‘We’re Building An Army’: Jane Fonda Caps Climate Protest In D.C.

“Clad in her signature red hat and coat, clenched fist raised high, Jane Fonda saluted the sea of chanting people who had gathered for her final “Fire Drill Friday” this week. She cheered as 147 of them were arrested on the steps of the Capitol building. And then she marched down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Chase Bank branch at the junction of Seventh Street SE where environmentalist Bill McKibben and about two dozen fellow activists had staked out in protest of the bank’s financing of oil and gas companies.

“Move your money, Chase, or we’ll move ours,” the outside demonstrators shouted, as Metropolitan Police filed into the bank to apprehend McKibben and nine others. “Fossil fuels have got to go!”

It was a climactic end to the two-time Academy Award winner and longtime activist’s weekly protest in Washington. But it was also the start, organizers said, of broader movement and a more aggressive push against financial institutions’ ties to the fossil fuel industry.”

Sarah Kaplan reports for the Washington Post January 10, 2020.