Cuff 'em! On October 11, Jane Fonda headed to the southeast lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. to bring attention to climate change. She dubbed it "Fire Drill Friday," vowing to return every Friday for four months to protest the lack of action on climate change. Over the past few months, protesters have been arrested for blocking the streets near the U.S. Capitol building. Jane, too, said she planned on getting arrested a few times, and she wasn't wrong — the acting legend was arrested the first four weeks in a row, even spending a night in jail. She's not the only one to get on the wrong side of the law while protesting to protect the environment. Click through to see who else has been arrested on behalf of "Fire Drill Friday"…
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Joaquin Phoenix was arrested on Jan. 10, 2020, for occupying the steps of the Capitol, Deadline reported. Prior to his arrest, the "Joker" star implored fellow protesters to go vegan as a way of helping the environment. "I struggle so much with what I can do [to combat climate change] at times. There are things that I can't avoid — I flew a plane out here today, or last night rather," he said. "But one thing that I can do is change my eating habits."
Along with other protesters, Martin Sheen was arrested on Jan. 10, 2020, for occupying the steps of the Capitol in Washington, DC, Deadline reported. "Let our country awake," he said in an impassioned speech before being detained. Jane Fonda, who, as usual, led the protest, said Martin has been arrested for civil disobedience over 70 times. "He knows how to put his body where his values are," she said.
Sally Field was among those arrested on the steps of Capitol Hill during the "Fire Drill Friday" climate change protest on Dec. 13, 2019. "Thank you to @sally_field who was just arrested on the US Capitol steps with #FireDrillFriday taking action demanding a just transition!" tweeted Fire Drill Friday's official Twitter account. Earlier in the day, Sally spoke to climate change activists, saying change can happen and is happening. "We cannot sit back in our comfort zones and our couches and wonder, 'What can we do?'" she said. "We can get out. We can do something."
Comedian Paul Scheer was arrested on Nov. 29 while protesting with Jane Fonda over the use of fossil fuels. Afterward, Paul tweeted his thanks to the actress. "Thank you @Janefonda for having me at this week's #FireDrillFriday where we rallied for Food Justice and a #GreenNewDeal. I was also able to exercise my right to civil disobedience," he wrote.
Piper Perabo was arrested on Nov. 22 along with 40 others. "I was just arrested at @FireDrillFriday because we are in a climate emergency, and we need our government to protect our land, air, and water from big oil's pollution," she tweeted afterward. "Honored to stand with @Janefonda and so many inspiring youth climate activists."
Actress and model Amber Valletta was arrested on Nov. 22, saying it was "absolutely" worth it. "We have to speak out against climate change," she told a TMZ camera. "We have to speak for those who cannot speak: plants, animals and the people who cannot be here and be on the streets."
Diane Lane smiled while being arrested on Nov. 22. It was her first arrest ever and she told camera crews (while being handcuffed) that it was well worth it for the cause. "We need the lawmakers to do the right thing for the planet and future generations," she said.
Jane Fonda's TV daughter June Diane Raphael was arrested on Nov. 15 in the rotunda of the Capitol Building, all while Jane cheered from the balcony. June smiled while being taken to an awaiting police van.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was arrested on Nov. 15 during a sit-in. Thank you, @RobertKennedyJr for putting your body on the line," the official Fire Drill Friday twitter handle wrote alongside a video of him being led away. "You have fought for environmental justice through litigation and agitation."
"CSI" star Marg Helgenberger was arrested on Nov. 15, proudly raising her arm while being led away by Capitol police. Jane Fonda cheered from the balcony of the Capitol. "Getting arrested for the first time on the eve of my 61st birthday; Priceless! Thank you @Janefonda & the entire staff @FireDrillFriday. I'm deeply inspired by your fearless commitment to climate change activism!"
Two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener was arrested on Nov. 1. Jane Fonda was arrested (for the fourth week in a row) a few minutes later.
Rosanna Arquette was arrested alongside Jane Fonda on Nov. 1. She put her fist in the air before getting cuffed, and supporters cheered while she and Jane were led away in restraints.
Ted Danson was handcuffed and escorted away on Oct. 25. "Our house is on fire and it's time that we stop standing around complaining that it's not convenient to change our ways," he said during a speech. "It's time to start behaving like we care about our children and our grandchildren. Hey, we can do this. It may be a little inconvenient but it's not as inconvenient as fires and floods and mass migration and droughts and starvation. That's inconvenient. So come on down. Get arrested. Get your head on straight."
"Law and Order" star Sam Waterston was arrested for the first time ever on Oct. 18. "We need something to push for that's as big as the problem," he said during the protest. After his arrest, Jane said, "Sam's my hero."
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