Burning Bridges: America’s 20-Year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges, Releases This Week

Then it was the communist ideological deportation trials. Today it is a new ism, terrorism & Islamism, raising the same questions litigated for 20 years as Bridges fought to save his life in America.”

— Peter Afrasiabi

NEWPORT BEACH, CA, ORANGE COUNTY, June 28, 2017 / — One LLP is excited to announce the release of founding partner Peter Afrasiabi’s new book, Burning Bridges: America’s 20-Year Crusade to Deport Labor Leader Harry Bridges.

Set during the Cold War and the Red Scare, the book charts the legal and political intrigue of the four serial trials against San Francisco labor leader 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 Harry Bridges.

Based on declassified FBI documents, including documents from J. Edgar Hoover’s vault and previously-secret National Archives documents, this is the first full account of the longest and most bitter deportation battles in U.S. history, and the twenty-year legal campaign waged by government lawyers and policumakers, in secret conjuction with private enterprise, to deport radical labor leader Harry Bridges. This is the story of the rise and fall of due process, where those who are supposed to be the very agents of due process – government prosecutors, federal investigators, legislators, and judges – bent and warped the Constitution in a means-justify-ends crusade to silence Bridges’ labor voice.

The book discusses the timely issue of deportation, and explores why such institutionalized persecution of people who offer different viewpoints can happen today in an immigration system even more politicized and beholden to Executive control than in the last century, questions that go to the heart of the American legal system and the heart of the guarantee of due process.

"Then it was the Cold War and communist ideological deportation trials as the government targeted labor leader Harry Bridges.  History repeats itself and today it is a new ism, terrorism and Islamism, raising the same questions litigated in the legal and public policy arena for 20 years as Harry Bridges fought to save his life in America,” said author Peter Afrasiabi.
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About The Author:

Peter Afrasiabi has particular expertise in appellate litigation. He is Director of the Appellate Litigation Clinic at the University of California Irvine, School of Law and previously founded the Appellate Litigation Clinic at Chapman University School of Law. He has litigated scores of high-profile federal appeals before the federal Circuit Courts of Appeals, personally arguing over two dozen with a high success rate. Peter regularly provides CLE on appellate and intellectual property law to various bar groups, Westlaw and other video providers, and his “Winning on Appeal” CLE has received national acclaim from lawyers.

Variety Magazine has named him a Top Intellectual Property and Entertainment lawyer. From battles with Madonna over the “Material Girl” brand to protecting artists in copyright and trademark disputes, Peter has been a legal commentator on NBC and CBS, recognized as a “Super Lawyer” (an honor less than 5% of lawyers in Southern California receive), and was selected by the University of California to author the annual intellectual property piece, Copyrights, Patents and Trademarks.

Peter is also a Founding Director of the Rock School Scholarship Fund, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to helping children in financial need attend Rock Music Schools and an organization that has been supported by renowned rock musicians. In 2010-11, Peter was the President of the Federal Bar Association of Orange County, and has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2005. Peter was a member of the Board Directors of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County from 2001-2005, and a Board Member of the Democratic Foundation of Orange County from 2004 through 2009.

Peter was awarded the Public Counsel “Advocate of the Year” Award for his efforts in federal immigration litigation.  In 2006, Peter was awarded the USC Paul Davis Memorial Award by the Public Interest Legal Foundation for his appellate litigation work, and in 2009 received special recognition awards from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for his federal pro bono efforts.

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Source: EIN Presswire