Jane Fonda has been arrested during a rally to fight climate change. The 81-year-old recently moved to Washington D.C. and pledged to protest every Friday against climate change. She was standing in front of the Capitol Building, holding a sign when police came up and zip-tied her hands before leading her to a patrol car. She was with a group of protestors who were chanting, “Climate justice now!”
Fonda was there with protestors from Oil Change International, who were holding signs with slogans like “No New Fossil Fuels,” “Green New Deal Now,” and “Vote. Speak. Act.”
Fonda took a break from filming her Netflix television series “Grace and Frankie” to move to the nation’s capitol where she vowed to protest every Friday. She started using the term “Fire Drill Fridays” to get the word out about her activism.
The Los Angeles Times is reporting that it was her intention to be arrested today, in order to shine a light on the protests and the issues she holds dear.
While she was being led to the police car, you can hear the other protestors cheer her on and one even yells, “We love you, Jane!”
Fonda wrote on her website, “I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore – and even worse – empower – the industries that are destroying our planet for profit. We can not continue to stand for this.”
Greta Thunberg inspired Fonda to take action. Fonda said: “She realized that the crisis was barreling straight at us, like a train and looked around and people weren’t behaving appropriately. It so traumatized her that she stopped eating. I hadn’t realized that she stopped eating and speaking for almost a year. And that really hit me.”
This isn’t the first time Fonda has taken a stand against the government. She was notoriously against the Vietnam war and earned the nickname “Hanoi Jane” after some felt she was too sympathetic to the Vietnamese.
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