Two-time Oscar-winning star Jane Fonda was among the 16-20 climate change activists arrested Friday on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building as they protested a lack of political action on climate change.
The protest, organized by Fonda and Code Pink, is part of what the organizers are calling Fire Drill Fridays, planned events designed to focus attention on the impact of human activity on the climate as well as the lack of government response to the crisis.
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According to a Washington Post reporter on the scene of Fonda’s arrest, protesters chanted as Fonda was led away in handcuffs:
“What do we want?”
“When do we want it?”
— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) October 11, 2019
In a Post interview yesterday, the Grace and Frankie star said she will take part in 14 Fire Drill Fridays, until she has to resume production on the Netflix series (she has relocated, temporarily, to Washington, D.C.). The 81-year-old actress said she credits 16-year-old Swedish activist Greta Thunberg with inspiring her to take action.
The arrested protesters today were all charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding. Their charges are a misdemeanor and generally carry fines of up to $500. A Capitol Police spokeswoman said that the 16 protesters were processed and released.
See an ABC News clip of a Fonda interview on the subject and, following that, footage of her arrest today.
MORE: Academy Award winning actress Jane Fonda, 81, was arrested by police with a group of about a dozen protesters today after being warned repeatedly to leave the steps of the U.S. Capitol. https://t.co/57QJ2WTWdt pic.twitter.com/dWzLROuC4q
— ABC News (@ABC) October 11, 2019