Recently police arrested climate activist and actress Jane Fonda for the fifth time at the Washington D.C. climate change protests held outside the U.S. Capitol building. The arrest comes before the Oscar winner’s 82nd birthday.
Jane Fonda has been a leader in the now weekly protests, called ‘Fire Drill Fridays’. The protests have drawn other celebrities like Ted Danson, Piper Perabo, Diane Ladd, and Sally Field.
Code Pink and Fonda co-organized the protests.
In today’s arrest, the crowd echoed support for Jane Fonda via chants. Additionally, the crowd sang “Happy Birthday” songs as policed handcuffed her and led her out of the area. She has pledged to participate in the protests until her contracted Grace and Frankie shoots resume at the year’s beginning.
The ‘Fire Drill Fridays’ site launches with a message from Jane Fonda, explaining her participation in the actions:
“As Greta Thunberg said, “Our House Is On Fire”, and we need to act like it. Inspired by Greta and the youth climate strikes as well as Reverend Barber’s Moral Mondays and Randall Robinson’s often daily anti-apartheid protests, I’ve moved to Washington, D.C. to be closer to the epicenter of the fight for our climate. Every Friday through January, I will be leading weekly demonstrations on Capitol Hill to demand that action by our political leaders be taken to address the climate emergency we are in. We can’t afford to wait. Welcome to Fire Drill Fridays.”
She was one of several arrests by Capitol Police. However, it is currently unclear whether she will spend time in jail.
Note: This article was originally posted at Grit Daily by Jeff Ewing and edited and syndicated with permission.