Two events took place in the Bay Area in California to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the bombing of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney and attacks on Earth First! by the FBI.
On May 23, a packed house at La Pena Cultural Center heard speakers Ramona Africa from Move in Philadelphia–whose home and family were firebombed by police, killing 11 people in 1985; climate activist Gopal Dayenneni; lead attorney in the victorious Judi Bari vs. FBI lawsuit Dennis Cunningham, Earth First! organizer Karen Pickett; Darryl Cherney, who was injured in the car bombing with Judi, and others. An overflow crowd came from far and wide, and also marked the moment of the bomb explosion the following day, Monday May 24, at the site Judi’s car blew up, nearly killing her, and ended any illusions that the FBI and the corporations were not taking Earth First! very seriously.
At the bombing site in Oakland on Monday, there was a speak out and music at noon, with many people who were organizing for Redwood Summer in 1990 present.
[moderator’s note: Check out this article from the Earth First! Journal for more on Judi Bari]