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.
a.. The inequity that exists between classes in our country is simply
b.. 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.
c.. Many workers who have jobs have to work 2 or 3 of them just to scrape
d.. Higher education is almost impossible to obtain without going deeply
e.. Corporations are permitted to spend unlimited resources to influence
elections while stockpiling a trillion dollars rather than hiring people.
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
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
- Ben & Jerry's Board of Directors
Christopher A. Young
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