earth first! activist darryl cherney announces reward for information related to attempted assassination of judi bari

by Tim Phillips

On May 24, 1990, Earth First! activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were driving through Oakland, California. They were on a tour to recruit college students for Redwood Summer, advertised as a nonviolent and family friendly campaign of marches, forest occupations, and rallies. A motion-triggered pipe bomb wrapped with nails then went off under Bari’s driver’s seat, putting both of them in the hospital with serious injuries. Bari was permanently disabled.

Instead of searching for the bomber, the FBI collaborated with the Oakland police in an attempt to make Bari and Cherney seem guilty of carrying explosives. Yet Bari had renounced tree spiking and neither Bari nor Cherney advocated bombings. The Oakland District Attorney and the U.S. Attorney’s Office later dropped the charges.

In 2002, after an 11-year court battle, a jury found that the FBI and Oakland police ignored the evidence and tried to frame the activists, awarding $4.4 million to Cherney and Bari’s estate. (Bari had died of breast cancer in 1997.) But the search for the assassin continues, as Leighton Woodhouse explains:

Now, 22 years after the attack, the case of who bombed Judy [sic] Bari is still unsolved, and Darryl Cherney is still looking for answers. Last week, Cherney, who is on tour with a new documentary film on the subject, announced a $50,000 reward “for information leading to the identification, arrest, prosecution and incarceration of the person or persons responsible for the attempted assassination of Judi Bari by placing a bomb under the seat of her car.”

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