The Sunday Los Angeles Times featured my story about the new documentary film, "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" which plays Wednesday at the Laemmle Monica in Santa Monica. Not only a gripping story about a campaign to save the last stands of coastal old-growth redwoods in California in the 1980s and '90s -- some of which were actually saved -- the film details one of the most horrific, and inspiring, stories of environmental activism in the U.S., on a par with the stories of Erin Brokovich or Karen Silkwood.
And, as the title suggests, the film demands an answer to the question: who, exactly, bombed Earth First! forest activist Judi Bari?
On May 24, 1990, Bari and and fellow Earth Firster Darryl Cherney were driving across Oakland to a rally in support of Redwood Summer, a months-long occupation of the timberlands of Northern California, when Bari's car exploded. A powerful pipe bomb placed underneath the driver's seat of her Subaru went off, nearly killing the 40-year-old mother of two young girls.
Within hours, the Oakland police and FBI had decided they would charge Bari and Cherney with carrying their own bomb. The campaign against them ramped up for months, but as activists and attorneys woke up to what was happening, the charges were dropped and the pair went on the offensive, suing law enforcement for trying to frame them.