Saturday, April 21, 2007

This Land and the People

Darryl Cherney is known for his quote "I'm not an environmentalist. I'm an Earth warrior." It interested me that quote, so I did a little research on Darryl Cherney.

Darryl has written many songs. His songs are about the actions he has taken defending the environment, fighting for civil rights, and protesting and mocking the political status quo. He was born in New York but has lived in California for last 20 years. He lives among the Redwoods in Humbolt County (northern California) in a home that uses solar panels, a wood burning stove, and is miles from the nearest power line.

In 1988 Darryl ran for Congress in the Democratic Primary.

In 1990 Cherney was hurt when a car bomb exploded in the car; he and fellow activist Judi Bari were travelling in.

Judi was severely injured by the explosion. The case was investigated by the FBI who accused Judi and Darryl of bombing themselves. Darryl and Judi sued the FBI and Oakland Police agents for violations of the United States Constitution. Cherney and the late Bari's estate were awarded $4.4 million.

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