Monday, 21 October, 2019

Jane Fonda plans move to Washington - to get arrested

Jane Fonda talks to a crowd of protestors during a global climate rally at Pershing Square in downtown Los Angeles on Sept. 20 2019 David Swanson AP FILE
Lora Ball | 11 October, 2019, 22:57

According to a press release, Fonda will be joined at every "Fire Drill Friday" through at least the middle of January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and aren't afraid to be arrested in the process.

Fonda was getting involved in protests against inaction on climate change, citing inspiration from the 16-year-old student activist Greta Thunberg.

Jane Fonda was arrested Friday as she protested climate change on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, CBS affiliate WUSA reports.

Fonda told the newspaper she plans to spend about four months in Washington for a series of sit-ins and rallies - after getting an OK from Netflix to take time off from her series "Grace and Frankie" with Lily Tomlin.

She 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.

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U.S. actress Jane Fonda listens to Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe's speech before receiving the Vermeil Medal of the City of Paris on June 10, 2010 at the Paris City Hall.

WTOL quoted her as saying: "We have to be sure that the crisis that is climate change remains front and center like a ticking time bomb".

"It so traumatized her that she stopped eating".

Ira Arlook, of the group Fire Drill Fridays, confirmed that Fonda was arrested at the inaugural demonstration Friday. "And that really hit me".

"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", she proclaimed. "A Green New Deal that transitions off fossil fuels provides the design".

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