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ADVISORY BOARD:
CARL ANTHONY
GARY BALL
BETTY BALL
LISA BARI
MARTHA BARI
ELAINE BERNARD
DANIEL BERRIGAN
JELLO BIAFRA
DAVID BROWER
HERBERT CHAO GUNTHER
DARRYL CHERNEY
DAVID DELLINGER
BARBARA DUDLEY
BARBARA EHRENREICH
DAN HAMBURG
CARRIE HAMBURG
NOELLE HANRAHAN
EDWARD HERMAN
DANNY LEVITAS
PETER MATTHIESSEN
ROBERT MEEROPOL
GRACE PALEY
MICHAEL PARENTI
U. UTAH PHILLIPS
VICTOR NAVASKY
MARGARET RANDALL
KAREN RUDOLPH
NICOLE SAWAYA
PETE SEEGER
CORA LEE SIMMONS
JIMMIE SIMMONS
KELPIE WILSON
HOWARD ZINN

STAFF:
TANYA BRANNAN,DIRECTOR 
MARVIN STENDER, ESQ.
ERICA ETELSON,ESQ.
TONY SERRA, ESQ.
ALICIA LITTLETREE

LEGAL OFFICE:
REDWOOD SUMMER
JUSTICE PROJECT
Pier 5 North Law Office
The Embarcadero
San Francisco CA 94111
Ph: 415.982.7714
Fx: 415.982.7610

April 20, 2000 
Dear Supporters,

May 24th will mark the 10th anniversary of the car bomb assassination attempt on  Earth First! organizers Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney.  Many of you will remember the horror of that day when you first learned that nonviolent activists -- people like yourselves --  had been bombed while they organized protests against the cut-and-run logging of the last of the redwood forest.

Then came the chilling headlines, "Bomb Victims Arrested!"

Many of you kept watch at Highland Hospital while Judi Bari, under armed guard, fought for her life despite the devastating injuries that would leave her permanently disabled and in excruciating pain for the rest of her life.

Hundreds of you protested at Oakland Police headquarters, demanding Darryl's immediate release from jail and a thorough investigation and search for the bomber(s).

And many more of you picked up the work that fell from Judi Bari's hands that day.  You threw yourselves into organizing Redwood Summer, the grassroots campaign that brought thousands to California's Northcoast and put the protection of old-growth forests on the national agenda.

The 10th Anniversary

The Redwood Summer Justice Project is planning major events in Berkeley and San Francisco to commemorate the anniversary of the bombing and to step up our demands for justice.  (See enclosed flyer.)  Please join us, or organize a solidarity demonstration in front of your local FBI office.

Also to mark the 10th anniversary, we present "Earth First! & Labor: Alliance for Sustainable Communities" a brand new pamphlet that spotlights Judi's focus on labor analysis and organizing with forestry workers.  The book also includes "But What About Jobs?" Judi's proposed forest rehabilitation jobs program for the Headwaters Forest.

Update on the Civil Rights Case

We also have important news on the bombing case, and once again ask for your help as this crucial civil rights case comes to trial.

Fresh from our victory in the Court of Appeals, we returned to district court last December where Judge Claudia Wilken scheduled discovery negotiations and a mandatory settlement conference. Faced with a court-ordered settlement talks, in February we presented these demands to the government defendants:

    that Oakland Police and the FBI release their entire investigative files on Earth First!
    that the Oakland Police Dept. (OPD) shut down its domestic intelligence unit (used to spy on activists).
    that the defendants admit to our charges of conspiracy to violate Judi's and Darryl's civil rights, false arrest, and illegal search and seizure.
    that the FBI and OPD fund an independent investigation to attempt to identify who placed the bomb in Judi Bari's car.
    that the Justice Department's Office for Civil Rights launch an investigation into violations of the civil rights of Judi, Darryl and others associated with the Earth First! movement.
    that records of Judi's and Darryl's arrest after the bombing be expunged.
    $20 million in damages.
Called a demand for "unconditional surrender" by FBI lawyer Joe Sher (overheard in the hallway outside the court), there's little hope our settlement proposal will be met. At our next court date -- Friday, May 5th at 1:30 p.m. in federal district court in Oakland--  we expect Judge Wilken will set a trial date for mid-2001.  At last!

This is the time when the expenses of a case like this really begin to skyrocket.  A host of final depositions (at $700-$1,000 each), huge expert witness preparation and expenses, exhibit preparation, astronomical printing and telephone costs, more legal researcher hours -- when you add it all up it gets really scary.  (The Karen Silkwood case cost over $300,000 the year of trial, and that was in 1974.  Yikes!)

We would never have made it this far without your support.  So once again we ask you to do what you've always done -- make an Earth First! victory over the FBI possible.  Please contribute generously of your resources, both financial and political and keep us on the road to ...
 

     Justice for Judi Bari & Darryl Cherney!

      Tanya Brannan                                                            Darryl Cherney


P.S. --  Save the dates:
             May 19th: "Targets of COINTELPRO"
             May 24th:  10th Anniversary "Fiddle Down the FBI"
 


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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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