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.

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.”

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.



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*First Published: October 11, 2019, 1:06 pm