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A New Ben & Jerry’s Flavor Takes A Direct Bite At Republicans And Our Government’s Messy Criminal Justice System

There’s no doubt that the United States criminal justice system is broken. It’s proven to be racist and geared towards punishing rather than reforming. Brown and Black communities more than any other are often victims of this biased institution. Unfair sentencing and the school to prison industrial system keep mariginalized communities at the prison system’s mercy. To put it simply, the criminal justice system needs to be reformed. With this in mind, multiple organizations dedicate themselves to fixing this broken system.

However, the newest company to get involved with criminal justice reform is better known for their tasty treats.

Recently, ice cream giants Ben & Jerry’s announced their newest flavor and it’s inspired by this much-needed call for reform.

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Named “Justice ReMix’d,” the new ice cream is being touted by the company as “a sweet swirl of justice under the lid.” The new flavor features cinnamon and chocolate ice cream with gobs of cinnamon bun dough and spicy fudge brownies in the mix. According to Ben & Jerry’s, the new flavor was created as part of an effort to support social change.

“Our approach to creating social change is to raise up the work non-profits are doing on the ground,” shared Ben & Jerry’s Co-Founder Ben Cohen. “We bring every resource we have to support them—our business voice, our connection with fans, our Scoop Shop community and of course, ice cream.”

Proceeds will go to the Advancement Project National Office, a national, multi-racial civil rights organization working to end systemic racism. The organization also works towards accessible education, immigrant justice, and voting rights.

The new, limited batch flavor was unveiled at a launch party in Washington, DC.

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Founders Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield were there for the unveiling party as were members of Advancement Project National Office and criminal justice activists. Judith Browne Dianis, executive director of Advancement Project, also attended the DC party,

“We work with communities across the country that are trying to change the systems of oppression,” Dianis shared at the new flavor’s unveiling. “We need a remix.”

This isn’t the first time Ben & Jerry’s has used their ice cream to bring light to an important cause.

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Over its long history, the ice cream company has launched other flavors with important activist agendas. 2015’s “Save Our Swirled” was released to bring awareness to the threat of climate change. During the same year, Ben & Jerry’s launched its “I Dough, I Dough” to support the Human Rights Campaign and marriage equality.

In 2016, the company released “Empower Mint” to commemorate the anniversary of the historic Brown vs. Board of Education ruling. “Home Sweet Honeycomb” was launched in 2017 to support the International Rescue Committee to help refugees relocating to Europe. That same year, “One Sweet World” was released to honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Poor People’s Campaign.

Fans of Ben & Jerry’s were supportive of the ice cream company’s attempt to take on this important social issue.

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We love a company that prioritizes the social issues that impact our lives. Not many companies prioritize disenfranchised people over their bottom line. When a company supports those impacted by the unfairness of the social and criminal justice systems, we have to take notice. Plus, this ice cream just looks really yummy.

The new flavor is available now at local stores and scoop shops or you can search here for availability near you.

Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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Tamales Elena Is About To Become LA’s First Afro-Mexican Restaurant

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The Los Angeles food truck Tamales Elena y Antojitos has been serving up authentic Guerrero food for 20 years. Tamales Elena y Antojitos is a staple at E 110th St. & Wilmington Ave. in LA’s Watts neighborhood offering up banana leaf-wrapped tamales. Now, Tamales Elena y Antojitos will become a restaurant.

Tamales Elena y Antojitos is opening up LA’s first Afro-Mexican restaurant.

Not even a pandemic will slow them down. The family behind the famous food truck in Watts will soon be welcoming guests (following COVID-19 guidelines) in Bell Gardens, California. The tamales, pozoles, and array of Afro-Mexican dishes will be served to everyone who has come to adore the Mexican establishment.

The restaurant will add another cuisine to the vast palate that is LA’s food scene.

Los Angeles is home to a diverse and inviting list of restaurants representing cultures from around the world. Some of the best Mexican food in the country can be found in Los Angeles and Tamales Elena y Antojitos is adding another level to that representation. Angelenos are celebrating the Afro-Mexican restaurant staffed and owned by Afro-Mexicans.

The restaurant has a special place in people’s lives.

The family has been offering up their unique food to residents of Watts for 20 years. In two weeks, Maria Elena Lorenzo will be offering up her family recipes in-store to more people as of July 15. The family has spent years in the food industry and have worked hard to make their mark on LA’s food scene.

Lorenzo’s daughters have been played a big role in getting the restaurant going.

According to LA Eater, Lorenzo’s daughters have spent years working in various restaurants around Los Angeles. Her daughters, Maria, Heidi, Judepth, Teresa, and Nayeli spent time working front-of-house and back-of-house at restaurants including Rivera, Petty Cash Taqueria, and Guerrilla Tacos. Heidi Irra worked at Mezcalero in downtown Los Angeles. Now, the daughters are bringing their experience to the family business and helping their mother start her restaurant.

Lorenzo, lovingly known as Mama, is clearly going to have a lot of guests are her restaurant.

Congratulations, Mama! This is one of those stories we love to see. Nothing makes you prouder than watching Latino families come together to chase the American Dream and succeed.

READ: Guelaguetza, One Of LA’s Most Iconic Mexican Restaurants, Is Sharing Some Of Their Recipes On Instagram

Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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Little Caesars Hands Customer Pizza With Pepperoni Swastika Made As ‘Insensitive Joke’

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One Ohio couple recently received an order for a pizza that’ll leave a pretty rancid taste in your mouth.

After running errands with his wife Misty Laska this past Saturday night, Jason Laska said they picked up a pepperoni pizza from Little Caesars. Eager to eat they cracked open the pizza once they got home, receiving a shocking surprise that likely ruined their appetite.

Misty noticed a backward laid swastika made out of pepperoni slices on the pie.

After getting in touch with Little Caesars, the couple was told it was meant to be a funny and private joke.

According to The New York Times, when Misty Laska first opened the takeaway pizza she noticed that it was not sliced. Then, she and her husband realized that the pepperoni pieces had been prepared in the shape of a swastika.

Misty told Reuters that when they first realized what they saw they were “just silent.” Furious, they returned to the store to return the pizza, the shop was closed. The next day, the pizza chain, which is the third-largest in the country called, to apologize.

“We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated,” Little Caesars told The New York Times. “This conduct is completely against our values.”

“That’s why it was not cut or anything like that,” Jason Laska said. “They made it as a joke and it was never intended to go out to a customer.”

However, even if the joke was meant to be a private one it is gross and unacceptable.

“Even in a joking manner, it’s absolutely unacceptable,” Jason Laska added.

Jill Proctor, a spokesperson for Little Caesars confirmed the incident and said that the employees involved were fired in a statement to CNN. “We have zero tolerance for racism and discrimination in any form, and these franchise store employees were immediately terminated. We’re deeply disappointed that this happened, as this conduct is completely against our values,” Proctor continued. “We have also reached out to the customer to discuss this personally with him.”

In response to the firing of the employees, Misty has said she hopes they are learning an important lesson.”These are the kinds of things that are continuing to fuel the hate and the confusion that exists in the country and in the world,” her husband said after sharing that they both hope

The Laskas hoped that by sharing their experience others will educate themselves about Nazism and the symbols used to perpetuate it.