On Monday, Ben and Jerry's website was updated to include some important news—the ice cream-making duo were arrested. And not for the crime of making delicious frozen treats. The company co-founders, Jerry Greenfield and Ben Cohen were arrested (along with approximately 300 other people), during the Democracy Awakening protests on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building.
Just before getting arrested, Cohen is quoted on their site as saying, "The history of our country is that nothing happens until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested." Wish granted, Ben.
Democracy Awakening brought protesters together April 16 through 18. According to their website, the goal was to "converge upon Washington, D.C. for an array of actions, including demonstrations, teach-ins, direct action trainings, music, a Rally for Democracy, and pressing for a Congress of Conscience through non-violent direct action and advocacy." The organization is not affiliated with any party (but there probably weren't a lot of Republicans there). Ben and Jerry are both definitely supporters of fellow Vermonter Bernie Sanders—Cohen created a special limited edition (only 40 pints, made in his kitchen) flavor riffing on the unofficial Sanders' "Feel the Bern" campaign slogan, called Feel the Yearn.
The U.S. Capitol Police issued a statement saying that the protestors were arrested for unlawful demonstration activities, and that they were processed and then released. Now they can make some new jail-related flavors, like Oreo Arrest or Prison Protest Praline.