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Jane Fonda's LA Oil Drilling Protest Does Not Include Her Getting Arrested

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Jane Fonda arrives at her Fire Drill anti-climate change rally in downtown L.A. (Adolfo Guzman-Lopez/LAist)
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Jane Fonda brought her "Fire Drill Fridays" pro-environment rallies from Washington D.C. to the steps of L.A. City Hall on Friday.

“I want to thank the homeboys and the homegirls that are here,” said the veteran actor and activist, wearing a bright red hat like the one she wore in last year’s protests, organized with Greenpeace.

Fonda's message to California lawmakers is to stop granting new oil well permits. But the crowd held up signs protesting war, fossil fuels, and mistreatment of animals.

Despite a microphone, Fonda spoke to the audience a few notches below a yell:

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“We have to act like our house is on fire, because it is!”

Past rallies have led to Fonda being arrested, but a rally organizer said Fonda would not do anything at this rally to risk arrest because of the television show she’s filming in L.A.

That’s okay with her fans.

“I think she’s wonderful, I worked with her on the Indo-China peace campaign,” said Wendy Zacuto, who attended the rally. She called Fonda’s decision “practical civil disobedience.”

But some had no idea who Fonda is.

“I’m not a big movie-head,” said Israel Baires, who was there for the climate change message.

His friend Isabella Aguilar filled him in: “Yeah, 'Monster in Law,'” Aguilar told him.

Both said they want to see lawmakers do more to combat climate change. Baires was surprised to hear that Fonda’s activism, at age 82, includes being arrested.

“She does? That’s props. I didn’t know she did that,” he said.

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