A SNAPSHOT OF THE NOT-SO-OLD OLD DAYS

This video clip has been circulating widely these last days and someone sent it to me. I was happy and relieved to see that even back in the 80s I was saying what I’m saying now: “There’s strength in numbers.” We must leave our silos and join together to defeat the forces of hate and greed. Together we can win. In the clip I mention the Campaign for Economic Democracy. That’s the statewide organization which my then husband, Tom Hayden, and I started. It’s the organization that the Jane Fonda Workout was funding. I’m very proud of that. And I’m proud that I understood way back then that homophobia, misogyny, racism, climate change, and economic inequality are interrelated evils and so our movements must also be interrelated. Check it out.

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  1. Jane, I’m very happy to have the privilege of living on the same planet as you. I am an 18 year old Brazilian girl and I have the honor to say that you are my greatest inspiration. I don’t know if you’re going to read this, but know that I admire you a lot. Thank you for that.

  2. Jane, that’s why I admire you without knowing you and your opinion is very important to me.

  3. Jane,

    You are a truely wonderful human and continue to ignite mass compassion and the desire to make change happen accross the world.

    I have been listening to your Audio book’what can I do” today whilst spending time at home with my 3 dogs and 4 horses in the English countryside…. world’s away from the reality that our planet is facing.

    I’ve started following Fireside Fire Drill Fridays and am excited to be learning so much.

    I describe myself as an Empath, plus I am a childrens Palliative Care Nurse. I have been feeling such sadness in the world, but you Jane Fonda are giving us hope.

    Thank you for being brave and using your fame to get our voices heard x

  4. Hola Jane,realmente tiene muchos motivos por los que sentirse orgullosa,yo que vivo tan lejos también lo estoy de usted, desgraciadamente no puedo seguir algunos de sus eventos en directo pero veo entrevistas y videos suyos con traduccíón a español y a traves de los comentarios de personas que la siguen se un poco de la situacón que están viviendo.Un abrazo y gracias por su publicación.

  5. I loved watching this and reading your post! Thank you for your wisdom and all that you do! Your signed book arrived yesterday and I love it already! I am the ESL teacher from MN that saw you last year. Much of my curriculum this year incorporates world events with a large portion about our environment, global warming, working together to overcome obstacles, etc. and I always emphasize “Speak Your Truth” so I am excited to make connections from your book to my lessons! You are an inspiration to so many! Thank you!

  6. Jane!

    I said it before, I’ll say it again: you ARE an I C O N. And I’m so happy we have you. How is your squirrel? What kind of nuts does she like?

    Much love!

    Lea

  7. Hi Jane! How are you?
    I believe that the years are giving you wisdom. But when I ser your interviews on The internet, I ser how You Jeep your values very high. And nos you bet more and more.
    It is a pleasure yo review your life and consider yourself such a full WOMAN, a total resilient.
    Allá my respect,admiration and love to You. Kisses and jugar from URUGUAY. ❤️❤️😍🤗😘🇺🇾
    Grace.

  8. Really liked your “by the book” interview in NYtimes. No surpise that we have significant overlap in tastes. I have read all Alice Miller books too, and even corresponded a bit with her before she died. As you know,This video is from the Briggs Initiative days, it has been on Youtube a long time and I have watched it several times.
    You are beautiful and well spoken as usual.

  9. Dear Jane,

    How do I connect with people in your organisation on Climate Change, who can help me save trees in Oakland’s Urban Forest? I’ve signed up for Fire Drill Fridays, but I’m not yet sure how to connect with the network of people.

    The issue I’m fighting the City of Oakland on speaks to all of our Urban Forests, which are being cut down, or approved, by our city officals and representatives. I’ve connected with American Forests, who were so concerned by our issue that they wrote in to the Council about it. One of the figures they gave me is that mature trees remove 60-70 times more pollution than a sapling, so there are massive public health considerations around this.

    Thank you for your all your service.

    Greg

    • Fire Drill Fridays focuses on the root causes of climate change. There are many noble and important fights to protect the environment and people have to figure out what they are capable and desirous of doing. One person can’t tackle all the issues. Saving urban forests is important. Trees are important. If you haven’t, I recommend reading “Overstory” a Pulitzer prize novel by Robert Powers. It’s about trees. It’s brilliant. the “network of people” that have signed on as volunteers for Fire Drill Fridays and Greenpeace are writing letters to and calling people to get them to vote, get people they know to vote,. get people who’ve been purged from the voting polls re-registered. There are over 1000 doing this right now…and loving it. But you can see that it’s all focused right now on the election. We all need to be. Everything depends on Biden getting elected. We can work with him, move him.

  10. I remember when I first saw that video a few years ago – wow, still gives me goosebumps. I love how you took his comment and twisted it back into something positive. AND that you called him on it! And your message still holds true and always will. Stay on the side of the just and right and we will win.

    My personal mantra is “Flip It!” meaning take your thought or someone’s action etc and flip it. Change it to a positive and look at it from another view. There’s always something you can do to make something better.

  11. I so admire everything she is doing

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