The Harry Bridges Project and the Democratic Party of Contra Costa County (DPCCC) present From Wharf Rats to Lords of the Docks, a fundraiser for the DPCCC, on Friday, March 23.

A reception will start at 6 p.m. with Ian Ruskin's performance as Harry Bridges to begin at 7 p.m. at the IBEW Local 302 Meeting Hall, 1875 Arnold Drive, in Martinez. Tickets are $30 with sponsorships available. Click here to purchase your ticket via ActBlue!

The Harry Bridges Project began more than a decade ago to promote the legacy of labor leader Harry Bridges and to aid in the public's understanding of his historical importance. Bridges' work still has an enormous impact on our lives, yet is largely unknown outside specific labor union and academic circles. 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.

Ian Ruskin trained at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. In England, he worked in Repertory Theater, London's West End (where work included the title role in Jack the Ripper), television (including the Laurence Olivier King Lear), and film. In Los Angeles, his work has ranged from Murder, She Wrote to the acclaimed one-man play The Man Himself. He has also done extensive voice work in radio, commercials, and in over 100 films and television programs.

Ruskin has performed this play over 200 times across America an in Canada, Hawaii, Australia, and England. The film of a live performance in front of 1,000 longshore workers, directed by legendary filmmaker Haskell Wexler, has aired on PBS for the last three years and is available on DVD.

For more information, please contact Jim Donnelly at 925-570-9289 or at james.r.donnelly@comcast.net.

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