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Darryl Cherney playing guitar, May 2015
|Born||1956 (age 63–64)|
|Occupation||Musician and activist|
Cherney has produced five albums of his own political satire, and founded Environmentally Sound Promotions and Churn It Up Records. Together with Greg King, in 1986 he co-founded the movement to save what eventually became the federally protected Headwaters Forest Reserve near Eureka, California. He organized four rallies in support of Julia Butterfly Hill's two-year tree sit. He organized the Redwood Summer campaign with Judi Bari.
Cherney ran for Congress in the 1988 Democratic primary, where he met fellow activist Judi Bari.
Cherney ran for the Green Party presidential nomination in 2016. He ran a "no money in politics" campaign on social media, featuring the hashtag #FeelTheChern.
Pipe bomb and aftermath
On May 24, 1990, Cherney was injured when a pipe bomb exploded in the car he and Judi Bari were traveling in. Bari was severely injured by the explosion. The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), which accused Bari and Cherney of bombing themselves. Bari and Cherney subsequently 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 for violations of the First Amendment (freedom of speech) and the Fourth Amendment (the right to be free from unlawful arrest and illegal search and seizure).
In 2012, Cherney told KHUM radio that he does not consider himself an "extremist," preferring the term "radical." In 2012, Cherney's documentary film Who Bombed Judi Bari? was released. There is an ongoing lawsuit against the FBI to prevent it from destroying evidence that could contain the bomber's DNA, and Cherney indicated in a Democracy Now interview that he believes the FBI was guilty of not only framing him and Judi but of a cover-up. Cherney has stated elsewhere that “I believe the bomber is findable.”
- I Had To Be Born This Century (Churn It Up, 1987, 2004)
- They Sure Don't Make Hippies Like They Used To (Churn It Up, 1989, 2004)
- Timber (Churn It Up, 1991, 2004) - with Judi Bari & George Shook
- Who Bombed Judi Bari? (soundtrack, 1997)
- White Tribal Music (Churn It Up, 1999)
- Real American (Churn It Up, 2004) - Darryl Cherney & The Chernobles
With contributions by Cherney
- If A Tree Falls (Rhino Entertainment, 1996) by various artists – Cherney contributes "You Can't Clearcut Your Way To Heaven"
- Judi Bari documentary at film festival
- Judi Bari Revisited: New Film Exposes FBI Coverup of 1990 Car Bombing (Part 1 of 2)
- Cherney, Darryl (2004). "Darryl Cherney Music". asis.com/darrylcherney. Retrieved May 20, 2016.
- "Daryl Cherney & Chernobles - Bush It Send George Bush a Pretzel - Amazon.com Music". amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
- "Various Artists, Cockburn, Hank Williams, Joanne Rand - If a Tree Falls - Amazon.com Music". amazon.com. Amazon.com, Inc. 2016. Retrieved May 21, 2016.
- Darryl Cherney's home page
- Darryl Cherney for President site
- Darryl Cherney YouTube channel
- Darryl Cherney on IMDb
- Who Bombed Judy Bari? documentary
- March 2012 interview with Cherney about his documentary, from Democracy Now!.
- Infamous Troubadour: The Life, Times and Future of Darryl Cherney, North Coast Journal, February 17, 2005.
- Who Bombed Judi Bari? Los Angeles Times film review.
- Interview with Darryl Cherney in Modern Pagans, RE/Search publications.
- Interview with Cherney on Independent Eye's public radio series Hitchhiking off the Map.