Saturday, May 16, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015: Who Bombed Judi Bari?




25 years ago this week, a bomb blew up in the car of two of the most prominent Earth First! redwood activists: Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney – while they were driving through Oakland, CA. Judi and Darryl were on an organizing tour for Redwood Summer, the most ambitious campaign ever to save the old growth forest in Northern California. Judi was well known in labor, peace and feminist circles, as well as the originator of Redwood Summer. The FBI and Oakland Police immediately accused the pair of carrying the bomb and of being environmental terrorists.  The story played out for weeks in the press – the victims were the suspects.

Twelve years later, after Judi had died of breast cancer, the landmark court case to which she had dedicated the last years of her life went to trial – AND THEY WON!  The FBI and the Oakland Police were ordered to pay $4.1 million for violating the constitution, falsifying evidence and trying to frame the activists.

Monday on Women’s Magazine, we air part of the acclaimed documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari, by Mary Liz Thomson and Darryl Cherney.  We speak with Karen Pickett, long-time Earth First activist and close friend of Judi Bari, about the legacy of the bombing and the case and what is being done to commemorate it.

If you missed Monday's broadcast you can listen here. And you can still pledge to support the Spring fund raising. Just go to KPFA.org and click on the Keep KPFA Rising link. Don't forget to mention KPFA Women's Magazine. We fell short of our goal on Monday so please remember to make your donation. Every dollar counts. Thanks.

Upcoming events:
-Next Monday KPFA Women's Magazine features our monthly live call-in show with Vylma V and Lisa Marie Rollins. Tune in at 1 PM on May 25th.

-Judi Bari Day: 25th anniversary of bomb attack on Earth First!
Sunday May 24, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Unitarian Fellowship Hall in Berkeley
For info contact bach@headwaterspreserve.org or call 510-548-3113

May 24, 2015 is the 25th anniversary of the attack on Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney by car bomb in Oakland in 1990 as Redwood Summer dawned. 

The Judi Bari Day event at Berkeley's U-U Hall will feature special guest performer LAURIE LEWIS, legendary songwriter, fiddler and vocalist. 

After comments and updates by musician and film-maker DARRYL CHERNEY and others, the documentary film “WHO BOMBED JUDI BARI?” will be screened. 

Karen Pickett will host the program, and facilitate a Q and A session after the film. 
Doors open at 7 PM; the program begins at 7:30 


**Earlier in the day on May 24, people will gather to mark the moment and place where the bomb blew up. The location is across from the intersection of E. 33rd and Park Blvd, in front of Oakland High. Gather 11:30 am—12:30 (the explosion was close to 12 noon). Bring signs, songs, drums for a speak out and commemoration.** 

-Thursday, May 21st, 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Invisible Victims: Black Women's Lives Matter at Home Depot, 3838 Hollis Ave. Emeryville, CA hosted by Anti Police-Terror Project

-Sunday, May 31st, 2 to 5 PM, Celebrate the Life of Leslie Feinberg, Revolutionary Transgender Warrior, Humanist Hall, 390 27th St, Oakland, cA


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