It was called "Redwood Summer." Back in 1990, environmental activists were gathering in Humbolt County, staging tree sittings and calling for an end to clear cutting the redwoods and for the preservation of the Headwaters Forest.
Tensions between the activists and local loggers were rising. Earth First activists Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney had received numerous death threats for their work. Still, they continued to fight for the forests. On May 24, 1990, the two were in Oakland and got in the car to drive down to Santa Cruz for a rally.