“They were right by Oakland High School and a car bomb exploded under her car seat.”
On May 24th 1990, Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney, organizers with Earth First! were traveling in a car in California when a pipe bomb exploded under Judi’s seat, critically injuring her. The FBI charged Bari and Cherney with planting the bomb and no other suspects were ever investigated. Bari had received death threats for her work to stop the deforestation in the California redwoods with Earth First.
The bombing galvanized the environmental activist movement in California and continues to inspire activists who are still working to preserve the redwoods in California.
Betty Ball with the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center was working with Judi and Darryl in California at the time of the bombing.
Mendocino County in California has declared May 25th 2015 as Judi Bari day.
There are several events happening around the country to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the bombing of Judi Bari.
In Boulder on Friday May 22nd, there will be a screening of the award winning film “Who Bombed Judi Bari”; featuring music by George Mann, longtime union organizer, anti-war activist and producer of folk and protest music; a potluck & discussion, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 5001 Pennsylvania, Boulder, CO. 6 – 9 PM.
More info about Judi Bari at www.judibari.org.