A year ago, at an event organized by fellow union members at my university, the audience was introduced to the League of Black Revolutionary Workers (LRBW) and the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement (DRUM) through the 1970 documentary, “Finally Got the News” (which you can see here). It was at that very juncture that I read several books in conjunction to one another: Dan Berger’s “Outlaws of America” (which I mentioned in my entry on the Weather Underground Organization) which documented the history of the RYM I faction’s development into the WUO and subsequently into the PFOC and the May 19th Movement; Max Elbaum’s “Revolution in the Air” which is a very comprehensive history of the New Communist Movement (although I do realize that many people disagree with different elements of his narrative and definitely with the lessons that he draws); and Dan Georgakas’ “Detroit, I Do Mind Dying” which provides a history of the DRUM and its successor the LRBW, but ends at the point that the majority section of the LRBW and the Communist League merge to form the Communist Labor Party (CLP). Unfortunately, I am not aware of any study that focuses on a more complete history of the CLP, besides the information that is available through Elbaum. Now another documentary directed and edited by another organization central to the New Communist Movement , the October League, has been made available by a former member of the October League and the Solidarity-USA daily motion feed. It will fill in another gap into the rich history of the NCM in the USA and expose a new layer of Maoists like myself to the struggles of those who came before us.
1972 documentary about a seven-week wildcat strike at Mead Packaging Corp. in Atlanta, during which almost all of the majority-Black workforce stayed out and won significant community support. The film was made by the October League, a communist group that played an important role in the strike. This version was digitized by a former member of the October League.