Occupy Wall Street: Ben and Jerry's Releases Statement of Support

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The Vermont-based ice cream manufacturer’s board of directors expressed their “deepest admiration” to the demonstrators.

The Occupy Wall Street protests continue to gain support from Hollywood and beyond, and now they have their very first corporate nod of approval.

Ban and Jerry’s the Vermont-based ice cream brand, released a statement of support from the Board of Directors.

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“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,” said a statement by the Ben and Jerry’s Board of Directors. “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.”

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The Occupy Wall Street protests in New York are to raise awarness of corporate greed and corruption. Ben and Jerry’s, which has recently come under fire from some parents’ groups for the name of its most recent flavor, Schweddy Balls, said they have “actively been involved with these issues for years.”

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“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,” reads the statement.

The Occupy Wall Street protests have been garnering increasing media attention, due in part to the appearances of actors and filmmakers, including Susan Sarandon and Michael Moore. During a demonstration walk near the the Brooklyn Bridge on Saturday, hundreds of people were arrested when some of the demonstrators ended up blocking traffic for the bridge. While the protests have been based in New York, they are now beginning to spread to other cities including Los Angeles, Albuquerque and Chicago.