Legendary actress and fashion icon Jane Fonda is using her celebrity status in the best way possible—getting herself arrested in protests against inaction on climate change every Friday for the rest of the year or until something major is done. That’s 14 weeks and 14 arrests, starting today.
CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE: New video shows actress Jane Fonda being arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol during a climate change protest, with Fonda demanding urgent action on a Green New Deal and fellow protesters cheering as she was led away. https://t.co/OFdgEGuLb9 pic.twitter.com/K8bVWbbYgq
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) October 11, 2019
Fonda, who is currently the co-star of the popular Netflix series Grace and Frankie, started this today by getting arrested on the Capitol steps along with 15 fellow demonstrators. She’s calling this series of arrests “Fire Drill Friday.”
“I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday,” Fonda told The Washington Post. “It’ll be called ‘Fire Drill Friday.’ And we’re going to engage in civil disobedience and we’re going to get arrested every Friday.”
— Evan Halper (@evanhalper) October 11, 2019
A supporter of Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal, Fonda is demanding that the government “stop all new leasing permits for any fossil fuel development on public lands and waters,” because otherwise, we are “doomed.” She also supports a 30-year transition to clean energy while ensuring that all workers in the fossil fuel industry receive “decent union jobs … that can support a family,” according to the Los Angeles Times.
The actress recently moved to Washington D.C. specifically to engage in more activism of this nature after being inspired by the 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. After reading about her in the new book On Fire: The (Burning) Case for a Green New Deal by Naomi Klein, Fonda said that “the urgency came into my DNA the way it hadn’t before.”
Already a beloved activist and icon, people are gushing with support for Jane Fonda’s mission.
Who is still a bad bitch for days? https://t.co/eY4WZuUgiQ
— Barbara Malmet (@B52Malmet) October 11, 2019
get in the car ladies we breakin jane fonda out https://t.co/UBwFamtCuu
— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) October 11, 2019
Jane Fonda just got arrested for protesting. #ClimateChange
This woman is awesome. pic.twitter.com/R3ptXL8LwN
— Michelle Kenneth (@MichelleKenneth) October 11, 2019
Me getting ready to bail my girl Jane Fonda outta jail pic.twitter.com/MZuc6foUUI
— Pablito Escobar (@derpinasteph) October 11, 2019
Jane Fonda: once a legend, always a legend. pic.twitter.com/CPZZqwEuiD
— Spencer Barrett (@spencerbarrett) October 11, 2019
Jane Fonda literally does not know what it means to give less than 110% and it's incredible
— bkr (@bkrewind) October 11, 2019
never forget that jane fonda is double jointed and can escape any pair of handcuffs pic.twitter.com/uy7ZxAoakc
— c’est quoi gritty? (@Iauraroslin) October 11, 2019
Arrested for peacefully protesting for action on a serious matter. Thank you Jane Fonda and the other courageous women in that group for your voices. https://t.co/RCiTqoGdIC
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) October 11, 2019
Thank you for your service, ma’am.