Jane Fonda arrested on Capitol Hill for climate change protest

Jane Fonda was arrested in Washington, D.C., on Friday for protesting climate change.

The arrest came after the Grace and Frankie star launched her "Fire Drill Fridays" civil disobedience campaign, demanding urgent action to battle climate change.

"She will be joined at every 'Fire Drill Friday' through at least mid-January by celebrities, scientists, economists and people from impacted communities who will speak and some of whom will invite arrest," a press release sent out early Friday stated. "Inspired by the growing movement of young climate strikers, Fonda decided to move to the nation's capital for four months to take up their baton."

"Change is coming by design or by disaster," Fonda added. "A Green New Deal that transitions off fossil fuels provides the design. They say it’s not realistic, that it’s Socialism. That's what they said about Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal, and we got Social Security and a middle class."

U.S. Capitol Police also released the following statement to ET in regards to Fonda's arrest:

Today, the United States Capitol Police arrested 16 individuals for unlawfully demonstrating on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol. All were charged with D.C. Code §22-1307, Crowding, Obstructing or Incommoding.

According to Mike Valerio, a local White House reporter with CBS station WUSA who was on site, Fonda was planning to be arrested while protesting climate change political paralysis on Capitol Hill. "She tells us she'll be here *every* Friday into 2020 — demonstrate, get arrested, repeat," he tweeted.

Fonda echoed those statements in an interview with The Washington Post, saying, "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."

"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," she continued. "It’s as simple as this. We have according to the [Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change] 12 years, but that was a year ago. So according to their report we have 11 years left. Eleven years to do something that has never been done in human history. And if we don’t do it, huge parts of the planet are going to be uninhabitable, by the way."

This isn't the first time Fonda has been arrested, however. Many may recall her 1970 arrest, which happened when the actress was on a speaking tour for an anti-Vietnam War campaign. When she flew into Cleveland, Ohio, from Canada, airport security reportedly searched her luggage and found multiple bags of vitamins that they assumed were drugs. Fonda was then arrested for drug smuggling until the vitamins were tested, she was then released and charges were dropped.  

Fonda's epic mugshot, of her holding her fist up as a sign of resistance, has become legendary in its own right.

Jane Fonda in the '50s, '60s and '70s
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7/21/59-New York: Provocative Jane Fonda, daughter of film star Henry Fonda, looks sultry as she poses here July 21st before boarding a TWA jetliner to Los Angeles. Miss Fonda, 20, is to co-star with Tony Perkins in her first movie role in 'The Way The Ball Bounces.' She is five feet, eleven inches tall and measures 36-21-35. She admits that being the daughter of a famous actor helps in breaking into show business.
Jane Fonda, circa 1960. (Photo by Columbia Pictures/Getty Images)
American actors Anthony Perkins (1932 - 1992), as Ray Blent, and Jane Fonda as June Ryder, in 'Tall Story', directed by Joshua Logan, 1960. The film is Fonda's debut. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda publicity portrait for the film 'Tall Story', 1960. (Photo by Warner Brothers/Getty Images)
circa 1960: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Jane Fonda wearing a black evening gown. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
circa 1960: Promotional studio portrait of American actor Jane Fonda kneeling with her hands on her knees, for her first film, director Joshua Logan's film, 'Tall Story'. She wears a dark top and short shorts. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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American actress Jane Fonda, circa 1962. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
The American actress Jane Fonda wears the clinging space suit of Barbarella, the leading role in the homonymous movie directed by her husband Roger Vadim; she looks stuck in some dangerous situation into the futuristic scenography. Rome (Italy), 1967.. (Photo by Marisa Rastellini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
The American actors John Phillip Law and Jane Fonda talk together into Dino De Laurentis Studios during the filming of Roger Vadim's Barbarella; Fonda has the leading role of astronaut Barbarella while Law interprets the blind angel named Pygar. Rome (Italy), 1967.. (Photo by Marisa Rastellini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
FRANCE � 1964: Alain Delon And Jane Fonda On The Set Of The Movie 'Les F�ins' Directed By Ren�Cl�ent, In France, In 1964 . (Photo by Giancarlo BOTTI/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, Jean Claude Brialy et Marie Jos�Nat sur le tournage du film de Roger Vadim 'La Ronde' en 1964, France . (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
23rd January 1965: American actress Jane Fonda at the Savoy Hotel, London holds a press reception. (Photo by Kaye/Express/Getty Images)
American actress Jane Fonda with her husband, French director Roger Vadim (1928 - 2000), California, December 1965. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
23rd January 1965: Actress Jane Fonda in the Savoy Hotel, London puts her feet up and enjoys a relaxing cigarette. (Photo by Kaye/Express/Getty Images)
American actress Jane Fonda, Hollywood, USA, December 1965. (Photo by Archive Photos/Getty Images)
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Jane Fonda, US actress, wearing a pink puff sleeve blouse and drop earrings, in a studio portrait, against a red background, circa 1965. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda on bed in a scene from the film 'Circle Of Love', 1965. (Photo by Continental Distributing/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda and baby daughter Vanessa Vadim at the Belvedere Hostpital in Paris, France (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
American actress Jane Fonda in a pink, floral blouse and yellow slacks, circa 1968. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda, US actress, in a publicity portrait issued for the film, 'Barbarella', 1968. The science fiction film, directed by Roger Vadim (1928-2000), starred Fonda as 'Barbarella'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Jane Fonda sur le tournage de 'Metzengerstein' r�lis�par Roger Vadim en 1968, �Sibiril, France . (Photo by REPORTERS ASSOCIES/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES - APRIL 20: Actress Jane Fonda attends Jane Fonda's Second Annual Celebrity Auction to Benefit the Cancer Project of the CED Education Fund on April 20, 1980 at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Ron Galella/WireImage)
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