Tuesday, January 29, 2013

"We don't want it all. We just want what's left."

We were recently treated to a screening of "Who Bombed Judi Bari?" a film about the fierce activist and forest defender who was bombed and framed by the FBI for her own bombing. It's an old story, being retold now, because to this day, the legal case to win justice continues. The film is well made, perhaps a smidge long, but remarkably constructed of "real time" footage.

It evoked a time and a place where we really felt like there was hope for change, by our collective passions putting a stop to environmental devastation, where tactics seemed to work for us rather than against us. Since the Green Scare, the kinds of direct action/nonviolent civil disobedience has really disappeared, unless you count the protests that occur within the cordoned off areas under the watch of a heavily armed police force at every meeting of the G8. It's sad, really, to have lost the small acts of creativity and provocation that really did change things. We're all fighting from our laptops now, and who knows whether we're succeeding? It's been too long since enough of us cared about the land to go and bear witness on the ground, find which road they are using, and shut them down. [Notable exceptions: Sea Shepard and Buffalo Field Campaign.]
There is no "Here's how you can get involved..." message or moment. This is a human story, like "If a Tree Falls," not a story about the degradation that continues and who is fighting for what now. But it's the story of our past, a time and an icon. It's part of the Green People's History.

Rest in peace, Judi. Or not. We could use you shaking some things up from wherever you are.  

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