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Fire Drill Fridays

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Fire Drill Fridays is a grassroots movement with the stated aim of driving U.S. government action to address climate change and U.S. militarism through nonviolent civil disobedience.[1] The movement began on Friday, 11 October 2019 with a rally at the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. In the weeks following, livestream teach-ins were organized on Thursday evenings along with rallies near the Capitol Building on Fridays, where several participants and organizers, including Jane Fonda, have been arrested repeatedly. In the beginning of 2020, meetings and protests began to move to various locations in California, for instance in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles City hall.[2]

Code Pink, a U.S. based NGO focused on reducing militarism internationally, has prominently served in organizing meetings for Fire Drill Fridays.[3] The platform has focused on a few demands: legislative action to ratify a Green New Deal, support of indigenous sovereignty, legal protection of environmental resources and biodiversity, and government investment in sustainable agriculture.

The movement has received media attention, in part due to the large number of participants some of which have been arrested during the Friday events.[4][5] Those arrested (under charges such as unlawful demonstration) in addition to Jane Fonda include Manny Jacinto, Diana Lane, Piper Perabo, and Amber Valletta. Other celebrities and public figures have participated in the rallies and teach-ins, including Medea Benjamin, Jerry Greenfield, Naomi Klein, Annie Leonard, and Ed Markey.[6][7][8][9]

See also[edit]

  • Global catastrophic risk
  • Individual and political action on climate change
  • Low-carbon economy
  • Code Pink

References[edit]

  1. "Fire Drill Fridays". firedrillfridays.com. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  2. "Fire Drill Fridays Take L.A." commondreams.org. Retrieved 2020-03-28.
  3. "Fire Drill Fridays". codepink.org. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  4. "Jane Fonda Continues 'Fire Drill Fridays' To Protest Lack Of Action On Climate Change". npr.org. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  5. "Donald Trump reacts to Jane Fonda's arrests: 'Nothing changes'". foxnews.com. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  6. "Jane Fonda participates in DC climate change protest for 5th straight week". thehill.com. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  7. "The launch of Fire Drill Fridays". janefonda.com. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  8. "Diane Lane, Piper Perabo, Amber Valletta arrested at Jane Fonda's climate change protest". usatoday.com. Retrieved 2019-11-24.
  9. "Please use the link below to join me, greenpeaceusa, and JaneFonda for a FireDrillFriday teach in". twitter.com. Retrieved 2020-03-28.


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