Sings at Headwaters
"I Saw Judi Bari"
A tune of tribute by Cool Hand Uke
Activist, mother, singer-songwriter, labor leader, old growth defender and
organizer, FBI plaintiff, EarthFirst!er, victim of an uninvestigated bombing,
fiddle player, tree-spiking opponent, anti-corporate warrior Judi Bari succumbed
to cancer shortly before 7am PST March 2, 1997, a little more than two weeks
after the FBI's attorney accused her of faking cancer.
William Jefferson Clinton, Janet Reno, Governor Pete Wilson, Maxxam CEO
Charles Hurwitz, the City of Oakland CA Police and City Council, The FBI,
especially Agent Held, and the mainstream pack-rat journalists who participated
in the FBI's slur and slander following the May 24, 1990 bombing of Judi
Bari, have her civic blood on their hands.
Her death brings to a focus most of the ills people of good will confront
today: the destruction of the environment by greedy corporate myopiates;
the failure of State and Federal regulating agencies to do their jobs; the
raiding of employee pension funds by takeover artists; the participation
by law enforcement agencies on all levels--state, local and federal--in
criminal activity, especially bombing and incarcerating citizen activists,
like Judi, Mumia, Leonard and Geronimo; the selling of the government to
the highest bidder; the ignorance of the media and its willing suspension
of ethics in favor promoting the governmental and corporate lie; the rewarding
of S&L raiders; the infiltration of citizen action groups by the American
intelligence assets; the demeaning of women's role in activating the citizenry;
the damning social engineering of labor and commerce and peace and justice
workers by nasty government agents; the lie that pacifists like Judi and
the thousands of everyday citizens who have been arrested while working
to stop the destruction of the planet are ecoterrorists; and the music that
invigorates the folk to act.
All of these came together in Judi's life. She often quoted Joe Hill: "Don't