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Jane Fonda “Fire Drill Friday” Arrests


Jane Fonda, American actress and environmental activist has been arrested for the fourth time in four weeks, during a protest dubbed “Fire Drill Fridays.” Fonda has been continuously protesting to urge the government to do something about the climate crisis.  

This arrest will require a longer period in jail after recently spending a night Nov. 1 earlier this month.  

Fonda can usually be identified in a bright red coat protesting with a handful of famous friends, including actors Ted Danson and most recently, Catherine Keener, who was spotted with Fonda this past Friday. 

The American actress says that today’s teenage activists who are missing school to protest, like Greta Thunberg, are the reason she protests in front of the capitol each week. She told ABC News, “Seeing these young people carrying the burden of protesting the fossil fuel industry, I say, ‘No, we’ve got to get out there and join them.’”  

Activism is not new to Fonda. In fact, she started out as an activist in the 1960s challenging the Vietnam War, and sexual assault in 2017 to name a few.

Fonda seemingly disregards the consequences that may come with protesting. According to an interview on “The View,” Fonda claims she’s ‘not afraid’ of taking the risk of being arrested. Fonda also stated protestors should “up the anty” in civil obedience regarding climate activism, and it is going to take more people to get the job done. (ABC News)  

President Trump mocked Fonda’s arrests, stating “she’s always got the handcuffs on” and “she’s waving to everybody with the handcuffs.” Trump also mentioned her previous activism during the Vietnam War, claiming “they weren’t too nice to her” and she’s arrested “every 25 years.”  

Fonda chose not to rebuttal, and instead stated “those people don’t matter,” and the “good people know.” Meaning people who are ‘good’ know change needs to happen soon in regards to the climate crisis.

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