The acting legend’s interview came after she was arrested several times during climate change protests in Washington, D.C.
Goldberg began by asking the Grace and Frankie actress what it was like to spend a night in jail at age 81. Fonda explained she wasn’t taken to a normal lockup, but rather a holding cell for people awaiting sentencing.
“The conditions weren’t great for old bones like mine on a metal slab,” Fonda said, “but the saddest part of it was seeing how — because our country doesn’t give enough money to resources like social safety nets and mental health institutions — there’s so many people in jail, you know, for poverty and racism and mental health issues.”
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Huntsman asked the actress if she was intentionally trying to “break the law” in an effort to raise awareness among young people.
“I’m following what the young people are doing. I’m not telling them. They are inspiring me,” Fonda said.
Huntsman then said she’s concerned about living in an “uncivil society,” and pressed the Academy Award-winning actress and longtime activist if it would be more wise to participate in “peaceful” protests that don’t involve breaking the law.
Fonda agreed, but said the climate change fight isn’t new.
“Climate activists have been doing this for 40 years. We’ve been writing articles and we’ve been giving speeches. We’ve been putting the facts out to the American public and politicians, and we’ve marched and we’ve rallied peacefully,” the actress said. “The fossil fuel industry is doing more and more and more to harm us and our environment and our young people’s futures.”
Fonda added that’s time to step up the fight.
“We have to up the ante and engage in civil disobedience, which means risking getting arrested,” she said.. “It’s going to require more and more people like all of you in the streets demanding.”
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