To some, she was an environmental Joan of Arc, patron saint of the Save the
Redwoods movement and tree-sitting bane of the Northern California timber industry.
To Berkeley writer Kate Coleman, she was a fascinating cross between nuclear
whistle-blower Karen Silkwood and the late anarchist Emma Goldman.
Environmental activist Judi Bari died of breast cancer six years ago in a Mendocino
County cabin. She was 47.
…Music was important to this movement. Bari played the fiddle, while Cherney,
an accomplished musician and songwriter, played guitar. Visiting colleges, the
two would speak, sing and urge students to come north to save the redwoods.
…Bari and Cherney taunted anti-abortion activists by staging counter-demonstrations
outside clinics and singing mocking songs at rallies. One of the Bari compositions
went: “Let the fetus be aborted, by and by, Lord, by and by … ” to the tune
of the old religious folk song “Let the Circle Be Unbroken.”
Again those that elevate nature to almost personhood reduce
human personhood to an easily disposable entity. Destroy a turtles egg go to
prison, destroy a human child – no problem. Save the whales while the child
being aborted wails. Save the spotted owl while the child
being aborted howls.