Jane Fonda Opens Up About Spending the Night in Jail After Her Fourth Arrest Amid ‘Fire Drill Fridays’ Protests04/01/2020
Jane Fonda is opening up about her activism.
The 82-year-old Grace & Frankie actress spoke out in Elle‘s second annual Conservation Issue, out on newsstands now.
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During the conversation, Jane talked about how her “Fire Drill Fridays” were born.
“When you’re famous, you have this incredible potential platform, but how do you use it?” she said, “I have to put myself on the line.”
She explained that she called Greenpeace USA’s Annie Leonard, and said she was going to camp out in front of the White House.
“She said, ‘Well, that’s great that you’re willing to do that, but it’s illegal.’”
For 14 weeks beginning in October, Jane and a group of people, including Lily Tomlin and Ted Danson, staged weekly protests in front of the Capitol to pressure leaders to address climate change.
When discussing her time in jail after her fourth arrest, she said: “I’m white and I’m famous and I think orders came down from the attorney general to handle me with kid gloves.”
“It’s very hard in life to find a way to align your body with your deepest values, and that’s what civil disobedience can do. Even though you’re being handcuffed and put in a situation where you have absolutely no control, it’s like stepping into yourself. I have chosen to put myself in this position where I lose all power because of something I believe in. And it’s incredible,” she went on to say.
If you missed it, here’s who she’s endorsing for President.
For more from Jane Fonda, head to Elle.com.
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