Sunday, December 20, 2015

Shop hours

We're trying to keep the shop open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday (21. - 23.12.) this coming week to cater for any emergency Xmas present needs.

We still have a few of the tee-shirts left that we screenprinted ourselves  - images of revolutionary women. 

We even have a few Slingshot and Bottled Wasp diaries left!

The shop will then be closed until after New Year.

Happy holidays to everyone!

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

aargh! Issue 5 online



Issue 5 of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review (of Global Hegemony) can be downloaded here.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

New books!

A new book order has arrived in time to save you from having to buy your loved ones a pair of socks for Christmas. A selection of titles:


The Vegetarian Myth: Food, Justice, and Sustainability by Lierre Keith.
“Part memoir, part nutritional primer, and part political manifesto, The Vegetarian Myth will challenge everything you thought you knew about food politics.”

Also on the subject of food - Abolish Restaurants: A Worker's Critique of the Food Service Industry by Prole.
“A 60-page illustrated guide to the daily misery, stress, boredom, and alienation of restaurant work, as well as the ways restaurant workers fight against it. Drawing on a range of anticapitalist ideas as well as a heaping plate of personal experience, it is part analysis and part call-to-arms.”





Sisters of the Revolution: A Feminist Speculative Fiction Anthology by Ann and Jeff VanderMeer (Ed).
“From the literary heft of Angela Carter to the searing power of Octavia Butler, Sisters of the Revolution gathers daring examples of speculative fiction's engagement with feminism. Dark, satirical stories such as Eileen Gunn's "Stable Strategies for Middle Management" and the disturbing horror of James Tiptree Jr.'s "The Screwfly Solution" reveal the charged intensity at work in the field.”




Settlers: The Mythology of the White Proletariat from Mayflower to Modern by J. Sakai

“Always controversial within the establishment Left Settlers uncovers centuries of collaboration between capitalism and white workers and their organizations, as well as their neocolonial allies, showing how the United States was designed from the ground up as a parasitic and genocidal entity.”

Arena One: On Anarchist Cinema & Arena Two: Anarchists in Fiction
Richard Porton (Ed). With a contribution by Wellington filmmaker Russel Campbell.

“In the wake of the end of the Cold War and worldwide protests against corporate globalization, anarchism continues to attract new adherents among both aging leftists and new generations of young radicals. Arena aims to tap into this revived interest in libertarian ideas, culture and practice by providing a dynamic focal point: a journal that brings together good, stimulating and provocative writing and scholarship on libertarian culture of all kinds.”


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

AARGH! Number 5 is out

The fifth issue of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review of Global Hegemony is now available at the shop!
This time our theme is crisis, a product that neoliberal capitalism is remarkably effective at manufacturing and, in many cases, making money from.

Copies are available at the Newtown shop or can be ordered via mail or email. Price: $2.00.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Left Overs #4 - Prison a serious crime

Prisons - a serious crime

This country has one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the world & that statistic doesn't include those serving a non­-prison sentence or waiting for a court appearance.

As of 1st Dec 2014 there were 8,641 people in NZ's prison. That's more than the towns of Foxton, Featherston and Martinborough combined. Of those people in prison, more than half are Māori & a quarter aged under 25. On top of all that, 70% of people imprisoned get another conviction within five years; the justice industry is a revolving system.
 

We are inviting speakers who have been involved with the prison system to give a short presentation on this theme, followed by general discussion for all. Come along and join in.
 

When: 7pm, Thursday, 1st October 2015
Where: 17 Tory Street, Wellington (formerly 19 Tory St) 
What: Prisons - ­ a serious crime

Monday, September 21, 2015

Rebel Moon - a benefit for AK Press

A fundraising celebration of radical and independent publishing in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond!

AK Press is a worker-run, collectively managed anarchist publishing and distribution company, in operation since 1990. On March 21st of this year, a fire in a building behind AK’s caught fire and the fire spread to AK’s warehouse. Two people living in the building died in the fire, much of AK’s inventory was damaged by water and smoke, and the city has deemed their building uninhabitable. While they have suffered a major blow they are carrying on and continue to publish and distribute anarchist and radical literature around the world, including to Aotearoa New Zealand. But they need all the help they can get and all money raised at this event will go directly to their fire relief fund.

More information about AK Press and the fire can be found at http://www.akpress.org/fire-relief.html Also a
RadioNZ interview with Pip Adams promoting the AK Benefit.

Confirmed so far:

Jared Davidson, Mark Darby, Rebel Press, The Freedom Shop, Kassie Hartendorp, Faith Wilson, Leilani A Visesio, Kerry Ann Lee, Maria McMillan, Pip Adam, Mark Epoo, Scott Kendrick, Ken Simpson, Barry Pateman, Murdoch Stephens, Grace Millar

With music by:
mr sterile Assembly, Te Kupu, Gold Medal Famous, The All Seeing Hand

  • When: Saturday September 26, 2015
  • Where: Moon, 167 Riddiford St, Newtown, Wellington
  • $10 to $10 million depending on how generous you're feeling!

Readings from 6:30 pm, music from 9pm

AK Press books will be available for sale through The Freedom Shop

Monday, September 14, 2015

Left Over # 4

Prisons - a serious crime

This country has one of the highest rates of imprisonment in the world & that statistic doesn't include those serving a non­-prison sentence or waiting for a court appearance.

As of 1st Dec 2014 there were 8,641 people in NZ's prison. That's more than the towns of Foxton, Featherston and Martinborough combined. Of those people in prison, more than half are Māori & a quarter aged under 25. On top of all that, 70% of people imprisoned get another conviction within five years; the justice industry is a revolving system.
 

We are inviting speakers who have been involved with the prison system to give a short presentation on this theme, followed by general discussion for all. Come along and join in.
 

When: 7pm, Thursday, 1st October 2015
Where: 17 Tory Street, Wellington (formerly 19 Tory St) 
What: Prisons - ­ a serious crime

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New T-Shirts

Peace Action Wellington are campaigning to stop the weapons conference in November and have produced some cool t-shirts to raise funds and spread the message. The Freedom Shop sells them on behalf (without markup) for $15.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Sshhhh - Thursday 27 August

The third meeting of Sshhhh will be taking place at Revolting Books. Drop in from 5.30pm onwards: Revolting Books, 128 Abel Smith St.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

New Books

Once more we have a range of new books on the shelves. Orders have arrived from both PM Press and AK Press, including:


The line has been drawn: it has gone this far, but no further.

Published in 2014 'A Line in the Tar Sands' makes it clear that the industry needs to be shut down. The tar sands are a pivotal position in the fight against climate change. Anit-colonial and anti-capitalist fighters are confronting an industry driven by some of the largest corporations on earth, which have no goals that are any nobler than maximizing short-term profits and growth.

A sample of the book can be downloaded here.

 
Asia's Unknown Uprisings, by George Katsiaficas.
“Through Katsiaficas’s study of Asia’s uprisings and rebellions, readers get a glimpse of the challenge to revolutionaries to move beyond representative democracy and to reimagine and reinvent democracy. This book shows the power of rebellions to change the conversation.”
—Grace Lee Boggs, activist and coauthor of Revolution and Evolution in the Twentieth Century

Revolutionary Women was originally a zine made at Cherry Bomb Comics in Auckland 2005.

"The beauty and simplicity of message is stark in this zine. It is lovingly earnest with its handcrafted cut and pastes. The snippets are well-worded, the quotes cleverly chosen. The silhouettes of fearless females are striking. Overwhelmingly, one is left with a sense of the near universal absence of images of revolutionary women.  From now on, every time I see a Che Guevara portrait, I will wonder about his many, unheralded and invisible sisters."
--Karlo Mila, author of Dream Fish Floating


Our Mother Ocean: Enclosure, Commons, and the Global Fishermen's Movement

This book tells the story of the Global Fishermen’s Movement from its beginnings in Southern India to its crucial role in the global movement against neoliberal capitalism. The perspective is both practical and theoretical, exploring the related issues of globalization, development, work, and food, and the strategic connections between those struggling for social justice in the global North and South.

"Through overfishing, industrial aquaculture, and poisoning, capitalism is killing ocean life—upon which all of life on Earth depends—but the people who are most directly threatened by this destruction are fighting back, and the rest of us urgently need to join their struggles. That is the story that unfolds in this remarkably detailed but compact book by Mariarosa Dalla Costa and Monica Chilese. To date, awareness of the killing has been mostly limited to the environmental movement. At the same time, awareness of the ways in which capitalism has been slowly destroying traditional communities of those who live by, on, and with the seas has been mostly limited to the peoples of those communities and, in the case of indigenous fishing communities, a few anthropologists. This book not only illuminates the interrelationships between these two patterns of destruction, but also highlights the emergence of a worldwide movement of resistance on the part of some of those most directly threatened."
—Harry Cleaver, author of Reading Capital Politically

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Sshhhh - Thursday 30 July

We're having our second gathering of Sshhhh...come along if you're interested...

Thursday, 30 July from 5:30pm at Revolting Books Library (128 Abel Smith St).

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Wellington Winter ZineFest

There is going to be a Winter zine market at Thistle Hall in Wellington
from 12-5pm on Saturday 18th July at Thistle Hall.

The Freedom Shop will be there with a range of old and new zines, including:  Are we all New Zealanders now? A Maori response to the Pakeha quest for indigeneity //  The Myth of Passivity //  Tino Rangatiratanga; The Treaty of Waitangi Today // Troublemakers: Anarchism and Syndicalism: The Early Years of the libertarian movement in New Zealand //  Why Reject the Treaty? A Maori-Pakeha Viewpoint //  Anarchy: The Transmogrification of Everyday Life //  The Myth of the Queue // Bougainville: Independence Must Come Up //  For Kanak Independence: The fight against French rule in New Caledonia //  Juggling the Rainbow //   Out Here: Personal Writing from Queers in Aotearoa //  Luca //  Midnight Cowgirl //  The Murder of Tamasese //  Museifushugi: A brief history of Anarchism in Pre War Japan //  Radicle: Anarchist writings on justice, faith and class //  The Nervous Triggermen: Samoa's Struggle to end New Zealand's Colonial Rule //  Not Afraid or Ruins //  and many more.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Left Over #3

The Trans‐Pacific Partnership Agreement
An old agenda in a new wrapper


A talk and discussion about the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, an international trade and investment deal currently under negotiation. This has been presented by the government as a huge economic opportunity, but has been criticised as an unprecedented step towards corporate dominance.

We'll look at its history, and how it fits in with the New Zealand government's pro-business and anti-democratic policies over the last three decades. We'll also consider the rise and fall of the 'anti-globalisation' movement and how the opposition is shaping up this time around.

When: 7pm, Tuesday July 7th 2015
Where: 19 Tory Street (AKA 17 Tory Street), Wellington.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Aargh Number 4 is online

The fourth edition of the Aotearoa Anarchist Review, titled ‘WAR’ can be downloaded here.




It contains a bunch of articles, poems and a cartoon on, surprise, various wars - past, present and future - as well as advice on how to stay sane in a capitalist world, a piece on surveillance overload and other stuff. If you would like a printed copy, send us an email.