Seven-time Golden Globe winner and two-time Academy Award-winning actress Jane Fonda was placed in cuffs and escorted to a police vehicle on Friday, after she and other protesters were warned repeatedly to leave.
On Friday, the 81-year-old actress was arrested alongside other protesters in Washington, D.C. on the steps of the U.S. Capitol while protesting against climate change. Fonda was there protesting with a group called Oil Change International.
Soon after her arrest, video of Fonda being placed in handcuffs and taken into custody by the United States Capitol Police surfaced on social media.
The spokeswoman for the Capitol Police, Eva Malecki, said, “Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol.” According to Makecki, all of the protesters were charged with crowding, obstructing, or incommoding.
Fonda didn’t need a psychic reader to tell her that she would be arrested. In fact, she had previously announced her intention to be arrested on Friday.
She plans to hit the steps of the U.S. Capitol Building every Friday for the next 14 weeks, and demonstrate until the cops take her away. She is hoping that the civil disobedience will inspire lawmakers to take action and address the climate crisis, something that Fonda describes as “an existential threat.”
“I’m going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [Netflix] series [Grace and Frankie] and I’m going to go to D.C. and I’m going to have a rally every Friday,” Fonda said in an interview.
Fonda nicknamed it ‘Fire Drill Friday,’ and says that they plan to get arrested every Friday for doing it. There are also plans for online teach-ins each Thursday evening, featuring climate scientists talking about global warming.
She decided that it was so important for her to do this that she up and moved to Washington, D.C., at least for the next four months.
Although Fonda has had a lengthy and distinguished acting career, she has always had a history of political activism, too. She has marched for the rights of working mothers, soldiers, and Native Americans; supported the Black Panthers in the ’70s, and was arrested for attempting to hand out anti-war pamphlets to soldiers at Fort Meade in 1970.
Most recently, in 2016, she spent Thanksgiving with protesters trying to block an oil pipeline through the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s land in North Dakota.