February 28, 2010 by Bob H
'The Forest For The Trees'
The amazing story of the fight to clear Earth First and IWW activist Judi
Bari's name after her car was bombed and she was arrested as a terrorist by
Introduced by by US IWW member Susan Dorazio
Friday March 5th
350 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow G2 3DL
Judi Bari was an Earth First and IWW organiser who was one of the first to
place as much importance on timber workers' lives and families as she did
on the legacy and future of the Californian Redwood. But that strategic
relationship was too much of a threat. Her car was bombed in 1990, and
three hours later, she was arrested as a terrorist--charges that were later
dropped. Convinced it was a ploy by the FBI to discredit her and Earth
First, Judi decided to sue.
THE FOREST FOR THE TREES offers access into the painfully short yet
extraordinary life of Judi Bari, and a piece of U.S. history that everyday
grows increasingly resonant as once again the lines between dissent and
terrorism are being intentionally blurred.
Judi was a gifted and inspiring speaker who was widely regarded as the principal leader of the Earth First! movement in Northern California. She led Earth First! in her region to embrace the use of nonviolent direct action and to renounce the use of tree-spiking, or any other tactic that could lead to injuries to timber and mill workers. Coming from a labor organizing background, she was quick to point out that it was not the workers but the giant corporations who should be the target of environmental reformers.
The Bicycle Thief) is a 1948 Italian neorealist film directed by Vittorio De Sica. It tells the story of a poor man searching the streets of Rome for his stolen bicycle, which he needs to be able to work. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Luigi Bartolini and was adapted for the screen by Cesare Zavattini. It stars Lamberto Maggiorani as the poor man searching for his lost bicycle and Enzo Staiola as his son. The film is frequently on critics' and directors' lists of the best films ever made.