Finally Got The News (doc)

The Detroit IWW is sponsoring a lecture by Dr. Luke Tripp, once a member of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and showing the seldom seen documentary Finally Got The News at the same event.

 If I was in Detroit February 23, I’d be there.

 Feb 23 2008 – 1:00pm

Feb 23 2008 – 3:00pm

Location(s)

Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street Room D-1

Minneapolis, MN, 55409

United States
See map: Google Maps

DETROIT’S REVOLUTIONARY UNIONS OF THE 60’S & 70’S

A talk by Dr. Luke Tripp, a former leader of the League of
Revolutionary Black Workers and screening of the rare 1970 documentary
film “FINALLY GOT THE NEWS”

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008 * 1 PM * Free
Sabathani Community Center
310 East 38th Street Minneapolis MN 55409

Sponsored
by the Twin Cities Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.)
union (612) 339-1266 * twincities@iww.org

The League of Revolutionary Black Workers united radical Black
organizing projects in Detroit’s factories, neighborhoods, high school
and college campuses against the racist and exploitative conditions
that dominated life for African-American workers in the 1960’s and
’70’s.

At the heart of the League were Revolutionary Union Movements (RUM’s)
built by rank & file Black workers, mainly in Detroit’s auto
factory “plantations”. The RUM’s sought to organize Black workers to
resist the racist and exploitive conditions in these factories – and
within the white-dominated business unions that officially represented
the workers.

While not as well known as Martin Luther King, the Black Panther Party,
or the Nation of Islam, thousands of workers in Detroit participated in
the League and it’s RUM’s. The League distributed mass circulation
newspapers & plant bulletins, organized pickets and rallies, formed
community and student groups, ran opposition union candidates, and led
wildcat strikes
that successfully shut down production.

Despite repression from the joined forces of Chrysler, Ford, GM, the
United Auto Workers, and Detroit and suburban police departments, the
League built the last sustained mass revolutionary unions in this
country. The history of the League – and it’s lessons – should be known
by all concerned with the struggle for freedom and equality.

***

Dr. Luke Tripp is Professor and Chair of Community Studies at St. Cloud
State University, St. Cloud, Minnesota. He received his Ph. D. from The
University of Michigan. He is an activist and author of several
articles on Black college students and Black Workers. He was a leader
in the League of Revolutionary Black Workers and the Detroit chapter of
the Black Panther Party in the 1960s.

***

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.
55 minutes/b&w
Original Release Date: 1970

***

The Twin Cities General Membership Branch of the I.W.W. is honored to
help share the history and lessons of the League of Revolutionary Black
Workers. For more information please contact:
I.W.W. Twin Cities GMB
(612) 339-1266 * twincities@iww.org

 

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