We need your help to preserve our rare political poster collection. Jura has an archive of thousands of radical political posters dating back 40 years. Many of the posters have huge political and artistic significance. Many are the only surviving copy.
Artists and collectives represented include Earthworks, Dobie Gillis, Nosey, Possum, Toby Zoates, Redback Graphix and Without Authority. Many worked out of the famous 'Tin Sheds'. You can learn more here:
• ABC Radio doco on the Tin Sheds
• 5 minute 2SER interview with Jura
• SMH article about the Jura collection
At Jura we're working hard to preserve this important collection, but the ravages of time, mould, and silverfish constantly threaten their survival. As such, it's imperative to digitally document the posters for posterity. We have begun this process: volunteers have spent hundreds of hours sorting and organising posters for digitisation. Now we want to take high-quality photos of the 1,500 most important posters, using a professional studio. But this is expensive. It may cost as much as $3,000.
We need your help to raise funds to take the photographs. Please make a donation now. Any amount, small or large, will be appreciated. You can deposit directly into our bank account:
Name: Jura Books Libertarian Labour
BSB number: 062193
Account number: 10204881
Please include the reference 'digitisation', and email us to let us know you've sent a donation. Alternatively, you can use paypal, post a cheque payable to Jura Books (please include a note explaining what it's for), or donate cash in person at Jura during opening hours.
For inspiration, check out this 7 minute video from the US Center for the Study of Political Graphics.
The CSPG has preserved over 80,000 social movement posters. At Jura we’re inspired by CSPG - we want to preserve our poster collection - with your help.
UPDATE: As of February 2014, we have recieved the following donations from wonderful supporters:
$30 (from RS)
$300 (from 'Jura is sky blue')
Hi Jura supporters,
Lots of exciting new items have come in (including, Phil, the small Slingshot - lg still coming):
Slingshot, small, $9 - many colours;
Zapatista Solidarity Calendar 2014, $15;
Undoing Border Imperialism, Harsha Walia, $24 (another great book from Institute of Anarchist Studies & AK Press);
One Hundred Years of Worker's Solidarity: The History of Solidaridad Obrera, Mateo Rello et al, $6, (important reading for anyone thinking of working class publication, out of the ghetto);
Hi,Here are some new titles at Jura, fresh out of the box today - mostly from the good people at PM Press: The New Utopian Politics of Ursula K. Le Guin's 'The Dispossessed', L. Davis and P Stillman (& response from Ursula), $39; A Living Spirit of Revolt: The Infrapolitics of Anarchism,Ziga Vodovnik, $24 ("...rescues anarchism from its dogma..." H Zinn); Anarchy, Geography, Modernity: Selected Writings of Elisee Reclus, (eds) John Clark & Camille Martin, $29 (finally, a collection of this important anarchist thinker's writings in English); Carazolla!
here are the new titles this week:
Umanita Nova (Sept): $1;
Le Monde Libertaire (Sept-Oct): $4;
Writings on the Paris Commune: Marx, Engels, Bakunin, Kropotkin, Lenin, $20;
The Failure of Nonviolence: from the Arab Spring to Occupy, Peter Gelderloos, $22;
Nine Years of Anarchist Agitation: the history of the Boston antiauthoritarian movement 2011-2010 and other essays, Jake Carman, $18.
****How to Make Trouble and Influence People - book launch, 5.30pm Thurs 26 Sep at Jura****
****Rebel Love: Revolution - Red and Black Forum, 2pm Sun 29 Sep at Jura****
****Writers Salon at Jura****
****Social Centres towards Social Struggle - talk, 7pm Thurs 19 Sep at Black Rose****
****Leard Forest Listen Up - DIY bush blockade and arts festival, 27-30 Sep in the Leard Forest****
****Action Against Pacific 2013 Arms Fair - rally at 11am, Mon 7 Oct at Darling Harbour****
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- Alexander Berkman, What Is Communist Anarchism?
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Pierre Joseph Proudhon