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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:
July 21st, 2014

 

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

We are happy to report that "A Wild Woman Sings the Blues; the Life and Music of Barbara Dane" is near completion. This documentary is being made with a major grant from the Cal Humanities, CA 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.

Check out our new completed segments!

"Barbara Dane goes to Cuba" click here to listen


"Levitating the Pentagon" click here to listen


Good Bye Pete Seeger

We were terribly saddened to learn of the passing of Pete Seeger. Pete was a fantastic friend of the project and a passionate supporter of working men and women and their struggles in this world. We will miss him dearly.

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.

• "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine"
on January 20th at The Center for Inquiry West in Los Angeles

• "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine"on April 26th in Anchorage, Alaska for the Stand Up Guys for Labor
 
• "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine"
on July 5th at UCLA as part of The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art Festival in London
 
• "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine"
on July 7th at Conway Hall London
 
• "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine"
on July 16th at UCLA as part of The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History course.
 
• "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine"
on August 25th, at Castle Green, Pasadena. Wine and cheeses at 3 pm followed by the performance. In partnership with The Thomas Paine Society
 
 • "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" on September 1st at 4 pm at ILWU Local 34 (free and open to the public – donations taken at the door) and on September 2nd at ILWU Local 10 as part of their Labor Day Celebrations

• "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" on September 8th at 7:30 pm at the AFL-CIO 2013 Convention at the Los Angeles Convention Center following the Opening Night Reception 

• "To Begin the World Over Again: the Life of Thomas Paine"
on September 9th at IONA College, New Rochelle, New York. Opening Reception for The Institute For Thomas Paine Studies.
 
• "From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" on September 25th at 1 pm for the ILWU Canada  in Vancouver, B. C. for the Young Workers Conference
 
 

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