An Unlikely Arrest – Jane Fonda Celebrated Her 82nd Birthday Behind Bars

Jane Fonda has set the new standard for cool grandma goals. For the fifth week in a row, the activist Queen, Jane Fonda, was arrested at her own Climate Change Protest falling the day before her 82nd birthday. We have clearly been underestimating this woman, what a boss!

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Jane has been around for a few decades now and has dazzled us with different roles on various shows and movies. She has actively protested many different issues including the Vietnam War. Now, she is here to prove that she can do more, and have a bigger voice when it comes to the climate crisis.

Just like the rest of us, Jane was inspired by the 17-year-old climate crisis activist Greta Thunberg. Jane began her own weekly protest, Fire Drill Friday, with the name taken from Greta’s famous line, “our house is on fire”. The Fire Drill Friday protest has been running each week since October 2019 in Washington DC. Jane has taken her activism as far as moving to DC so she can be closer to the hotspot of the fight for the climate.

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Each week Jane has called for scientists, experts, activists, community members and leaders to come together to share their voice and make a change. She even set up an online lecture the night before each protest for people to virtually attend and educate themselves on different issues surrounding climate change. Did someone say Mother Nature?

We don’t know how your grandmothers celebrate their birthdays but we think Jane definitely nailed an original party. To celebrate her 82nd birthday, Jane requested that 82 of her friends and family come and protest. Many of Jane’s friends and family who came down to celebrate ended up getting arrested. As Jane was taken away in handcuffs by police officers, the group protesting with her loudly sang “Happy Birthday”.

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Jane recently posted saying “I will be on the Capitol every Friday, rain or shine, inspired and emboldened by the incredible movement our youth have created,” on her Fire Drill Friday website.

Champion friends joining Jane on the front line were co-stars and other celebrities including Lily Tomlin, Ted Danson, June Diane Raphael, Brooklyn Decker, Sam Waterston, and Diane Lane. Others who joined her included two of her grandchildren who were both arrested. Jane posted an Instagram on her account of her grandson being released with the caption “Greeting my grandson just released after @firedrillfriday arrest for civil disobedience. Proud grandma,” proving she really is the coolest grandma in town.

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When asked about her continuous arrests and why she is doing what she is doing, she explained “You know, the point of all this isn’t to get arrested; the point is to call attention to the climate crisis and I can do that without getting arrested.”

It is not confirmed if Jane has been officially charged but spending one night in jail sends Jane to the top of our Boss Women list.