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Jane Fonda was just arrested for protesting about climate change

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Hollywood icon Jane Fonda was taken into police custody for protesting against the climate crisis in Washington DC. Here’s what we know.

Protesters gathered on Friday (11 October) in Washington DC as part of the fight against the climate crisis. It has been reported that Hollywood icon Jane Fonda was one of the 16 people who were arrested at the protest for crowding, obstructing or incommoding. In videos shared on Twitter, the actor and activist can be seen being taken into police custody.

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The New York Times have since reported that Fonda was charged but then released later in the morning. 

Oscar-winner Fonda was participating in a Fire Drill Friday climate change demonstration on Capitol Hill. She recently revealed that she moved to Washington DC for four months, vowing to protest every Friday until January. 

In an interview with The Los Angeles Times, Fonda said she was inspired to act by environmental activist Greta Thunberg.

“She [Thunberg] read the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] report and she realised that the crisis was barrelling straight at us, like a train, and looked around and people weren’t behaving appropriately. It so traumatised her that she stopped eating. I hadn’t realised that she stopped eating and speaking for almost a year. And that really hit me,” said Fonda.

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Speaking before being taken into custody at the protest, Fonda said: “We have to ensure that the climate crisis remains front and center. I’ve been feeling that I wasn’t doing enough.”

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Jane Fonda stars in Frankie & Grace.

The Frankie & Grace star is no stranger to activism. She was photographed at the climate strike in Los Angeles last month. And in 2016, she spent Thanksgiving among the protesters at Standing Rock, demonstrating against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. She was also known for taking part in demonstrations during the 60s and 70s. 

Fonda also asserted an important point about the Me Too movement last year

Speaking to MSNBC with feminist activist Gloria Steinem about the Harvey Weinstein case, she applauded the women who have been brave enough to speak out against the disgraced Hollywood producer. But she also pointed out that it took a very specific set of women to get the world talking about the issue of sexual harassment.

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“It feels like something has shifted,” she said. “It’s too bad that it’s probably because so many of the women that were assaulted by Harvey Weinstein are famous and white and everybody knows them.

“This has been going on a long time to black women and other women of colour. And it doesn’t get out quite the same.”

It sounds like she has no intention to quit using her platform for speaking out about the issues we so desparately need to tackle today. 

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