Tuesday, May 04, 2021 6:30p -
Boston, MA 02110
Film, History, Lectures & Conferences, Social Good, Virtual & Streaming
Celebrate May Day with the Boston branch of the PSL for an online film screening and discussion of Finally Got the News. Finally Got the News traces the history of the League of Revolutionary Black Workers in the Detroit auto plants during the late 1960s and early 70s and captures their fierce struggle for multinational working class power on the shop floor.
In light of Amazon’s defeat of union drive in Bessemer, Alabama and the recent rebellions against racist police terror which drew 10s of millions out into the streets it is important that we highlight the League of Revolutionary Black Workers to show that the class struggle, which is fundamentally a struggle for civil rights, is a struggle we can and must win.
The League did not just fight for immediate economic demands, but for Black liberation and the overthrow of capitalism. Schooled in Marx, Lenin, Mao, and Black revolutionary thinkers, members of the League created newspapers, popularized working class unity, and developed organizations inside factory plants in order to win victories for the entire working class. They stood up to the bosses and said, "I don't mind working, but I do mind dying," a slogan that continues to resonate today as workers are forced to risk their lives around the world to increase the profits of the capitalist elite. Finally Got the News provides an excellent case study of how revolutionaries can lead successful struggles on the shop floor against the boss’s attempts to divide and conquer in order to prevent multinational unity and power on the job.
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