While most of us see the weekend as a time to wind down from a long week and relax, Jane Fonda is spending her Fridays protesting on the steps of the U.S. Capitol.
For the second Friday in a row, Fonda was arrested along with dozens of other protesters. This time, she was brought in along with her Grace and Frankie costar Sam Waterston.
Fonda told the Los Angeles Times she was inspired to devote more time to activism around climate change afters seeing 16-year-old Greta Thunberg.
“I realized that here is this young person not influenced by what other people think,” Fonda said. “She read the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report, and she realized that the crisis was barreling straight at us, like a train, and looked around and people weren’t behaving appropriately. It so traumatized her that she stopped eating. I hadn’t realized that she stopped eating and speaking for almost a year. And that really hit me.”
In fact, Fonda is so committed to making a difference that she took time off from her hit Netflix show, Grace and Frankie, and temporarily relocated to Washington, D.C. She told the Washington Post that she plans to protest over the course of the next four months.
It’s no surprise she planned to be back at it after being arrested the previous Friday. A blog post on her website stated that she and other activists will be on the steps of the Capitol every Friday “rain or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created. I can no longer stand by and let our elected officials ignore—and even worse—empower—the industries that are destroying our planet for profit. We can not continue to stand for this.”
Fonda, Waterson, and dozens of other protesters were arrested this past Friday during the protest at the U.S. Capitol. Based on her comments and declaration that she will be back, we expect this story to continue next Friday as well.