Ben & Jerry’s: “YES!” To “Occupy Wall Street”

13 Oct

Ben & Jerry’s has come on-board with the Occupy Wall Street Revolution.

The cows see to be part of the 99%.

Ben & Jerry’s website says this, in part:

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.

Hubby and I toured their ice cream factory a few years ago. It’s at 1281 Waterbury-Stowe Road, in Waterbury Vermont. Phone 802-882-1240. Well worth a visit if you’re in the area!

I didn’t take a lot of pictures, but I did take this shot of their four, 6,000-gallon storage silos, where the milk and cream are held at 36 degrees until they’re converted into ice cream and frozen yogurt:

And I did take a picture of Hubby after the tour, when he was “all hopped up” after eating many samples of free ice cream:

Earlier this week, the Occupy Wall Street protestors in New York City marched peacefully to several Upper East Side blocks where some of the city’s wealthiest tycoons live.

I particularly enjoyed this article about the event that ran in the NY Daily News.

Protesters who say the state’s tax on millionaires should not expire marched on the Upper East Side apartments of five of the city’s richest men Tuesday.

They carried giant checks for $5 billion – how much they say the state will lose when the tax dies in December – made out to “the top 1%” and tried to give them to each tycoon.

(Gov.) Andrew Cuomo and the Legislature are about to give this man and his billionaire friends a $5 billion tax cut,” the crowd of several hundred chanted at each address.

“We are the 99% and we are here to say no more tax cuts for the billionaires while we cut schoolteachers, firefighters and cops.”

None of the moguls were home, it seemed.

No one really expected any of the targeted fat cats to make an appearance. That wasn’t the point.

This is the best that street theater could possibly be,” said one of the protestors, a CUNY professor. “To be able to go up to the door of a man like Rupert Murdoch, who has single-handedly been responsible for challenging democracy in Australia, Britain and the U.S. – it’s one of the most powerful things I’ve ever done.”

He said he came to the march because some of his graduate students, many of whom come from struggling homes in the Bronx, are being forced to drop out by higher CUNY fees.

“When these giant mega-billionaires are running off with huge tax cuts, my students have to pay more tuition,” he said.

A brass band and drummers marked time as the three-block long procession wound its way along Fifth and Park Aves. into the 90s.

The NYPD was out in force but did not interfere with the marchers. There were no arrests.

Along the way, the protesters were occasionally cheered by nannies, dog-walkers, doormen and maids who peered down from the windows in the ritzy buildings.

As the protesters went by a building at Park Ave. and 89th St. chanting “We are the 99%,” a construction worker inside yelled down, “So am I! Damn right! My whole life!

A woman walking a large French poodle sighed, “I was young and passionate once, too.”

Mayor Bloomberg said the protesters choice of targets – especially Dimon – didn’t make sense.

“Jamie Dimon is one of the great bankers. He’s brought more business to this city than any modern banker,” the mayor said.

Gov. Cuomo staunchly opposes calls from his fellow Democrats to renew the tax, which generates up to $5 billion per year in much-needed revenue. He says he fears the rich will move away.

Outside Dimon’s apartment on 93rd St. and Park Ave. the protesters chanted, “If you want to move out, we’ll help you move out!




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