The pair had been arrested by US Capitol Police during what Fonda has coined “Fire Drill Fridays” following weeks of climate crisis demonstrations at the Capitol.
A USCP spokesperson suggested CNN that 32 people had been arrested for “unlawfully demonstrating in the intersection of East Capitol and First Streets” and had been charged with crowding, obstructing or incommoding.
“We have to behave like our house is on fire, because it is,” Fonda said, referencing a phrase usually said by teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg.
During the protest, Fonda urged resistance in the direction of new fossil gasoline extractions and impressed fellow protesters to hold elected officers accountable for pushing reforms.
“We have to hold their feet to the fire,” she said.
This week’s protest theme was “Oceans Can’t-Wait,” with subsequent week’s slated as “Women Can’t-Wait,” in response to the Fire Drill Fridays site.