Jane Fonda Celebrates Her 82nd Birthday In Handcuffs After Protesting Climate Change | NBC News NOW

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Celebrity and political activist Jane Fonda was arrested on her 82nd birthday during her weekly Fire Drill Friday protests, which focus on climate change. NBC News’ Geoff Bennett sat down with her to discuss her climate crusade. » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC » Watch m...



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[ applause, ] jane fonda, celebrating her 82nd birthday a little bit early. She was arrested today during the 11th fire drill friday. It'S a weekly protest, focusing on climate change protesters saying happy birthday to her as police walked her away. Jeff bennett met up with her to discuss her climate crusade. Protests are a common sight outside the us capitol and the white house where i cover the ...
day's latest political news, but on this day here in the rain, we're on hand for a protest. That'S different from the rest, so we've been out here for the last hour or so in the pouring rain. These activists come out every friday for what they call fire drill fridays andit's designed to call attention to policies that combat climate change. The other reason why this protest has been in the news is because jane fonda has really attached herself to it. That'S jane fonda on a new crusade, this time, fighting climate change every friday. For the past two months, the iconic oscar-winning actress and lifelong activist has led demonstrations in the nation's capital sounding the alarm about what she calls a climate emergency. This is really a crisis and we have very little time the scientists say we have 11 years and other scientists say that that may be optimistic. Why is civil disobedience? Your chosen form of protest? It'S the moment - and it's not normally a showzenform of protest, but we've tried everything all the polite ways that democracy allows us.

Petitioning speeches, books, articles, rallies, marches and it hasn't gotten us where we need to be the levers of society. The levers of democracy, i mean provide us with this ability to commit nonviolent civil disobedience to to raise the sense of urgency and - and that's what we're doing it's the message you're trying to convey with these friday demonstrations. I want to put my body on the line. I want to get out of my comfort zone in a way that is regular and present and show people that this is what we need to do now and because i have a hit televisionseries behind me. More people will pay attention. That'S as simple as that, and i'm very grateful for that, her so-called fire drill fridays are now a weekly routine vonda and her fire truck red wool coat joined by hundreds of other demonstrators, including a steady stream of celebrity friends. She'S been arrested four times since the demonstrations started once spending the night in jail. What was that? Well, i'm white and i'm famous, so it was very different for me than it would be if i was african american or indigenous um, but it was not fun. It was uncomfortable, but the worst part of it was, as i sat there on the metal slab, that was my bedthe-the-the screams, the howls literally of despair, the the tumult of words coming out of mouths that i couldn't see, and i couldn't even understand what the words Were they just never stopped all night long with banging on the walls and shaking of the cage, and they should not have been in jail? They should have been in with mental care. These are mental issues, mental health issues and we don't and are in poverty and racism, and we don't provide a social safety net. What do you say to people who say jane fonda? Is a hollywood liberal who's trying to get herself in the news with all this stuff? I don't even pay attention, i mean ofcourse. They say that you know they just like look at the criticism, leveled against greta thornburg and i sent a message.

Don'T let them get you it's because, you're being effective, that they're criticizing you i mean they could they can say anything they want. Look, i'm 82. What they're not going to ever be able to do more to me that was done back in the day in the 70s fonda once vilified by some for her activism against the vietnam war, american boys are drafted forced into the military force, to fight a war that They don't believe in i'm very different than i was then i'm older and wiser. I wouldn't have known the importance ofnot having all white people on that stage. At one time, i wouldn't have known the importance of having the voices from the the indigenous community and the most vulnerable communities on that stage, and it's made a huge difference. It'S it's an overarching crisis that affects everyone, jane fonda, says she's temporarily, relocated to washington dc. Now, planning to reprise her latest starring role every friday for the rest of the year i was arrested with ted danson. I watched his face as we were held together in that warehouse. I could see that something was happening to him and when we were released he came to me and he thanked me in a way that was different. Hesaid. No no, and he said thank you and he said you have no idea how how this has affected me, and you know i've been in the holding. You know when i didn't have to spend the night in jail before then.

Manicurists hairdressers work working-class people from all over who have never done it before that are transformed. That'S what tells me this is the right thing at the right time. I know that this is going to really make a difference. Hey nbc news viewers, thanks for checking out our youtube channel subscribe by clicking on that button down here and click on any of the videos over here to watch. The latest interviews show highlights anddigital exclusives thanks for watching.


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