By Bronte Price, PoliticKING
Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the co-founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream were arrested at the U.S. Capitol on Monday.
The pair were among around 300 people who were arrested while participating in the "Democracy Awakening" protests that took place on the nation's capital over the weekend.
According to a statement from the U.S. Capitol Police, the protesters were arrested for unlawful demonstration activities. They were processed on the scene and released, the statement said.
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Democracy Awakening took place April 16-18 in an effort to "protect voting rights, get big money out of politics and demand a fair hearing and an up or down vote on President Obama's Supreme Court nominee," according to its website.
Among the protesters demands is action on climate change, racial justice, workers' rights and fair pay, safe food and water, health care, peace, immigration reform and improvements in education. The protesters believe that voters aren't fairly included in the political process and that Congress has failed to address this issue.
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The co-founders have been outspoken advocates for Bernie Sanders. The Ben & Jerry’s ice cream company, which is based in Vermont, endorsed the Vermont Senator early on in his campaign. They also created an ice cream flavor in honor of Sanders, called “Bernie’s Yearning.”
The flavor is mint and topped with a giant chocolate chip that "represents all the wealth that's gone to the top 1% of the population over the past 10 years," Ben Cohen told CNN.
"And the way you eat it is that you whack it with your spoon, then you mix it around. That's the 'Bernie's Yearning,'" Cohen said.
Here’s what Jesse Ventura thinks about campaign finance in the 2016 election:
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