HERBERT CHAO GUNTHER
U. UTAH PHILLIPS
CORA LEE SIMMONS
August, 2000Dear Friends and Supporters,
Here’s a quick update on our latest amazing accomplishments and events
commemorating the 10th anniversary of the bombing of Earth First!ers Judi
Bari and Darryl Cherney.
Trial Date Set in Landmark Civil Rights Lawsuit!
Fiddling Down the FBI!On May 24th, exactly ten years after the shrapnel-wrapped pipe bomb exploded under Judi Bari's driver’s seat, 350 people rallied outside the FBI field offices in San Francisco where "Squad 13" (also called the "Terrorist Squad") is based.
Darryl Cherney and Morgan Fichter led the protest, joined by more than
sixty other fiddlers and musicians including Darol Anger, Utah Phillips,
Laurie Lewis, Mike Marshal, Kayla Flexer, and the amazing Clarridge Family.
Art and Revolution’s 30?foot puppet of Judi and cardboard fiddles that
spelled out “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” added to the extravaganza. Lead
attorney Marvin Stender spoke to the crowd, fresh from a morning meeting
with FBI attorneys calling for their release of illegally withheld documents.
The Targets of COINTELPROOn May 19th in Berkeley we hosted "Targets of COINTELPRO" a historic meeting of people and movements that have been targeted by the FBI. Speakers included Geronimo ji jaga (Black Panther Party), John Trudell (American Indian Movement), Alicia Rodriguez & José Lopez (Puerto Rican Independence Movement), Karen Pickett (Earth First!), and Peter Bohmer (professor and anti-war activist).
All had been targeted by the kind of FBI counter-intelligence operations perfected by Richard W. Held who, as Special Agent in Charge of the San Francisco FBI office, supervised the Judi Bari bombing case. Held is notorious for his role in neutralizing activists and groups in the social change and liberation movements of the 1960s and 70's. He was personally responsible for framing and imprisoning Geronimo ji jaga and AIM leader Leonard Peltier, as well as the assassination of members of the Puerto Rican independence movement. The event was an eye-opener, with new revelations of the treacherous tactics used by the FBI to try to destroy grassroots resistance movements.
Among other 10th anniversary events was a 25-city tour, bringing the story of the FBI’s dirty dealings with Earth First! to activists around the country. We also broke through the press “white-out” on the case with features in the Oakland Tribune, Santa Rosa Press Democrat and the San Francisco Daily Journal. Portland’s public radio station KBOO did a 3-hour special broadcast on the 24th, and "Democracy Now!" Pacifica Network's award-winning national radio news show, featured an hour?long radio documentary "Judi Bari: Revolutionary Ecology."
So you can see we’ve been busy. Building national solidarity and keeping this lawsuit going for all these years has been a monumental task. Even though our legal team works for a small fraction of what they are worth (and often for free), the costs of pursuing a case in federal court are enormous. With the trial date approaching, please contribute at whatever level you can -- $25 ... $50 ... $100 -- to help us take this final step ...
P.S. --- Help us build solidarity for this case among the movements and communities long-targeted by FBI wrongdoing. Please let us know if you can host an event, place a media story or do a solidarity action in your own community.
P.P.S. --- A limited number of cassette tapes of "Judi Bari: Revolutionary Ecology," the radio documentary featured on Democracy Now! have been donated to Redwood Summer Justice Project. We’ll send you one for your contribution of $100 or more.
Now please read the latest Bombing Case Update, August 2000, with the latest news about the lawsuit against the FBI and Oakland Police
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REDWOOD SUMMER JUSTICE PROJECT
P.O. Box 14720, Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Phone (707) 887-0262 or FAX (707) 887-0865
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