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Climate has Fonda picking up where she left off in the 1970s

Jane Fonda is picking up where she left off in civil disobedience nearly a half-century ago. But there's one thing that's changed: That step up into the paddy wagon is tougher at age 81.

U.S. Capitol Police arrested Fonda and fellow actor Sam Waterston on Friday in a second week of climate change protests. Fonda says she's holding the events to draw more people into climate activism.

Fonda tells The Associated Press she was last arrested for protesting in the 1970s. She says watching the climate activism of Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg helped inspire her to get back in.

Actress Jane Fonda gestures after being arrested during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. A half-century after throwing her attention-getting celebrity status into Vietnam War protests, 81-year-old Jane Fonda is now doing the same in a U.S. climate movement where the average age is 18. (AP PhotoManuel Balce Ceneta)

For a second Friday, Fonda stepped into the paddy wagon with hands bound. But this time, Fonda had managed to get her hands cuffed in front of her, for balance.

Sam Waterston, right, and Jane Fonda, center, march during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. A half-century after throwing her attention-getting celebrity status into Vietnam War protests, Fonda is now doing the same in a U.S. climate movement where the average age is 18. (AP PhotoManuel Balce Ceneta)

Actress Jane Fonda is arrested by U.S. Capitol Police officers during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. A half-century after throwing her attention-getting celebrity status into Vietnam War protests, 81-year-old Jane Fonda is now doing the same in a U.S. climate movement where the average age is 18. (AP PhotoManuel Balce Ceneta)

Actors Sam Waterston, left, and Jane Fonda attend a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. A half-century after throwing her attention-getting celebrity status into Vietnam War protests, Fonda is now doing the same in a U.S. climate movement where the average age is 18. (AP PhotoManuel Balce Ceneta)

Sam Waterston, right, and Jane Fonda, center, march during a rally on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Oct. 18, 2019. A half-century after throwing her attention-getting celebrity status into Vietnam War protests, Fonda is now doing the same in a U.S. climate movement where the average age is 18. (AP PhotoManuel Balce Ceneta)