Jane Fonda Talks About Her Climate Change Protests And Getting Arrested | NBC News Now

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Legendary actress Jane Fonda has been making headlines for protesting climate change – and getting arrested for it. NBC News’ Geoff Bennet sits with the activist to discuss her environmental goals, which include acknowledging a “climate emergency.” » Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/Subs...



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Arrested. we spent time with her at one of we spent time with her at one of the protests to see what they, the protests to see what they are all about. are all about. reporter protests are a . Reporter protests are a common sight outside the u. s. common sight outside the u. s. capitol and the white house capitol and the white house where i cover the day’s latest, where i cover the day’s latest ...
olitical news. , political news.

But on this day here in the, but on this day here in the rain, we are on hand for a rain. We are on hand for a protest. That’S different are the protest. That’S different are the rest. rest. we have been out here for the we have been out here for the last hour or so in the pouring last hour, or so in the pouring rain. rain. These activists come out. Every these activists come out every friday for what they call fire friday for what they call fire drill, friday. drill, friday. it is designed to call paengs to it, is designed to call paengs to policies that combat climate policies that combat climate change.

change. The other reason why this, the other reason why this protest has been in the news is protest, has been in. The news is because jane fonda has really because jane fonda has really attached, here’s to it. attachedhere’s, to it. , that’s john fonda on a new that’s john fonda on a new crusade, this time fighting crusade, this time, fighting climate change. climate change. every friday. For the past two, every friday for the past two months, the iconic oscar winning months, the iconic oscar winning actress and life, long activist actress and life long activist has led demonstrations in the has led demonstrations in the nation’s capitol sounding the nation’s capitol sounding the alarm. About what she calls a alarm about what she calls a climate emergency. climate emergency. , .

This is really a crisis and . This is really a crisis and we have very little time. We have very little time. the scientists. Saywe have 11, the scientists say we have 11 years. years. Other scientists say that may be other scientists say that may be optimistic. optimistic. Why is civil disobedience ? Why is civil disobedience your chosen form of protest, your chosen form of protest, ? It is the moment.

, it is the moment. It is not normally my chosen, it is not normally my chosen form of protest, but we have form of protest, but we have tried everything. All the polite tried everything all the polite ways that democracy allows us ways that democracy allows us. Petitioning speeches, books, petitioning speeches, books, articles, rallies, marches and articles rallies marches and it hasn’t gotten us where we ithasn’t gotten us, where we need to be the levers of need to be the levers of society, the levers of democracy, society, the levers of democracy, i mean Provide us with this, i mean provide us with this ability to commit non-violent ability to commit non-violent civil disobedience to raise the civil disobedience to raise the sense of urgency. sense of urgency. and that’s what we are doing. and that’s what we are doing. what’s. The message you are >, > what’s, the message you are trying convey with these friday, trying convey with these friday demonstrations. demonstrations.

I want to put my body on the . I want to put my body on the line. line. iwant, to get out of my comfort. I want to get out of my comfort zone in a way that is regular zone in a way that is regular and present and show people that and present and show people that this is what i need to do now. This is what i need to do. Now. because i have a hit television because i have a hit television show behind me, more people will show behind me more people will pay attention in her so-called pay attention in her so-called fire drill. Fridays are a weekly fire drill. Fridays are a weekly routine for fonda joined by routine for fonda joined by other protesters, including a other protesters. Includinga steady stream of celebrity steady stream of celebrity friends.

friends. She has been arrested for times she has been arrested for times since starting the protests. since starting the protests. What was that like? ? What was that like ? I am white and i am famous. I am white and i am famous. , so it was very different for me. , so it was very different for me. It was not fun.

, it was not fun. , it was uncomfortable. , it was uncomfortable. , it was not comfortable. , it was not comfortable. , but the worst part. As i sat but the worst part, as i sat there on the metal slab, that was there on the metal slab thatwas, my bed, the screams, the howls, my bed, the screams, the howls literally of despair, the literally of despair, the tunnels of words coming out of Tunnels of words coming out of mouths that i couldn’t see, and i mouths that i couldn’t see, and i couldn’t even understand what couldn’t even understand what the words were. the words were. They just never stopped all. They just never stopped all night long with banging on the night, long with banging on the walls and shaking of the cage. walls and shaking of the cage.

they should not have been in. They should not have been in jail. jail. They should have been in -- with they should have beenin -- with mental care. mental care. These are mental issues. These are mental issues. , mental health, issues. mental health issues.

, and we don’t -- with poverty and and we don’t -- with poverty and racism. We don’t provide a social racism. We don’t provide a social safety, net. safety, net. What do you say to people who ? What do you say to people who say jane fonda is a socialist say. Jane fonda is a socialist liberal. Who is trying to get liberal? Who is trying to get herself in the news herself in the news i don’t pay attention. i don’t pay attention. Look at the criticism against look at the criticism against gretathunberg. greta thunberg.

I sent a message don’t. Let them i sent a message don’t. Let them get you. get you. It is because you are being it is because you are being effective that they are effective, that they are criticizing you. criticizing you. Look, i am 82. look. I am 82.

They are not going to do. They are not going to do anything to me that hasn’t been anything to me that hasn’t been done back in the day in the done back in the day in the ’70s. ’70s. , she was vilified by some for . She was vilified by some for her protest against the vietnam. Her protest against the vietnam war. war. forced into the military. forced into the military. I am older and wiser.

I am older and wiser. I wouldn’t have known the. I wouldn’t have known the importance of having all white importance of having all white people on the stage at that people on the stage at that time. time. , i wouldn’t have known the. I wouldn’t have known the importance of having the voices importance of having the voices from the indigenous community from the indigenous community and the most vulnerability and the most vulnerability communities on that stage. communities on that stage. It has made a huge difference.

It has made a huge difference. It is an overarching crisis that it is anoverarching crisis that affects everyone. affects everyone. , jane fonda, says she has , jane fonda says she has temporarily relocated to temporarily relocated to washington. D. C. now planning washington, d. c. now planning the reprise her latest starring, the reprise her latest starring role every friday for the rest role every friday for the rest of the year. of the year. , i was arrested with ted .

I was arrested with ted danson. danson. I watched his face as we were. I watched his face as we were held together in that warehouse. held together in that warehouse. I could see that something was. I could see that something was happening to him. happening to him. when we werereleased he came when we were released. He came to me and he thanked me in a way to me and he thanked me in a way that was different.

That was different. He said. No no. , he said no no. and he said thank you. and he said thank you. and he said you have no idea and he said you have no idea how -- how this has affected me. , how -- how this has affected me. - and you know i have Been in the - and you know i have been in the holding --, you know when i holding --, you know when i didn’t have to spend a night in didn’t, have to spend a nightin jail before then. jail before then.

manicurist, hair, dressers, manicurist, hair dressers working Class people from all working class people from all over who have never done it over who have never done it before that are transformed. before that are transformed. that’s. What tells me this is that’s. What tells me this is the right thing at the right. The right thing at the right, time. time. - i know that this is going to. I know that this is going to really make a difference.


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