Monday, August 7, 2017

aargh! Issue 8

Issue 8 of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review (of Genuine Happiness) is (finally) out! Get yours from the shop ($2) or email us for a copy.

  • On the rising popularity of walls
  • The commoditisation of bodies
  • How we run the world
  • Who to vote for - by your star sign
  • Book reviews
  • And more...

Friday, July 28, 2017

New books have arrived

We have new books on a range of subjects -

The state of the world

How Did We Get into this Mess?, based on his powerful journalism, assesses the state we are now in: the devastation of the natural world, the crisis of inequality, the corporate takeover of nature, our obsessions with growth and profit and the decline of the political debate over what to do.

Migrants and refugees

Carrie McKinnon: Aminullah

The story of a young Afghan migrant, with refelctions on borders, Calais Migrant Solidarity and Anti-Raids action.

Old but still current
Noam Chomsky: Power and Terror

Chomsky's latest thinking on terrorism, US foreign policy, and the meaning and true impact of militarism in the world today.

And some real classics

Stuart Christie: Granny made me an anarchist

And lots more...

Thursday, July 27, 2017

The Freedom Shop has moved

… but not very far. We’re still inside Opportunities for Animals, but at the back of the shop. The new space is a bit more enclosed and feels more like a book shop. We’re still in the process of making it pretty. 

So don’t despair if you don’t see our window display, just wander to the back.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Refugee film screening follow-up

As a follow-up to our film screening last week, here are links to the films we showed:

The Valley Rebels
Migrants: Unaccompanied minors stranded in Paris
Cisarua refugee school (Indonesia)

Also worth watching is this clip titled The real State of Emergency about refugees sleeping rough in Paris.

A good read about a radical critique of borders and a grassoots response to the refugee crisis is Harsha Walia's book Undoing Border Imperialism, available at the Freedom Shop.

We also have a small pamphlet on the increasing militarisation of borders, which can be downloaded here.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Film screening & discussion: What happens to young refugees?

The Valley Rebels

What happens to young refugees?

If on your drive home from work you encountered a group of lost teenage kids, would you stop and help them? That’s what the people from a valley in the French Alps do, and they are being prosecuted for it. Because the kids are “unaccompanied minor” refugees and the authorities don’t know what to do with them.

Amongst the daily news about the “refugee crisis” in Europe, the situation of children is often overlooked. And closer to home, there are about 45 children held in the Australian detention centre on Nauru.

Come and watch the film The Valley Rebels and join a discussion about young refugees and what happens to them.

When: Thursday, 15 June 2017, 6 pm
Where: 17 Tory St, Te Aro
Hosted by the Freedom Shop

Sunday, June 4, 2017

17 Tory St - Closing Celebration

17 Tory Street, formerly known as Nineteen Tory Street, is closing its doors on the 18th of June. To honour the mauri of what has lived and flourished in the space over the past five years, there will be an afternoon of storytelling, kai, warmth and plotting:

Sunday 11th of June 
3pm - 7pm 
**Keynote speakers at 5pm**

The Concerned Citizens Collective asks us to bring the memories and spirit that made 17 Tory St the vibrant hub that it was. There will be an open-mic for storytelling opportunities.

The 17 Tory Street Open Source Community Gallery grew out of the Occupy Movement of late 2011 and first opened in April 2012. The Freedom Shop began to hold public meetings there in November of that year. We'd hold public meetings at Tory St and film evenings at the Peoples' Cinema. After the Peoples' Cinema closed in 2014, most of our public events have been held at Tory Street.

Our talks, public meetings and film screenings at Tory St have been on a variety of topics - including evening discussions on prison abolition, border militarisation, the TPPA, war and the centenary of the Gallipoli massacre. We've also hosted different people passing through the city, these include Ryan Conrad from Against Equality and Jake Conroy from SHAC7. Last year we hosted a four-day exhibition celebrating the 80th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution.

For the Freedom Shop and many others, Tory Street has been more than a gallery and more than a venue; as the Concerned Citizens Collective says, 'it championed community participation and was home to a countless number of events, projects and exhibitions.'

The Concerned Citizens Collective will not cease to exist. We all know there is a need for alternative accessible comment space - so a new, collectively run centre will be formed - this time on Level 1 of the same building!

Do come along on Sunday 11th June to celebrate Tory St.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Wellington Winter Zine Fest

It's ZineFest time again - 

Wellington Winter Zine Market 

Saturday afternoon
 3rd June


Thistle Hall, Wellington.

the Freedom Shop will be there