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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:
March 29th, 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.

Thanks to all who have supported us so far on our trips to Parliaments! For information about the play go to "Book a Performance"-Wharf Rats

Southern California Pensioners Group
ILWU Canada
Jane Attias
Anonymous Donor
Jan Goodman & Jerry Manpearl
Dave Arian
ILWU Ship Clerk's Local 34
ILWU Local 63
ILWU Walking Bosses/Foremen Local 98
ILWU Longview Pension Group
Dan Brin
Stuart MacGuire
Foster Fell
Columbia River Pensioners
Joe Spano,
ILWU Local 50,
Seattle ILWU Pension Club,
Tim Brown
Sarah Nash Gates
Lila Garrett
Tina & David Dahl
Diane Hart
Lillian Laskin
Ed Zuckerman
ILWU Local 94
ILWU Local 32 Pensioners
Susan Krebs
Alaine Lowell
Donna Balinski
Soraya De Chadarevian
Lester Silverman
ILWU Local 51
Angela Wallace & Matt Chait
Harvey Schwartz, 
Robert Tzudiker & Noni White
Richard & Julie Feldman


                                      The Scottish Parliament

                                    The Houses of Parliament

Project News

We are happy to report progress on "A Wild Woman Sings the Blues; the Life and Music of Barbara Dane." This documentary is being made with a major grant from the Cal Humanities, CA Documentary Project. Below you'll find links to our audio trailer and a brief clip from the documentary.

AudioTrailer "The Prologue"

Or if your browser doesn't support our embedded player click here to listen to the trailer

Our First Completed Segment!
Barbara Dane at Columbia University, 1968

Or if your browser doesn't support our embedded player click here to listen to the trailer

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.

"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.