Jane Fonda’s 6th successive “Fire Drill Friday”

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

INSPIRED BY YOUNG CLIMATE STRIKERS & INDIGENOUS PEOPLE PROTECTING THEIR LAND. THIS WEEK’S FOCUS: THE WAYS CLIMATE CHANGE AFFECTS COMMUNITIES OF LOW INCOME & OF COLOR

Jane Fonda’s sixth “Fire Drill Friday” focuses on the ways in which low-income and communities of color are the most severely damaged by fossil fuel exploration, extraction and refining and by climate change. 

The devastating impacts of fossil fuels and climate change are disproportionately felt by low income and communities of color. Any real solution to climate change must address this historic imbalance by including a strong commitment to environmental, gender and racial justice at its core, 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 at Russell Senate Office Building.

(Last week, the Secret Service Police did not arrest any of the 40+ people who committed civil disobedience by blocking an entry to the White House.)

Facing a court date, November 27th, for her third of four successive arrests, her supporters urged her to wait until that case is behind her before risking arrest again. 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 today 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, ira@iraarlook.com

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 to the Russell Senate Office Building where she, many of the speakers and others will commit civil disobedience.

  • Yvette Arellanois a policy research and grassroots advocate with Texas Environmental Justice Advocacy Services. Currently, Yvette is leading efforts in Houston, home of the largest petrochemical complex in the nation, to help the city’s most vulnerable communities deal with the petrochemical expansion fueled by plastic production.
  • Brooklyn Decker is an American actress and former model who plays one of Jane Fonda’s daughters on the hit Netflix series, Grace and Frankie.
  • Abigail Disney is an award-winning filmmaker, philanthropist, and the CEO and president of Fork Films. Her 50-plus films and series focus on social issues, sharing a quality of spotlighting extraordinary people who speak truth to power.
  • Catherine Coleman Flowers is the Rural Development Manager for the Equal Justice Initiative and founder and director of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice. In addition, she is Duke University’s Franklin Humanities Institute Practitioner in Residence. Her goal is to find solutions to the lack of sanitation in many parts of rural American that rival conditions found in the developing world.
  • Marg Helgenberger is an American actress. She began her career in the early 1980s and first came to attention on the daytime soap opera Ryan’s Hope from 1982 to 1986. She is best known for her roles as Catherine Willows in the CBS police procedural drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and the subsequent TV movie Immortality and then the ABC drama China Beach, which earned her the 1990 Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series
  •  Von Hernandez is a Filipino environmental activist based in Manila, Philippines, who has been campaigning on waste and toxics pollution for more than 25 years. He is the Global Coordinator of the global Break Free from Plastic Movement, consisting of more than 8,000 groups and individual supporters worldwide, which have come together to reverse the plastic pollution crisis. Before that, Von served as the Executive Director of Greenpeace Southeast Asia, then as the Global Development Director of Greenpeace International.
  • Robert Kennedy, Jr. is President of Waterkeeper Alliance, Chairman of the Board and Chief Legal Counsel for Children’s Health Defense, and of counsel to Morgan & Morgan, a nationwide personal injury practice. He was previously Chief Prosecuting Attorney for the Hudson Riverkeeper, Senior Attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council, and a Clinical Professor and Supervising Attorney at Pace University School of Law’s Environmental Litigation Clinic.
  • Khadija Khokhar is a freshman at George Washington University and organizer with Fridays for Future. 
  • Mark Magaña is the Founding President & CEO of GreenLatinos, a national coalition of Latino environmental, natural resources, and conservation leaders.  Mark is also the founder and principal of the Hispanic Strategy Group consulting firm. Mr. Magaña was the first Latino to serve as senior staff at both the White House and in Congressional leadership — as Special Assistant to President Clinton for Legislative Affairs and Senior Policy Advisor to the House Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Robert Menendez. 
  • June Diane Raphael is an American actress, comedian, screenwriter and producer who plays one of Jane Fonda’s daughters on the hit Netflix series, Grace and Frankie.
  • Kerene N. Tayloe, Esq. is a social justice advocate in the areas of Environmental Justice, Civil Rights, and voter protection. Before returning to WE ACT for Environmental Justice, she was the Policy Director for Green For All. She is focused on ensuring that communities of color lead and speak for themselves as we address the important challenge of climate change. To that end, she believes it is imperative that people of color and women have access to economic opportunities in the clean energy sector.

“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.

DEMANDS

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

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

·       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.