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Coleman's mistake


“…the fact remains that she was not always truthful about many things.”

Judi rarely felt the need to denounce these lies about “domestic abuse” since they were only whispered by a handful of fringe types like Sutley, Moore and Stenberg who had an obvious motive to slander her. See INSTANT PROOF #4


“…Sweeney and Bari …were assessed $12,000 in court costs [from Hewlett Packard lawsuit].”

No such assessment was ever made.


“… Bari and Sweeney filed another suit, this time against Caltrans…”

Neither Sweeney or Bari ever sued Caltrans.


Bari “at one point even enlisted Sweeney to help her raise money to buy tractors to send to the Sandanistas.”

Sweeney conceived and led the fund-raising campaign to buy a tractor for Nicaragua in 1986. Bari had lesser involvement but was busy at the same time with political work around Central America. See INSTANT PROOF #13


“The couple…began house-hunting in rural Mendocino County …they purchased a partially developed site in Redwood Valley , moving there in November of 1986.”

As usual, Coleman has timing all wrong. They purchased bare land in 1983, developed it themselves in 1984-86, and moved there in 1986.


“..Bruce Anderson's quirky.. Anderson Valley Advertiser…”

No longer. Under attack for his lying and hoaxes, Anderson sold the AVA and moved to Oregon in 2004.


“Across the road from Philo is Hendy National Forest …”

Hendy Woods is not a National Forest. It is a state park.


“…little towns and communities perched over the sea, like…Albion Ridge.”

There is no town of Albion Ridge.


“Steven Spielberg shot the townie scenes from Jaws here, shamelessly masquerading Mendocino as a faux New England village.”

The town scenes in Jaws were all shot in Martha's Vineyard , Massachusetts , as described in detail at the site


“Today there is only one independent concern left in the area, Harwood Lumber in Branscomb…”

There are other independent sawmills in Willits, Philo and Cloverdale.


“In Mendocino and Humboldt Counties, most residents know full well that marijuana, not lumber or even tourism, is the primary source of income in the county…”

Most residents know nothing of the kind and there have never been any statistics to show this.


“…the pair went to work…so that their dream of converting the skelteton of the main house into a showcase to be sold at a good profit could be realized more quickly…”

Sweeney and Bari designed and built the house for themselves to live in, not for resale, as shown by its unusual and expensive design.


“Once the garage was readied, they could gut most of the old house while retaining the walls to satisfy Redwood Valley 's zoning laws and escape the need for a building permit.”


There was no “old house.” Sweeney and Bari built a new house from scratch, taking out building permit number UK-395-87 on 3/17/87. See INSTANT PROOF #9.

55"Years after her work there, Bari would still rail against Chaulk as 'a rich man,' and against his palatial digs..."Bari didn't use Chaulk's name. It's Coleman who is naming Larry Chaulk and giving her error-ridden retelling of the story.


“Years later, Chaulk sold off his property with the stipulation that the stand of virgin redwoods on it never be cut down. Bari never talked about that."

Bari couldn't talk about because she died 31 days before Chaulk sold the property, and there was no such “stipulation” recorded in any legal paper. See INSTANT PROOF #3.


“Judi's embrace of the redwoods was less a matter of moving on to the next big thing than filling the political emptiness she'd felt since marrying Sweeney.”

Judi wasn't “politically empty” at all in Sonoma County. She was active in the local anti-nuclear group from the day she arrived, and later she led large demonstrations against the U.S. war on Nicaragua and was arrested at the Santa Rosa Federal Building in 1985. See INSTANT PROOF #13


“Now she anointed herself Regional Coordinator for the Pledge of Resistance…”

She was hired for the position.


“… Bari , according to her accounts and those of fellow activists, was always pushing for more militant actions, like tearing up the railroad tracks or ignoring guards and sheriffs to force their way onto government property.”

Judi always advocated nonviolent civil disobedience on the Central American issue, just as she would later with timber, recognizing it was the best political tactic.


“…a domestic war had been rekindled between her and Sweeney. She wanted to continue with her political activism…Sweeney ‘wanted her barefoot and pregnant.'”

Sweeney already had four children by two wives by 1985, and the last thing he wanted was Judi pregnant again.


“Sweeney had grown more adamant in opposing her political activism…”

Sweeney always supported Bari 's political activism and worked on the same issues himself, as well as other political issues both local and national.


“Bari told the archivists after the couple's divorce came through in 1988, that her ex-husband ‘stole custody of my younger daughter against the divorce agreement.'”

Bari never said anything of the sort—she went on the record praising the “cooperative relationship” she had with Sweeney. There was never any dispute between them about child care or custody. See INSTANT PROOF #7.


[anonymous source] “describes the house as having four bedrooms but only one bath for the four of them.”

The housing plans, which were drawn by Bari herself, show two bathrooms.


“She says Bari fought with Sweeney to get one room as an office for herself…'But there were no windows…'

Bari designed an office for herself on the 2nd story with windows, as clearly shown on the plans and visible on the house today.


“Betty Ball was also ready and willing to use the MEC network for people's housing or other needs, as she did when she got Fred the Walking Rainbow together with Pam Davis.”

Ball didn't find housing for Fred Moore or connect him with Pam Davis.


“The MEC's community posting board was a way for people to stay in touch…”

The MEC had no community posting board.


“It was at the MEC that [ Bari ] began to hear about…Earth First!”

Bari knew about Earth First! before the MEC opened on March 11, 1987 .

64"...according to writer Susan Zakin: "They also tried...and blow up a coal slurry line." Susan Zakin has no evidence that anyone tried to blow up a coal slurry line.
66"Earth First 'members' were encouraged to take action...and it planting explosives or whatever else worked." Explosives were never used or advocated in Earth First! The only thing that Dave Foreman, for example, wrote about bombs in Ecodefense was to stay away from them.

66 footnote

“Her apocalyptic vision of mass death and suffering is one she embraced wholeheartedly as being good for the earth…”

Bari 's answer was obviously a joke. Although Coleman acknowledges Bari 's self-admitted tendency to “flippancy,” (p. 124), she refuses to recognize it whenever Bari 's words can be used to make her look bad.

69"Then Kingfisher asked the 32-year-old bearded white vagabond [Cherney] what he wanted out of life."Cherney was 29 years old.
69"[Cherney]...taught English as a second language..."Cherney never taught English as a second language.


“…the Sinkyone watershed on the Lost Coast …”

There is no Sinkyone watershed or body of water by that name. It is the name of an Indian tribe and the wilderness park named after the tribe.

70"When Cherney was arrested, the small local media loved it...That action took place on the spring equinox in 1986..." Neither Cherney or anyone else was arrested at this demonstration. Cherney wasn't arrested for the first time until 3 years later.
70"...just before the group was ready to go, Cherney discovered that his own van was inoperable...[he] more or less commandeered King and his auto."Cherney's van was working fine, but King's Subaru was better for getting under low-hanging branches on the primitive Usal Road.

72 note

“Tim Hermack of the Forest Council Organization…says…'sustainable yield in logging [is] impossible.'”

Analysts not in the pay of the corporations have proven that forests can be logged sustainably and profitably, as Pacific Lumber did until Hurwitz seized it.


“Andy Caffrey, one of the original Humboldt Earth Firsters along with Greg King and Cherney…”

Caffrey wasn't part of the original Humboldt group and was kept at a distance because King regarded him as unstable, an opinion verified as emotional and mental problems became apparent.


“'They shoot a…rope over the limb with a bow and arrow,' says Caffrey.”

Earth First! didn't used a bow and arrow, always climbing spurs and lanyard, says King


“Resupply people served the tree-sitter…but even so, no one could last [in a tree sit] more than a few days.”

Early tree-sitters had no resupply.

73"To get up, the tree-sitter would wear climbing spurs..." The climber, not the tree-sitter, wore the spurs, rigged a rope and platform, and the tree-sitter would ascend using the rope.
74"Everyone around EPIC brushed him off. It took weeks before Cherney figured out how to subscribe to the group's [Earth First] journal."Nobody brushed Cherney off--there was no EF! activity in Humboldt when he first arrived. Cherney never subscribed to Earth First! Journal to this day.


“…[Cherney] headed for the regular Earth First national roundup in… Big Basin State Park .”

It was a state rendezvous, not the regular national gathering.

75"[Earth First!] had never sought the publicity that his [Cherney's] inventiveness and compulsive hustling guaranteed." Being a very small group with a big agenda, Earth First! had always sought publicity, witness the 1981 "cracking" of Glen Canyon Dam that Coleman describes on p. 67. Like the rest of Earth First!, the Humboldt chapter sought publicity from the start.
75"[Julie Verran:] 'Darryl had an environmental office with a copier machine and he'd gotten a grant on condition that he'd let other environmentalists use the facility.' Cherney charged her $200 a month...."Cherney was managing Bridgewood and collected rent from Verran on behalf of the landlord. Cherney's grant for the copy macine came with no strings attached.


“She had been studying the fiddle (and a little guitar) in a serious way over the preceding four years, and was, by 1987, good enough…”

Bari had played violin since childhood, a fact noted by Coleman at page 17. Let's get the story straight!

78"In his own mind, [Cherney] was very much like his hero...Abbie Hoffman..."Coleman never interviewed Cherney and once again just made this up, since Cherney knew little of Hoffman and certainly didn't see him as his hero. In a KZYX radio interview 1/5/05, Colman claimed she was a Yippie and knew Abbie Hoffman herself, so, with typical laziness, she just imagines that Hoffman must have been Cherney's hero too.


“Although Bari and Sweeney had agreed by that point [1987] to see others outside their marriage…."

There was no such agreement. Bari and Sweeney lived together with their daughters until the day they dissolved their marriage in May, 1988.


“…Sweeney lived in a funky green trailer…barely fifteen feet from the garage.”

The trailer was much farther away and both Sweeney and Bari had visual and sound privacy.


“The sounds of his wife's trysts enraged Sweeney.”

She wasn't his wife anymore, he had his own girlfriend, and he never heard any sounds of “trysts.” This is just one of many examples of Coleman presenting false rumors, gossip and conjecture as fact.


“One person who caught a brief, early glimpse of [Sweeney's alleged] anger at his wife's lover Cherney was Irv Sutley.”

Coleman fails to disclose that Sutley would later have a bitter feud with Bari that makes any statement by him about her suspect. See INSTANT PROOF #4

80"They positioned themselves outside the [Safeway] store as Cherney played his guitar and sang his improvised lyrics about scabs and picket lines..."Cherney didn't bring his guitar or play a guitar there. They sang acapella the song composed by Bari, not Cherney.
82"[Sequoia] had been the first visible face of Earth First in Mendocino County--at least a contact person, if not an organizer."Sequoia had been preceded as Earth First! contact in Mendocino by Tom Forest and Darryl Cherney.


“…about two hundred eco-activists were scheduled to demonstrate up in Oregon for the preservation of Sanctuary Forest .”

Sanctuary Forest is in Mendocino County, California , not Oregon .

85"Bari, who wasn't there [Cahto road early morning barricade] because she was in her final days at California Yurts..."Bari was there.
85"...Bari and Cherney attended a meeting of the California Board of Forestry in the state capitol..."Bari did not attend this demonstration.
85"As the original Earth First 'contact person' in Mendocino County, Sequoia..."Sequoia had been preceded as Earth First! contact in Mendocino by Tom Forest and Darryl Cherney.


“… Bari had already taken control of contact lists… Bari ..jealously guarded this resource. It was one basis of her growing power.”

Bari always shared lists with activists who needed them, according to Betty Ball of the MEC.


“…Sequoia had not done much more publicly than talking about EF on the …radio, or posting announcements from time to time at the MEC.”

Sequoia called meetings and demonstrations, particularly about Mendocino National Forest and Headwaters.


“...such a gesture was totally in character for the self-described Maoist, who, in her Baltimore days, had once sat up half the night with her then fiancee, Walt Penny, devouring texts of leftist dogma.”

Bari never lived in Baltimore after early childhood, Walt was never her fiancee, and his name wasn't Penny.


“…[ Bari ] had moved away from Maoist puritanism and toward the antic countercultural ways of Earth First.”

Although she read some Marxist books, Bari was never “puritan” in any of her political work at any time, was never dogmatic about political theory, and never belonged to any self-consciously Marxist political group.

87"Roanne Withers, who knew...some of the older EFers, recalls that the old guard 'didn't take Judi very seriously.'" Withers didn't know the original Earth First! group, and these orginal EF! people did indeed take to Bari right away and invited her to strategy sessions almost as soon as they met her.


“…Ron Guenther…filed the first lawsuit challenging Georgia-Pacific timber harvest plans at the beginning of the 1980s—the first to be filed after the passage of the 1973 Forest Practice Act…

It was Nick Wilson who organized the first lawsuit against GP logging plans in Mendocino in April 1975, filed under the name Environmental Protection Center. .



“[Louisiana-Pacific] opened a chip mill nearby [Potter Valley] to make a composite board, a material that requires a lot of glue…”

LP never opened a composite board mill in Mendocino County .


“Stenberg…describes herself as ‘Judi's best friend'…”

Stenberg was never Bari's "best friend" and she soon became of Bari 's worst enemies, well known to be a pathological liar, who had an obvious motive to tell the kind of outrageous lies that Coleman repeats. See more at Stenberg.


“…the GP plant…produced a surplus that was sold off to the large power plant down the coast.”

There is no power plant, large or small, down the coast.


“…a new International Workers of the World chapter…”

The name of the union is Industrial Workers of the World.


“It was the beginning of a bantering friendship [Bari and Anderson]…until it, like so many of Bari 's relationships, soured.”

Coleman neglects to mention that Anderson launched a hate campaign against Bari in 1993 that continued past her death until today, making him an absurdly-unreliable source of any information about her. See more at Anderson .


“…she responded about her lover, ‘That fucking Darryl, he's so goddamned dumb. He's nonstop stupid.'”

This is just Bruce Anderson putting words into Bari 's mouth, 14 years after the alleged speech and ten years after his bitter feud with Bari began.


“At a county supervisors' meeting on May 17, 1988 , Cherney and Greg King…thought they were going to be killed by the five hundred or so timber folk who showed up…”

There were under 200 timber supporters.


“She had begun traipsing to bars at night and tossing back beers with the ‘working class.'”

Another lie presumably from Bruce Anderson. By the time she came to California , Bari no longer drank beer.

98"Two of her new-found pals [1988] were the Pardini brothers, Ernie and Toni. She was rumored to have taken a sexual fancy to Ernie, and was bar-hopping with him..."Bari didn't even meet the Pardini brothers until 1992 during the Albion forest demonstrations. As Coleman notes elsewhere, Bari didn't have "sexual fancies" after the 1990 bombing.


“Perhaps speed explains how Bari was able to do so much with so little sleep during those intense months.”

Bari didn't use hard drugs after she came to California. She was always a remarkably high-energy person and to attribute her energy to drugs is just another example of how Coleman knows nothing of her.


“ Bari had bragged to Anderson about doing crank back in her Baltimore days.”

Bari never lived in Baltimore after early childhood.


“At the Boonville Lodge they held ‘breast contests'…Bari was reported by two different sources to have joined the fray on one occasion, lifting her own top to show her unfettered, pendulous breasts…”

Bari suffered as an adolescent and later in life from sexist harassment over her breasts, hated male chauvinism and objectification of women's bodies, and simply would never have done such a thing.

98"Who exactly did she think was drinking with her in the bars? Anderson asked. The real Mendocino forest workers were home with their wives and kids."Real forest workers did, in fact, go to bars, and the ones who did were often very influential with their co-workers.


“In the evenings it was her ex-husband who did the bulk of the baby-sitting, and he was understandably furious to see his daughters' mother gallivanting around the county…”

Coleman never interviewed either Sweeney or Bari , and Sweeney never said anything of the kind, so it's outrageous for her to jump to this conclusion.


“Stenberg says she began doing baby-sitting for Bari to relieve her friend from Sweeney's hostility.”

As explained here, Stenberg is a notorious liar capable of any fantasy. It would have been a neat trick for her to provide baby-sitting, since she lived in Fort Bragg which is almost two hours by road from Redwood Valley .


“She told Stenberg about physical fights with Sweeney….”

Bari and Sweeney were divorced. If he had ever struck her, she would have obtained a restraining order keeping him off the property. No such restraining order was ever sought because the whole story of “fighting” is one of Stenberg's sick fantasies.


“What Bari feared most as their divorce was being finalized was that Sweeney would try to take her daughters from her and get exclusive custody.”

Bari and Sweeney never had any disagreements about custody or visitation. Their uncontested dissolution (Case 56189), prepared by themselves without lawyers, gave custody to Bari . See INSTANT PROOF #7


“The couple's divorce was granted on May 1, 1988 , the traditional workers' holiday, deliberately chosen by Bari …as a fitting day for her ‘liberation.'”

The court record shows the uncontested dissolution was filed May 3, 1988 and granted May 31, 1988, and that it was Sweeney who was petitioner and therefore in charge of filing the papers.


“It would all look bad to authorities in the simmering custody fight that continued after the divorce.”

There was never any custody fight before or after the divorce. See INSTANT PROOF #7.


“ Bari also told Bruce Anderson … that Sweeney had forced her to have sex and was beating her.”

No, she didn't tell him anything of the kind, which is why Anderson wrote in his newspaper on May 11, 1994, “The simple truth of the matter is that Bari and Sweeney separated peacefully and cooperatively, a parting we might contrast with Stenberg's six or so marriages and Moore's numerous grim coupling…” See INSTANT PROOF #4.


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