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Remains to be Seen

Tracing Joe Hill’s ashes in New Zealand

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On the eve of his execution in 1915, Joe Hill — radical songwriter, union organiser and member of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) — penned one final telegram from his Utah prison cell: “Could you arrange to have my body hauled to the state line to be buried? I don’t want to be found dead in Utah.” Hill’s body was then cremated, his ashes placed into tiny packets and sent to IWW Locals, sympathetic organizations and individuals around the world. Among the nations said to receive Hill’s ashes, New Zealand is listed.

Remains to be Seen traces the ashes of Joe Hill from their distribution in Chicago to wartime New Zealand. Drawing on previously unseen archival material, it examines the persecution of anarchists, socialists and Wobblies in New Zealand during the First World War. It also explores how intense censorship measures — put in place by the National Coalition Government of William Massey and zealously enforced by New Zealand’s Solicitor-General, Sir John Salmond — effectively silenced and suppressed the IWW in New Zealand.

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Rabble Rousers & Merry Pranksters

A History of Anarchism in Aotearoa/New Zealand from the Mid-1950s to the Early 1980s

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Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters captures some of the imagination, the audacity, the laughs and the wildness that animated many of the social movements of the sixties and seventies in Aoteaora/New Zealand. During this time, particularly from the late sixties to the early seventies, an astonishingly broad-based revolt occurred throughout the country. Thousands of workers, Maori, Pacific people, women, youth, lesbians, gays, students, environmentalists and others rebelled against authority. Innovative new styles and anarchistic methods of political dissent became popular.

A colourful and energetic bunch of anarchists occasionally played significant roles in these struggles. Anarchists were prominent in the anti-nuclear, anti-Vietnam War, anti-US military bases, commune, unemployed and peace movements. Rabble Rousers and Merry Pranksters is a richly-detailed tale about a much neglected anti-authoritarian leftist current in Aotearoa/New Zealand history.

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Not Afraid of Ruins #2

Partly a travel journal written in Palestine/Israel, partly random thoughts about Palestine, Zionism, Jewish identity, colonialism and stargate SG1.

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Not Afraid of Ruins #3

I spent two months wandering around Europe. Nine planes, twenty two trains, twenty four beds. So this zine is about vegan food, public parks, fancy buildings, trains, books, squats, museums, anarchist social centres, Jewish history, trees, rabbits, seagulls and anxiety.

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Not Afraid of Ruins Spring 2008

A zine about depression, anxiety, capitalism, teen angst and taking care of each other.

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Industrial Unionism

Industrial Unionism is a pamphlet with two local articles on the Industrial Workers of the World (I.W.W.) in New Zealand. The History of the the I.W.W. in New Zealand, written by Peter Steiner, details the activities of the I.W.W. around the turn of the 20th Century, the prominence of the union during the famous 1912 Waihi miners strike, and their decline as a result of the ensuing repression during the Great Strike of 1913. The article also includes information about recent attempts to set up the I.W.W. in Dunedin.

Aim, Form, and Tactics of a Workers’ Union on I.W.W. Lines, by Frank Hanlon, was written in 1913 and has been retrieved from the archives of the Turnbull Library. Despite its age, it clearly sets out the principles of industrial unionism in an easy to read manner, and makes the distinction between industrial unionism and trade unionism altogether clear.

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imminent rebellion 9

The irregular anarchist journal from deep in the South Pacific makes its 9th and biggest appearance at more than 100 pages and containing articles from fourteen writers. This is the first issue in three years, and marks a substantial shift in format, moving away from a magazine and to something more akin to a journal.

imminent rebellion is an anarchist journal that seeks to provide a space for thoughtful, critical and well-researched writing that illuminates struggles and projects otherwise overlooked in the South Pacific, that delves deeper into the anarchist project, and that seeks to illuminate the operations of Power. It is also a space for creative responses to our contemporary situation — poetry, photography, firsthand accounts.

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imminent rebellion 12

Issue 12 of imminent rebellion, the (very) irregular anarchist journal from deep in the South Pacific.

This issue includes features on:

  • The German prosecution of Somalian ‘pirates’
  • Extensive coverage of the Urewera 4 trial
  • An interview with the Kurdish Anarchist Forum
  • Philip Josephs and early New Zealand anarchism
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imminent rebellion 11

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Issue 11 of imminent rebellion, an irregular anarchist journal from deep within the south pacific, is now available, fresh off the (paper) guillotine.

This issue includes features on:

  • Militarism and the construction of New Zealand identity
  • Challenging racism in the anarchist movement
  • Neil Roberts and the bombing of the Whanganui police computer
  • Possibilities for radical masculinity
  • Lessons from the progressive workers’ lockout
  • Early childhood education

…and much more!

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The Compassionate Contrarians

A History of Vegetarians in Aotearoa New Zealand

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The Compassionate Contrarians is the first comprehensive history of vegetarianism in Aotearoa New Zealand; in it writer Catherine Amey describes how animal-free diets evolved in New Zealand from Victorian vegetarians through to modern animal rights campaigners.

In the nineteenth century, British colonists explored meatless diets. Early vegetarians dreamed of international disarmament, equal rights for women, prison reform, the dismantlement of the British Empire, anarchism, socialism and a ban on alcohol. Among them were animal rights activists, Seventh Day Adventists, theosophists, pacifists, conscientious objectors, feminists, socialists, anarchists, free-thinkers and spiritualists.

The Compassionate Contrarians uncovers the quirks of the vegetarian experience in a land of meat and dairy. More importantly, it acknowledges the hard work and courage of a group of idealists who dedicated their lives to creating a more just world for all sentient beings.