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THE LEGACY OF LUNA: The Story of a Tree, A Woman and the Struggle to
Save the Redwoods by Julia Butterfly Hill -- To be published in Spring 2000
Circle of Life Foundation <info@...>
Julia Butterfly - HarperSanFrancisco Press Release
We are very proud to be able to forward you the following press release
We looked very hard for a publisher that would produce our book on the
highest quality, most environmentally sound paper and ink available. We
feel like we have made the right decision. See the last paragraph of the
press release for details about the book's recycled and dioxin free content.
Julia remains very busy working on the final touches of the book and
continuing to speak at different events around the country. The book will
be available next spring.
With love and respect for all life,
Circle of Life Foundation
PO Box 388
Garberville, CA 95542
Contact: Meg Lenihan, 415-477-4407
True Heroine for Today Pens Story
September 27, 1999--HarperSanFrancisco, a division of HarperCollins, is
pleased to announce that it has reached an agreement to publish the
astonishing, true story of Julia Butterfly Hill's courageous struggle to
save the ancient redwoods. Hill's story is one of conviction,
perseverance, and the profound courage and determination it takes to fight
against all odds for the things that matter most.
On December 10th, 1997, Julia Butterfly Hill climbed a 1,000-year-old,
200-foot-tall redwood tree named Luna to protest the destructive logging of
the old-growth redwood forests in Northern California by the Pacific Lumber
Company, a division of the Houston-based Maxxam Corporation. Hill never
planned to become what some have called her--the Rosa Parks of the
environmental movement. When she first climbed up the tree, she had no
idea she would have to endure the violence of El Ni�o storms. She never
imagined that Pacific Lumber's subcontractor would buzz her tree with
helicopters or that she would be the object of a ten-day siege by company
security guards in an effort to cut off her supplies. She never envisioned
being an eyewitness to the mass destruction of one of the last redwood
forests in the world, forests that took over a thousand years to grow.
As of this writing, Hill has remained in Luna for over 650 days. Emerging
as both a celebrity and a new heroine for today, she has been featured in
Time, Rolling Stone, New York Times, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, the
San Francisco Examiner, and on CNN, NBC's "Dateline," and National Public
Radio. Chosen as one of George magazine's "20 Most Fascinating Women in
Politics" (9/99 issue), nominated for Good Housekeeping's 30th Annual Most
Admired Women in 1998, and featured in People's "The 25 Most Intriguing
People of the Year" (1998) issue, Julia is expected to cause quite a stir
with the publication of her story. Julia's lone vigil has drawn
international attention to the plight of the redwoods, with television,
radio, print, and Internet journalists, as well as fellow activists Bonnie
Raitt and Joan Baez, making the pilgrimage to Luna. She receives hundreds
of letters weekly from people around the world. She has delivered keynote
addresses via cellular phone to enviro!
nmental conferences, served as panelist on the United Nations Commission on
Human Settlements, and received an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Humanities
from the New College of California School of Humanities. For millions,
Julia's courage and commitment have transformed Luna into a powerful symbol
of hope and respect for all life.
Forest activist Julia Butterfly Hill, 25, is a writer and poet. She helped
form the Circle of Life Foundation to promote the sustainability,
restoration, and preservation of life. The Foundation is affiliated with
and fiscally sponsored by the nonprofit Trees Foundation working for the
conservation and preservation of forest ecosystems.
To be published in Spring 2000, THE LEGACY OF LUNA: The Story of a Tree, A
Woman and the Struggle to Save the Redwoods by Julia Butterfly Hill will
present the full story as only she can tell it. The book will be published
on paper that is made up of 70% FSC (Forestry Stewardship Council)
certified paper which meets the strictest requirements to ensure not only
sustainable forests, but practices that protect indigenous cultures,
biodiversity, and employee relations in the areas where the wood is
harvested. The paper is also composed of 30% post-consumer recycled
fibers. All fibers, both recycled and FSC, are processed in a totally
chlorine-free TCF process. TCF bleaching is a pollution prevention process
that does not create dioxin in our waterways or air. The book will be
printed with soy-based ink. All of the author's profits will go to the
Circle of Life Foundation.
# # #
Praise for Julia Butterfly Hill:
"Julia is a lightning rod 180 feet atop a giant redwood. She says, 'No more
old-growth redwoods should be cut--not on my watch.' She's the Joan of Arc
of the redwoods."
--Mickey Hart (from Rolling Stone)
"Julia gives such special shine to the word 'possible.' I think better and
with sweeter resolve knowing such as she dances in the trees...Julia answers
the question: 'Can one person make a difference?'"
--Patch Adams, MD
"Visiting Julia Butterfly was one of the most remarkable experiences of my
"To experience Julia's commitment and love for these forests in person was a
life-changing event. She was literally shining."
"Julia's evolved into a incredibly powerful figure."
--Woody Harrelson (from People)
The Press Democrat
Santa Rosa, California,
Wednesday, September 29, 1999; Empire News, Page B-1
BARI BOMB CASE TAINTED BY LIES
by CHRIS COURSEY, Press Democrat columnist
We may never know the truth about who bombed anti-logging activists Judi
Bari and Darryl Cherney as they drove through Oakland on a May morning in
1990. But we found out a lot about the lies last week.
The justices of the U.S. Court of Appeals in San Francisco didn't actually
use the word "lies" in ruling that Oakland police won't be let off the hook
for their investigation of the bombing. No, the justices have better
manners than that. Instead, their 25-page opinion says "false and reckless
statements," "inaccurate information" and "misrepresentations" tainted the
Oakland Police Department's handling of the case.
But I don't have such nice manners. When I read the court's ruling, I came
to this blunt conclusion: The cops lied.
They lied to me and to the rest of the media. We passed those lies on to you.
Bari and Cherney were arrested shortly after the bomb exploded in Bari's
car. Police and FBI agents contended that the two Earth First radicals were
"terrorists," carrying the bomb as part of their "Redwood Summer" campaign
against the North Coast's corporate loggers.
To support that contention, police said the bomb was easily visible on the
back floorboard of Bari's Subaru, and that nails used as shrapnel in the
bomb matched a bag of nails found In Bari's car and, later, nails found in
Bari's Mendocino County home.
Damning evidence, to be sure. It likely convinced plenty of observers that
that the two scruffy activists probably got what they deserved.
But it wasn't true.
* * *
Bari, who was permanently disabled by the blast and died in I997 of breast
cancer, and Cherney vigorously denied knowledge of the bomb. They accused
the FBI and Oakland police of bungling the bombing investigation by
focusing their probe solely on the victims. When no charges were filed, the
pair sued. They allege among other things - that the bureau and the police
violated their First Amendment rights by conspiring to squelch their
Tensions in timber country were high that year, with environmental
activists and loggers squaring off in the forests and on the streets of
several North Coast towns. Oakland police felt the heat as Bari, from her
hospital bed, and Cherney, with a bullhorn, organized repeated
demonstrations calling for a "full and fair" probe of the crime.
The police responded with announcements and leaks to improve perceptions of
their investigation: The nails on the bomb carried the same fabrication
"fingerprint" as those in a bag in Bari's car and home, all of which came
from a batch of between 200 and 1,000 nails. The bomb was not hidden in the
car; Bari and Cherney had to have seen it when they loaded the vehicle.
But the justices wrote last week that "it would be obvious to any objective
observer'' that the nails in the bomb were not similar to the others in
Bari's car, one set had flat heads, the other round heads. Nails are made
in batches of millions, not less than 1,000 (the FBI "expert" to whom
police attributed that statement denied ever saying it). Damage to the car
showed that the bomb was directly under Bari's driver's seat, and further
evidence indicated it was hidden under a towel.
Oakland police had asked the court to dismiss them from the activists'
suit, but the justices declined. The police, the court said, had made
"false and reckless statements about the location of the bomb" and "false
and reckless statements tying nails possessed by Bari to the bomb."
Further, the activists' lawyers have produced "sufficient evidence that FBI
agents had intended to inhibit" Bari and Cherney's political activities,
and "sufficient circumstantial evidence" that FBI agents and Oakland police
officers "entered into a conspiracy to further this goal."
The ruling is not a conviction of Oakland cops or the FBI. It merely says
that there's enough evidence of official wrongdoing to allow the case to go
before a jury.
In other words, we're not to the truth yet. But we're getting closer.
Call Coursey at (707) 521-5223 or e-mail ccoursey@...
� The Press Democrat
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