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Ben and Jerry's Board Member Serves Ice Cream at 'Occupy Wall Street'

Tuesday, 11 Oct 2011 | 2:24 PM ET

Ben and Jerry's is standing behind the 'Occupy Wall Street' protestorsand is now serving them ice cream too.

Company board member Jeff Furman came out to Zuccotti Park Tuesday to serve ice cream to the protestors and show his support.

The Ben and Jerry's website stated the following to the protestors on their website:

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

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