Urban Revolutions: Detroit

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Date(s) - 14/03/2013
7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Roxy Bar & Screen


UCL Urban Laboratory and Spatial Fix present Urban Revolutions: Detroit

An evening of film discussion and music exploring the past, present and future of urban revolutions.

Finally Got the News (1970, dir. Stewart Bird, Rene Lichtman and Peter Gessner). Produced in association with the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

Taking Back Detroit (1980, dir. Stephen Lighthill).

+ Post screening discussion with Prof. Andy Merrifield (University of Manchester)

+ a DJ set of Detroit Techno/House/Electro from Unspecified Enemies (Numbers)

+ Introduction by Dr Lawrence Webb (King’s College London Film Studies)


In the sixties and seventies Detroit was famous for its cars, music and riots – but less well known is that the Motor City also generated a new type of revolutionary politics that confronted the urban crisis head on.

The 1970 film ‘Finally Got the News’ documents the climate of resistance and racism that gave rise to the Dodge Revolutionary Union Movement, and the League of Revolutionary Black Workers.

Through interviews with the members of the movement, footage shot in the auto plants, the film documents their efforts to build an independent black labor organization at an urban scale to resist the exploitation faced by both black and white people in Detroit.

Following the film there will be an open discussion with the urban philosopher Andy Merrifield about urban revolutions past, present and future. And an opportunity to continue the discussion in the bar complemented by the sounds of Detroit techno, soul, r&b, hip-hop, punk and electro.

Tickets: £4. Available on the door



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Welcome to Tent City University @OccupyLondon! This is a space to learn, share knowledge and develop skills through a wide series of workshops, lectures, debates, films, games, praxis and action. As formal education becomes more and more commodified and inaccessible, here we have an opportunity to explore alternatives. Because between us we have all the resources we need. Anyone can teach, everyone can learn – and the two go hand in hand. Feel free to propose sessions, listen to new ideas and share with others what you know or want to know. Post eviction we remain committed to promoting collective wisdom and looking at how we use knowledge together. We’re now focusing on how we relocate TCU both conceptually and physically. We will focus on outreach and communication using teach outs and holding TCU events in many places. We will be surprising and unlikely, creating a database of places closed and open. Starting on the 17th of March, as a big teach out day. Please email suggestions to tentcityuniverity@gmail.com.

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