By Stefanie Penn Spear | Sourced from EcoWatch
In a time of tremendous disregard for the environment where corporations are controlling the government and rewriting environmental policy to suit their needs, the new documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari? shows how activists can take on the powers that be and win, though at a great cost.
On May 24, 1990, forest activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were driving from Oakland to Santa Cruz, CA to promote Earth First!’s Redwood Summer—a mass mobilization of students and others from across the U.S. to protest the deforestation of the redwood region in Northern California—when a shrapnel-wrapped pipe bomb went off under Bari’s driver’s seat, nearly killing her and injuring fellow organizer Cherney. If the assassination attempt on Bari wasn’t traumatic enough, immediately following the explosion the duo was arrested with possession and transportation of explosives, with the media reporting that they accidentally bombed themselves.
Seven years after the bombing, and just 30 days before Bari’s death from...