Friday, 16 February 2018

Remember Reza Barati - Welcome Refugees

February 17th marks four years since Reza Barati was murdered in detention. Reza was a 23-year-old Iranian refugee seeking asylum but Australian border policy meant he was detained on Manus Island in an Australian run detention centre. On February 17, 2014, he was murdered.

For several weeks in early 2014, asylum seekers detained in the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre had been protesting against their treatment. They said that physical and verbal abuse by security guards (from Australian company G4S) was common place. Tensions rose when on 14 February, the refugees were told of Australia’s new policy to not allow anyone who had arrived by boat to settle in Australia.

On 17 February the camp was attacked and Reza Barati was murdered. An inquiry found he was hit with a piece of timber with a nail sticking out, before he was bashed with a large rock on his head. G4S security guards (who were there to guard the camp) participated in the attack.

On Manus and Nauru, another Australian off-shore detention centre, other asylum seekers have died, and people will continue to die and suffer until refugees are welcomed rather than detained.

The Freedom Shop does have some zines and leaflets about Manus, Nauru and Australia's border policy. We also have books about borders, asylum seekers and refugees and their struggles to seek asylum, including:

Aminullah

More Tales of Migration

Undocumented

The Architecture of Migrant Detention

Violent Borders

Refugees and the Right to Move

Undoing Border Imperialism

     


Thursday, 15 February 2018

New books have arrived

Here are some of the new books we've got.

Don't forget the Newtown Festival on Sunday, 4 March. The Freedom Shop will be open from 10am till about 5pm.

Anarchy Explained To My Father
Anarchy Explained to My Father is a provocative and accessible discussion of the revolutionary mode of thought that rejects all forms of domination and seeks, in the words of Louise Michel, "order through harmony."


Is China an Imperialist Country? Considerations and Evidence
This book brings together theoretical, definitional and logical considerations, as well as the extensive empirical evidence which is now available, to demonstrate that China has indeed definitely become a capitalist-imperialist country

Why Don't the Poor Rise Up? Organizing the Twenty-First Century Resistance
In the context of unparalleled global wealth disparity, ecological catastrophe, and myriad forms of structural oppression, this vibrant collection offers a reassessment of contemporary obstacles to mass mobilization, as well as examples from around the world of poor people overcoming those obstacles in inspiring and instructive new ways.



Be Your Own Backing Band
From Liz Prince, creator of Alone Forever, Tomboy, and Will You Still Love Me If I Wet The Bed?, comes a collection of comics about life through a punk-rock lens.