Suzanne Thompson combines her love for art and politics in “From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks" and its soundtrack “Step by Step”. In the early 1980’s Thompson worked for an LA based Central American refugee service organization and worked on the Salvadoran Coffee Boycott where ILWU members stood in solidarity against the war and refused to unload Salvadoran Coffee along west coast and Canadian ports. Thompson began work with Ian Ruskin in 1999 to develop ideas combining art with labor history to form The Harry Bridges Project, and continued her work with Ruskin on radio documentaries, fundraising, and as a producer on the film and soundtrack.
In 2005, Thompson co-founded the Venice Arts Council, Chairs The Endangered Art Fund and is currently involved in a major public art restoration project, the Venice Beach Poet’s Monument. She is one of the founders of the Venice Japanese American Memorial Monument Committee. In 2010, Thompson founded Actors and Artists United for the Freedom of the Cuban 5 and is leading an ILWU delegation to Cuba.