Have you read about celebrity, Jane Fonda'd civil disobedience on Fire-Drill Fridays?
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (October 20, 2019), Fonda's goal to get arrested on a weekly basis is going great. "...She plans to get arrested as many times as it takes to make her point."
Fonda is breaking laws but not laws she wants changed.
She is breaking laws, getting arrested, encouraging others to do the same and all because she want attention focused on her climate protest.
Does that make you think, just a little bit, about what Westboro Baptist Church has done to get attention paid to their cause? They picketed military funerals in order to bring attention to their anti-gay agenda. (I can't condone what Westboro has done.)
Here's my question about Fonda's Civil disobedience: what happens if we all decide to break laws in order to promote our own agendas?
Here is the link for the and a copy of the full article:
Jane Fonda is arrested for a 2nd time at a D.C. climate protest — along with Sam Waterston
Los Angeles Times
OCT 20, 2019
1:15 PMSo much for law and order.
Jane Fonda’s aspirations to get arrested in D.C. repeatedly are going swimmingly. And this time, her “Grace & Frankie” costar Sam Waterston, a veteran of the police procedural “Law & Order,” joined her.
In their latest display of civil disobedience, the actors were detained by U.S. Capitol Police on Friday amid ongoing climate change protests that snared Ms. Fonda the Friday before, just as she wanted.
This is the second scuffle with law enforcement in a week for the Oscar winner, who has said she plans to get arrested as many times as it takes to make her point, and the first for Mr. Waterston.
Capitol Police confirmed Friday that they arrested 17 people “for unlawfully demonstrating” in the unit block of First Street on the southeast side of the Capitol.
All were charged with disturbing the peace through crowding, obstructing or incommoding, police spokeswoman Eva Malecki told The Times.
Representatives for the actors did not immediately respond to The Times’ requests for additional comment Friday.
The Associated Press reported that Ms. Fonda was taken away in a paddy wagon. Photos from the scene documenting the weekly youth-led rallies, known as “Fire Drill Fridays,” showed Ms. Fonda, 81, with her wrists up and wrapped in zipties. Mr. Waterston, 78, was photographed being escorted by police with his hands behind his back wrapped in ties, too.
The rally drew at least a couple of hundred people, young and old.
Ms. Fonda, a longtime political activist, recently told The Times that the protests will take place every week at 11 a.m. and will highlight a different issue. She’ll be joined by groups including Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth and Oil Change International, all of which are active against climate change.
Ms. Fonda had hoped to take a year’s hiatus from her Netflix series “Grace & Frankie” to live in Washington, but she was contractually unable to. Once the show ends, she intends to return to the Capitol steps, she said.
While Ms. Fonda has taken part in many climate demonstrations, she said Greta Thunberg’s mobilization of international student strikes and other activism, along with the climate writing of author Naomi Klein, prompted her to return to courting arrests for a cause.
Ms. Fonda cannot remember precisely which cause led to her last arrest in the 1970s.
She said her target audience now is people like her who try to cut their plastic use and drive fuel-efficient cars, for instance, but otherwise “don’t know what to do and they feel helpless,” she said. “We’re trying to encourage people to become more active, across the age spectrum.”
Especially in the U.S., young people appear to be driving many of the protests and rallies demanding government action on climate change, University of Maryland sociologist Dana Fisher said.
Nearly half of the people who turned out for a September climate protest in Washington were college age or younger, and a quarter were 17 or younger, for instance, Ms. Fisher said. Most were female.
On the other hand, it was older, white females who turned out for earlier protests during the Trump administration, like the women’s marches, Ms. Fisher noted.
“There’s a whole group of very activated, middle-age white women. They woke up after the election, and they haven’t gone back to bed,” Ms. Fisher said.
So far, those people have not been involved in the youth climate movement. Ms. Fonda’s efforts could “get them out there,” Ms. Fisher said.
Leslie Wharton, 63, from Bethesda, Md., sat out the Vietnam War protests that drew out Ms. Fonda. She came out Friday as part of a group calling itself Elders Climate Action.
Lots of people of all ages are worried about climate change and want to do something, Ms. Wharton said, but “us elders are retired or part-time. We can take the time.”
The Associated Press contributed.