Tonight at 5pm west coast/8pm east coast we’ve got an amazing discussion scheduled with activist/producer Darryl Cherney and director Mary Liz Thomson centering around their film Who Bombed Judi Bari, Earth First!, and the couple’s federal lawsuit against the Oakland Police Department and the F.B.I. Movie Night is on the main, front page of firedoglake.com.
I learned about the film from FDL’s The Dissenter who wrote:
In May of 1990, Earth First! organizer Judi Bari and her fellow activist Darryl Cherney were preparing for the biggest demonstration they’d ever mobilized: a convergence of thousands of eco-warriors from all over the country on an expanse of California old growth redwoods targeted by the timber industry for clear cut. They were calling the event “Redwood Summer,” after the Civil Rights Movement’s Freedom Summer of 1964.
Redwood Summer took place, but without Bari. Instead of standing on the front lines of a massive battle against the destruction of the Headwaters Forest in Humboldt County, she spent the next several months recovering from a car bomb blast that had crippled her body and nearly took her life. At the same time, she was fending off accusations from the Oakland Police and the FBI that she was an eco-terrorist responsible for her own permanent and life-changing injuries….
Bari filed a civil lawsuit against the FBI and the Oakland Police Department in 1991, alleging that officers and agents knew that she and Cherney were innocent, and had arrested them as part of a misinformation campaign to discredit Earth First!. (Some believe the FBI’s complicity in the bombing went further still.) The suit was still wending its way through the courts when Bari died of breast cancer in 1997.
Please join us for this exciting discussion. To comment/ask questions you need to be resitered on FDL (it’s free) and logged in. The film opens in December, and there is $50,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.