Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Secret Wars of Judi Bari

Academic journal article The Virginia Quarterly Review

The Secret Wars of Judi Bari

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The Secret Wars of Judi Bari by Kate Coleman. Encounter Books, January 2005. $25.95

Judy Bari, it must be recalled, was the Earth First! forestry activist who in 1990 was driving an automobile with a male friend in Oakland, California, near its boundary with neighboring Berkeley, when a bomb exploded from within the car, grievously injuring her and her companion. The FBI and the Oakland policies suspected that the bomb was being transported by Bari as part of an eco-terrorist venture which had gone wrong. But others thought the FBI was responsible in some kind of COINTELPRO operation akin to what the agency been implicated in with the Black Panthers. Some environmentalists thought the bomb had been planted by her California timber company enemies. Still others, believed that a former husband had planted it because of child custody disputes.

This book is primarily a biography of Judy Bari, a prominent, charismatic, leader in the eco-feminist, environmental monkeywrenching movement even before the bomb exploded. …

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