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January new titles

Hi everyone,
here are some more of the recent arrivals at Jura:
Earth First! (journal) $7
Chainbreaker Bike Book (maintenance)$25
Anarchist Panther zine $5
-(a massive book from AK - the long awaited! ) Anarchist FAQ Vol 1 Iain McKay $34.50
I love Animals and Broccoli (kid's colouring book) $8.50
Veganomicon the ultimate vegan cookbook H/b $45
Dead in their Track Crossing America's Desert Borderlands $23
Indestructible (teen novella) $10
The Pornography of Meat $27.50
Endgame Vol2 $32
The Sexual Politics of Meat $30
Getting by on the Minimum the Lives of Working Women $44.50

Wobblies and the Zapatistas $30
Doris Anthology..oops..just sold..
Individual Doris zines, #s 23,24,25 $3
the W Effect: Bush's War on Women $24
the Anti-christ: Nietzsche $11
Getting Off, Pornography and the end of masculinity $19
the Milk of Human Kindness: defending breast feeding $23
Bakunin: a Biography (new much lower price, still h/b) $30
The Zinester's Guide to Portland $7.5
HOw fast it all blows up: lessons from the 2001 Cincinnati Riots $4
Jane: documents from Chicago's Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973 $4.50

...and lots of other new titles, too...

Don't forget the fantastic,and cheap, Slingshot Organisers - only 3 large left, but plenty of the compact size, in loads of colours - $16 & $9. Also we have run out of the 3CR calendar with lots of Jura posters in it, but there are three other political calendars there to choose from. And there is a beautiful diary also available.

Slingshots, Land and Freedom

Hi Jura Books friends,

There's an easy way to make your friends and families happy, and at the
same time support alternative politics instead of the usual capitalist

Political Perspectives: 

Always look on the bright side of life

Hi Jura Books friends and supporters,

There are four great events coming up that we'd love to see you at...

1) Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Film Screening organised by SACT, this Sat 15th Nov, 5pm, Jura Books. Entry by donation.

This film is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

NEW YORK TIMES: 'a horrifying catalogue of greed, corruption and incompetence'
HUFFINGTON POST:'Greenwald, the master of the issue-doc, has delivered a film that connects on both an emotional and an intellectual level. And, most importantly, it does so by letting the facts - and the victims of the war's privatization - speak for themselves.' Arianna Huffington

2) Walk Against Warming
Take action this Sat, 15th Nov, 11am, Martin Place.
Join thousands in a walk for renewable energy and a safe climate future. With vital decisions being made this year, it is crucial to fight now for urgent action and justice for those affected by climate change. Look for members of the Jura and Mutiny Collectives handing out a free anarchist paper on climate change.

3) Paolo Finzi talks on Anarchism in Italy
International guest speaker, Sat 22nd Nov, 6pm, Jura Books. Entry by donation.

Paolo Finzi has been a member of the editorial staff of the anarchist monthly magazine "A" since its foundation in 1971. He has written two books about the Italian anarchist militants Errico Malatesta and Alfonso Failla. Recently he produced a DVD and CD about the Italian anarchist folksinger Fabrizio De André. His last production was a double DVD (with booklet) about the Nazi extermination of the Gypsies.

In his talk at Jura Books he'll speak about the situation and perspectives of the Italian anarchist movement and will discuss with the audience the international situation and the role of anarchists. On demand, he may speak also about the history of Gypsies, their persecution along the centuries (expecialy during the Nazi regime) and the behaviour of Italian government against them today.

4) 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' and 'Lock Out The Landlords'.

Double Trouble Book Launch with author Iain McIntyre, Sat 29th Nov, 6pm, Jura Books. Entry by donation.

Iain McIntyre is the author of two excellent new publications from Homebrew Books. He will launch both books with a brief talk and a screening of archival footage from the AIDEX '91 anti-arms fair protests and 'Evictions', a film by Richard Lowenstein about anti-eviction struggles during the Great Depression. Discussion will follow.

Always Look On The Bright Side Of LIfe: The AIDEX '91 Story (144 pp):

In November 1991 over 1000 protesters blockaded the National Exhibition Centre in Canberra for 12 days with the aim of shutting down the Australia International Defence Exhibition. AIDEX ’91 saw the most police violence and highest number of arrests in the ACT since the Vietnam era. Although the exhibition was eventually able to go ahead the blockade caused enough disruption to ensure that no one would dare hold another arms fair on this scale in Australia again. The success of the protest came at a cost however with hundreds of demonstrators injured and their actions vilified in the mainstream media.

Alongside a detailed account of the protest itself the book traces the background of the blockade amidst the growth of opposition to the Australian arms industry during the 1980s. Using the words of the protesters themselves the book also explores the lessons of AIDEX ’91, the effect of the protest on a generation of Australian activists and the way in which similar strategies were used to stop the 2008 Asia Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition from occurring. The book features many photos from both the AIDEX ’89 and ’91 protests.

Lock Out The Landlords: Eviction Resistance, 1929-36 (44pp):

The economic depression of the 1930s saw thousands of Australians thrown out of their homes and into the streets. These actions however did not go unopposed. Across Australia pickets, occupations and protests were organised to disrupt and prevent evictions and auctions. Where these failed some took matters into their own hands wrecking the properties of landlords and real estate agents in revenge. This pamphlet chronicles just some of the many struggles that took place. It includes a chronology of actions as well as photos and quotes from those involved providing a fascinating insight into the events of the time. Originally released in 1997 this second edition adds photos and more detailed listings.

Both publications are available from Jura Books.


Fundraising update

A huge thankyou to everyone who has already donated to our fundraising drive! So far we have raised $1,500. This is a great start, but we need to keep going if we are going to make it to our $30,000 target. Please donate now to help us pay off the mortgage and make Jura sustainable.
>>Transfer money into our bank account using your own internet banking - email us for details.
>> Come in to Jura to donate in person
>> Post a cheque or money order made out to Jura Books
>> Use Paypal (jura@jura.org.au);

Thanks for your support and your help,

The Jura Collective.

440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
9550 9931

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Order your box by Wednesday, collect on Friday or Saturday

New Opening times:
Wednesday 2-7pm
Thursday 2-7pm
Friday 2-7pm
Saturday 12-5pm
Sunday 12-5pm

Political Perspectives: 

Make Jura Sustainable!

Dear Jura friends and supporters,

We have been presented with a crisis and an opportunity, and we need your help.

The bank that holds the mortgage for our property has called in the loan. They have asked us to pay $5,000 immediately and the rest - another $15,000 - as soon as possible.

June newsletter - Time for Climate Action

Dear Jura Books friends,

Climate change is now accepted reality. Leading scientists across the
world agree that we have less than 10 years to prevent a 2-3 degree
rise in temperature that will lead to irreversible climatic changes
with grim consequences for our planet. But in a world driven by
profit and committed to unlimited economic growth, humanity seems
unwilling to change the course of the fossil fuel economy. In
Australia, coal exports are the biggest contribution to global
climate change - producing as much greenhouse pollution as all
domestic sources combined. The time to act is now...

This Saturday (14th June), at 2pm, Jura Books is showing Reclaim Power
- an inspiring short documentary film about the 2006 UK Climate Camp.
600 people set up a 10 day camp culminating in mass direct action
against one of the biggest C02 emitters in Europe: Drax coal-fired
power station in Yorkshire. The film will be followed by discussion
and a talk from Holly Creenaune (member of Friends of the Earth
Sydney and of the climate camp organising collective).

We're showing the film in the lead up to the Camp for Climate Action
in Newcastle, which is on from 10th-15th July. Why not come along to
this important action? Another event in the lead up to the Camp is a
public forum on Thursday June 19th at Footbridge Theatre, University
of Sydney, 6.30pm. George Monbiot will be speaking - UK author of
Heat, The Age of Consent and Bring on the Apocalypse; Guardian
journalist and activist. He will speak about fossil fuels in the
growth economy and peaceful direct action in the movement to stop
climate change.

History has shown everyday people can create change through direct
action. The Camp for Climate Action will be one such opportunity.

There's also another great event on at Jura this weekend, from 1pm,
Sunday (15th June): Every letter a bullet - a punk gig benefit show
for Jura and Black Rose. Bands include Hee-Haw, Voting with Bricks,
Melaleuca Memorial, Do not resuscitate, and Squid. $5 donation.

Also, pick up Time Out Sydney magazine this week to see a short
article about Jura Books on page 7. The magazine describes itself as
an independent arts and entertainment guide. Great to have Jura
publicised! $4 in Newsagents from Wednesday 11th June to Tuesday 17th
June. Check it out!

And there's lots of other great stuff happening at Jura:
>>Jura Food Co-op: Cheap organic vegie boxes every week. Email
jurafoodcoop at riseup.net to order.
>>Food not Bombs: Cooking in the Jura kitchen from 1pm and serving on
the corner of Forbes and King St, Newtown from 4pm, Sat 14th and Sat
28th June.
>>Sydney Anarchist Communist meetings: 1pm, 22nd June and 1pm, 6th
July at Jura. Contact: sydneyanarchistcommunistgroup at gmail.com

Also please note that our email list is changing names and moving
servers in order to make it more efficient. You may recieve a couple
of list information emails. Please add the address
jurabooks at jura.org.au to your address book, so that our emails can
get through your spam filter. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Thanks for reading!

September newsletter - Zapatista book launch

Jura is pleased to host a very exciting Zapatista related event this
Saturday (6th September), 1pm sharp: a book launch and live video
link up. Beyond Resistance: Everything is a new book containing an
interview with Subcomandante Insurgente Marcos – spokesperson
for the inspiring Zapatista movement in Chiapas, Mexico. In a time of
political crisis and state repression of social movements, and
increasing environmental devastation, the Zapatistas have re-emerged
as a force for change. This time they are unarmed, coming down from
the mountains and out of the jungle to meet with Mexicans and people
from all over the world to organise a new force for anti-capitalist

This book marks a moment of change, one year into the Other Campaign.
It explores how the Zapatistas have seen and spoken about the
possibility of alternative politics in the US and the role of
migrants, people of colour and others from below in creating such a

The interview was carried out and published by El Kilombo, a
collective and community assembly in Durham, North Carolina, USA.
They will be speaking via live video link up at the book launch. Also
speaking via video link up will be the Centre for Political Analysis
and Socio-Economic Investigations in San Cristobal de las Casas in
Chiapas. They will talk about the latest attacks on the Zapatistas.
The Mexico Australia Solidarity Network in Sydney is putting on this
amazing book launch and video link up at Jura – don’t
miss it!

Also this month, the Jura Books poster competition is closing in just
a few weeks! Please submit an entry before the 30th September. We
have not received very many entries yet – which means you have
an even better chance of winning the $100 book prize pack, and the
eternal notoriety of 1000 copies of your design being produced. The
general theme of the poster should be to explore some aspect of the
past 30 years of radical struggle in Sydney, and/or imagine what you
would like the world to look like in 30 years time. The poster must
also relate to Jura Books in some way. Details are on the home page
of our website: www.jura.org.au

Jura is a hive of activity at the moment…
>>Regular Food Not Bombs preparation and servings from 1pm, Sat 6th
and Sat 20th Sept.
>>Sydney Anarchist Communist meetings – 12pm Sat 13th, 1.30pm
Sun 28th.
>>Anarchist Federation Banner Painting Working Bee – 1pm, Sat
13th Sept.
>>Digital Archiving of the Poster Collection – email
jura at jura.org.au to get involved
>>Organic Food Co-op – email jurafoodcoop at riseup.net to order a
vegie box or get involved
>>Anarchist Oral History Project – email jura at jura.org.au to get
>>Jura Collective Meeting – 5.30pm, this Friday 5th Sept, all
>>Jura Working Bee to move our new bookshelves around and sort the
library – 12-6pm, Thurs 18th, Fri 19th, and Sat 20th.

Finally, Jura needs a fridge repair person. If you know someone with
the appropriate skills who could volunteer their time – please
let us know!

July - Poster competition/celebration

Calling all imaginative and talented artists and activists! Could you
or someone you know create a political poster that can stand
alongside the great political posters of the past, and is also
meaningful and relevant to the future?

Jura Books is looking for artists of all ages, styles and levels of
experience to submit entries for a political poster design
competition. The general theme of the poster should be to explore
some aspect of the past 30 years of radical struggle in Sydney,
and/or imagine what you would like the world to look like in 30 years
time. The poster must also celebrate Jura Books in some way - past,
present and/or future, and include our name and website (or street
address) somewhere on the poster.

Jura Books has been operating as a center for social change and
innovation for 30 years, and we currently combine a bookshop,
library, food co-op and organising space. Over the years we have
supported a vast range of political collectives and struggles -
feminist, youth, enviro, art, publishing, workers control, and many
more. (More about our politics on our website.) We have put on hundreds of events,
from film nights and punk gigs to political actions and worker
organising conferences. Jura is also home to one of Australia's best
political poster archives (check out images and a radio story on our website).

The poster design competition is about commemorating this history, and
also building towards an even better future. The entries will be
exhibited at Jura and we will produce 1000 copies of the winning
design. The winner will also receive a book prize pack valued at
$100, as well as the satisfaction of helping a worthwhile cause, and
eternal fame/notoriety. The winning design will also be used to help
promote and raise money to improve Jura and the political poster

Visit our website for more details about the poster competition.

Please forward this news to any friends or comrades who might be

Also on at Jura this month:

2pm, Sun 3rd Aug, High Tech High Tea - An exploration of
technology and ways to build an alternative structure of media and
information technology. There'll be short films, electronic music
workshop, high tech vegan treats and discussion. This will be a
fundraiser for the Kinaiyahan Unahon Collective in Davao City,
Phillipines, and their new info shop / social centre.
1.30pm, Sun 3rd Aug Sydney Anarchist Communist meeting.
1pm, Sat 9th August, and 1pm Sat 23rd August Food not Bombs
preparation and serving
Organic Vegie Boxes - available from Jura for collection every
Friday (11-7pm) or Saturday (12-2pm). Order one week in advance by
emailing jurafoodcoop at riseup.net
12-5pm, Sat 9th Aug, Sat 16th Aug and Sun 17th Aug: Working bees.
Help us get our library going again!
12pm Sat 16th August, Jura Collective meeting. All welcome!

And last but definitely not least, Jura finally has a Safer Spaces
Policy. Check it out!

New members: longer opening hours

Hi everyone,
With more people helping out in and around Jura, heaps more events and actions are happening. And, just in case you missed the new opening hours: Jura is now also open on Wednesday. Thanks to Ash we are open for visitors from 3pm-7pm on Wednesday afternoon/evenings.
Seeya soon.