The raids and arrests on 15 October took a huge toll on those involved and their communities. People lost income while they were in jail; property was destroyed during the raids; those in prison needed money; those outside needed to travel to Auckland. There are large on-going costs to cover legal fees and travel to Auckland for court. We are supporting those affected by the raids - any donations you make will help continue with this work.
There are also costs involved with the political struggle against the raids and against colonialism.
October 15th Solidarity
Cheques - Please make your cheque payable to 'October 15 Solidarity', and post to October 15 Solidarity, PO Box 9263, Wellington, New Zealand.
Wire or Transfer Details - Bank: Kiwibank, Account name: October 15 Solidarity, Account Number: 38-9007-0239672-000
This is a Wellington based group that formed in the immediate aftermath of the raids. It does both support work and political organising. Deposits made with the code "Support" will be dedicated towards supporting all those affected by the raids, arrests and on-going court appearances.
Books from Rebel Press
- The day the raids came - This book is a collection of oral history interviews of people affected by those raids and the aftermath: defendants, friends, family, supporters and other people subject to the state’s coercive powers on that day.
- Can't Hear Me Scream - An account written while inside prison from Valerie Morse — one of the 'Urewera 16' — of life in prison, the bureacracy and arbitrary exercise of power, and how those on the outside can support those trapped within. “They can imprison our bodies but our hearts and minds will always be FREE.”
- Against Freedom: The war on terrorism in everyday NZ life - written by Valerie Morse, details the agenda against freedom, from the legislative changes since 9/11 to the suppression of dissent and the media manipulation of public understanding, in order to provide an alternative view of what is happening and what can be done to stop the war.
Operation 8: the film
This feature length documentary explores the why and how the raids happened. It has screened at numerous film festivals around the world, and on Maori Television. You can order copies from the filmmakers at Cutcutcut