Ben & Jerry's Among Businesses That Aided Seattle CHAZ Occupiers

Nick Kangadis | July 2, 2020

The “commune” formerly known as CHAZ (Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone) or CHOP (Capitol Hill Organized Protest) didn’t turn out to be the “summer of love” that the now outraged Mayor Jenny Durkan told CNN’s Chris Cuomo it was going to be. Violence reigned in the police-free zone, with a total of six people being shot in the area.

Some businesses, including a very prominent ice cream brand notorious for their support of socialists while being practicing capitalists, have supported those who inhabited CHAZ by giving them free food and supplies — all while basically shunning the Seattle Police Department (SPD).

Ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s was the most notable brand name that ventured into CHAZ to show their support for the violent commune. More than one verified Twitter account noted their presence in CHAZ.



Most of the businesses that aided CHAZ with free food and supplies were local, although there are disputing reports on whether some of the businesses were extorted into helping or risk having their establishments damaged.

Left-leaning website Eater Seattle reported on some of the local businesses that volunteered to help CHAZ, which Eater Seattle called “safer without weaponized police in riot gear standing behind barricades, despite brazenly deceitful portrayals from right-wing media saying otherwise.”

Oops! That didn’t age well for Eater Seattle editor and writer of the article Gabe Guarente, did it?

Anyway, chefs from restaurants that have been closed because of the COVID pandemic had opened pop-up restaurants to feed those that in the camp.

Here are some of the restaurants “within the CHOP vicinity” that helped by “giving out supplies to protesters,” according to the Eater Seattle report:

Within the CHOP vicinity on Capitol Hill, Rancho Bravo has been giving out supplies to protesters and has medic stations set up in its parking lot. The Korean fried chicken specialist Bok a Bok offered free sandwiches and drinks, and the Italian cocktail bar Artusi has been storing cases of water in its restaurant and handing them out, after providing homemade saline solution back in the days when police were regularly tear-gassing protesters. Cafe Pettirosso had a sign-making station at one point, and Optimism Brewing has offered phone charging and bathroom breaks.

Tom Douglas Seattle Kitchen even recently donated some roast beef sandwiches to the No Cop Co-op. And on Sunday, a Ben & Jerry’s food truck rolled up to the area — lest one sees that as a sign of CHOP gentrification, the ice cream company is one of the few large food companies to release a frank statement on the need to dismantle white supremacy.

That brings us back to Ben & Jerry’s.

The maker of the often overpriced ice cream did indeed release a statement on their website calling for the dismantling of white supremacy, doubling down on their support for the “Marxist” Black Lives Matter movement from four years earlier.

Ben & Jerry’s even took aim at President Donald Trump in the statement, stating the president needs to stop using his Twitter feed “‘to promote and normalize” the ideas of “white supremacists and nationalist groups.”

“Instead of calling for the use of aggressive tactics on protestors, the President must take the first step by disavowing white supremacists and nationalist groups that overtly support him, and by not using his Twitter feed to promote and normalize their ideas and agendas,” Ben & Jerry’s said in the statement.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, the co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, are no stranger to pushing a far-left, globalist agenda. MRCTV has reported on Ben & Jerry’s “activism” multiple times over the years.

Here are just a few of the headlines Ben & Jerry’s “activism” have produced:

Multi-Millionaires Ben & Jerry Send Out MoveOn Email to 'Stamp' Out Big Money in Politics

Ben & Jerry’s Asks People to Check Their Implicit Biases

Ben & Jerry's Calls Trump 'Un-American,' Release 'Resist' Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's Create 'Social Justice' Ice Cream, and It Tastes Like Desperation

Ben & Jerry's Co-Founder Endorses Bernie Sanders Again with New Ice Cream Flavor

Now that CHAZ is over, and the violence that occurred within their hypocritical borders is coming to light, it’ll be interesting to see if far-left companies like Ben & Jerry’s will even acknowledge the turmoil that plagued the commune.

If you’d like to let Ben & Jerry’s know that supporting violent occupiers and “Marxist” movements aren’t cool and are simply un-American, you can contact their consumer services department to voice your displeasure at the number below:

(802) 846-1500