Climate has Fonda picking up where she left off in the 1970s

Lula Sharp
October 19, 2019

This is the second week in a row where Fonda has been arrested as part of her ongoing Fire Drill Fridays campaign, for which she vowed to protest on the Capitol every Friday through the end of the year.

Friday's protest focused on the Green New Deal. The actor, who played single-minded prosecutor Jack McCoy on the long-running NBC drama, became the prosecuted, as he was arrested for unlawful demonstration alongside his Grace and Frankie co-star, Jane Fonda, on Friday, October 18.

"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".

They marched for a time along the Capitol grounds with demonstrators, chanting "Our house is on fire!"

While Fonda has taken part in many climate rallies, she says Thunberg's mobilization of global student strikes and other activism, along with the climate writing of author Naomi Klein, made her decide to return to courting arrests for a cause again.

Fonda, 81, and Waterston, 78, were joined by more than a dozen others who briefly blocked First Street on the east side of the Capitol, just in front of the Library of Congress.

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Noted for her protests against the Vietnam War, Fonda last was arrested in the 1970s - she can't remember precisely which cause led to her arrest then.

The Associated Press reported that Fonda was taken away in a paddy wagon. "And yet I'm one of the lucky ones", Thunberg said in part.

"S$3 he realized what was happening and that this was barreling at us like an engine", Fonda said.

The Grace and Frankie costars are both calling for immediate action on the environment with a Green New Deal. "What is radical is climate disruption". She says watching the climate activism of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg helped inspire her to get back in.

Last week, Fonda was charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding. Their charges are a misdemeanor and generally carry fines of up to $500. She said she will continue to demonstrate regardless of how many times she is arrested.

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