Produced in association with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers
In honour of May Day — the original Labour Day commemorating the Haymarket Massacres in Chicago — Early Monthly Segments is pleased to present a forceful documentary by and about the League of Revolutionary Black Workers who strove to build an independent black labour movement in the early 1970’s.
“Finally Got the News is a revelatory portrait of African American autoworkers in Michigan factories whose grievances had reached a boiling point by 1969. Recombining in independent, militant organizing groups—notably DRUM (the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement) and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers—they attempt to bypass the demands the auto companies, the resentment of their fellow white workers (many of whom also migrated from rural Southern poverty), and the timidity of their ostensible allies in the United Auto Workers. A collaboration between the League and the unabashedly leftist documentary group Newsreel (although it did not end up being a Newsreel film),Finally Got the News articulates and embodies the power of collective action.” – University of Chicago screening
Finally Got the News by Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman, Peter Gessner in association with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers, USA, 1970, 16mm, 55 minutes
Special thanks to Icarus Films, Mike Zryd and the Gladstone Hotel.