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Actress and activist Jane Fonda, along with Gloria Steinem, Ai-jen Poo, and Reverend William Barber II were arrested in Washington D.C. earlier today. Dolores Huerta (founder of United Farm Workers and Feminist Majority Foundation board member) was also in attendance. Fonda was arrested for the fifth time today at her ongoing climate action #FireDrillFriday, which began in October. The charges include crowding, obstruction, and incommoding. Other notable celebrities like Sally Field, Ted Danson, Rosanna Arquette, Catherine Keener, Sam Waterson, and Paul Scheer have been arrested at previous actions
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#FireDrillFriday was inspired by climate change activist Greta Thunberg’s statement that “our house is on fire.” According to Jane Fonda’s website the demands include: the immediate passage of the Green New Deal, protection of indigenous lands and sovereignty, environmental justice for low income communities most affected by climate change, protection and restoration of biodiversity, and investing in sustainable agricultural practices.
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“I’ve heeded the call of Greta Thunberg, who was just named Time’s person of the year, left my comfort zone, and moved to DC to carry out weekly climate actions called Fire Drill Fridays. When I started, I didn’t know if the actions and the teach-ins that precede them would gain traction. It’s clear to me now that they have. They’ve tapped into a need that many people besides me appear to feel: take the next step beyond individual actions to reduce our carbon footprint (important as those are), not wait for the next climate march or protest and step out of our comfort zone as Greta as called upon us to do,” wrote Fonda in a recent blog post.
Fonda has moved to D.C. fulltime and plans to hold protests through January. Tomorrow is her 82nd birthday.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter 12/20/19; janefonda.com
All photos by Jenny Warburg