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Friday in PDX: Judi Bari, Earth First!, the IWW, and COINTELPRO (Speakers, Music & Movies)

It just days till the beginning of the Earth First! National Rendezvous just outside Portland on Mt. Hood National Forest. This being the 25th anniversary of the Rendezvous, local Earth First!ers are feeling a little reflective, and will be organizing two great events in Portland examining Earth First! history, and getting everyone ready for the Rendezvous.

If you're not familiar with Earth First! or are but have never felt a part of the movement, we'd like to extend an extra special invitation to this event and of course the Rendezvous itself!

On Friday July 1st, will look at the life and organizing work of Judi Bari, a member of both the Industrial Workers of the World and Earth First!, who endeavored to bridge the gaps between environmentalists and timber workers. Bari survived an assassination attempt and severe FBI COINTELPRO repression for her efforts.
Judi Bari
Judi Bari
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  info@cascadiarising.org | 503-493-7495 for more information.

homepage: homepage: http://www.earthfirst2005.org
phone: phone: 503-493-7495

Speakers and musicians 30.Jun.2005 18:52

Cascadia Rising EcoDefense

Gene Lawhorn is Vice President of Carpenters Local 247, and a working rank-n-file carpenter. He is also a former mill worker, who worked with Judi Bari on the Earth First! Renunciation of Tree Spiking in Oregon and California, and as a result became a close personal friend of Judi's till her death.

Angela Wartes was the legal support coordinator for North Coast Earth First! between 1996 and 2001, as well as general organizing work with Earth First!. She assisted with the civil lawsuit from the family of David "Gypsy" Chain, who was slain by a logger in 1998. She has also been a paralegal for ACLU's human rights project.

Morgan Miller is a longtime Portland radical, IWW organizer and activist/social movement historian. Morgan also has worked with the radical environmental movement, Red & Black and is a KBOO volunteer.

Mothers of God have performed radical political songs in a possibly feeble attempt to make people laugh about really depressing crap. Leslie Hemstreet was a radical eco-activist who was arrested eight times before being federally prosecuted. Two years of work on the Earth First! Journal sent her into a quiet retirement as a librarian. Lisa Loving is a KBOO activist and journalist who has scrambled to get the dirt on the bad guys for as long as she can remember. Look for her monsterpiece Martha Stewart Squatting, coming soonish to a library near you.

Blackrose Collective bookstore will be tabling 01.Jul.2005 09:08


The Blackrose Collective Bookstore & Community Freecycling center-4038 N.Mississippi Ave between N.Shaver & Mason next door to the Mississippi co-op :
will be tabling at the event,probably outside due to size contraints,we will have a small selection of books,pamphletes and free literature...

Quote" The upper West Side,as the neighborhood was called, was supposed to be a "liberal" stronghold.I have never really understood exactly what a "liberal" is, though since I have heard "liberals" express every conceivable opinion on every conceivable subject. As far as I can tell, you have the extreme right, who are fascist, racist capitalist dogs like Ronald Reagan, who come right out and let you know where they're coming from. And on the opposite end, you have the left, who are supposed to be committed to justice, equality, and human right. And then somewhere between those two points is the liberal. as far as I'm concerned, "liberal" is the most meaningless word in the dictionary. History has shown me that as long as some white middle-class people live hight on the hog, take vacations to Europe, send their children to private schools, and reap the benefits of their white skin privileges, then they are "liberals". But when times get hard and money gets tight, they pull off that liberal mask and you think you're talking to Adolf Hitler. They feel sorry for the so-called underprivileged just as long as they can maintain their own privileges....Assata Shakur

Could Somebody Post a Review? 03.Jul.2005 23:40

Steve Ongerth intexile@iww.org

Could someone who attended this event please post a review for the PDX IMC site? I would like to know how it went. I would also like to repost that article to iww.org. Thanks

-Steve in San Francisco, CA.