Jane Fonda to join climate protesters, migrant activists for downtown DC protest
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Climate change protesters are teaming up with actress and activist Jane Fonda to bring her “Fire Drill Friday” protests to the streets of Washington, D.C., with plans to march to financial institutions the activists say are associated with the climate crisis and migrant detention centers.


A coalition called Shut Down DC, which blocked key intersections during September protests, announced they are planning to “shut down business-as-usual” for companies like BlackRock, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Bank of America and Citigroup in downtown Washington.

The institutions being targeted by protesters reportedly invested in companies that are contracting with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to finance border wall construction and migrant detention centers, the group wrote on its website.

“Around the world, climate change is driving mass migration as water dries up, farmland turns to desert, shorelines erode, coastal areas flood, permafrost melts and ecosystems can no longer support the communities they once could. And it is going to get much much worse,” the coalition wrote online. “As far back as 1990, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) noted that the greatest single impact of climate change could be on human migration - and we’re seeing this projection come true. The latest estimates predict as many as 200 million climate refugees by 2050."

The new protest is being held in conjunction with Fonda, the Academy Award-winning actress who has held eight consecutive “Fire Drill Friday” protests on Capitol Hill.

Fonda started “Fire Drill Fridays” in October and modeled it on Swedish teen environmental activist Greta Thunberg’s “Fridays for Future” campaign.

Shut Down DC plans to meet in the city at 11 a.m., hosting a rally featuring Fonda and climate and migrant activists. At noon, the organization is planning to march through streets to visit the listed institutions.

D.C. Police issued a statement on Friday morning warning that key intersections near the planned path of the march and the White House may be congested due to the protest and urged commuters to plan ahead and expect delays.