Film Screening: Finally Got The News - Revolutionary black unions in Detroit, 1970s, London, 28 June

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Film Screening: Finally Got The News - Revolutionary black unions in Detroit, 1970s, London, 28 June

London Free Film show: Doc on Revolutionary black unions in Detroit 1970's

Free Film show: FINALLY GOT THE NEWS - Revolutionary black unions in Detroit, 1970s
Saturday 28th JUNE, 8pm Pullens Centre, 184 Crampton St, London SE17
Followed by discussion and chat. With speaker Brian Ashton, an ex-car industry shop

Hosted by 56a Infoshop

Finally Got The News
A Film by Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman and Peter Gessner
Produced in Association with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers

FINALLY GOT THE NEWS is a forceful, unique documentary that reveals the activities
of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers inside and outside the auto factories
of Detroit. Through interviews with the members of the movement, footage shot in the
auto plants, and footage of leafleting and picketing actions, the film documents
their efforts to build an independent black labor organization that, unlike the UAW,
will respond to worker's problems, such as the assembly line speed-up and inadequate
wages faced by both black and white workers in the industry.

Beginning with a historical montage, from the early days of slavery through the
subsequent growth and organization of the working class, FINALLY GOT THE NEWS
focuses on the crucial role played by the black worker in the American economy. Also
explored is the educational 'tracking' system for both white and black youth, the
role of African American women in the labor force, and relations between white and
black workers.

"Although most histories of the Civil Rights and Black Power movements give greater
attention to [other groups]... the League [of Revolutionary Black Workers] was in
many respects the most significant expression of black radical thought and activism
in the 1960s. The League took the impetus for Black Power and translated it into a
fighting program focusing on industrial workers."—Manning Marable, Director,
Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Professor of History, Columbia

"A classic! Rather than the lock-stepped, black-bereted, leather-jacketed Panther
units of other films, FINALLY shows rather ordinary people becoming very angry with
the system. Ideological in the best sense: it is a film about ideas [and] presents a
serious strategy for mass working class action... It speaks of a specific time and
specific experiences in terms that will remain relevant as long as working people
are not able to control their own lives."—Dan Georgakas, for Cineaste

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Read about the Detroit revolutionary union movement:
Black Cats,White Cats,Wildcats: Auto Workers in Detroit by Martin Glaberman