On Friday, actress and activist Jane Fonda had a run-in with the law in Washington, D.C.
Fonda was arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol for protesting inaction on the problem of climate change.
United States Capitol Police Communications Director Eva Malecki confirmed that arrests were made in a statement to People magazine. Malecki said, “Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol.”
Malecki noted that those arrested were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.
The 81-year-old, who recently moved to Washington, D.C., has been vocal about protesting. She told the Washington Post, “I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series ['Grace and Frankie'] and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday. 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.”
As for what she hoped to achieve with the protests, Jane said, “The number one thing is cutting all funding and permits for new developments for fossil fuel and exports and processing and refining.”
Jane isn’t concerned about the criticism she could face with her protests. Referencing youth climate activist Greta Thunberg, she explained, “You don’t see it, but I have armor around me. It’s invisible, but it’s my special power like Greta and her Aspergers... There’s nothing they can do. It doesn’t matter what they do.”
She recently stressed to WTOL, “We have to be sure that the crisis that is climate change remains front and center like a ticking time bomb. We don’t have very much time, and it's really urgent."