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Ben & Jerry's co-founders will come to NC for voting rights campaign

In this photo made Friday, April 9, 2010, Vermont ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield pose for photos in Burlington, Vt. The two are backing legislation that would allow corporations to write a social mission into their legal charters. The two say if a bill allowing for so-called "benefit corporations" had been law a decade ago, they might not have had to sell Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. to European conglomerate Unilever.
In this photo made Friday, April 9, 2010, Vermont ice cream entrepreneurs Ben Cohen, left, and Jerry Greenfield pose for photos in Burlington, Vt. The two are backing legislation that would allow corporations to write a social mission into their legal charters. The two say if a bill allowing for so-called "benefit corporations" had been law a decade ago, they might not have had to sell Ben & Jerry's Homemade Inc. to European conglomerate Unilever. ASSOCIATED PRESS

Ben & Jerry’s co-founders will appear at N.C. Central University on Tuesday as part of a campaign to expand voting rights and get money out of politics.

Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield will appear with the Rev. William Barber, state NAACP president. Ben & Jerry’s will introduce a new ice cream flavor to support the campaign. The company chose North Carolina for the announcement because of the state’s new limits on voting.

Known for its progressive stands on social issues, the company has recently been actively opposing states’ voter ID laws.

A post on the company’s Facebook page when a federal judge upheld the state’s election law said, “Like watching a car crash in slow motion, North Carolina’s horrific string of bad decisions has our jaws hanging open. ‪#FailureFriday‬.”

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