THIS BRIEF IS DEDICATED to the memory of Judi Bari, who died of breast cancer at home in Willits, California, on March 2, 1997, at 47. She was a wonderful and remarkable woman, who will surely be remembered as one of the great, inspirational leaders of the radical movement, and a political agitator, organizer, speaker, in-fighter and battle captain of the very front rank. It's no wonder that forces of darkness tried to kill her, she was dangerous to the moguls, and the corporate state.
Judi's dedication to politics, to feminism, anti-racism, non-violence, and resistance to corporate piracy, was at the root of her determination to expose the political crimes committed against her and Darryl by the American secret police. With everything else she had to do, she worked hard for years at fighting the case against the FBI, as a lesson, a test, an enforcement, of democracy. At the close of her life, she gave the last full measure of her energy to the large task of assembling this evidence -- which she knew more about than anyone -- and putting it out to the world.
To keep up this work without her is totally hard, and mournful beyond words; but Judi always set a great example of focus, and hard work. She left a marvelous legacy of wit, intelligence and follow-through, and we will cling to it. We honor her family in their sorrow, her mother and father and sisters and especially her daughters, Jessica and Lisa Bernadette, with love and hope for the future, that they might fully realize the strength their mother left in them to go ahead without her.
May all of us be helped by remembering that strength, to do without a friend and comrade who meant so much to us, and taught us so much about courage, and commitment; who showed us the way, indeed, to carry the struggle through to the end.
"You shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free." EARTH FIRST!
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posted 3/22/97 2:10 pm PST