On 8th successive Friday civil disobedience action, Jane Fonda will be joined by actor Ian Armitage, actor-director-comedian Paul Scheer and climate activists

*DC DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL INFORMED MS. FONDA THAT CITY WOULD NOT PROSECUTOR HER OPEN CASE THEREFORE SHE DID NOT HAVE TO APPEAR IN COURT YESTERDAY, NOVEMBER 27TH 

*SHE WILL RISK ARREST AGAIN ON FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20TH, THE DAY BEFORE HER 82ND BIRTHDAY

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 8th “Fire Drill Friday” focuses on the ways in which climate change threatens agriculture and the world’s food supply.


Industrial Agriculture contributes up to 1/3rd of global greenhouse gas emissions, including deforestation, methane releases from cattle, energy-intensive factory farms, processed food packaging and processing, food waste and transportation. Despite all of this, food and farming can be a major part of the climate solution if we transform how we farm and protect vital regions like rainforests from deforestation, said Fonda.

*Jane Fonda was told by her lawyer that Deputy Attorney General for DC, Brian Kim, informed him that the AG’s office would not prosecute her case. Mr. Kim entered a Nolle Prosequi for the case and therefore, Ms. Fonda did not have to appear in DC Superior Court yesterday, November 27, 2019. 

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, ira@iraarlook.com)

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. 

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 steps of the Capitol Building where some will commit civil disobedience. 

Lindsey Allen, Executive Director of Rainforest Action Network, has more than a decade of experience pressuring and inspiring some of the world’s largest corporations to protect rainforests, human rights and the climate. A veteran environmental and social justice organizer, Lindsey has spent her career preventing commodity expansion into globally critical forest areas, and has played a central role in achieving some of the most significant corporate policy commitments to protect forests over the past decade.

Iain Armitage is a child actor and theater critic from Alexandria, VA. He is best known for his starring roles as Ziggy Chapman in Big Little Lies and as Sheldon Cooper in Young Sheldon. One of his happiest memories is getting to work with Grandma Jane Fonda in Our Souls At Night. He is very inspired by the actions of his movie grandmother, Ms Jane Fonda, and his TV mama, Ms Shailene Woodley. 

Jim Goodman and his wife Rebecca ran a 45-cow organic dairy and direct market beef farm in southwest Wisconsin for 40 years. His farming roots trace back to his great-grandparents immigration from Ireland during the famine and the farm’s original purchase in 1848. A farm activist, Jim credits more than 150 years of failed farm and social policy as his motivation to advocate for a farmer-controlled consumer-oriented food system. Currently he serves as a board member of Midwest Environmental Advocates and the Family Farm Defenders.

Monica Ramirez founded the Latina Impact Fund (which is concerned with investing in Latina leadership) and Esperanza: The Immigrant Women’s Legal Initiative of the Southern Poverty Law Center (which addresses sexual assault and harassment of female farmworkers). She was also the co-founder of Alianza Nacional de Campesinas (the National Farmworker Women’s Alliance). And it was she who wrote the transformative letter to Hollywood’s Time’s Up Movement from the women farmworkers expressing solidarity. 

Ricardo Salvador: As the senior scientist and director of the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, Ricardo Salvador works with citizens, scientists, economists, and politicians to transition our current food system into one that grows healthy foods while employing sustainable and socially equitable practices.

Paul Scheer is an actor, comedian, writer, producer, director, and podcaster. He is currently starring in Showtime’s Black Monday and was the star of the FX series The League.

Sarah Schumann is a commercial fisherman who splits her season between the waters of Rhode Island and Alaska. In the off-season, she writes about fisheries and organizes with other fishermen and seafood lovers to develop broad-based, proactive solutions to habitat threats, climate change, the next generation of commercial fishermen, and ecosystem-based seafood marketing.

Gail Taylor: A long-time resident of Washington, D.C., Gail Taylor been farming organically since 2005. Three Part Harmony Farm is a project that was born out of a community-led visioning process that began in 2011. The desire to establish a production focused vegetable farm in DC to grow food for family, friends and the surrounding community combined with Taylor’s background in activism and policy advocacy led to a three-year campaign, “I Want DC to Grow.” This resulted in the passage of the DC Food Security Act of 2014, also known as DCs Farm Bill, which sets the stage for 3PH and others to grow commercially in the district.

Vanessa Vadim: With over 20 years’ experience in rural and urban food production, Vanessa is currently small-scale farming in Southern Vermont, concentrating on resilient agriculture and developing blueprints for ‘post carbon’ food production.  As a syndicated columnist with the Mother Nature Network she tackled issues of environment, sustainability and health.  As a speaker, she is regularly called upon to address issues ranging from biofuels to Harm Reduction and HIV-prevention programs.  Her company, V2 Synergy, provides environmental consulting, and designs edible landscapes and sustainable gardens. In addition, Vadim is an artist, working almost exclusively with discarded materials, and an award-winning filmmaker and cinematographer. 

“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.