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Open Jura Planning Day & Donations

Hi all,
Last Sunday the Jura Collective hosted a Planning Day that was open to all, with 17 people turning up - an excellent turnout for that sort of event. Besides Jurans & ARI people, Food Not Bombs, Black Rose & Mutiny folk came along - thanks to all that input.

We heard reports about where Jura was at now, some possible trajectories if current matters continue (like book sales, contact lists, finances) and a report about our on line survey. Then the group explored implications for the future of these reports for Jura and other issues about future directions for the Jura project.

& yummy food and cakes from Kat (mmmm mmmm really nice).
It was a great afternoon's work - thanks to all.

As for the latest (added) fundrainisg efforts:
New donations have been from the punk gig ($230)and personal donations from SS ($1000) and PS ($500).

Thanks to all who have contributed (both money and time and effort) to keeping Jura going and to improving the building.
Ciao, Sid.

Plans, politics and cupcakes

Dear Jura Books friends,

Lots is happening in the next month...

More working bee news

Hi all,
it was great to hear of the progress of the working bee last Sunday - thanks to all.
Shane & I went in to do some more work yesterday, here is a report:
Main job was to fix the increasingly bad leaks from rain in the back room - we think we did it. But when we went onto the roof, it suddenly sunk a little - nervy situation! As it turned out, a major timber beam that supported the roof had old termite damange and gave way. That has been the problem all along - the roof corner under the kitchen window had sunk about 8cm, so rain flowed back towards the wall instead of away and to the gutter.

It took all day to replace the timber and put in new iron work, loads of silicon etc...should be fixed now - we just need rain to test it out.

Unfortunately (1), we put a foot through the ceiling in trying to support the roof while replacing the damaged timber....you may notice a repair job in the ceiling of the back room, too. At least until the plastering and painting is finished.

Unfortunately (2), having to do all that extra work meant that we did not have enough time to do the work in the library...had to leave it for next week.

If any more donations can come through, please send it to our account (on the website) or by mail to Jura. All this extra work due to the old termite damage (in the library ceiling and now the backroom ceiling) has cost more than budgeted for.
Ciao, Sid.

February news around Jura

Hi everyone,
There are a few things to comment on:
1. Although I wasn't there, from all the reports about the Black Rose/Jura Punk gig/benefit, it went extremely well. The event was out doors - out the back at Jura. Lots of people an energy, music, food, good times, & books sold & money raised for both.

2. Ramsey formerly from AK Press is in town and will be giving a talk/discussion just before the next Jura Collective meeting: Ramsey's talk is from 5-6pm, Thursday 21st February - next week. All welcome & the topic is:
Current anarchist publishing: about some of the latest titles that have come out in the past year or so:
*at AK Press,
*other anarchist publishers around the world - for example, Kate Sharpley Library publications, Black Rose of Canada,
*& other exotic and/or interesting titles,
This will also include comments about Ramsey's new publishing venture: PM Press.

3. The next Jura Collective meeting is on Thursday, 21st Feb, from 6-8pm.

4. Althoiugh we have come across quite a bit of extra work that we did not anticipate, such as old termite damage and extra roof repairs (there are leaks in the back room), the building repairs are going on all the time, but there is a specific Working Bee on Sunday, 17th February, from 12 Noon. Please come if you can, even if it's only for an hour or two.

Ciao, Sid.

Collective brewing - Saturday the 16th, noon

Are you sick of that yucky aftertaste of sexist ads and continent-wide homogenisation of styles which you get after emptying a draft of commercial ale or lager into you trap? Well then come to Jura this Saturday the 16th of February to learn how you can make your own beer from scratch.
I'll start a short while after noon and will brew an ale from barley, malt, hops and pure Sydney water. Come along and watch and learn!


What do you think?

Hi everyone,

What do you think Jura Books should prioritise over the next few years? Please take 10 minutes to fill in our short electronic survey about the future of Jura Books - we really want your input, and as an incentive, everyone who fills in a survey will go into the running to win a prize of books and magazines worth $50.
>>Take the survey by clicking here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5j_2bOAwxS4xhQWKHnYTIwJA_3d_3d

The results of the survey and other ideas about Jura’s strategic direction will be discussed at our planning workshop, lunch provided. Everyone is welcome to participate – no matter what your involvement with Jura has been. If you want to see a draft of our plan click here. Change the world - what do you think?
>>Planning workshop, 1pm, Sat 8th March

Coming up sooner is an eco-workers skillshare. Hear speakers on being a change agent and fostering sustainable behaviour in your workplace, the role of multinationals in ‘fair trade’, and see the new film, Squeezed: The cost of free trade in the Asia Pacific.
>>Eco-workers skillshare, 1pm, Sat 2nd Feb

For the more musically inclined, there is a joint Jura and Black Rose fundraising gig, $8 or $5 concession. Lineup: The Assassination Collective (Melbourne), Subverts, and Say Cheese and Die. Wicked…
>>Punk gig, 1pm, Sun 10th Feb

The library renovations are almost finished, with most of the plastering complete and a new ceiling installed. But of course we would still love your help at the next working bee!
>>Painting working bee, 12pm, Sun 17th Feb

Sydney Food Not Bombs has been using the Jura kitchen every fortnight to prepare yummy free vegetarian food for people around the city. FNB is a worldwide movement committed to reducing food wastage, and campaigning for access to food, water, shelter and education, NOT more guns and bombs. For more info check out their blog...
>>Food Not Bombs: http://sydfoodnotbombs.blogspot.com

The Jura Vegie Boxes are starting to arrive at Jura with cheap, organic vegies every Thursday. To join in, just send an email...
>>Jura Vegie Boxes: jurafoodcoop@riseup.net

Finally, there is lots of great new stock in the bookshop, click here to check it out.

Lots of fun stuff to see and do - all at Jura Books!

The Jura Collective
440 Parramatta Rd
9550 9931


Thursday 10am-7pm
Friday 2-7pm
Saturday 12-5pm
Sunday 12-5pm

New titles in the bookshop

Check out these great new books...

Ben Fletcher: the Life and Times of a Black Wobbly: $26
Big Red Songbook (IWW) $34 (280 pp)
Little Red Songbook (IWW) $8
Rambling Kid,a novel about the IWW $26
Anarchist Morality: Kropotkin $9.50
Days of War Nights of Love $19.50
Government is Violence, Tolstoy $30.50
Provo: Amsterdam's Anarchist Revolt $25.50
The End of the Street: Sustainable Growth Within Natural Limits, $39
Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations & Histories $26
From Political Economy to Anthropology: Situating Economic Life in Past Societies $29
Girlhood: Redefining the Limits, $26
World Revolution 1917-1937, CLR James, $41
Regulation of Desire: Homo & Hetro Sexualities, $25
Work and Madness: the Rise of Community Psychiatry, $19

First January Working Bee.

Hi everyone,
we had a working bee last Friday at Jura. Five people turned up and we finished the awning, cleaned up the rubbish that had collected out the back, put in the ceiling in the library, and began on the guttering work. Unfortunately, due to some old termite damage, the guttering work could not be completed, as some new timber needed to be bought and it was too late by the time that was discovered. One more day's work should see it done.
That means that we have just about finished all the building works that we raised $8,000 to complete. In addition, the plastering and painting work needs to be finished in the library, and getting and fitting in the new shelving in the shop and the library still also need to be done.
Thanks for all the donations of time and money, folks.
Ciao, Sid.

Jura End-0f-Year/30th anniversary celebration

Hi all,
It was a great night on Saturday for the end of year/30 anniversary celebrations. About 30-40 people turned up for convivality, food, drink, music and more.
Thanks to Jeremy who did the vast bulk of the organising, to other who helped prepare on the day, like Andrew, to the Food Not Bombs /Dumpster Divers who cooked up heaps of yummy food, to the musicians who played and sang beautifully, and to all who turned up - including our overseas visitors, Nick, Nina & Claude.
Yep, a great night and lots more to do for the coming new year...
Ciao, Sid.

Happy Rudd-mas! Our saviour is born?

What an inspiring election!

Not because of the politicians' empty promises, big smiles or dirty deals. But because grassroots activism built a real people's movement against a government that had so much weight on its side. Hundreds of thousands of everyday people got active, persuaded their friends, talked to strangers and organised to change the world - and made a difference! This movement successfully framed the issues: rights at work and climate change. And it was this movement (not a political party or celebrity politician) that got rid of the Liberal Party.

But what did we get in return? A Labor Party that has shifted even further to the right and Kevin Rudd - the party's most economically and socially conservative leader ever. This isn't unexpected - it is simple the logic of power. The only way to win power within the present system is to join those in control - big-business, media, ruling elite etc - and to agree to keep the structures of the State and the capitalist economy essentially unchanged. And now that Labor is in power, it will suit them (just like it suited the Liberals) to keep people fearful of terrorists, distrustful of refugees and ignorant of our own power.

It's up to us to keep on fighting to change the world. To keep the movement alive, and to use the opportunity we have created. And ultimately to change the structures of society so that everyone can really participate in democracy - everyday, not once every three years. This is what we're trying to do at Jura Books, and we need your help...

>Come to our end of year party! Jura Books has been continuously open for 30 years - a significant milestone for an an activist organisation. We're totally committed to social change and we're in it for the long haul! Come along for music, food, drinks and more, from 6pm 22nd December 2007.

>Come to one of our working bees. We want to re-open our library but still have some painting to do. 12-5pm, Sat and Sun, 8th-9th AND 14th-15th December.

>Get organised in your workplace. The only way to hold Labor true to its promises to abolish workchoices and address climate change is to put pressure on them (and the unions) from below. The Eco-workers collective is holding a discussion at Jura on 'organising in our workplaces': 2pm, Saturday 8th December.

>Get a vegie box from Jura. Over the summer months, a vegie box co-op will be happening out of Jura. You put in between $10 and $30 each week (depending on the size of box you want) and you get a big box of yummy organic vegies to pick up from Jura. Just email us for details: jura@jura.org.au

>Shop for your end of year presents at Jura. We have lots of great new books, magazines and t-shirts. Give the gift of good political literature and support an activist space at the same time!

Hope to see you soon!

The Jura Books collective

440 Parramatta Rd
9550 9931

Thursday: 2-7pm
Friday: 2-7pm
Saturday: 12-5pm
Sunday: 12-5pm