In 1775, unrest flared throughout American colonies. Residents in Massachusetts took offense at British Intolerable Acts, leading towns to boycott British goods.
Ben & Jerry’s, owned by multinational corporation Unilever, has long taken an outspoken stance against current affairs. Recently they tweeted their commitment to returning stolen land back to indigenous peoples.
Early Life and Education
Rustin led an one-day boycott of New York City schools to protest segregation six months after the March on Washington. To make his point more forcefully, he brought together ministers and leaders from within his church community as publicizing agents for this 5 December boycott, which received considerable media coverage.
New York City schools that enrolled predominantly black students were often underfunded and overcrowded; teachers with less experience taught in shifts so that four hours could be allocated per day to classroom time.
Superintendent Benjamin Willis tried to address this problem by placing mobile classroom trailers dubbed “Willis Wagons” on school grounds in Black neighborhoods – this act directly violated Brown vs. Board of Education Supreme Court decision and kept children corralled at poor schools.
Benjamin Boycott was among the Syracuse Eight who protested the NFL in 1948. Subsequently, he became an accomplished Hollywood screenwriter.
Now he and Kenneth Polk, his business partner, have acquired League Two club Walsall from Leigh Pomlett and plan to provide manager Michael Flynn with all of the tools he needs for team improvement.
CCFP has also targeted black cultural figures who voice support for Palestinian rights, such as artist Roger Waters or Lana Del Rey’s cancellation of an Israeli music festival. Their efforts include both offering them large paydays or using pressure tactics against them in an attempt to prevent future stadium tours.
Achievement and Honors
Benjamin was an unwavering advocate of human rights. A major figure in the anti-slavery movement, Benjamin campaigned through both extralegal protest and legal action to advance his beliefs on slavery. Unfortunately, his strong opinions made few allies among Quakers.
Kartemquin’s unseen 16mm footage combined with present day participants tells the tale of one of the largest northern civil rights demonstrations to illustrate ongoing struggles over race, school integration and youth activism. Mary Fair Burks notes that its success can be attributed to many unnamed cooks and maids who sustained committees and volunteer networks.”
For the third consecutive year, VTJP organized “Free Cone Day” actions at Ben & Jerry’s scoop shops across seven States to inform those waiting in line about Ben & Jerry’s complicity in Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and violations against Palestinian rights. Tens of thousands of leaflets were distributed at these events.
Ben & Jerry’s has long taken stands on contentious issues, such as its co-founder’s opposition to Washington providing military aid to Ukraine. Additionally, he has spoken out in favor of LGBTQ rights and Black Lives Matter movement; as well as providing critical assistance to Mississippi’s three historically black colleges by saving them from financial ruin and keeping them open for generations of students; Martin Luther King, Jr. even described him as his spiritual mentor!
His Fourth of July tweet caused outrage on social media, and shares for the company dropped by 0.5 percent at opening bell. One Twitter user likened it to Bud Light’s controversial partnership with transgender activist Dylan Mulvaney which triggered an immediate beer boycott.
Ben Cohen has an estimated net worth estimated at over $100 Million. He is best known as one of the co-founders of Vermont ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s, which began operations with $8,000 saved and bank loan. Today it boasts more than 600 stores globally.
Mr. Koch has used his wealth to support progressive political causes and social causes like equal pay for women, Democratic candidates and causes such as climate change. Additionally, he created the Bernie’s Yearning Ice Cream Flavor during the 2016 Democratic Primary elections to show his support of Sanders.
In 2021, Trivela Group LLC founded by himself and Kenneth Polk purchased a majority stake of League Two club Walsall Football Club through Kenneth Polk’s ownership. Together they agreed to buy out former majority owner Leigh Pomlett within two years.