Jane

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  • Some of them actually believe Covis-19 is a Democrat plot to destroy Trump. That’s what I heard Rev Jerry Falwell say yesterday when reopening his college.

  • The virus is all too real. All the global pandemics of the last many decades came from human contacts with animals and insects that we aren’t used to being in contact with. AIDS, SARS, MERS, Ebola and now Covid-19. Climate change is behind it: melting Arctic ice sheet releasing millennia-old pathogens, deforestation, urbanization, warmer, shorter…[Read more]

  • Welcome to my online community, Ana. Glad to hear from you. I do my own writing and answering so this is me, not someone else. What I don;t know how to do it actually post my blog/facebook, etc. I write and someone else posts. I did a post for Tik Toc yesterday. I love Portugal. xx

  • Wow, Alyssa, I;m so sorry and aghast that people there aren’t taking it –COVIUD-19 and the climate crisis–seriously. I will wager it’s because they only watch FOX News. I guess I would say to a friend or relative who feels that way, “If you knew that getting the real facts, not from politicians but from doctors, nurses, experts, would save your…[Read more]

  • Thanks for the tips, Robin. xx

  • Okay, so let’s start with the superficial: My fingernails are getting so long I can hardly type. But they are acrylic and I can’t cut them. Ideas? I’m growing a beard. I’m caught up on “Better Things” (the […]

    • Hi Jane!
      Just wanted to pop in and say thanks for a great first virtual FDF! I’ve been working from home during this pandemic and it was really nice to hear from you and Senator Markey as well as the guys with Greenpeace. While we’re all sitting at home, we should all be utilizing our extra time to contact our representatives. What better time than now? Great to hear Senator Markey’s comments and I’m happy he was able to join us during this chaotic time. He is absolutely right—if enough people take the time to contact their reps, it is absolutely going to make a difference.

      Thanks again for all you are doing. I will continue to do all I can while I’m stuck here at home.

      xx Robin

      PS: Just ran into the same issue with my nails. Ended up having to soak them in acetone nail polish remover and they came off pretty easily. Another option is to soak a cotton ball in the nail polish remover and wrap it with a piece of foil around each nail. Never thought I’d have to do it myself, but glad it worked!

    • Jane, I think you should watch Carol (2015) again, it never fails to make me feel secure and happy. Have you seen it before? If yes: did you like it? If no: now you’ve got the time to watch it!

      Hope you have a great week!

      Greetings from Germany 🙂

    • Hi, Jane! Can’t wait for the new season of Grace and Frankie. But at the same time, I really can because I don’t want it to be over, you know? What’s it like knowing that one of these days you’re going to have to say goodbye to Grace Hanson for good? Because I am certainly not prepared!

    • Jane!
      Thank you for the laughs as well as the serious stuff! We all need to still keep a good sense of humor during this crisis!
      See you tomorrow!!

      PS- you can cut your nails down with nail clippers and then file the rough edges!

    • SusanK replied 3 days ago

      Thank you, Jane. It is going to take a lot to get out of this health and financial nightmare. I will pass this along to our legislatures for the future stimulus measures that will need to be taken. I pray that we get through this pandemic and become a kinder, more compassionate world. Please stay safe and healthy.

    • Hi Jane,

      What a joy to be able to put Fire Drill Fridays on my calendar during this crisis. I’ve been working my way through Naomi Klein’s books and I can’t stop thinking about her analysis of the 2008 bank bailout—how that was a critical (missed) opportunity to demand more of corporations in exchange for help. I didn’t expect to suddenly be living through another similar moment so soon, but I’ll do everything I can to help. 

      I couldn’t have less faith in the current administration, but it’s comforting to see some politicians—like Ed Markey—doing the right thing (and speaking in coherent sentences, no less). Ohio’s governor has made many missteps in the past, but seems to be handling this crisis correctly, thankfully. Sometimes people can surprise you for the better.

      I may be biased, but Cuomo’s daily briefings have been must-see TV for me—I recommend tuning in and pretending he’s our president, if just for an hour every day.

      For what it’s worth, “I’m growing a beard” made me laugh out loud—not a small victory on day 19 of quarantine here in my tiny NYC apartment, so thank you. Keep the updates coming, they help much more than you may realize!

      xoxo
      Alexandra

    • Jane replied 3 days ago

      Thanks

    • Hi Jane,
      When discussing Covid-19 and or the climate crisis what do you believe has been the best and most effective approach to engage and really convince someone that this is a VERY serious situation?
      I’m currently in Tennessee and not enough people are heeding the warnings from the CDC!
      Just as sad and infuriating- there’s not much of a movement, that I’ve seen, here for climate! My apartment building doesn’t even offer recycling options which is wild to me! Where I grew up recycling was pretty mandatory by our city!

      Thanks again! VERY much enjoyed the online Fire Drill Friday 🔥✊🏻✌🏻

      Also: 100% acetone will take the acrylic off 💕

      • Wow, Alyssa, I;m so sorry and aghast that people there aren’t taking it –COVIUD-19 and the climate crisis–seriously. I will wager it’s because they only watch FOX News. I guess I would say to a friend or relative who feels that way, “If you knew that getting the real facts, not from politicians but from doctors, nurses, experts, would save your life and/or the life of your family, wouldn’t you want to know what they’re saying?” and then I would try to get them to watch MSNBC or CNN or some other news outlet that is doing real reporting. Or, if you watch, tape it and show it to them…things you feel are really convincing. Tell them that doctors and nurses are dying because they don’t have protective gear. Hospitals are running out of beds and ventilators. This is happening right now.Rachel Maddow is good.

        • I’m in Tennessee and Alyssa is right – this state is doing a lousy job when it comes to COVID-19. Nashville bars did not want to close and actually raised a big stink. And yes – it’s a good ol’ Republican state – lots of FOX and Trump and that’s exactly why it’s not being taken seriously – after all folks – it’s going to “disappear like a miracle”. 🙄 We must ADVOCATE for CHANGE every chance we get – we can’t count on our government to do what is right and protect us – we have to be loud and united and put the pressure on them now more than ever!!✊

          Jane – an email was sent to you through Debi…🤔

        • Thanks for the response. All my friends/family are pretty woke and just as outraged about all of this, thankfully. It’s the people I don’t know, the people I saw outside walking in groups from my window, or on Social media! Perhaps a lack of common sense? A lack of care? Maybe even a “fuck it” attitude? I’ll never understand. But how does one coax those people into reality?

          I still feels there’s hope. God I hope there is.
          Xx

          • Some of them actually believe Covis-19 is a Democrat plot to destroy Trump. That’s what I heard Rev Jerry Falwell say yesterday when reopening his college.

    • Jane,

      Thank you for your tireless work to empower people – I greatly admire all that you do. Many of us are furloughed or face financial and health related issues- you show great strength in this uncertain time. Thank you.

    • Hi! I´m Ana, I’m 19 and I’m from Portugal. I’m on my 2nd year of pharmaceutical sciences, so I take this Covid-19 pandemic really serious and I salute you for taking a stand to help soften down this pandemic!

      I’m quarantined for almost a month now (I’ve been in prophylactic isolation for 2 weeks since a girl from my class contracted the virus, but, thank God, it was nothing) and during this time I’ve been catching up on movies and documentaries.
      Among all those movies I saw “the book club” and I found you so empowering and fierce that I wanted to know a little more about you. And so I did. I started to watch your movies and your interviews and I immediately realized you were not just another pretty face! I saw your documentary and let me say, I was so amazed! Your journey, your strength, your way to look at life, the way you’re committed to the truth and the planet, how you keep going and pushing and never settle.

      In one of those interviews I learnt about this website, and here I am! I am so glad that someone is fighting and I definitely want to help, just not sure how yet, given my location, age…(?)

      I’m so glad I “discovered” you! I relate to you in so many ways and feel like I can learn so much from your experience! You certainly did inspire and empower me! I admire and respect you so much, definitely a woman I look up to! I truly hope that I get to meet you some day and thank you with a big hug!

      All the best wishes,

      Ana <3

      PS: I might have been working out with you for the last 2 weeks and may or may not (definetly am) be sore out of my life ahah, but I feel so good afterwards! Also: Grace and Frankie? YESSSS

      • Welcome to my online community, Ana. Glad to hear from you. I do my own writing and answering so this is me, not someone else. What I don;t know how to do it actually post my blog/facebook, etc. I write and someone else posts. I did a post for Tik Toc yesterday. I love Portugal. xx

  • Chelsey, there’s too much to do not to stay positive. The Democrats did a great job putting far more money for workers, health care, nurses, small businesses etc into the first bailout bill. Made sure Trump couldn’t use the funds to bail out his hotels.I think our calls for people to call their senators was very helpful. The elected officials…[Read more]

  • watch our first virtual Fire Drill Friday this Friday. 2om your time. With senator Ed Markey xxoo

  • Aa-isha, I am finishing my book about Fire Drill Fridays, “What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action.” It’s coming out in August. I love this book!!! So that takes time. I walk my dog. I workout and I read. I also do Zoom meetings about the bailout Trump’s trying o pass that’s a travesty. Busy. lol

  • Well, one good thing about sheltering at home and everything being closed: I can do more social media, including blogs. I’m sitting at home trying to imagine what its like for gig economy workers, for all […]

    • Hi Jane. Thank you for your words of wisdom and bringing perspective to this all! And also to Vanessa for her words. As serious as the climate crisis and covid 19 are, I’m glad you and your neighbors were able to enjoy your quarantinis!! Thanks for the smile, it was needed for sure! Stay safe & keep the blogs coming!❤️

    • Jane,

      I wanted to say that’s the sweetest thing, the ‘social distance party’ with your neighbours. I love to hear the safe ways people are ‘coming together’ during this crisis.

      I’ve had to say “goodbye” to my family and friends during this time, but it’s forced us to find new ways to communicate; my grandmother, who is the same age as you, just learnt how to facetime, now she won’t stop calling, it took a pandemic for her to use technology!

      If you have the time, I would love to see you blog more regularly, like you used to. I really look forward to your next post. I don’t know if you’re aware but if you do Instagram Live, a feature you may be familiar with from Fire Drill Fridays, your followers can ask questions below and you can do a Q&A. It also encourages people to stay home and watch.

      Much love,

      Kate

      P.S. Thank you for reply to my previous comment, I can’t express how much it meant.

    • Hi Jane, glad to hear you are doing well! I live in Ohio and have been working from home. I feel very fortunate that my employer allows this and that I’m still able to take home a paycheck during this very uncertain time for many. I will be calling my senators today to urge them to use the bailout to help working Americans rather than big corporations and CEOs. In Ohio, the stay-at-home order that was put into place is already affecting workers drastically. Many have already been laid off or furloughed without a paycheck. If this continues for several months, we are going to reach a new crisis of people being unable to make rent or mortgage payments. Nationwide, people are doing work that has been deemed essential and are being forced to work in very small spaces, definitely not abiding by the 6 feet apart rule. My father is included in this group. It worries me that he is still being forced to do this. These people are being taken advantage of and it’s completely unacceptable that their health is being put at risk (and—the health of their families) just so businesses can continue to rake in the money. Corporate greed continues to be a threat to the public health of all Americans and we can’t let that continue. Trump has shown even more so that he is incapable of leading us through a crisis, so I hope that this will remain in the minds of all Americans when choosing who to vote for in November. I am really making an effort to remain hopeful that this will all end soon. I really appreciate that you are continuing your work with FDF from home. I just watched the most recent teach-in that you posted and am looking forward to what else is coming. Since this crisis has begun, I have been unable to go out and work with other climate activists in my local chapter of Sunrise. I just heard that we have some alternative plans for Earth Day which makes me excited. If we can’t get out on the streets, we’re going to utilize the internet and make it all digital. I think it’s going to turn out great!
      Happy to hear from you, Jane, and thank you for all you’re doing. I have enjoyed reading these recent blog posts. Stay safe out there! xo Robin

    • Hi, Jane. Hope you are well. Besides the meeting at the fountain and your activism, how are you keeping yourself occupied? because we all know you like to keep busy, lol. Maybe I could steal some ideas from you because ever since my university closed, my days have been filled with a whole lot of nothing!

      • Aa-isha, I am finishing my book about Fire Drill Fridays, “What Can I Do? My Path From Climate Despair to Action.” It’s coming out in August. I love this book!!! So that takes time. I walk my dog. I workout and I read. I also do Zoom meetings about the bailout Trump’s trying o pass that’s a travesty. Busy. lol

        • That’s so great to hear! I’m really excited for the new book. I actually ordered your biography (after reading the eBook version) and I was scheduled to pick it up tomorrow. However, i’m not sure if that will be possible now because it was just announced that our country is going into lockdown. Pretty scary stuff! But I take comfort in knowing that you’re out there fighting the good fight and taking down the pretty scary stuff that is currently occupying the White House.

          All my love.

    • Thought this Henry Beston (Naturalist) quote might be loved by all.
      “We need another and a wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness, for their tragic fate for having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein do we err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours, they move finished and complete, gifted with the extension of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings: they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendour and travail of the earth.”

    • Hi Jane,
      I hope you are keeping busy during this time.
      I am really excited because I just got my absentee ballot info!
      we vote April 7th in Wisconsin. its the first time I am voting without
      my parents republican influence.I am voting for a climate change president.I am really excited because I finally feel like it’s my choice. You have been such a big influence in my life since you started firedrill Fridays!! thank you. I also preordered your book. I cant wait to read it!
      stacey

      • Go Stacey!!!

        • Jane,
          Thank you so much for taking the time to reply to me. It meant the world! And also for the encouragement! I can’t wait to read your next blog! Also I can’t wait for this Friday! I already registered.

    • Hi Jane,

      We’re all struggling to adapt to this ever-changing world, but know that it’s been immensely helpful to have you provide rational, forward-thinking guidance—keep it coming whenever/however you can!

      My heart aches for the world—here in New York the streets are deserted, beloved small businesses are shuttered, and the mood of uncertainty is overwhelming at times. But there are always bright spots even in the darkest times (beautiful blooms, helpful neighbors, etc.), and I’m trying to focus on (and add to) the good.

      Before I shifted to writing/editing full time, I was a graphic designer; I went a bit rogue and made a Fire Drill Friday graphic (inspired by your actual hand/peace sign). I was humbled to see it reposted on both the FDF and your own personal Instagram accounts—a VERY minor thing, I know, compared to current issues, but I want to say thank you! 

      I’m always willing to help spread the FDF message in whatever way I can—this crisis may have derailed my cross-country road trip plans but it hasn’t dimmed my passion. If anything, I’m more motivated than ever, view this unexpected “downtime” as a gift, and, as you say, vow to remain productive. 

      Stay safe (and know I’m raising a quarantini in solidarity from the East Coast)!

      xoxo
      Alexandra

    • Hello Jane,

      I have loved seeing all of your social media posts and blogs during these past few weeks. I’ve been doing your workouts for several months now, and they have been especially helpful during this period of social distancing. What kinds of workouts have you been doing lately, and what else have you been doing to stay positive and motivated?

      -Chelsey

      • Chelsey, there’s too much to do not to stay positive. The Democrats did a great job putting far more money for workers, health care, nurses, small businesses etc into the first bailout bill. Made sure Trump couldn’t use the funds to bail out his hotels.I think our calls for people to call their senators was very helpful. The elected officials (Democrats) worked hard. They’re still working and Still a lot to do with bailout bills still to come. Have to prevent a corporate bailout, CEO raises, stock buy backs, etc and make sure that vast amount of money is largely put to proper use…helping average people and businesses that are most hurt.

        I also work out every day…very slowly, carefully. x

    • Hello Ms Fonda,
      Despite how sad these days are about the pandemic, I´m so glad I can able to write to you. I´m Natalia, from Argentina (Sorry if I write badly in English). I write to you because I want to say THANK YOU, because you have improved my whole life. In a lot of ways.
      As a school teacher myself, I use the articles in your blog about the CLIMATE CRISIS, (especially the section about teachings) to teach my students about the severity of the environmental crisis, the importance of taking care about the environment and the daily actions they can do in order to take care of our planet… and, as you say, to make the connection between the serious health crisis and the climate crisis.
      I really admire you since 80´s, when I was a child and I heard about you and the workout videos. But since 2015, when I began to watch GRACE and FRANKIE, (The best series I´ve ever seen, -I saw the six seasons many, many times), I could know more and more about you… I began to read and watch videos and interviews online about your job as an actress, and about your politic activism, and your commitment to the environment and the list goes on…
      I read your book PRIME TIME, (and I lost fear to getting older), actually I´m reading MY LIFE SO FAR, and I got WOMEN COMING ON AGE and your book of RECIPES FOR A HEALTHY LIVING. I recently bought online a lot of your films too, and I saw many of them, and Jane Fonda in five acts too…I´m so grateful to have been able to buy and watch them…
      Even though I know you´re always very busy, I wish you would write me back, but if you can´t, I´ll understand you.
      THANK YOU SO MUCH for SHARING us your knowledge and your work and life experiences, which teach and enrich us so much!!!
      XX, Natalia.

    • Hi Jane!
      Very much looking forward to tomorrow Fire Drill Friday which I will be attending with my 18 year old niece who is now home from college. She’s excited to embark on activism and together we have watched your teach-ins and have bonded over this scary time in our lives. We first discovered you as an actress and have bonded over your many wonderful films and Grace & Frankie (please tell Lily we all love her and hope to see/hear from her soon!) and now we are bonding over the climate crisis and what we can do together to make changes and have our voices heard. So thank you for being a strong activist and putting yourself out there. We admire you on so many levels and applaud your continuous efforts for our future!
      -Kara

    • Smart, practical, grounded & fair points, all.
      You must have a lot of patience, more than I, to take the time to spell out what should be self-evident to anyone with empathy and common sense. That’s what demoralises me, that these things have to be spelled out, implored, beseeched, against powerful forces that often don’t even deign to respond. And to think you’ve been on this trail since the Sixties amazes me. I know compliments don’t get the job done, but still, you’re quite a job of work. Your inner resources must be plugged into Monument Valley or something – – your Dad’s old stomping ground.

    • Hi, Jane!
      I’m so glad that you’re safe and sound and that you continue to work on your new book.
      In the last couple of weeks, I’ve been listening to different perspectives of specialists in microbiology and I’m a somehow skeptical about the real reason behind this entire nightmare called covid19. In Romania where I live, we already have the army on the street to keep the people inside.I feel that it’s more than it seems at first side and it’s related to the global economy, and MONEY, of course. I know that you’re not an expert in this particular area, but how do you feel about all this?
      sending love,
      Nicole

      • The virus is all too real. All the global pandemics of the last many decades came from human contacts with animals and insects that we aren’t used to being in contact with. AIDS, SARS, MERS, Ebola and now Covid-19. Climate change is behind it: melting Arctic ice sheet releasing millennia-old pathogens, deforestation, urbanization, warmer, shorter winters and earlier springs…All that is real and these pandemics will keep coming and perhaps get worse. But then you have right wing radical governments in growing numbers of countries (U.S., Brazil, Hungary, Russia, Australia, etc), taking advantage of these global crisis to cripple institutions that address public needs: environmental regulations, welfare, healthcare, public schools, privacy laws, etc. We must fight against this. Read “Democracy in Chains,” by Nancy MacLean. xx

  • Exactly, Alyssa. This is a teachable moment about how much money the government can come up with when they have to and how ill prepared we are for the climate crisis. xx

  • I read it, Kate. What I said in 2014 still stands: wait till there’s love. xxoo

  • yes. I remember. xx Jane

  • If we make sure our elected officials don’t allow government hand-outs to corporations that enrich CEOs and shareholders but leave workers out, it will be good. BUt people need to put porssure on their electeds. We could come out of this better off but it won’t happen without public pressure. xx

  • Alexandra, We are discussing ways to continue Fire Drill Fridays virally. I think it will be exciting. Stay tuned. Are you signed up by texting JANE to 877-877?

  • Olaf Palme was someone I admired a lot. I met him several times. Stay strong. xxoo

  • Not that everyone has free time on their hands. Many are working at home while trying to take care of their children whose schools have shuttered. But many do have more free time and I would like to suggest […]

    • Hi Jane! Thanks for sharing this excerpt! Already preordered my copy of your book and am really looking forward to reading it. I am always looking for ways to continue my own climate activism and I can’t wait to hear more about your experiences. Since we are all currently stuck at home and unable to get out on the streets for climate strikes, tips like the ones you provided are super appreciated! Have you considered a virtual Fire Drill Friday? We have held several Sunrise conference calls over the Zoom app recently and I was really happy with how we were all able to discuss ideas together. There is a video or phone option to join the meeting as well as a chat room. We also were able to break into small groups to bounce ideas off one another. Really cool!

      So sorry to hear the KSU event was canceled but still looking forward to hearing your speech. l hope to see you at a Fire Drill Friday event in the future! I really think we can make this a nationwide movement. ❤️

      • You make me so proud of you, you’re an important voice in the world and you’re using it to help everyone. Because of you lots of people are starting to change their daily habits to get a better world. Thank you for everything and I’m so glad you’ve posted this on my bday week! Big kisses from Brazil! ❤️

    • Thank You, Jane! For your wisdom on such important topics in our world. You have opened my eyes to the many issues our world is facing. I am 37 years old and have been “woken” by you in many areas of my life. I have read My Life So Far and it has changed my life! I am happy to be able to see the world the way it is, see myself the way I should be and realizing it is never too late to start over! I have shared your wisdom and views with my 18 year old niece and she has a fire lit under her for the many causes she believes in and is trying her best to help educate her fellow college friends about our climate amongst other things.
      So again, THANK YOU for this amazing new start to our lives and we are proud to stand with you and everyone else to help bring the change this world needs for the future!
      xo Kara

    • Hi Jane!

      We really appreciate the update about KSU. We’re sad to miss you obviously (and if you ever do make it to Ohio you HAVE to try a Swenson’s cheeseburger) but of course we understand there are more pressing issues at stake. I’m remaining hopeful that this crisis will move the country in the right direction eventually but in the meantime your words of wisdom and perspective—however they’re delivered—help tremendously. 

      Trying to use this unexpected down time wisely and changing my bank has been on my to-do list since the D.C. Fire Drill Fridays; this post is all the inspiration I needed. I’ll be sure to share with the many wonderful women I’ve remained in contact with since meeting at FDF.

      You may not be able to see us cheering or chanting from the front lines right now, but know that we’re listening, organizing, and are ready to adapt as necessary. 

      xoxo
      Alexandra

      • Jane replied 2 weeks ago

        Alexandra, We are discussing ways to continue Fire Drill Fridays virally. I think it will be exciting. Stay tuned. Are you signed up by texting JANE to 877-877?

        • Yes! I’ve texted and signed up through the FDF website. Will be tuning in and sharing the message however I can. Thanks for keeping us updated and motivated. Stay safe and sane!

          xoxo

    • I read it, Kate. What I said in 2014 still stands: wait till there’s love. xxoo

    • Being stuck at home really makes one realize how short our attention spans can be. I’ve cleaned my apartment until there was nothing I could think of next. However, in times like these I’ve found solace in the little thing. Like helping out neighbors by giving bags of cat foot, or running to the grocery for an elder downstairs because I’m young and SHOULD. All of this bad somehow made me wake up. But then I also realized that if the government can be so front line about the corona virus … why not climate change? That’s infuriating! The world needs a billion more of you, Jane!

      Hope you’re doing well!

      -Alyssa

      • Exactly, Alyssa. This is a teachable moment about how much money the government can come up with when they have to and how ill prepared we are for the climate crisis. xx

    • It’s okay. I finally found your reply. Thanks, Jane. I will cherish your words.

    • Hi Jane!

      I hope one day we will be able to have Fire Drill Friday’s on a global basis! Germany would benefit greatly from that!

      I love you and what you stand fror deeply,

      Lea!

  • Robin, yes, we must find ways to keep our activism juices flowing. I’m planning on doing more teach-ins here at hone on SKYPE. I need my Fire Drill Fridays fix. Also, i;m writing this FDF book which I really love. See what I wrote to Alexandra re KSU xx

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