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Jane Fonda begins Greta Thunberg-inspired plan to 'get arrested every Friday’

Jane Fonda has a plan to get arrested every Friday for 14 weeks, and it's going pretty well so far.

The Oscar-winning actress and activist recently moved to Washington, D.C. and on Friday participated in a climate change protest at the U.S. Capitol. As planned, she was arrested by Capitol police, along with 15 other demonstrators. Fonda, who is between seasons of Netflix's Grace and Frankie, told The Washington Post this is just the first demonstration of many.

"I'm going to take my body, which is kind of famous and popular right now because of the [television] series and I'm going to go to D.C. and I'm going to have a rally every Friday,” Fonda said. “It'll be called 'Fire Drill Friday.' And we're going to engage in civil disobedience and we're going to get arrested every Friday."

Fonda explained to the Post that she was especially inspired by Greta Thunberg, the 16-year-old climate change activist. After reading about Thunberg, "the urgency came into my DNA the way it hadn't before," Fonda told the Post.

In a Los Angeles Times interview, Fonda said the "most important" change she's calling for with her 14 weeks of protests "is to stop all new leasing permits for any fossil fuel development on public lands and waters" because "no matter what we do, if that doesn't stop, we're doomed." She also explained she actually planned to keep up these protests for an entire year, but she could only get four months off from Grace and Frankie. Once she's done working on that show's final season, she said, "I'll come right back." Brendan Morrow