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Jane Fonda leads DC climate protest for sixth straight Friday

Actress Jane Fonda led a climate change protest on Capitol Hill for the sixth consecutive Friday, bringing along her now iconic red coat and a host of celebrity friends.

Joining Fonda in Friday’s protest were her “Grace and Frankie” co-stars Brooklyn Decker and June Diane Raphael and the show’s writers. Also joining the protest was “CSI” actress Marg Helgenberger, author and activist Robert Kennedy Jr. and filmmaker Abigail Disney.

The protesters held a rally on the Capitol lawn before marching to the Russell Senate Office Building rotunda, where about 70 people unlawfully demonstrated. Capitol Police arrested a number of demonstrators, including Raphael, Helgenberger and Kennedy. The Hill has reached out to Capitol Police for the number of protesters arrested.

Fonda said this week’s “Fire Drill Fridays” rally was focused on achieving justice for marginalized groups through the Green New Deal, a proposal introduced by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.).

“Any real solution to climate change must have a strong commitment to environmental, gender and racial justice at its core,” Fonda said.

Decker said her experience as a mother informed her decision to come to Friday’s protest.

“Our kids should be worried about their homework, their friends and if it’s nice enough to go outside and play. Not whether or not the world will be a safe place for their children to live,” Decker said.

Fonda, who was arrested during the protests for the first four weeks, said in a blog post on Nov. 8 that she would no longer be getting arrested because of the increasing penalties for multiple arrests.

“I have been advised that, because I’ve had 4 arrests in a short period of time and I have a court date coming up mid-November concerning those arrests, if I get arrested again before then, I risk 90 days in jail,” Fonda said.

“I can rebel and be more effective outside of jail,” she continued.

At previous protests, actor Ted Danson of “The Good Place” and Sam Waterston, who also stars in “Grace and Frankie,” have both been arrested with Fonda.

Fonda, 81, is an Academy Award winner who started the “Fire Drill Fridays” in October. The protests are scheduled to run for 14 weeks and are modeled on Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” campaign.

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