David Fenton and Jane Fonda | June 13, 2023
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Interested in making an impact for climate change? For gun violence prevention? For social justice? For human rights? Public health? Head straight for David Fenton. David Fenton has been a social activism guru for decades, having worked with Yoko Ono; Nelson Mandela; Bruce Springsteen; Carl Sagan; Jesse Jackson; and countless other public figures in their crusades for social change. Activism requires a good plan, a good communications strategy. The Activist’s Media Handbook is David Fenton’s new book, a handbook for people who seek to be part of the solution. He tells stories of his successes and mistakes, and offers lessons he learned the hard way.
Jane Fonda is an Academy Award winning actor, producer, activist, author, and fitness guru. Her career has spanned over 50 years, accumulating a body of work that includes over 45 films, and crucial work on behalf of several political causes. She is a seven-time Golden Globe® winner and was honored with the Cecil B. DeMille Award in 2021, Stanley Kubrick Excellence in Film Award as part of BAFTA’s Britannia Awards in 2019, AFI Life Achievement Award winner in 2014, and Honorary Palme d’Or honoree in 2007. Fonda also continues to lead the charge on Fire Drill Fridays, the national movement to protest government inaction on climate change she started in October 2019 in partnership with Greenpeace USA. Last year she launched the Jane Fonda Climate PAC, which is focused on defeating political allies of the fossil fuel industry. She is the author of several books, including the most recent, What Can I Do: My Path from Climate Despair to Activism.