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

Sunday, 11 July 2021

Film screening "Border" - 14 July

The Freedom Shop has nothing to do with this event but it sounds interesting...

Film screening: Laura Waddington's 'Border', 2004

Wednesday, 14 July 21, 6pm
Adam Art Gallery, Kelburn Parade

"In the days, if you wandered along the motorways and the wastelands, you could see the refugees everywhere: waiting on the roadside or headed to the port and the freight trains. They travelled in twos or threes or sometimes in groups of twenty or thirty. At night, I’d walk along the roads with them. It took two or three hours to reach the spots on the channel tunnel fence, where they’d start to cut the wire. Then came the arrests and the police bus back to the camp. A few hours later, they’d re-emerge and the perverse game of cat and mouse would start again." - Laura Waddington

In 2002, filmmaker Laura Waddington spent several months in the fields around Sangatte Red Cross camp in northern France with Afghan and Iraqi refugees, who were trying to cross the channel tunnel to England. Filmed with a small video camera and the illumination of only distant car headlights, far off street lamps and police torches, Border is a personal account of the refugees’ plight and the police violence that followed the camp’s closure.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with writer, publisher and activist Murdoch Stephens from the ‘Doing our Bit’ campaign to double New Zealand’s refugee quota.

All welcome, free entry.

For more information see the Adam Art Gallery.

Saturday, 10 July 2021

Winter Zine Market - 17 July

Winter Zine Market returns in 2021!

Once again, we're in the atrium at the Victoria University of Wellington, School of Design Innovation on Vivian Street. There's spots for 60 stallholders to sell zines about anything or anything.

We'll open with an 'accessibility hour' from 11 til 12. This is a chance for anyone who, for whatever reason, can't attend when Zinefest is crowded. We'll have no music and try to maintain a low-stimulation environment.

Then, from 12 til 4, we'll open to the public, and get cranking. This year, we're trying something new: asking stallholders to price all their zines at $5 or less. Make sure you bring cash and pick up some of the best self-published materials by very talented local creatives.

Saturday 17 July. 11 - 12 quiet hour, 12 - 4 general.
School of Design Innovation, 139 Vivian St, Te Aro
Nothing of over $5!

For more information see wellingtonzinefest.com