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The Harry Bridges Project
P.O. Box 662018
Los Angeles, CA 90066 or EMAIL us.

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We are currently working on and seeking funding for several new and exciting projects.


Site Updated:
February 15th, 2015

 

Welcome to the Harry Bridges Project

The project is dedicated to introducing the public to the life and ideas of Harry Bridges and his impact on our lives today. Bridges was an extraordinary labor leader and social visionary whose life and work encompassed all of the important issues and events of his day, including immigration, depression-era policies, red-scares, McCarthyism, the cold-war and labor issues. His story provides a springboard into understanding those times and realizing their significance today, as we face parallel issues of globalization, the growing gap between rich and poor, increasing governmental surveillance and the war on terror. His life inspires people to come together in their communities, discover their own history and take charge of their own lives. By engaging in dialogue and debate about these issues we can move beyond the fears and limitations that they can create. His life has also inspired us to discover the stories of other radical, and largely misunderstood, figures in American history, from the "Father of American Labor Arbitration" Sam Kagel to the amazing singer and activist Barbara Dane. The circle grows.

Join our once-a-month email newletter list for the latest news. Send your request to 
info@theharrybridgesproject.org

Performances in Community Colleges!

We consider Community College students to be one of the the most important audiences to hear this story. These are students who, for the first time, have CHOSEN to go to school, and pay for it, because they see education as the path to a better life. They have NOT yet found a way into the UC system or to a private college, but are still determined to be educated, and the story of Harry Bridges, an immigrant to America who had a determination to bring about changes for the better, resonates with them.
Two recent letters of recommendation:

Dolores Huerta Labor Institute
Harbor College

Project News

       Our two-hour radio documentary A Wild Woman Sings the Blues is complete!
To buy the 2 CD set go to our Merchandise page


This documentary was made with a major grant from Cal Humanities' California Documentary Project and the support of the Diane MIddleton Foundation. Below you'll find links to our audio trailer and a brief clip from the documentary.

To listen to and download the free Special Features go to A Wild Woman

Read the interview with Ian Ruskin about Harry Bridges at   http://bit.ly/harrybridges



Good Bye Pete Seeger!   Click here to listen to Pete Seeger talk about "Where have all the flowers gone?"


"The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting."

-Milan Kundera

 

Recent and Up-Coming Performances

      

Check out our new "Booking Information" pages. For both the Harry Bridges and Thomas Paine projects we've created an easy way for you to find more about Ian's one-man plays and how to book him for your conference/convention/event.

 2015

  • January 31st "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" at the Thomas Paine Society in Pasadena, CA
  • February 17th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at 4 pm in Ames Courtroom, Austin Hall, Harvard Law School in Cambrigde, MA. Free and open to the public! For more information contact John Trumpbour at john_trumpbour@harvard.edu
  • February 19th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at 4:30 pm in Ives Hall, Room 105, Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. Free and open to the public. For more information contact Stephen D'Angelo at sd536@cornell.edu    
  • March 28th "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" at Canoga Park Unitarian Church
  • April 16th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at the Annual Pacific Northwest Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference in Seattle, WA.
  • October 24th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at 8pm - Grand Vision Foundation Presents at the Warner Grand Annex, San Pedro (for ticketing information: http://www.grandvision.org/shop/tickets.asp

2014

  • April 10th-13th "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" at the Annual Meeting for the Organization of American Historians in Atlanta, GA
  • April 16th and October 21st "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at Harbor College in Los Angeles in association with Dolores Huerta Labor Institute
  • April 28th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at the Houses of Parliament in London, England.
  • May 6th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at the Scottish Parliament in Edinborough, Scotland.
  • May 15th and Novermber 3rd "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" at Los Angeles Valley College in association with Dolores Huerta Labor Institute.
  • June 1st "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at the annual Labor and Employment Relations Association Conference in Portland, Oregon.
  • June 4th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists Conference in Los Angeles.
  • May 20th and November 25th "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" at East Los Angeles College in association with Dolores Huerta Laor Institute.
  • October 6th "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" at Bowling Green State College.
  • October 8th "To Begin the World Over Again: The Life of Thomas Paine" at University of Wisconsin- Green Bay, in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

To see a list of some earlier performances please visit our Play page.