Judi Bari, Earth First! and Radical Labor: Movement Building and Remembrance.
Friday, July 1st in Portland, OR
7pm at the Redwing Cafe, 1700 SE 6th Ave
Join labor organizers from the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) and environmentalists from the Earth First! movement for a night honoring the life and work of famed redwoods activist Judi Bari. Bari, a member of both the IWW and EF!, was a leader in the struggle to save the redwoods in the 1990's until her death from breast cancer in 1997.
Amongst the greatest of Bari's accomplishments was her campaign to unite timber workers and environmental activists against the massive timber corporations. These efforts led to an assassination attempt in 1990 when Bari's car was bombed. Within three hours of the bombing, Bari was accused of transporting the explosives that had nearly killed her. Still in the hospital, she was arrested, and labeled a terrorist in the national media.
Bari sued the FBI for the frame up. In 2002 a federal jury ruled favor of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney in their landmark civil rights lawsuit against four FBI agents and three Oakland Police officers, awarding the plaintiffs $4.4 million. The jury found that six of the seven FBI and OPD defendants framed Judi and Darryl in an effort to crush Earth First! and chill participation in the "Redwood Summer" campaign.
A panel of activists, including several who worked with Judi, will examine the past, present, and future of cross-movement alliance building as well Bari's life. A brand new documentary on Judi Bari and the lawsuit against the FBI, "The Forest For the Trees", will be shown after the talk.
$0-15 sliding scale. $10 recommended donation, all proceeds to benefit regional ecodefense efforts. Sponsored by Cascadia RiSING! EcoDefense. Contact email@example.com | 503-493-7495 for more information.