Monday, 17 April 2017

COPS, COPS, COPS talk

The Freedom Shop will be showing some short films and having a discussion about how activist groups deal with cops this Thursday (20 April), 6.30pm, at 17 Tory Street.

Even within activist and protest groups there are differing opinions about how we deal with police & recently some activist groups in Wellington have complained that they've been harassed by the police.

So let's get together to talk about how as activist groups we could work together and protect ourselves more against police.

Our zine about interacting with the police can be downloaded here & imposed copy here



Wednesday, 5 April 2017

From Activist to 'Terrorist' - three messages

On Tuesday evening, April 4th, Jake Conroy spoke at Tory St in Wellington. Jake describes himself as 'a scrawny white American vegan who got sentenced to time in a US prison'. About 40 people attended his talk 'From Activist to Terrorist'. He left us with three key messages:

  • Think about prisons and prisoners, the lives people are forced to live there - the spaces they are forced to inhabit. One simple thing to do is write letters to people inside. 
  • Don't be scared of the threat of state repression.
  • Do fight-back. Figure out what you can do and find like-minded people and strategise how to bring about liberation.


At the Freedom Shop we have a range of books written by people inside or those involved in prison abolition and penal politics, including:
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Abolitionist Demands: Toward the End of Prisons in Aotearoa by No Pride in Prison


Outrage: An Anarchist Memoir of a Penal Colony by Clément Duval


Hauling Up the Morning: Writings and Art by political prisoners and prisoners of war in the US by Tim Blunk (Editor); Ray Luc Levasseur (Editor); Assata Shakur (Introduction); William Kunstler (Preface)
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Inside/Out: Selected Poems - by Marilyn Buck

Writing On The Wall: Selected Prison Writings of Mumia Abu-Jamal

Resistance Behind Bars: The Struggles of Incarcerated Women by Victoria Law





If you would like to write to a person in prison, No Pride In Prison have contacts of people wanting letters. There are also numerous websites with lists of people imprisoned because of their political beliefs and actions - check out ABC websites (Anarchist Black Cross), write to asylum seekers detained by Australia.

Saturday, 1 April 2017

From Activist to 'Terrorist' - Jake Conroy

Come along on Tuesday 4 April at 7pm at 17 Tory St and have a chance to talk with Jake Conroy, one of the SHAC 7 (Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty USA).
Jake will talk about his experience of state repression and the US prison system.

Jake was one of the members of SHAC imprisoned for several years after campaigning to shut down Huntingdon Life Sciences. Their campaign didn’t involve bombs or arson, rather they campaigned to break the financial ties that Huntingdon had with other corporations. They also ran a website on which they posted news about the campaign — legal actions like protests and illegal actions like stealing animals from labs.

They were imprisoned for  'reporting on and encouraging others to engage in legal  demonstrations and supporting the ideology of direct action'.


For more info about the SHAC7:
SHAC7 & Sometimes We Had a Brick