Sunday, April 19, 2015

Remember the Peacemakers

Thistle Hall, as part of the 'Remember the Peacemakers' exhibition are also hosting a library 'Between the Lines'.
Remember the Peacemakers, and the library, runs from the 21 April - 2 May at Thistle Hall. 
Freedom Shop and Revolting Books, an anarchist library located at 128 Abel Smith St, have both loaned books and zines from their collections for the two weeks that Remember the Peacemakers runs. 
Check out the programme for Remember the Peacemakers here 
Thistle Hall is located on the corner of Cuba & Karo Drive

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Help AK Press

AK Press are dealing with the aftermath of a significant fire which swept through the warehouse they share with 1984 Printing and over 30 residents. Two people were killed in the fire, others have lost their homes and belongings - AK Press is appealing for donations to spread between between themselves and others affected by the fire.

Details are at:

The direct link to the fundraising page is:

Please help!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Book catalogue now online

Our current catalogue of books can now be downloaded in PDF format here.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

New Books at the Freedom Shop

We have received a fresh load of books – here are some of them:

Against Equality: Queer Revolution, Not Mere Inclusion
Ryan Conrad (Editor)

If you missed RyanConrad’s talk last weekend in Wellington (or the week before in Auckland), or if you want to read more about Against Equality – we have the book for $21.00.

If you can't get to the Shop, send us an email at and you can buy this book, or any other book or product that we stock, online.

The Administration of Fear 

Administration of Fear
Paul Virilio 
We are living under the administration of fear: fear has become an environment, an everyday landscape. There was a time when wars, famines, and epidemics were localized and limited by a certain timeframe. Today, it is the world itself that is limited, saturated, and manipulated, the world itself that seizes us and confines us with a stressful claustrophobia. Stock-market crises, undifferentiated terrorism, lightning pandemics, "professional" suicides.... Fear has become the world we live in.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Against Equality - Queer Revolution Not Mere Inclusion

Sunday, 1st March
Conrad Ryan from 'Against Equality'

Against Equality is an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. Those politics have become so mainstream that in Auckland this year uniformed police and prison officers marched at the Pride Parade - there is no pride in that equality, just as there is no pride in the institutions of police and prison.

Instead of wanting equality in that world, Against Equality seeks to build connections with other queer movements across the globe for a truly radical social and economic justice movement.

Against Equality challenge the equality rhetoric and the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage and other state institutions such as the military and the prison industrial complex.

Come and have a chat with Ryan, discuss queer revolution - not mere inclusion!

Afternoon tea provided!

Sunday 1st March at 19 Tory St - 3.30pm

As well as the Wellington meetings, others have been held in Auckland and Dunedin.

For more info about Against Equality, read the more detailed post here

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Left Over - War and Peace

The  Freedom  Shop  Collective  invites  you  to  another  discussion of strategy and issues for the activist left.


With the upcoming centenary of the Gallipoli massacre, the government’s whitewashing of both history and the present is  in  full  force.  Key  recently  attacked  the  left  for  failing  to stand  up  for  human  rights  by  not  supporting  the deployment  of  NZ  troops  to  the  Middle  East.  How  can  we counter  the  glorification  and  normalization  of  past,  present and future wars?

When: 7pm, Wednesday, 25 February 2015
Where: 17 Tory Street, Wellington
(formerly 19 Tory St)
What:  War & Peace - Then & Now

We are inviting speakers from a variety  of  left  groups  to  give  a  short  presentation  on  this theme, followed by general discussion.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Against Equality - Visit

In late February, early March Ryan Conrad from Against Equality will be visiting the country. Currently events are planned in Auckland, Wellington and Dunedin. Details of events are on Aotearoa Indymedia. If you would like him to visit your town, send us an email and we will see what can be arranged.

Against Equality
Against Equality (AE) is an online archive, publishing, and arts collective focused on critiquing mainstream gay and lesbian politics. AE are "committed to dislodging the centrality of equality rhetoric and challenging the demand for inclusion in the institution of marriage, the US military, and the prison industrial complex via hate crimes legislation."

In March 2014 many of the resources and pamphlets were put together into one book - Against Equality. Ryan has described it as "the culmination of many years of collective work that challenges the celebratory discourse around gay marriage, gays in the military, and LGBTQ inclusive hate crime legislation within broader queer and trans communities." He says that, "AE’s work has played a critical role in opening up space to question the logic of equality and inclusion that has recently become more common in the mainstream press, academic publishing, and activist rhetoric."

Read a chapter from Against Equality: Queer Critiques of Gay Marriage.

Read the introduction to Against Equality.

Ryan Conrad
Ryan Conrad describes himself as an outlaw artist, terrorist academic, and petty thief from a mill town in central Maine, USA. Along with Yasmin Nair, he is a co-founder of the Against Equality archives and continues his involvement in the project as a member of the editorial collective. His work as a visual and performing artist has exhibited internationally in Europe, Asia, and across the United States and Canada. He continues to write for both academic and non-academic presses as well as present his written and visual work at academic and activist conferences. All his work is archived on along with his record of work as a community activist and organizer. Conrad is currently a Sexuality Studies PhD candidate at Concordia University in Montréal and holds an MFA from the Maine College of Art.