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New printer for Jura (well, "A" printer for Jura)

We're getting a new printer, w00t!

This one does double-sided and works with linux. So it should be easy to make efficient use of paper and make zines and pamphlets.

One small step toward becoming a social and organising resource for anarchists in Sydney.


January Working Bees

From Sid:
Hi all,
just a brief report on yesterday's working bee - the first day of this week's frenzy of activity. Lots of work was done and much achieved - you will notice a revised shop layout, which added on to the work that Meela and Jeremy did last week. The lounge area was made more comfy and the tea/coffee area moved to that part of the shop. The centre of the shop has a new configuration that may well be addded to further down the track if this one works out as well as expected.
We also did a lot of work on getting the alcove area more in order, the storage area re-organised and prepared to move the library archives into it. This last move is aimed to make the upstairs middle room more useable for a variety of purposes.
We also had lots of interesting conversations/discussions/misunderstandings/arguments and explainations - all good grist for the mill.
A visitor from Ireland paid us a visit who volunteered to come in on Wednesday to help out. If anyone wants to come in too, please do. 12noon to 5pm (although we worked past 8pm yesterday, you can help out for as long or brief a time as you would like to).
Ciao, Sid.

Mix it up

Mixing it up... new themes for jura.org.a 

Theme 1: Basic dark red 

Theme 2: (A) in blue

Theme 3: Emma in blue (the new default for a while)

Theme 4: Emma in basic dark red

New titles

Hi all,
still waiting on an AK order, but meanwhile, a few new titles came in:
Emma,  the film (the one that we showed at Jura about Emma Goldman) - DVD $20, Video $15 (thanks to Mike Long for organising that)
Suspect! - anarchist poetry from Melbourne $4.50
What you need to Know about Food Additives, G Skurrey, $22 (an Australian book, just published)
Durruti the film - DVD $20
Rebel Worker, $0.50
Direct Action  (UK) $4.50
Umanita Nuova (Italy) $1

Wouldn’t your mum love a copy of the original V for Vendetta comic?

Hello everyone,

Happy end of year from Jura Books! It's great to know that we're one
year closer to the revolution!

We also know that this time of year can be quite difficult. All the most
oppressive forces in our society seem to be talking with one voice -
telling us to work harder, consume more products, respect the church,
and conform to patriarchal and heterosexist family values. So it's a time
when alternative voices are needed more than ever - to help create a
world controlled by workers, based on values of ecological sustainability,

The Slingshot Diaries

I was dubious about the new 2007 Slingshot Organisers. I had heard things about them that could not possibly be true. 

using an organiser really make me a happier, more productive and
fulfilled individula anarchist? Could it really clear my acne and make
me irresistable to council communists? It couldn't possibly clean my
room, could it?

There was only going to be one way to find out.
With trepidation, in a spirit of self sacrifice to bring you the most
accurate information possible, I embarked upon a journey of self
discovery and transformation that I fondly remember as "The Slingshot Diaries".

New stock (13 October 06)

Hi all,
here is the latest installment of new titles from AK at Jura:
In the Spanish language:-

El Anarquismo Español: y la acción revolucionaria (1961-1974) - Octavio Alberola and Ariane Gransac

Las divisiones internas y desavenencias entre los libertarios de la
Península y los del exilio, junto al acomodamiento y al miedo a la
ilegalización de los organismos libertarios españoles en Francia,
condujeron a una progresiva burocratización e inmovilismo del
Movimiento Libertario. La esperanza de una intervención de las
potencias occidentales para acabar con el r&eacute...$27.50

TINA Stall

Hey all,

Your dear author and Mr Rocks trekked down to the This Is Not Art festival on Sunday and did have a very lovely time. Arriving at about 1pm, we made no hesitations to set up a stall and start disseminating artefacts of cultural revolution. I'm very happy that one of the first items to go was the latest Slit magazine!

We did run into some strife when, very sleepy, we tried to get on a train at 9.20pm. The last one leaves Newcastle at 9.10pm! The next train was due at 2.40am, and we were way too tired to go back and par-tay it up. So, there ensued several attempts to sleep in inadequate clothing in really cold spots - a park, the train, then Gosford station (where the next train ended up). At Gosford, we spend 2 hours in a platform lift because it was out of the wind.

Political Perspectives: 

Bessie Smyth Foundation in Jeopary

The Bessie Smythe Foundation are about to lose their funding and may
have to close by december if funding is not restored. Bessie are a
feminist pregnancy options counselling and referal service. With the
federal  governments push to fund pregnancy “advice” lines outsourced
to anti-abortion organisations like the salvation army, smith family
etc, it is doubly important that organisations like Bessie continue to
exist. The state government has forced Bessie to a critical point by
its lack of funding.
Below is a letter sent out by an activist friend, and also the form
letter that Bessie are asking people to send to the minister. Writing
letters is better than nothing at this late stage.

Political Perspectives: 

Women and Jura - an attempt to make a statement

Jura has been making attempts to bring into the world a statement about women, feminism, anarchism and how Jura relates to these concepts and to women.

Here are links to our draft statements (you need to be logged in to view them):



Political Perspectives: