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The co-founders of Ben & Jerry's ice cream, who were arrested at the Capitol on Monday while demonstrating for voting and campaign reforms, say they were in Washington, D.C., to take a stand on issues they care about.
"The history of our country is that nothing happens until people start putting their bodies on the line and risk getting arrested," co-founder Ben Cohen said before getting arrested, according to a post on the company's website.
The post said the two co-founders, Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, haven't been "shy about taking a stand on issues that we care about, even when they're controversial."
The post said their actions Monday came down to a "simple idea."
"If you care about something, you have to be willing to risk it all — your reputation, your values, your business — for the greater good."
Capitol Police said Monday that more than 1,000 demonstrators have been arrested in the past several days. Most were charged with unlawful crowding and obstruction.
The group organizing the protests, Democracy Awakening, is calling on Congress to vote on bills to reform campaign finance laws, modernize voter registration and consider President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.
The post on Ben & Jerry's website said the protests are just a start to make sure the people's voices are heard.
When "something really matters, you have to put your body on the line," the post said.
"You have to take a stand," it said.
Greenfield and Cohen invited their followers to join them in taking action.
"Democracy belongs in the hands of all Americans, not in the pockets of a few billionaires," the post said.
"And no citizen who wants to vote should ever be kept from the polls. Democracy Awakening inspired hope and created excitement that all participants will carry back home with them to their own communities."