Super rich hippie-crites are a neverending source of amusement.
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.
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.
Good call on not mentioning the environment, B & J’s. When you’re talking about Occupy Wall Street, it’s probably a good idea not to open that particular can of worms.
Here’s a flashback to what our Wall Street protest supporters were doing in the spring of 2000:
SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — April 12, 2000–Ben & Jerry’s Homemade, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJICA) and Unilever (NYSE:UN – news; NYSE:UL – news), have agreed to a unique and ground-breaking combination in which Ben & Jerry’s will join forces with Unilever to create an even more dynamic, socially positive ice cream business with global reach.
The Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors approved Unilever’s offer of $43.60 per share for all of the 8.4 million outstanding shares on a fully diluted basis, valuing the transaction at $326 million, taking into account net cash and option proceeds. Ben & Jerry’s had sales of $237 million in 1999 with operating income of $13.5 million before a one-time charge.
Ben & Jerry’s have done their share of occupying Wall Street… just from the other side of the wall.
Everything the Ben & Jerry’s Board of Directors lists as their reasons for supporting OWS are “problems” that Ben & Jerry themselves endorsed Obama because he was capable of fixing them. Now they’ve all given up on Obama and instead put their hope in a bunch of unemployed vagabonds and do-nothings who are turning public parks into cesspools? That can’t be good news for Obama.