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JANE FONDA’S CRI DE COEUR

What Can I Do? My Path From Cli­mate De­spair to Ac­tion by Jane Fonda (Sept. 8) Born into Hol­ly­wood roy­alty, Fonda’s life has been fa­mously shaped by ac­tivism, from the Black Pan­thers fight against po­lice bru­tal­ity in the ’70s to an­tiViet­nam War protests to re­cent calls to de­fund the po­lice in the wake of Ge­orge Floyd’s death on May 25. Last year, the 82-year-old had “an epiphany about the state of our planet,” in­spired by young cli­mate strik­ers like Greta Thun­berg. In Oc­to­ber 2019, Fonda moved to Wash­ing­ton, D.C., to lobby against U.S. in­ac­tion on cli­mate change. “This is the last pos­si­ble mo­ment in his­tory when chang­ing course can mean sav­ing lives and species on an unimag­in­able scale,” she writes. “It’s too late for mod­er­a­tion.” No stranger to jail cells, she was ar­rested five times in four months as she protested week af­ter week on Capi­tol Hill for her Fire Drill Fri­days. Her first ar­rest, on trumpedup drug charges in 1970, re­sulted in a mug shot seen around the world. Fifty years later, Fonda still has one fist in the air.

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