Wednesday, September 27th 7:00 PM
Lawyer and professor
Peter Afrasiabi reads from
Burning Bridges in conversation with author/activist Darryl Holter
Have you heard of the prosecution of Harry Bridges? No? Some of us hadn't either. But, it turns out we should've. Mr. Bridges was a progressive labor leader in the '30s and the U.S. government spent two decades using any excuse they could to attempt to get him deported. Burning Bridges is set during the Cold War and the Red Scare and charts the legal and political intrigue of four serial trials against Harry Bridges. It assesses the prosecutors and FBI investigators, the judges and courts, and the larger-than-life defense lawyers who risked prison and disbarment in their efforts to save him.
Allow Peter Afrasiabi, a federal court lawyer and adjunct professor of law at U.C. Irvine, to guide you through the intricacies of the case against Harry Bridges and how he fought for labor all the way to the Supreme Court - and won. There's a documentary about Mr. Bridges available on YouTube that shows some incredible footage of how protestors and unions were treated in the 1930s and 40s.