Law and Disorder Radio – Documentary: Who Bombed Judi Bari? – Lincoln Film Analysis by Civil War Historian Bruce Levine – Hosts: Heidi Boghosian, Michael Steven Smith & Michael Ratner – Produced by Geoff Brady

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 Who Bombed Judi Bari?

Who Bombed Judi Bari? is a recently released documentary film about the car bombing of labor and environmental organizer Judi Bari. Judi Bari was a charismatic leader who rallied thousands of activists to camp out and protest the clearcutting of redwood forests during the timber wars in the 1990’s. Though Judi was crippled and in chronic pain from the car bomb, she went on to sue the authorities for civil rights violations, winning a settlement, but she died from cancer seven years after the bombing.

Darryl Cherney:

  • Judi Bari was a union organizer and an Earth First organizer; she was the mother of two children, a professional carpenter, here in the Redwood region of California.
  • That in a way is what made her so dangerous to the status quo and to those that would rather us fight each other than the people at the top.
  • Judi Bari was a unifier; she was somebody who brought loggers, timber workers, mill workers, truck drivers together with environmentalists to find our common goals, and to focus attention on the corporate elites who are manipulating all of us.
  • The issues are the same today as they’ve been for the last 6,000 years of recorded history.
  • Human beings have been logging the forests since the cedars of Lebanon. Judi was taking on the issue of mowing down ancient Redwood trees that stand 350 feet tall, 15 feet wide, 2,000 years in age.
  • A single Redwood can hold 4,000 gallons of water. They’re worth $50,000 a piece.
  • Redwood Summer did emulate Freedom Summers in the deep South.
  • The point was the same: as long as things happened in the deep South without anybody looking, they could continue, Jim Crow would continue.
  • The mowing down of our ecosystem, we believe is a civil rights movement as much as a environmental movement, because our ability to live on this planet depends on our ecosystem staying intact.
  • We invited college kids as well as anyone who wanted to participate, and that’s what Redwood Summer was.
  • We received about three dozen death threats, mostly by letter, by phone and some in person over a short period of time, about a month and a half, right after we announced Redwood Summer.
  • We decided to get out of rural areas, so we were touring universities. We were leaving Oakland, where Judi had spent the night, heading toward Santa Cruz. Judi told me to get into her car; we drove for a couple of minutes and then a bomb exploded under her seat.
  • It fractured her pelvis, caused intestinal damage, pulverized her lower vertebrae.
  • Instantly, within 5 minutes, the FBI and Oakland Police showed up.
  • They knew the bomb was a booby trap, designed to only go off in a moving car. They found the motion trigger that meant the bomb could only go off in a moving vehicle.
  • They looked at the death threats and immediately dismissed them as irrelevant.
  • Violence is a dominant gene. You can have a thousand peaceful people but one violent person can ruin it for everybody else.
  • The FBI and the Oakland Police were eventually found liable for violating the First Amendment of the US Constitution. It wasn’t that they were mistaken; they knew we were innocent.
  • Right to her death, the FBI and the Oakland never asked Judi one question.
  • Judi Bari was a full-time working carpenter. She supervised a construction crew.

Guest – Darryl Cherney, born in New York City, where he was a child actor. For 20 years he has been an activist, topical singer/songwriter and organizer in Humboldt County, California. He helped spearhead the successful campaign to protect the redwoods, including Headwaters Forests, now a national preserve. As creator and president of Environmentally Sound Promotions, the non-profit organization, he has produced five albums of his original songs dedicated to environmental protection. He also produced Judi Bari’s spoken word CD, the documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari?, and the benefit compilation, If a Tree Falls.

 Lincoln 2012: Analysis

As many listeners may know the recent film titled Lincoln hit theaters this fall. The film recounts President Abraham Lincoln’s efforts to pass an amendment to the United States Constitution that would formally abolish slavery in the country. In January of 1865, Lincoln was expecting the Civil War to end within a month but was concerned that his 1863 Emancipation Proclamation may be discarded by the courts once the war ends, and the 13th Amendment defeated by the returning slave states. In the film, we see Abraham Lincoln working to pass the amendment by the end of January.







Professor Bruce Levine:

Its a civil war movie that unlike so many others properly places slavery and the Republican Party’s determination to see slavery die at the center of the story.

I think the movie is deficient in a number of ways. The prior course of the war. The growth of anti-slavery sentiment in the Union.

It wasn’t Lincoln who came up with the idea of the 13th Amendment.

Compromise and political manipulation was not at the heart of the success of Lincoln’s presidency.

What we should be recognizing as Lincoln’s greatness is not his ability to bend, but his refusal to do that at most of the important points on which he was challenged.

By the end of the civil war close to 200,000 black men served either as Union soldiers or sailors.

This is somebody who grew during his presidency. He grew intellectually, and he grew politically and morally.

Fall of the House of Dixie attempts to tell the story of the American Civil War as a social and political revolution, as slavery began to break down during the course of the US Civil War.

Guest – Professor Bruce Levine is the James G. Randall Professor of History at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. A noted scholar of the Civil War, he is author of Half Slave and Half Free: The Roots of Civil War (2nd ed., 2005), Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves During the Civil War (2005), and The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Destruction of Slavery and the Old South During the Civil War (2013).