Sunday, 26 January 2014

Photo Exhibition - 20th Anniversary: Zapatista Path to 2014

The Wellington Zapatista Support Group are holding a photographic exhibition at Thistle Hall covering 20 years in the construction of Zapatista autonomy.

Place: Thistle Gallery, Cnr Cuba and Arthur Street

Dates: 27 January – 02 February

Opening Hours: 11am – 6pm daily.

Launch: 5.30pm Monday 27 January

Twenty years ago, on January 1st 1994, the day the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect, the Zapatistas in the southern Mexican state of Chiapas said “Enough!!” and took a stand against attempts to further dispossess them of their indigenous lands and culture.

For the last 20 years they have pursued a peaceful path, constructing from below and to the left a 'world in which many worlds fit'.

The exhibition at Thistle Hall features photos of ordinary and extraordinary moments in 20 years of the life of a people under constant military and paramilitary threat, going about the business of survival following a path of patience, dignity, and resistance.

To help celebrate the 20 year Anniversary, on 14th February the Freedom Shop will be showing 'A Place Called Chiapas' at the People's Cinema.

We also stock some books on the Zapatistas, including 'A Poetics of Resistance: The Revolutionary Public Relations of the Zapatista Insurgency'; 'Wobblies and Zapatistas: Conversations on Anarchism, Marxism and Radical History'; and 'Voice of Fire: Communiques and Interviews from the Zapatista National Liberation Army' - a book which contains both interviews with Zapatista and copies of the early EZLN communiques.

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Wellington Anarchist Bookfair & Week of Anarchy

The Wellington Anarchist Bookfair will be a day of Anarchist ideas, anarchist books, anarchist pamphlets and zines, anarchist badges and patches, anarchist posters - that is, lots of anarchist paraphernalia and ephemera and the Freedom Shop will be there. 

But the Bookfair is more than a Bookfair: a Week of Anarchy begins on Monday 10th March with an introductory discussion on the history of anarchism in this land; the next night features local anarchist community groups; the Wednesday will be individual anarchists talking about their work at a local community level; the Thursday is a talk by anarchist author Michael Schmidt ('BlackFlame' and 'The Cartography of Anarchy'), and Friday will be the opening of the Bookfair.

And throughout the week there will be an exhibition of printing, posters, art, magazines, badges and whatever else to portray visually some of the different protest and organising activities that have gone on over the years.

Keep an eye on the Wellington Anarchist Bookfair site for up to date and developing details.

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Film Screening Postponed

Apologies, but the Zapatista Film Screening for 17 January has been postponed to 14th February.

In the meantime, keep an eye on what's on at the Thistle Hall as there is a Zapatista exhibition to be held there in late January.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Film Screening: Celebrate 20 years of Zapatista autonomous communities

It is 20 years since NAFTA came into effect and the Zapatista National Liberation Army and people of Chiapas condemned it as 'a death sentence for the Indigenous Peoples of Mexico'.

It was on 1st January 1994 that the Zapatista army said “¡Ya Basta!”, “Enough!”. Already fighting the effects of 500 years of colonisation, they knew what NAFTA would mean and said no to corporate globalisation.

It is now 20 years since that day and for many the Zapatista have become an international symbol and inspiration for resistance against colonisation and corporate globalisation. In spite of murders, mass killings, rapes, harassment and arrests – despite constant harassment by the state and para-military forces, in spite of anti-Zapatista propaganda and attempts by global powers to vilify them – the autonomous communities of Chiapas continue.

Come along on Friday 17 January and join in a film viewing and discussion about the Zapatista struggle.

Further information about the Zapatista struggle can be found here:

When: Friday 17 January 2014

Where: People’s Cinema, 57 Manners St, (across the road from McDonalds)

Doors open: 6.00pm / Film starts: 6:30 pm

Thursday, 2 January 2014

Open again week beginning 6 January

The Freedom Shop is shut over the christmas and new year break until the week beginning 6th January.

We still have many books from the recent Huia order and are currently contemplating a new order of zines. If you can recommends any zines, please let us know by popping into the shop over the next few weeks or emailing us on: