(fashion) Actress Jane Fonda reveals she's 'scared for our democracy' and to raise political awareness for the upcoming election she rolled up her sleeves and went door-knocking in the swing state of Pennsylvania.
Though she has two Oscars, four Golden Globes, and immeasurable accolades to her name, the 81-year-old actress is putting Hollywood on hold to devote herself to political activism.
On August 4 Fonda went door to door to canvass for Working America in a working class neighborhood in Scranton where she got disgruntled locals to open up about their political views, their concerns in the upcoming election, and educated them about Trump's policies.
'I’m scared. I’m scared for our democracy, for our ability to live together in community across lines of race, class and religion. I’m scared for my grandchildren and for the planet. The country is contorted and polarized, with the flames of hate fanned by leaders at the highest level,' she revealed in a Washington Post op-ed.
Actress Jane Fonda, 81, canvassed door to door in Scranton, Pennsylvania on August 4 to educate local voters in the swing state saying, 'We can win back our country one conversation at a time'
She went door-knocking with Working America, is a political non-union workers' group that canvasses to persuade voters to support labor-backed candidates
Ready to hit the road: She shared this picture on August 4 with other Working America volunteers before they went door knocking
But she was surprised to realize just how powerful speaking face-to-face with voters can be.
'I saw a path forward recently in Scranton, Pennsylvania where I spent a hot, humid evening knocking on doors with Working America,' she said, adding she's hardly recognized and only gives her first name when she's canvassing.
Working Class, founded in 2003, is the largest non-union workers' organization in the U.S. and recruits people in working class neighborhoods to support labor-backed candidates in elections.
In her piece she recounted speaking with Steve, who is in his 40s and doesn't trust any of the candidates, Edith, a woman in 50s who likes Trump but not his fiery language, and Sharon, a gung-ho Trump supporter who didn't realize the president's health-care bill would mean her son's insurance would stop covering him