Jane Fonda Is Arrested For the Fourth Time as She Protests Climate Change
Jane Fonda was arrested for the fourth time in Washington DC on Nov. 1. This time around, the 81-year-old actress was joined by actresses Rosanna Arquette and Catherine Keener as they protested in the Hart Senate office building. A live stream showed Jane, Rosanna, Catherine, and other demonstrators sitting on the floor of the building singing "We Shall Not Be Moved" and "This Land Is Your Land." Police officers began arresting people and taking them into custody shortly after.
Jane's demonstrations, which are being dubbed "Fire Drill Fridays," have been an ongoing occurrence these past few weeks. Jane was first arrested for protesting on Oct. 11 and was taken in again the following week, alongside Grace and Frankie costar Sam Waterston.
On Oct. 25, Jane was detained again at the nation's capitol. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jane and Ted Danson, 71, were both cuffed and led away by law enforcement.
Jane was set to set to accept the Stanley Kubrick Award for excellence in film at the BAFTA LA award ceremony that night, but since she would no longer be able to make it, she decided to give her speech while she was being arrested. "I'm so honoured. I can't even believe it. I'm so grateful," she said in the video. "It's thrilling and I'm sorry I'm not there, but as you may have heard, I've been getting arrested. I decided I need to do more about climate change. And so I moved to DC for four months, trying to heighten the sense of urgency that there needs to be."
Jane recently launched her civil disobedience campaign "Fire Drill Fridays," which aims to galvanise policymakers into battling climate change. According to a press release, Jane plans to be "joined at every 'Fire Drill Friday' through at least mid-January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and some of whom will invite arrest." The statement also revealed that Jane decided to move to the nation's capital for four months to continue the fight.
"Change is coming by design or by disaster," the statement read. "A Green New Deal that transitions off fossil fuels provides the design. They say it's not realistic, that it's Socialism. That's what they said about Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, and we got Social Security and a middle class."
Jane's initiative echoes the sentiments of other celebrities who are calling for combative climate change measures. In September, stars such as Lizzo, Billie Eilish, and Shawn Mendes showed their support for the Global Climate Change Strike as citizens nationwide gathered to make their voices heard.