


3 posted on 02/26/2012 3:24:58 PM PST by RetiredArmy (POLITICIANS: Promise the moon. Deliver the shaft.)
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To: kbobdelux

People aren’t supposed to know/remember that Ben and Jerry sold their company to Unilever in 2000 for quite a tidy sum.


4 posted on 02/26/2012 3:26:45 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: kbobdelux
I don't patronize these Commie bastards. Never have - never will!



Nos genuflectitur ad non princeps sed Princeps Pacem!

Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name. (Isaiah 49:1 KJV)

5 posted on 02/26/2012 3:27:29 PM PST by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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To: RetiredArmy

Why in the world would any Texan buy ice cream from Communists when there’s Texas’s own Blue Bell, from the little creamery in Brenham?


6 posted on 02/26/2012 3:28:20 PM PST by txrefugee
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To: kbobdelux

So does this mean Ben and Jerry’s is going to take all their evil profits and distribute them through all of the “99%”...

Yea didn’t think so.


7 posted on 02/26/2012 3:28:28 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Domandred

I thought Ben and Jerry’s was owned by Unilever. OK, what says the Unilever board of directors?


8 posted on 02/26/2012 3:31:45 PM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: kbobdelux
"Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt"

The teacher's unions have to pay for their lavish LIFETIME PENSIONS so they can live out their lives as 1%'ers, right?

9 posted on 02/26/2012 3:33:27 PM PST by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: kbobdelux

They have some good flavors but so much for Ben and Jerry’s ice cream for me.


10 posted on 02/26/2012 3:34:26 PM PST by Just another Joe (Warning: FReeping can be addictive and helpful to your mental health)
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To: Domandred

Ben and Jerry’s COWS have it better than most of us do.


11 posted on 02/26/2012 3:34:40 PM PST by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: kbobdelux

The freeloaders were axing for $20-an-hour jobs. Does BJ’s provide that? Doubt it.


12 posted on 02/26/2012 3:36:30 PM PST by Libloather (The epitome of civility.)
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To: RetiredArmy

I agree


13 posted on 02/26/2012 3:36:56 PM PST by U-238
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To: kbobdelux

(•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.)

These problems are the direct result of leftist policies.
#1 problem above is due to leftists making US employment too expensive and its cost too unpredictable thanks to the plethora of “reforms” such as health care and Dodd frank. Also at fault are unnaturally high minimum wages that keep the unskilled (new to the workforce and a good % of hispanics and blacks).
#2 problem above is due to high tax rates and the depreciating currency that acts as a hidden tax, which is directly caused by the Fed printing of money and artificially keeping interest rates low.
#3 problem is due to the subsidy of college by the federal government. Colleges keep raising their tuition as they see that the only response by the government is to increase government “aid”. The federal government also guarantees student loans, which removes the need for banks to actually ask people what the heck they’re studying for that money, and whether the material is consistent with them finding a good paying job that would allow them to pay back the loan.

Ben & Jerry should therefore say mea culpa and spend all their profits on us the people, as penance for their lobbying for bad laws.


14 posted on 02/26/2012 3:37:41 PM PST by winner3000 (ss)
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To: kbobdelux
Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply in debt..as well it should be - those receiving the education will be benefitting from it - they should pay the bill.....
15 posted on 02/26/2012 3:38:28 PM PST by Intolerant in NJ
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To: txrefugee
...there’s Texas’s own Blue Bell...

Humpf! Seen the prices on that lately? 2 of their 1/2 gallon tubs for $9.00 locally...at sale price!
Our local @"Oak Farms" products look better every day, especially with 3 of their 1/2 gallon tubs going for $9.00 when on sale.
When people can't even afford ice cream until it goes on sale there's a problem.

Just saying...

16 posted on 02/26/2012 3:38:59 PM PST by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: kbobdelux

They’re rich guys peddling high-fat stuff, and they SOLD OUT to a multi-national conglomerate.

Did anyone know that Haagen-Daaz was actually started in NEW JERSEY? They’re not not Swiss, not even 1% Euro.


17 posted on 02/26/2012 3:39:08 PM PST by gaijin
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To: kbobdelux

“non-violent Occupy Wall Street Movement” rofl.


18 posted on 02/26/2012 3:41:06 PM PST by freemarketsfreeminds
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To: kbobdelux

More millionaire communists (are there any other kind?) lecturing the rest of us about “greed”.

Wonderful.


19 posted on 02/26/2012 3:44:14 PM PST by Tzimisce (Never forget that the American Revolution began when the British tried to disarm the colonists.)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

My view is a bit different.

I think the govt provides subsidized student loans with minimal vetting of credit risk so universities can pay high salaries to liberal teachers and admins who recycle the money to Dem orgs. Sort of like the union dues scam.

If education loans were on par with similar credit risks, demand would be reduced and universities would be forced to price accordingly.


20 posted on 02/26/2012 3:44:27 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: kbobdelux

It’s funny to watch the hypocrisy. So why do those faggot bastards charge so much money for their ice cream? They are also part of the “1%”.

Like all the Marxist billionaries, Soros, Buffet, Gates - they want to have their “cake and eat it too”.

This pandering from these hypocrites to these Occupy Degenerates reminds me of what happens in nature when leftist morons go too far in their assumptions.

Oh these Occupiers are peaceful angels. Keep kissing their asses. When it hits the fan and they start beating business owners and looting - you will not be spared you placating frauds Ben & Jerry.

You will be just like “The Grissly Man”. I remember watching this idiot Tim Treadwell and how offensive and obnoxious he was in his documentary - until the end - when this nature worshipping leftist became a victim of his delusional view of nature, mankind and our proper role in the world.

Here’s the synopsyis if you don’t know who Treadwell was:

“For 13 years, Timothy Treadwell spent his summers on the Alaskan Peninsula, living among wild bears and, for the last five years, videotaping his life there. His winters were spent touring elementary schools and making television appearances, in an effort to educate people about the plight of the animals he loved. This continued until October 5, 2003, when Treadwell and his girlfriend were attacked and killed by a bear.”

http://topdocumentaryfilms.com/grizzly-man/


21 posted on 02/26/2012 3:45:28 PM PST by publius321
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To: ConorMacNessa
I don't patronize these Commie bastards. Never have - never will!

Agreed, there are other sources of ice cream out there.
22 posted on 02/26/2012 3:51:49 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Send Obama back to the ghetto, November 6th.)
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To: kbobdelux

Hagen Daz....it’s better anyway


23 posted on 02/26/2012 3:57:30 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: nascarnation

high salaries to liberal teachers and admins who recycle the money to Dem orgs. Sort of like the union dues scam

I prefer to call it a form of money laundering.


24 posted on 02/26/2012 3:58:30 PM PST by Fred Hayek (FUBO, the No Talent Pop Star pResident.)
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To: kbobdelux

You can’t make this stuff up. Is there anything dumber than a liberal?


25 posted on 02/26/2012 3:59:10 PM PST by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: kbobdelux

“In the past four years, the positions we have taken in these activist campaigns are: 1.Support for a Constitutional amendment that would limit corporate spending in elections.”

I notice it doesn’t include the UNIONS!


26 posted on 02/26/2012 3:59:59 PM PST by kitkat (Obama, rope and chains)
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To: All

Well, tried their “eco-mission” game for “craps & giggles,” I chose the Elvis 1955 Caddy and I tried to run the yippies, who needed shower, over but instead, they wanted to bum a ride off of me. I’d say, “how about some gas money, man, your hero Stymie in the White Hut is ‘stymie-ing’ our progress of getting our energy here at home.” BTW, the game crashed my browser too.


27 posted on 02/26/2012 4:02:33 PM PST by Nowhere Man (Send Obama back to the ghetto, November 6th.)
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To: Fred Hayek

It’s funny that we never see the MSM complaining about “Big Education”


28 posted on 02/26/2012 4:02:33 PM PST by nascarnation (DEFEAT BARAQ 2012 DEPORT BARAQ 2013)
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To: Intolerant in NJ

those receiving the education will be benefitting from it - they should pay the bill.....

Sounds good but it won’t happen as planned. If Obama gets reelected just watch the student loan industry go bust and debt forgiven at taxpayer expense. Another buy votes operation.


29 posted on 02/26/2012 4:13:41 PM PST by Joan Kerrey
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To: kbobdelux

Fine and dandy, it is a free country and they can choose to support whomever they wish, as for me and my house we choose not to buy their products


30 posted on 02/26/2012 4:20:38 PM PST by DirtyDawg (eat fruit)
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To: kbobdelux

I make it a point never to buy ice cream from those two boot scrapings!


31 posted on 02/26/2012 5:10:15 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (There's a pill for just about everything ... except stupid!)
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To: kbobdelux

Never will get them again. Too bad, I like their ice cream.


32 posted on 02/26/2012 5:11:27 PM PST by wbill
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To: kbobdelux

Never will get them again. Too bad, I like their ice cream.


33 posted on 02/26/2012 5:11:30 PM PST by wbill
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To: kbobdelux

Rape is an act of violence. Occupants haveshielded their tent villages from rape investigations.

Occupy is a pro-rape pro-violence movement.


34 posted on 02/26/2012 7:07:48 PM PST by a fool in paradise (If Obama brings troops home from Japan and Germany he can claim he won WWII finally as well as Iraq.)
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