On Friday, actress and activist Jane Fonda spoke at the October 11 meeting of Fire Drill Fridays, a weekly “digital teach-in” addressing the ongoing climate emergency at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C. Shortly thereafter, Fonda was arrested at the climate change protest, and Twitter has been going wild with their support for the Grace and Frankie star.
The official Fire Drill Fridays account posted a brief clip of Fonda speaking on the Capitol steps, joined by climate activists Keya Chatterjee and Jerome Foster II. “We make personal choices like driving an electric car or going vegan, recycling, and we think that that’s enough,” Fonda declared on the steps. “But this is a collective crisis that demands collective action, now.” The onlookers cheered their approval.
Fonda had previously announced her intention to move to DC and take part in the weekly Fire Drill Fridays with a video: “Inspired by the young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg and the student strikers, I decided to upend my life and move to Washington D.C. for four months to focus on climate change,” the 81-year-old announced.
“As Greta said, ‘This is a crisis. We have to act like our house is on fire, because it is.’ So starting Thursday, October 17th, join me for a digital teach-in at 7 pm. And if you’re near Washington D.C., come to our Fire Drill Fridays, starting October 11th at the Capitol at 11 am,” Fonda said. That’s an open invitation, by the way — so feel free to join her next Friday, or the one after that.
Happening Now — @Janefonda is HERE on Capitol Hill…
Planning to be arrested while protesting climate change political paralysis.
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) October 11, 2019
Many on Twitter are cheering on Fonda’s tenacity and commitment, and holding her up as a prime example that we can all do more as individuals to help combat climate change. “Jane Fonda still out there getting arrested at 82 years old. Power to the people,” one user writes. [Editor’s note: She’s 81, but who’s counting?] Another reflects on Fonda’s history of activism: “Jane Fonda was arrested today at a Climate protest in DC. She has ALWAYS been on the right side of history, particularly re the Vietnam and Iraq wars. Stop saying it’s a ‘generational thing’ – shes 81. We don’t deserve her.”
Jane Fonda still out there getting arrested at 82 years old.
Power to the people. ✊https://t.co/1LZvR5kASq
— Kaz Weida (@kazweida) October 11, 2019
Me getting ready to bail my girl Jane Fonda outta jail pic.twitter.com/MZuc6foUUI
— Pablito Escobar (@derpinasteph) October 11, 2019
I saw Jane Fonda trending and my heart dropped but our collective Grandma is really out here protesting climate change & getting arrested pic.twitter.com/qaAnsNSezb
— 🥫spicy marinara sauce 🍝 (@smokeyxtaboo) October 11, 2019
Jane Fonda just got arrested for protesting. #ClimateChange
This woman is awesome. pic.twitter.com/R3ptXL8LwN
— Michelle Kenneth (@MichelleKenneth) October 11, 2019
— Fire Drill Fridays (@FireDrillFriday) October 11, 2019
Jane Fonda was arrested today at a Climate protest in DC. She has ALWAYS been on the right side of history, particularly re the Vietnam and Iraq wars. Stop saying it’s a ‘generational thing’ – shes 81. We don’t deserve her 😫❤️ pic.twitter.com/tmfeb7NSph
— hbd miranda x (@jackremmington) October 11, 2019
jane fonda was really like if i'm probably going to get arrested today and i'm going to look fine as hell when it happens pic.twitter.com/RG14ZFwq8U
— asher🍍 (@estevcz) October 11, 2019
never forget that jane fonda is double jointed and can escape any pair of handcuffs pic.twitter.com/uy7ZxAoakc
— sarah (@Iauraroslin) October 11, 2019
The moral of the story is that Jane Fonda is a national treasure, and we should all strive to be a bit more like her. Also, while we imagine she’s all set on bail money, she does have a couple thousand volunteers on Twitter ready to help her out.