Monday, August 1, 2016

Pamphlets & Zines on the Spanish Revolution

If you are interested in reading about the Spanish Revolution, below are some pamphlets and zines we had for sale at the Freedom Shop's recent Spanish Revolution exhibition
The Friends of Durruti
A Chronology

Noam Chomsky
on Spanish Revolution

Augustin Souchy
1936-39 The Spanish Civil War
Martha Ackelsberg
Mujeres Libres
A Day Mournful and Overcast
Isaac Puente
Libertarian Communism

Life in Revolutionary Barcelona
Poster
Mujeres Libres
Wedding Factory
Poster
George Orwell
Barcelona in 1936


Monday, July 11, 2016

The Spanish Revolution


We celebrated and remembered the Spanish Revolution and the people involved as it gave so many people a world of enablement and empowerment. A world not ruled by class and capitalism, but a world based on collectivism and humanity.

If you would like more information about the Revolution, at the Freedom Shop there are a range of books, pamphlets and zines on the Spanish Revolution, including: Ready for Revolution: The CNT Defense Committees in Barcelona, 1933–1938 by Agustín Guillamón; Anarchism and Workers’ Self-Management in Revolutionary Spain by Frank Mintz; We The Anarchists! A Study Of The Iberian Anarchist Federation (FAI) 1927–1937 by Stuart Christie; Durruti in the Spanish Revolution by Abel Paz; Anarchism in Galicia: Organisation, Resistance and Women in the Underground by Eliseo Fernández, Antón Briallos, and Carmen Blanco, and Free Society: A German Exile in Revolutionary Spain by Werner Drescher.

Three of the film shown at the exhibition are on-line:

Vivir la Utopia (Living Utopia)
Described as a 'jewel amongst historians and rebel hearts', Living Utopia is a 1997 documentary that features testimony from 30 anarchist survivors of the Spanish revolution. On the evening we showed it, people applauded.

De toda la vida (All Our Lives).
De toda la vida (Lisa Berger y Carol Mazer, 1986) is a documentary about the organisation Mujeres Libres; a group formed in 1936 with the aims to end the 'triple enslavement of women, to ignorance, to capital, and to men.'

Land and Freedom
Ken Loach's film about an unemployed worker and member of the British communist party who goes to join the revolution in Spain and ends up fighting in a POUM militia unit. The film captures the betrayal of the revolution.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sunday - Spanish Revolution - 80 Years

Sunday, 10 July


Open all day from 10am


The final day of the Spanish Revolution exhibition at 17 Tory Street, Wellington, concludes with a talk by Mark Derby at 4pm followed by a screening of Ken Loach's 'Land and Freedom'.


  • 4pm: Mark Derby will talk about New Zealanders who went to Spain. Mark’s the author of ‘Kiwi Compañeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War’ and ‘Petals and Bullets. Dorothy Morris: New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War.’

  • Mark’s talk will be followed by a screening of Ken Loach’s ‘Land and Freedom’.

Saturday, 9 July
 - Two Films & Exhibition

Join us for the third day of the Spanish Revolution exhibition

Saturday 9 July 

Open from 10am -


  • 1-2pm: Mujeres Libres - film screening ‘Toda la Vida’ followed by discussion
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Toda la Vida' (All our Lives) is a film about Mujeres Libres. Angered by the sexism of their male comrades and by their marginalisation within a revolution that was supposed to offer liberty to all - women organised themselves. Mujeres Libres, formed in 1936 with a membership of over 30,000,  fought for both female emancipation and social revolution, arguing that the two had to be realised side by side. As well as fighting and dying at the front alongside men they set up schools, shut down brothels and engaged in popular education in both urban and rural communities. 

  • 7pm: movie screening ‘La Lengua de las Mariposas (Tongue of the Butterfly)
Described as a movie that makes you think, 'Tongue of the Butterfly' captures the relationship between state and church in mid-1930s Spain and the time when the revolution becomes devoured by the civil war.

Sunday's programme is:

Sunday, 10 July


Open all day from 10am
  • 4pm: Mark Derby will talk about New Zealanders who went to Spain. Mark’s the author of ‘Kiwi Compañeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War’ and ‘Petals and Bullets. Dorothy Morris: New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War.’

  • Mark’s talk will be followed by a screening of Ken Loach’s ‘Land and Freedom’.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Friday - Spanish Revolution - 80 years

Friday 8 July
What is Anarchism?

Wander in to 17 Tory St at lunchtime:
12.30pm 
join a discussion about what anarchism is or come in at after work for the film 'Living Utopia'. 



6.30pm - film screening: Living Utopia


Be inspired by people who lived and worked and showed a different world possible not dominated by capitalism. Living Utopia is a documentary consisting of interviews and talks with 30 anarchist survivors of the Spanish revolution. It includes workers involved in the collectives and members of Free Women of Spain - a truly up-lifting and inspiring way to spend a cold Friday night.



The full programme for the Spanish Revolution Exhibition is:

Friday, 8 July


-Open all day
  • 12.30 - 1.30pm: lunchtime discussion ‘What is Anarchism?'
  • 6.30pm: film screening ‘Living Utopia’, followed by cerveza y patatas



Saturday, 9 July


-Open from 10am-

  • 1-2pm: Mujeres Libres - film screening ‘Toda la Vida’ followed by discussion

  • 7pm: movie screening ‘La Lengua de las Mariposas (Tongue of the Butterfly)’



Sunday, 10 July


Open all day from 10am
  • 4pm: Mark Derby will talk about New Zealanders who went to Spain. Mark’s the author of ‘Kiwi Compañeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War’ and ‘Petals and Bullets. Dorothy Morris: New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War.’

  • Mark’s talk will be followed by a screening of Ken Loach’s ‘Land and Freedom’.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Thursday opening - Spanish Revolution - 80 Years




- 6pm - 

Thursday, 7 July






The Spanish Revolution exhibition at 17 Tory St, Wellington central, opens this Thursday, 7 July.

At 6pm we have two speakers: Lynn will briefly talk about why the Spanish Revolution still enthuses and inspires her; Lyn is a local anarchist who put together an exhibition for the 75th Anniversary five years ago in Wellington. It's time now to celebrate the 80th Anniversary.

Barry Pateman will also speak. Barry has worked with and known many people who were involved with the Spanish Revolution. He spoke 30 years ago at the 50th Anniversary in London and now that he's living in this part of the world, will join us and share 'Some thoughts about why the Spanish Revolution is important to us today'.

Barry has done a lot of work over the years on 'clearing the rubble from the garden of history to find the patterns beneath'. Barry is involved with the Kate Sharpley Library (KSL) - a wonderful resource of anarchist literature and he is also an editor at The Emma Goldman papers.

Come along Thursday - 6pm - 17 Tory St


Pan y vino incluido




The full schedule is here:

Thursday, 7 July

-Open from 5pm
  • 6pm: Barry Pateman - "Some thoughts about why the Spanish Revolution is important to us today". Barry is from the Kate Sharpley Library (KSL) and editor at The Emma Goldman papers. KSL has published many pamphlets by participants in the Spanish Revolution as well as a number of books including “The Friends of Durruti” and "Ready for Revolution”.
 Pan y vino incluido

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Friday, 8 July


-Open all day
  • 12.30 - 1.30pm: lunchtime discussion ‘What is Anarchism?'
  • 6.30pm: film screening ‘Living Utopia’, followed by cerveza y patatas



Saturday, 9 July


-Open from 10am-

  • 1-2pm: Mujeres Libres - film screening ‘Toda la Vida’ followed by discussion

  • 7pm: movie screening ‘La Lengua de las Mariposas (Tongue of the Butterfly)’



Sunday, 10 July


Open all day from 10am
  • 4pm: Mark Derby will talk about New Zealanders who went to Spain. Mark’s the author of ‘Kiwi Compañeros: New Zealand and the Spanish Civil War’ and ‘Petals and Bullets. Dorothy Morris: New Zealand Nurse in the Spanish Civil War.’

  • Mark’s talk will be followed by a screening of Ken Loach’s ‘Land and Freedom’.

As Noam Chomsky put it, the Spanish Revolution is "a glimpse of a future that differs by orders of magnitude from the tendencies inherent in the state capitalist and state socialist societies that exist today."

Saturday, July 2, 2016

aargh! issue 6 now online


Issue 6 of aargh! - with the theme Colonisation - is now online can be downloaded here.