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The 1990 Car Bombing of Judi Bari

October 1, 2001 set as Trial Date for Bari's lawsuit against the FBI and Oakland PD, more than 11 years after the bombing! (May 15, 2000)

  • Petition to initiate Mendocino County investigations into the 1990 car bombing murder attempt on Judi Bari. Please print out, sign and circulate this petition today! (June 16, 1999)

  • CNN TV clip on the May 24, 1990 bombing of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney.
  • John Trudell speaks at Judi Bari Memorial (April 26, 1997, Berkeley, California)

  • "Judi Bari Suit Against FBI Reveals: COINTELPRO Against Earth First!" by Bill Weinberg, Shadow article (1995)
  • Judi Bari Official Home Page--Here you'll find information about Judi Bari, radical environmental and social justice leader who fought for the preservation of ancient redwood forests and an end to the rapid liquidation of second-growth forests by giant timber corporations in the Northern California redwood region where she lived. Judi died March 2, 1997, of breast cancer.

    She barely survived a murder attempt when a powerful motion-triggered pipe bomb hidden under the driver's seat of her car exploded in Oakland, California, on May 24, 1990. The bombers remain at large today because, as overwhelming evidence filed with the court now shows, the FBI and Oakland Police:

    • targeted Bari and attempted to frame her for political reasons
    • lied to the media and the courts
    • falsified evidence
    • blamed the victims while ignoring evidence pointing to the real bombers, and
    • covered up their own wrongdoing.

    Judi Bari and fellow Earth First! organizer Darryl Cherney, who was with her when the bomb exploded, filed a federal civil rights suit against the FBI and Oakland Police for violating their constitutional rights by false arrest, unlawful search and seizure, and conspiracy, and by allowing the real assassins to go free.

    Bari's estate and Cherney will go forward with the suit, which has withstood repeated defense attempts to dismiss it since it was filed in May, 1991. Judi founded the nonprofit Redwood Justice Fund and its Redwood Summer Justice Project in 1991 to support and help fund the lawsuit. The RSJP has set up this web site to provide information about Judi and the lawsuit.

Web sites which challenge the Judi Bari orthodoxy:

Hayduke Rocks! can use your help in investigating the bombing of Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney! Andy Caffrey is rigorously combing through all of the writings and documents he can find on the bombing. He is creating a massive, encyclopedic time line document which so far has over 300 time events. His goal is to provide a tool for all researchers of this attempt to murder his friend Judi, and to reveal a portrait of the repeated pattern in Northern California of law enforcement-sanctioned violence against environmentalists. This pattern has continued unabated to this day, resulting in the 1998 murder of David Chain by logger A.E. Ammons. Andy's document will be posted here when completed. Financial contributions to continue this research would really help and could cause the results to become available much sooner than otherwise would be possible. Copies of any archived articles on the bombing that you might have would also be appreciated. Send checks and articles to:

    Earth First!
    P.O. Box 324
    Redway, CA 95560

Judi Bari and the Redwood Summer Justice Project's lawsuit against the F.B.I. and the Oakland, California Police Department

  • "FBI Stalling in Bari Case Must Stop," Judge Says

    "SAN FRANCISCO -- A federal magistrate said today he will order the FBI to provide further evidence to lawyers for the late Judi Bari and fellow Earth First! activist Darryl Cherney. The FBI had claimed that an appeal by codefendant Oakland Police Department of an earlier ruling in the 7-1/2 yr. lawsuit shielded it from the requirement to provide additional evidence. Using a delaying tactic seen several times before in this case, the Oakland city attorney last winter filed an appeal of an October, 1997, district court decision denying the Oakland police officers "qualified immunity" from suit. The appeal, now pending before the 9th Circuit Court, has already delayed for over a year the setting of a trial date, and the FBI's refusal to cooperate has compounded the effects of that delay." (December 16, 1998)

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Last updated May 24, 2000, Tenth Anniversary of the Car Bomb Attack on Judi Bari