MENDOCINO Co., 09/17/21 – Many North Coast residents have their own memories of Judi Bari and Redwood Summer, and starting this weekend a new exhibit and series of events will open at the Mendocino County Museum in Willits highlighting his life and environmental activism. The exhibit will feature materials from the museum’s archives as well as those from private collections, including the car from the 1990 Oakland bombing involving Bari and his organizing partner Darryl Cherney, and programming will include a series of events and d ‘workshops over the next month.
The exhibition opens on Saturday September 18 and will remain open until October 24. Here is the announcement of Mendocino County Museum, located at 400 East Commercial Street in Willits:
The Mendocino County Museum will display artifacts from its permanent collection and from Darryl Cherney’s private collection that document the life of famous activist Judi Bari. The exhibition will look at Bari’s role in Earth First! Redwood Summer Movement, an organized effort to protect old-growth redwood forests from logging. Judi Bari and his longtime organizing partner Cherney were driving a car when it blew up in Oakland on May 24, 1990 on the cusp of their organizing work for the campaign known as Redwood Summer. The museum will showcase the never-before-seen bombed car and key evidence used in the trial. After the bombing, the community responded with a wave of support for Judi’s legal defense. A quilt created as a fundraiser and a puppet used at a victory party to celebrate the outcome of their 2002 FBI trial will be on display.
In conjunction with this exhibit, the Mendocino County Museum will host a series of guest speakers and programs hosted by special guests Darryl Cherney and Alicia Littletree Bales.
Alicia littletree Bales has joined the direct action group Earth First! in 1991 and Judi Bari became his mentor on the front lines of the Albion uprising in 1992. Alicia was a guardian of the trees, as well as the coordinator of the mass mobilizations and blockades of non-violent direct action non-stop of the movement to protect the ancient sequoias of Headwaters Forest. After Judi’s untimely death from breast cancer in 1997, Alicia joined Bari’s legal team against the FBI and dedicated herself to winning the civil rights lawsuit against the FBI and the Oakland Police. She is the current director of programs for KZYX Mendocino County Public Broadcasting and the former chair of the board of directors of the Mendocino Environmental Center in Ukiah.
Darryl Cherney has been with Earth First! movement for 35 years, wrote dozens of topical songs and was in the passenger seat of the car when the bomb went off. He was Judi’s co-plaintiff in their lawsuit against FBI agents and Oakland police officers and produced a feature length documentary, Who bombed Judi Bari?, on the subject. He resides in southern Humboldt County where he teaches substitute, hosts a show on KMUD-FM, continues to write songs, is raising his daughter and is the executive director of Environmentally Sound Promotions, which helps conserve this exposure.
Saturday September 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m .: Redwood Summer 1990 Retrospective, with Naomi Wagner, Karen Pickett, Dave Walsh, Mickey Dulas, Tracy Kattleman, Darryl Cherney and Pam Davis.
Friday September 24 5.30-7.30pm: Remembering Judi Bari with his friends and comrades, Alicia Littletree, Naomi Wagner, Daphne Martin, Larry Evans, Linda Perkins and Bill Heil.
Friday October 1st 6 pm-8pm: Songs from and about Judi Bari: A live concert with Alicia Littletree, Francine Allen, Mokai, Rosebud Ireland, Bear Dyken and Darryl Cherney with Edie Morris.
Sunday October 10, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Judi Bari Versus the FBI: Discussion with the legal team. Lawyers Dennis Cunningham and Ben Rosenfeld, Paralegals Josh Morcell and Alicia Littletree, Juror Mary Nunn and Plaintiff Darryl Cherney.
Wednesday October 20, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.: The day of the Judi Bari car bomb attack — First-hand accounts from Darryl Cherney, Karen Pickett and others.
Sunday October 24, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.: Building Bridges: With Woodworkers, Trade Union Organization and Earth First! with lumber workers Ernie Pardini, Art Harwood, IWW labor activist Steve Ongerth and Darryl Cherney.
Wednesday October 27, 6 pm-8pm: Book Discussion of Timber Wars by Judi Bari with the director of cultural services agency Deb Fader via Zoom.
Further details regarding the exhibition and program schedule will be announced, please check our website for updates and additional information. www.mendocinocounty.org/museum
The Mendocino County Museum is located at 400 E Commercial St. Willits, California. Contact us at (707)459-2736 or [email protected]