Monday, 29 November 2021

New Edition of a Situationist Classic 

The Freedom Shop has released several new pamphlets lately, including a new edition of On the Misery of the Student World (AKA On the Poverty of Student Life).

This text came about in 1966 after five situationist-influenced students were elected to the University of Strasbourg’s students’ union. The group formed an ‘anarchist appreciation society’ The Society for the Rehabilitation of Karl Marx and Ravachol and appropriated union funds to flypost a detourned comic strip, Return of the Durruti Column. They then invited the ‘Situationist International’ to contribute a critique of the University of Strasbourg, and this text, which despite the title critiques the whole of Western society, rather than just the role of students, was the result. Credited to ‘Members of the Situationist International and students of Strasbourg University’, it was actually mostly written by Tunisian situationist Mustapha Khayati.

Saturday, 20 November 2021

Plan B 2022

Just from the printer - the Plan B diary for 2022 has arrived. Plan B is a weekly planner with lots of information about events that are relevant to the history of Aotearoa and the Pacific.  



Get yours from the shop for $12 or email us at freedomshopaotearoa@gmail.com and we will get one to you.


Sunday, 7 November 2021

Radical Zines Launch

A launch event for three new zine titles, presented by The Freedom Shop in collaboration with Wellington Zinefest, PAPA and Counterfutures.

On Thursday the 18th of November we will be launching THREE new zines in collaboration with Wellington Zinefest, People Against Prisons Aotearoa, Counterfutures and the How To Talk To Your Racist Uncle team.


 The zines are:

'How To Talk To Your Racist Uncle' by Gaayathri Nair, illustrated by Lenny Zook.Check out their upcoming workshop on 27 November at the Aro Community Centre.

'Daring to Think of Something Better' -by People Against Prisons Aotearoa.


'Landlord Neutral 2030' by Counterfutures, illustrated by Pinky Fang. 


The plan:

Doors open at 5:30.

Launch begins at 6:10pm.

Expect ten minutes of kōrero on each zine, and the chance to buy copies before and after.

The Freedom Shop will be open for you to pick up other radical zines and books, patches, bags, you name it.

This event is open to everyone. Tickets aren't required but we will ask attendees to sign in using the app or pen-and-paper record. Please wear a mask if you are able.

Note: November 18th is remembered by many in Aotearoa as Neil Roberts Day. Neil was an anarchist punk rocker who attempted to blow up the Whanganui police computer in 1982, and died in the process.

When: Thursday 18 November, 5:30pm
Where: The Freedom Shop (inside Oppoertunity for Animals), 162 Riddford St, Newtown

Saturday, 9 October 2021

New opening hours

We are overjoyed to announce that we are able to have the shop open more often. We are going to be open Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons, as well as on Saturdays. So the new opening hours are:

Tuesday: 12 - 5pm
Wednesday: 12 - 5pm
Saturday: 11am - 4pm

Of course we are still a volunteer collective, so we cannot guarantee those hours, but we will try our best.

Zinefest postponed

Like many planned events, the Wellington Zinefest had to be postponed. The new date is 29/30 January 2022. For more details see here.

 

The Disability Zine Project has had its launch online, and we will have copies of the zines in the shop soon. Watch the video here.

Saturday, 11 September 2021

Partial Freedom

The Freedom Shop is back under Level 2D - open Saturdays 11am -4pm. Take the opportunity to stock up on books and zines.

If we are in Level 1 by then, the Wellington Zinefest will take place on October 23 and 24 in the atrium at the Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design Innovation (Te Aro Campus) on Vivian Street, so save the date. 

Keep safe!

Tuesday, 20 July 2021

20th Anniversary of the murder of Carlo Giuliani

On July 20, 2001, 23-year-old anarchist Carlo Giuliani was shot dead by police during protests against the G8 summit in Genoa. To his credit, he succeeded in attacking the police van with a fire extinguisher.


 Originally published by Abolition Media Worldwide.

At the time, the global movement was facing off against capitalism. 1999’s Battle for Seattle had inspired the forces opposed to global capitalism’s human exploitation and devastating effects on the environment the world over. Further remarkable actions against George Bush’s election and inauguration, at the World Bank/IMF meeting in Washington D.C., and at the G7+1 meeting in Okinawa, Japan lead up to the G8 meeting in Genova, Italy. Simultaneously to these mass mobilizations and actions that were making it increasingly difficult for the world’s most powerful leaders to meet, strategies for Another Possible World were in the making. Finding its roots in the Zapatista uprising on the day that the North American Free Trade Agreement went into effect and in the First International Encuentro for Humanity and Against Neoliberalism in 1996, the World Social Forum met for the first time in Porto Allegre Brazil in June of 2001.

Carlo Giuliani was not ignorant of these developments, but was versed in the development of this global movement. He had been raised with knowledge of Gramsci, Marx, Malatesta, Sacco and Vanzetti. His father was a leader of the communist trade Union CGIL and he came from a family rooted in struggle for the rights of working people.

Carlo went to university, studying history, and lived in a squat in Genoa. Carlo’s father, Giuliano Giuliani, put it like this “Carlo…is a young man that reacted to a profound injustice.”

The state’s execution was backed up by the courts, and the pig that shot him got off without any repercussions.

Neither forgotten nor forgiven! Carlo Giuliani Lives