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Fanya Baron Library & other Jura news

Well, the library is getting closer and closer to opening again. Volunteers have been putting heaps of work into cleaning, painting walls, fixing & painting skirting boards, floor polishing etc...Almost there now in terms of the space. Still heaps of work to sort out the books and to run the library, though. Lots more volunteers are needed, so please contact us.

Also, a week ago five of us went to collect & pay for the new shelves - so you will notice that the shop is looking a little full at the moment, with many of the shelves stored there and also in the back room (the organising space). This is because we couldn't fit them up the stairs - they are just too tall. There's more work to do, but, after about a year of negotiating & fundraising effort, the shelves are finally at Jura. That's the last of the, approx, $8-9,000 we raised last year to fix up the physical space at Jura - so thanks to all who did the work of running fundraising events, including the sale of ex-library books. And especially to all of you who came to the gigs and so generously donated funds.

Finally, there are heaps of events going on at Jura - join in for a mix of socialising and politics.

More New Titles for July

Hi all,
here are more new stuff at Jura:
From our friends at the Huon Valley Environment Centre, Tas. :
-------------------support the fight for our forests--------------------
- Various patches ('A' on a heart, Free the Land, Green Star....), $4 & $5
- Hoddies (all excellently well made & no sweat shop labour) : 'Defend Ancient Forests' (zipped) $60; 'Forestry Tasmania - Clearfelling Our Future' $55 - and other hoddies with different wording - all with an image.
- T-shirts (only small) various images $30.
- Forestry Forever CD various artists & songs $28 (fundraiser for them)
- various badges $4.
- 'Weld Angel' card pack with envelopes (5) (the Weld is a forest in Tas) $12

----- you have to see this Weld Angel - she's strong & beautiful------

- 'Weld Angel' poster (60x40mm) colour on glossy heavy paper $4
- 'The Upper Florentine' (40x60) " " $4
- 'A Beautiful Part of the Weld' (60x85mm) " " $6
- Direct Action Forest Handbook (with free patch) $6
- 'The Wild Weld' sticker $3
- zines: 2 issues of 'Havoc' -Free; 'Weld Echo 2008' - Free.

Other books:
- 'Picture Imperfect: Utopian Thought for an Anti-utopian Age, R. Jacoby H/back $30
- 'Travels in the Genetically Modified Zone' $9
- 'American Fascists: the Christian Right and the War on America, $10
- 'Indigenous Australian Writers' H/back $18
- 'Secret Histories - Finding George Orwell in a Burmese Teashop, $16
- 'The End of Oil', $12

Good reading to you...

July news

Hi everyone,
Besides all the very exciting events and various group meetings that are going on at Jura....
here are a few of the many new titles that have come in:

Firstly, some of the titles from the new venture of Ramsey Kenaan who set up AK Press (this new project concentrates on novels and music as Ramsey explained when he spoke at Jura earlier this year):
Greek Mafia: Mile Zero, Rick Dakan, Paperback, $21
The War of the 33: Letters from Beirut DVD $20
Black and Gold: the story of the Almighty Latin King and Queen Nation DVD $25
Get On With It Live: Chumbawamba CD $20

Wikinomics: How mass Collaboration Changes Everything $12
The Shock Doctrine, Naomi Klein, $15
Free Comrades: Anarchism and Homosexuality in the United States 1895-1917, T. Kissack, $22.50
Interventions, N Chomsky, $23
Not Just a Pretty Face: the Ugly Side of the Beauty Industry, S. Malkan, $25.50
Big Numbers: New and Selected Poems, Pi O, $30
American Scream: Alan Ginsberg's Howl and the making of the Beat Generation, J Raskin, $18
The Culture of Make Believe, Derick Jensen $29
Welcome to the Machine, Derick Jensen $23
Walking on Water Derick Jensen $20
Endgame vol 2, Derick Jensen $23.50

Also the latest of these zines, journals, papers or periodicals:
(The fantastic, unbelievably good) Abolishing Borders from Below $6
Freedom (UK) $2
Anarchist Age Weekly (Melbourne) $1
Organise! (UK) $4
Direct Action (UK) $4
Green Anarchy (US) $5
Umanita Nova (Italy) $1
Rivista A (Italy) $4
Rebel Worker (Sydney) $0.50
Anarcho Syndicalist Review (US) $4
Mutiny (Sydney) (free)

Hip Hop High Tea, Climate Action

Lots is happening at Jura in the next month...

Coming up on Sunday 8th June, from 2pm: Hip Hop high tea at Jura Books. An
arvo of vegan high tea, popping lessons with the elegant shelly and
hip-hop sounds from secret special guests! This shall be followed by a
discussion of gender, and subversion of gender, in hip-hop and dance.

On Saturday 14th June, from 2pm, there'll be a film screening and
about the Camp for Climate Action. The camp will
be five days of inspiring workshops and direct action aimed at shutting down the
world's largest coal port in Newcastle (July 10-15). If you're concerned about
climate change, and want real action instead of more hot air, then we encourage
you to come to the camp and bring your friends and family! Want to find out more
and meet people who are going? Come to Jura on Saturday 14th June. We'll be
showing an inspirational one hour documentary about the need for radical
action and the 2006 Camp for Climate Action which happened in the shadow of one
of the biggest C02 emitters in Europe: Drax coal-fired power station in

Out in the community, we've got two book stalls planned for the next

1) 11am-1.45pm, Sunday 18th May outside Palace Cinema on Norton
, where a new film about a Spanish anarchist is screening: Lucio - "There
are many anarchists in the world, but few have discussed strategies with Che
Guevara, saved the skin of Eldridge Cleaver (the leader of the Black Panthers),
and also brought to its knees the most powerful bank on the planet by forging
travellers cheques, without missing a single day of work in his construction

2) 11am-5pm, Sunday 25th May at the Sydney
Writers Festival zine fair
, Museum of Contemporary Art.

Food Not Bombs is continuing
to use the Jura kitchen fortnightly to prepare food that would otherwise go to
waste. Come and help with the preparation at Jura (from 1pm), or come and help
eat the food from 4pm on the corner of Forbes St and King St, Newtown.
Next dates are 17th May and 31st May. All welcome!

Come along to our working bees, where we'll be sanding and painting
the floor, and fixing the skirting boards - the final touches on the library
renovations. Saturday 17th May and Saturday 7th June, from 12pm.

The Jura Food Co-op continues to provide people with affordable,
organic fruit and vegie boxes. Order yours or find out more by emailing jurafoodcoop@riseup.net

Alarm youth anarchist
will be holding a meeting at Jura on Saturday 7th June. All

After many meetings and much discussion (thanks again to all who
participated in the survey!), the Jura Collective has drawn up a new
strategic plan
! Read it here. It lays out our goals for the
bookshop, library, organising space, property, finances and more.

Here is the vision from the plan:

"At Jura Books, we are working to create a radically different world: one
based on freedom, equality and justice for everyone, as well as environmental
sustainability for all life on the planet. We believe this can only be achieved
by an organised and politically conscious social movement, based on
participatory democracy and workers control. Our collective will help to build
this movement.

"This (already growing) movement will revolutionise mainstream political
ideology, and will develop alternative social structures. We will work to
establish this new political consciousness in Australia, by putting the ideas of
anarchism, libertarian socialism, social ecology and anarcha-feminism on the
political agenda in Sydney. This means bringing these ideas to ever-widening
circles of people. We will also prefigure and nurture the alternative social
structures through the structures and activities of our collective. This means
creating a physical and social space that is liberating, safe, imbued with our
anarchist politics, and a joy to be in. So we will focus both outward and inward
in order to build a transformative social movement. We will work with other
groups to achieve our shared vision of a better world. Jura Books has been, and
will continue to help and encourage campaigns and like-minded groups which may
or may not include members of our collective. In order to build the movement,
the collective must expand so we will actively seek new members and new ideas.
We operate as an organised, participatory democratic, volunteer

"The core projects of the Jura Books collective are i) the bookshop, ii)
the library, and iii) the workers control centre / community organising centre.
Other activities related to these projects are: holding stalls, running
campaigns, improving our website, putting on events (talks, gigs, films,
performances), improving the space, and publishing pamphlets.

"Freedom without socialism is privilege, socialism without freedom is

And finally, everyone is welcome at the Jura Collective Meeting at
12pm on Saturday 31st May.

Wow - so many great events! To see them all in calendar form, check out
our website calendar.

May News

Hi everyone,
It has been very busy over the past few weeks at Jura.
*-* The Talk and Text day went really well: lots of people turned up, Jeremy has written a report elsewhere, so no more here.
*-* The cup cake and politics morning tea was really well attended and is a great initiative. Rumour has it that another one will happen next month...stay tuned.
*-* Food Not Bombs is cooking up a storm each fortnight in the Jura kitchen for their Newtown gig...and supplying some tasty treats for Jura events, too.
*-* The major Jura (strategic) document that was begun at the open Planning Day is just about ready to be made public: great work done by many people on this.
*-* We have several new members in the collective: Katrina, Luke, Andrew, Fez, who isn't mentioned.....? Great to have them all on board...really good people.
*-* The new Sydney regional Anarchist-Communist Group is actively preparing its organisational structure. They meet at Jura so keep an eye on the events listing on the front page of this site.
*-* the Jura Organic Food Coop is building up really well. About a dozen households are in at the moment: if you live locally, and want some great organic fruit & vegs...why not join up.

Wow...heaps happening, and I probably missed out some of the things..
Ciao, Sid.

Cusp of March/April news...

Hi all,
here's a brief report on several issues:

Firstly, the Jura Planning Day that was hosted Jura Collective and was open to all, about 20 people came - an excellent turnout for that sort of event. Besides Jurans & ARI people, Food Not Bombs, Black Rose & Mutiny folk came along - thanks for all that input. Great facilitation by Jeremy was appreciated by all & minutes taken by Andrew - great work.

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.
Book sales and accounts are healthy and growing, the Overhead Bills account is OK, but needs to sustain its input, and the ARI Building fund is very depleated, and needs lots.

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.

Fundraising report:
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). So we need to still raise about $1000 to cover the extra expenses due to the (old) termite damage that was detected as we undertook repairs to the building.

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

Building Works:
Two great and productive working bees have been held in the past few days. Jeremy, and I am not sure who else as I wasn't there, have been doing a great job in preparing the plaster on the walls of the library for painting, which is going on as this is being written.

On Tuesday Shane & I have finished all the roofing and guttering - no more downpour when entering the back door when it rains! The difficult back door was aslo fixed by Shane. Also, all the cornices have been put up in the library, and the access hole built.
In the next week or two, the skirting boards will be fitted in all the upstairs rooms and there will be a return of the sign out side the shop.

Yea!!!!!we'll soon be able to set the library up again as a borrowing library, and have the space also available for meetings, films, and other events.

Melbourne Convergence:
Last Friday's Jura Collective meeting heard great news from the convergence in Melbourne that has prepared the way for establishing a Regional Anarchist Federation. Much work to do, but all who went came back very excited about the weekend's work ....I think they may have had a bit of fun too....
Another meeting will be held in Sydney in a couple of weeks to begin organising and building towards the next Regional Meeting in a year's time(to be held at Jura). I didn't go to Melbourne, but the plan is to establish the local areas first and then build a Federation from that base (rather than top down).
Ciao, Sid.

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.