As part of our Pecan Resist flavor launch and associated campaign, we’ve heard from some about our decision to work with the Women’s March as one of our four partners in the initiative.
The Women’s March was the largest single-day protest ever in the history of the United States. The march drew much needed attention to the issues we must address so that all women are treated with dignity and respect, especially by our elected leaders.
More than five million people from all walks of life participated in marches in Washington, D.C., around the country, and across the world. We believe deeply that large, grassroots movements like the Women’s March are critical to supporting, defending, and advancing social justice within our society.
Leaders of the Women’s March have been unequivocal in denouncing religious discrimination, and anti-Semitism specifically. In a statement reacting to anti-Semitic comments by Louis Farrakhan, the Women’s March organizers said:
Minister Farrakhan’s statements about Jewish, queer, and trans people are not aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles, which were created by women of color leaders and are grounded in Kingian Nonviolence. Women’s March is holding conversations with queer, trans, Jewish and Black members of both our team and larger movement to create space for understanding and healing.”
“The world Women’s March seeks to build is one free from anti-Semitism, homophobia, transphobia, sexism, racism, and all forms of social violence. We are rooted in a vision of a world where all women—including Black women, Jewish women, lesbian, queer, bi and trans women, Muslim women, disabled women, immigrant women, Indigenous women, and poor women—are free and able to care for and nurture themselves and their families, however they are formed, in safe and healthy environments free from structural impediments."
Ben & Jerry’s has a 40-year history as a company committed to progressive social change. We always have and always will stand firmly against discrimination and oppression of any kind. Our company is guided by our progressive values and the legacy of our co-founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield.