Sunday, 17 November 2013

New Books!

We have just received two cartons of new books at the Freedom Shop. Included amongst the books is just published 'Undoing Border Imperialism' by Harsha Waila - a book about migration, state control and state violence. In the book Harsha urges people organsing against border imperialism to be aware of the illegal settlement and appropriation of lands throughout time, the book ends with a discussion on decolonisation. More about 'Undoing Border Imperialism' can be read here.
"What I am trying to say is that working in solidarity with someone does not preclude us from, but rather requires us to, challenge behaviors that are sexist, homophobic, or capitalist. This is based on the recognition of one another as changing individuals. It is through these dialogues and demands for accountability that we aim to work toward a world free of oppression, while struggling for all people to live with dignity and safety."
- Alex Mah, Excerpt from Undoing Border Imperialism

"The precarity of both labor and social organization are intertwined and cyclic: capitalism requires precarious and exploitable workers to facilitate increasing capital accumulation, and creates those precarious lives through hierarchies of systemic oppression along with its coercive extractions of labor and dispossessions from land."
- Harsha Walia, Excerpt from Undoing Border Imperialism

Another recent publication is Michael Schmidt's 'Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism' in which the global history of anarchism is divided into five waves, beginning in Mexico in 1868 and ending at the present. Each chapter begins with a map situating in place the anarcho struggles at the time, the first wave features New Caledonia.
"Part history, part manifesto, Cartography of Revolutionary Anarchism is a succinct and insightful polemic. Michael Schmidt has distilled a vast literature on anarchism to demonstrate that anarchism is a historical movement with deep roots in the working class and continuity into the present. The book is lively, with equal measures of pragmatic judgement and hope; it is plainspoken, powerful, and thoughtful. Activists and scholars interested in anarchism will find here much to contemplate and debate and take to heart."--Mark Leier, author of Bakunin: A Biography

Other books include: 'Captive Genders' by Nat Smith & Eric A. Stanley; 'Debt: The First 5,000 Years' by David Graeber; the classic 'Black Flame', co-written by Michael Schmidt and Lucien van der Walt; the 2nd edition of 'The Philosophy of Punk' by Craig O'Hara; and several art books, including 'Reproduce and Revolt! A Graphic Toolbox for the 21st Century Activist' - a book with over 300 social justice and political activism illustrations and graphics.

 We also have ready for 2014 'Just Seeds' and 'Slingshot' planners and diaries:

Friday, 8 November 2013

Film Screening: No Advantage

Film Screening and Discussion on the Bogey of the 'Boat People'

People around the world mourned the tragedy of Lampedusa when several hundred people drowned after their boat capsized only a few hundred metres off the coast of the Italian Island. But deaths at sea of people seeking asylum should not be news. Hundreds of people seeking asylum have already drowned in the Mediterranean and hundreds have drowned in the waters between Indonesia and Australia. Just the week before Lampedusa nearly 80 people drowned making the journey to Australia.

However, instead of welcoming and assisting refugees, the focus both in Europe and this part of the world is to prevent the arrival of asylum seekers – irrespective of the 1951 UN Convention on Refugees.

Australia has a particularly bad record and now has the dubious honour of practising both mandatory detention and mandatory exclusion for all asylum seekers; if the NZ National Government has its way here, we will be following suit and in the future we could also easily abolish the right to seek asylum.

Come and watch 'No Advantage: Inside Australia’s Offshore Processing Centres', a 2013 documentary exposing the conditions inside Australia's off-shore detention centres, and come and discuss migration practice and policy.

Note: This film was originally scheduled to be shown in June but had to be cancelled at short notice.

When: Friday, 15 November 2013
Where: People’s Cinema, 57 Manners St, Wellington
Remember, to seek asylum is not a crime.
No one chooses to be a refugee.

Take a stance. 

Monday, 4 November 2013

1913 Great Strike

It is a hundred years since the Great Strike took place and the Labour History Project are coordinating a series of events and lectures in Wellington, including Sunday morning guided walks through downtown Wellington. More details can be found at

The Freedom Shop has several books and zines, both about the Great Strike and the events surrounding it, including Revolution: The 1913 Great Strike in New Zealand. Edited by Melanie Nolan, Revolution came out of a 2003 conference organised by the then Trade Union History Project to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the strike.

Other books and zines of particular interest to those wanting more information about the Great Strike, include Peter Steiner's Industrial Unionism, a pamphlet about the IWW community in New Zealand in the early 1900s, and Jared Davidson's Sewing Freedom: Philip Josephs, Transnationalism & Early New Zealand Anarchism.