Daryl Hannah, a blonde bombshell in her day, was arrested on Tuesday right outside of the White House.
Hannah was protesting with a group of activists on the sidewalk in front of the White House. The police made three requests for the group to move, and after they refused, police handcuffed all of them—including Hannah.
The group was protesting an oil pipeline project.
“Sometimes it's necessary to sacrifice your freedom for a greater freedom,” Hannah says of her arrest.
“And we want to be free from the horrible death and destruction that fossil fuels cause, and have a clean energy future."
It’s refreshing to see a celebrity get arrested for something that doesn’t involve drugs, alcohol, anti-Semitism or domestic violence.
But actually, this isn’t even Daryl’s first run-in with the law. The 48 year-old actress was arrested back in 2009 for stopping traffic. Hannah was protesting mountaintop removal mining—a process that’s criticized for it’s environmental destruction. Along with thirty other protesters, Daryl blocked off a road that lead to a coal processing plant in Raleigh County, West Virginia. The protesters were arrested and booked on misdemeanor charges of obstruction and impeding traffic.
Danny Glover is another celebrity who was arrested in a protest. Back in 2010, the actor was arrested for civil disobedience, along with eleven others, during a labor union protest. Glover joined a group that was protesting the Maryland-based food company, Sodexo, for treating their workers unfairly and illegally. Apparently, Glover stepped past a yellow police tape, was asked to move a few times, and after refusing, Glover and the rest of the protesters were handcuffed.
Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello is also among those celebrities arrested for the greater good. Back in 2006, Morello took part in a march to raise awareness for immigrant hotel workers’ rights. He was charged with unlawful assembly for refusing to move from Century Boulevard. About 2,000 protestors participated in the march.
Canadian actress Margot Kidder, who played Lois Lane in the original Superman movies, was arrested last week outside of the White House, protesting the same pipeline project Hannah was there for. The $7 billion project is planned to move oil from Alberta to the Gulf Coast. And protesters plan to keep showing up outside of the White House to express their discontent of the project. Dozens of them have already been arrested. Mark Ruffalo and Danny Glover are also expected to attend the protest.