Jane Fonda arrested at DC climate change protest at the Capitol

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Jane Fonda was arrested on the steps of the U.S. Capitol building Friday as the 81-year-old activist and actress launched a new weekly civil disobedience campaign called #FireDrillFriday to pressure American policymakers to tackle the climate crisis.

"Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol", United States Capitol Police Communications Director Eva Malecki told People magazine. "We cannot continue to stand for this", Jane previously said on Thursday (October 10).

Fonda is no stranger to political activism.

Fonda was given permission to take a break from Netflix series "Grace and Frankie" to join protesters for 'Fire Drill Fridays'.

On the topic of climate change, Fonda says she has been inspired by environmental activists like Greta Thunberg, a 15-year-old whose campaigning has gained worldwide recognition.

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"Each Friday we will focus on a different aspect of the climate crisis and what needs to be done moving forward", Fonda explained in her letter, inviting celebrities, experts, and people from impacted communities to participate.

"Inspired by Greta and the youth climate strikes as well as Reverend Barber's Moral Mondays and Randall Robinson's often daily anti-apartheid protests, I've moved to Washington, D.C.to be closer to the epicenter of the fight for our climate", she proclaimed.

"What we're facing is so important and so urgent, it doesn't matter. That's what they said about Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, and we got Social Security and a middle class". Fonda is living in Washington for almost four months and plans to get arrested every Friday until she has to begin filming her Netflix show, Grace and Frankie, early next year. "It so traumatized her that she stopped speaking and eating", Fonda explained.

In 2011, she also wrote: "I hardly even thought about where I was sitting. And that really hit me". I did not expect it would be this bad. It earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane".

Fonda added: 'I talked to Pamela Anderson, for example.

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