THIS WEEK’S FOCUS WILL BE ON CLIMATE CHANGE’S THREAT TO FRESH WATER
DC DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL INFORMS MS. FONDA THAT CITY WILL NOT PROSECUTE HER OPEN CASE. SHE WILL NOT HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT ON NOVEMBER 27TH*
FIRE DRILL FRIDAYS CALL FOR FAST ACTION ON A GREEN NEW DEAL & AN END TO ALL NEW FOSSIL FUEL EXPLORATION/EXTRACTION & TAXPAYER SUBSIDIES TO OIL COMPANIES
Jane Fonda’s 7th “Fire Drill Friday” focuses on the ways in which climate change threatens the world’s supply of potable water. At Standing Rock I heard the words, “Water is Life.” Yet, because of climate change, billions lack clean, safe water. If we don’t act, more than 5 billion could suffer serious water shortages and this, in turn, will drive unprecedented mass migration. It’s up to us to stand up now, said Fonda.
Jane Fonda will be joined at every “Fire Drill Friday” through early January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and some of whom will invite arrest.
Every Thursday night (7pm ET) she will moderate a live-streamed teach-in with the next day’s speakers who will discuss the specific climate change issue that is the focus of that week’s event.
Inspired by the growing movement of young climate strikers, Fonda decided to move to the nation’s capital for four months to take up their baton. The effort aims to spur action to avert what the United Nation’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calls irreversible climate disaster if atmospheric CO2 warms the planet by another 1.5 to 2 degrees Centigrade in the next 11 years.
*Jane Fonda agreed with her supporters to avoid arrest today.
Facing the possibility of a long jail sentence after four successive arrests, her supporters urged her to wait until Friday, 12/20, the day before her 82nd birthday, to risk arrest and another night in jail. They do not want her to risk being jailed for from thirty to ninety days, thereby removing herself from her role inspiring actions in Washington, DC and around the country to press for fast action to combat climate change.
Jane is ceding the spotlight to these bold people ready to risk arrest to spur climate action. What she’s done already is an inspiration to so many, and we need to have her out here as much as possible throughout her 4-month stay in DC,” said Annie Leonard, Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, one of Ms. Fonda’s closest advisers and supporters. “Fortunately, Jane has inspired so many that she is surrounded by people ready to take the baton today, and we’re all inspired to see the movement for climate action gaining so much momentum.
For interviews with Annie Leonard, contact Ira Arlook, c: 202 258-5437, firstname.lastname@example.org
This week, Fire Drill Fridays speakers (see list below) begin at 11AM on the Southeast Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. They and Jane will then join the people assembled and walk into the street (First St., NE) in front of the US Supreme Court where she, many of the speakers, and others will commit civil disobedience.
Maude Barlow is the National Chairperson of the Council of Canadians and chairs Food & Water Watch’s board. She is an executive member of the San Francisco-based International Forum on Globalization and a Councillor with the Hamburg-based World Future Council. Maude is the recipient of eight honorary doctorates as well as many awards, including the 2005 Right Livelihood Award (known as the “Alternative Nobel”), the Citation of Lifetime Achievement at the 2008 Canadian Environment Awards, and the 2009 Earth Day Canada Outstanding Environmental Achievement Award. In 2008/2009, she served as Senior Advisor on Water to the 63rd President of the United Nations General Assembly. She is also the best-selling author or co-author of 16 books, including Blue Future: Protecting Water for People and the Planet Forever and Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and The Coming Battle for the Right to Water.
Mary Grant is the Public Water for All Campaign Director. She oversees campaigns to support universal access to safe water in the United States by promoting responsible and affordable public provision of water and sewer service. Mary is a policy analyst on U.S. water utility privatization.
Manny Jacinto was born in the Philippines and moved to Canada when he was 6-years-old. his breakout role came in 2016, playing Jason Mendoza on the The Good Place. In 2018, he appeared in Top Gun: Maverick. He was inspired to join Fire Drill Friday by seeing his castmate, Ted Danson, get arrested.
Diane Lane began her career at age 13 opposite Lawrence Olivier in “A Little Romance” and has gone on to star in hits such as “Lonesome Dove”; “The Perfect Storm”; “Under the Tuscan Sun”; and “Unfaithful” among many many others. She has won numerous nominations and awards including a Best Actress Oscar nomination for “Unfaithful”. Diane has also long been an advocate for our endangered ocean.
Jessica Loya is the National Policy Director for GreenLatinos. She is dedicated young leader working to increase access and representation of diverse communities in the environmental movement. Her previous experience at White House Council on Environmental Quality Office of Public Engagement provided her a unique understanding of the influence community voices can have in the policy and decision-making process.
Alice Brown Otter is a 16-year-old activist and member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe who ran 1,519 miles at the age of 12 from Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota to the front steps of the Army Corp of Engineers office in Washington, D.C., to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Piper Perabo is a Golden Globe Nominated Actor and Activist Piper Perabo is currently filming Showtime’s Penny Dreadful. Outside of her work on screen and stage, Perabo is an advisor to Vote Run Lead, a national nonpartisan organization that trains women to run for office up and down the ballot. She is also an advocate for the International Rescue Committee to raise awareness about refugee crisis across the globe and standing up for those displaced by conflict, religious persecution and political oppression.
Garett Reppenhagen is the son of a Vietnam Veteran and grandson of two World War II Veterans. He served in the U.S. Army as a Cavalry/Scout Sniper in the 1st Infantry Division. Garett completed a deployment in Kosovo on a 9-month peace-keeping mission and a combat tour in Baquaba, Iraq. Garett gained an Honorable Discharge in May of 2005 and began working as a veterans advocate and a dedicated activist. He served as the Chairman of the Board of Iraq Veterans Against the War, worked in Washington, DC, as a lobbyist and as Vice President of Public Relations for the Nobel Prize winning Veterans For America, as a Program Director for Veterans Green Jobs and was the Rocky Mountain Director for Vet Voice Foundation. Garett lives in Colorado where he serves as the Executive Director for Veterans For Peace.
Sweet Honey in the Rock: Since its 1973 inception in Washington, DC, Sweet Honey In The Rock has continuously evolved into international ambassadors of a cappella vocal and lyrical excellence and musical missionaries of equality, empowerment and education, peace, love, solidarity and nondenominational spirituality. The group remains among the most vibrant, versatile and ever relevant collectives in music today; both as a performance ensemble and as an ambassadorial African American organization.
Amber Valletta: As a supermodel, Amber Valletta has been the face for top designers such as Giorgio Armani, Chanel, Prada, Valentino, Gucci and Versace. She co-hosted the MTV show House of Style and has appeared in films such as What Lies Beneath, Hitch, The Spy Next Door, and TV series Revenge and Blood & Oil.
“FIRE DRILL FRIDAYS” CALLS ON ALL AMERICANS TO VOTE, SPEAK AND ACT IN SUPPORT OF THE DEMANDS LISTED BELOW AND ALIGNED WITH THOSE OF THE YOUTH-LED CLIMATE STRIKERS STRIKEWITHUS.ORG
VOTE: for the climate in every election up and down the ballot. Vote for candidates who are in favor of a Green New Deal and a bold and responsible transition from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy.
SPEAK: tocandidates or elected officials. Tell them that climate can’t wait. Call them, sign petitions and go to their town halls. Write letters to the editor of your local paper. Put your money where your mouth is: divest from fossil fuel companies and invest in a sustainable future.
ACT: Join an organization working for real climate solutions. March, protest and recruit your friends to join. Listen and show up for communities most impacted by climate change and, if you can, put your body on the line.
A GREEN NEW DEAL
· Transform our economy to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2030 and phase out all fossil fuel extraction through a just and equitable transition, creating millions of good jobs
· A halt to all leasing and permitting for fossil fuel extraction, processing and infrastructure projects immediately in order to avoid a lock-in of increased emissions as we work together for a responsible transition to clean, renewable energy.
RESPECT OF INDIGENOUS LAND AND SOVEREIGNTY
· Honor the treaties protecting Indigenous lands, waters, and sovereignty by the immediate halt of all construction, leasing and permitting for resource extraction, processing and infrastructure projects affecting or on Indigenous lands
· Recognize the Rights of Nature into law to protect our sacred ecosystems and align human law with natural law to ban resource extraction in defense of our environment and people
· A transition that invests in prosperity for communities on the frontlines of poverty and pollution
· Welcoming those displaced by the cumulative effects of the climate crisis, economic inequality, violence, and lack of opportunity
PROTECTION AND RESTORATION OF BIODIVERSITY
· Protection and restoration of at least 30% of the world’s lands and oceans including a halt to all deforestation by 2030
IMPLEMENTATION OF SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE
· Investment in farmers and regenerative agriculture and an end to subsidies for industrial agriculture.