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4 gigs, 3 workshops, a talk and a rally

Hi Jura friends and supporters,

There are 4 great gigs on at Jura this month..

--> ONE! Folk punk show this Saturday 23rd Jan. Chris Burrows from
is back and playing in his new band making acoustic punk rock
music with a guitar, grand piano, double bass, cello, viola and a whole
bunch of violins. Also from Tasmania, Ethan (from the old Sydney
teenage folk punk crew named Commonfilth!) will be bringing his new
reggae punk band called Phat Meegz
. Also, local band Rabbit from
Bankstown / Liverpool way will be bringing their post-HSC post-rock.
You may have seen Ivars, one of the guitarists play at a Juracoustic
event a few months back. There will also be a large amount of tasty mi
goreng for your enjoyment (by donation). 3pm - 7pm, Sat 23rd Jan.

--> TWO! Punk show with Independent Thought Alarm, Ether Rag,
Thylascene, Stono Caves
, and others. Entry by Donation. 8pm - 10pm,
Thurs 28th Jan.

--> THREE! The Milvain from Italia, playing catchy hardcore / screamo punk. For at taste see http://www.myspace.com/milvains. 7pm - 9pm, Tues 9th Feb.

--> FOUR! Fun punk rock in the library with Little Lungs (from
Brooklyn, USA), Alphabet Snakes (Melbourne) and Bare Arms
. 7pm -
10.30pm, Sat 27th Feb.

In case you missed our email last month and are wondering about the
Save Jura Raffle, we are pleased to report that thanks to you, we
raised $13,000
! A few dozen volunteers were able to sell 3000 tickets,
door-knock 200 houses in our local area, hand deliver 5500 letters
, and
more. All of this work helped to build a stronger anarchist community
and communicate with thousands of people about anarchist ideas - many
for the first time. Thank you to everyone who donated money and time
(hundreds of you). Collective action works! Prize-winners have been
notified and are listed on our website.

So now is the perfect time to talk about Jura's future. What do you
think we should do in 2010 and beyond? Expand the library? Catalogue
the bookshop? Organise a conference? Build a revolutionary workers
movement in Australia? Come to the Jura Community Planning Workshop -
a day for anyone and everyone at all connected with Jura to have a say
in the future of the project. This means YOU. We want and need your
input - everyone is welcome! Food will be available by donation.
--> Jura Community Planning workshop 2pm, Sat 30th Jan.

Also coming up this month...

--> Jura fixing workshop - help us sort books, paint things and fix the place. 12-5pm on Sat 23rd Jan and Sun 24th Jan.

--> The normal Jura collective meeting to talk about the day-to-day running of the place. All welcome. 5.30pm, Fri 12th Feb.

--> The National Day of Action against the NT Intervention and for
Aboriginal Rights
organised by Stop the Intervention Collective Sydney.
The rally is to demand an end to the intervention and income
quarantining. And to support self-determination, Aboriginal controlled
housing, jobs and services for all communities. For more detail see http://www.stoptheintervention.org/ 1pm Sat 13th Feb at the Block, Redfern.

--> Come and help put together the next edition of the Scooter Zine
focusing on DIY women's performance in Sydney. For the Scooter zine
making workshop the Jura library will be an autonomous women's space.
1-5pm, Sun 14th Feb.

--> Ramsey Kanaan
long-time activist and founder of radical publisher PM Press will be in
Sydney again for a short time. He will be giving a political talk about
the progress and prospects of a variety of anarchist projects in the USA. Followed by discussion on how we can use these ideas in Australia. 6.30pm, Fri12th Feb. Free! Snacks provided.

Also, we still have a selection of diaries and calendars for 2010 left.
They are beautifully made and full of radical dates and info to inspire
you. Many of these are now substantially discounted - Slingshots
Organizers are now $6 (small) and $12 (large).  

Hope to see you soon!

Lots of love and rage from the Jura Collective.

440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
9550 9931

Opening Hours:

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

Political Perspectives: 

Jura Collective meeting

Saturday, February 13, 2010 -
4:30am to 5:30am

Jura books collective meeting. Come along and help us run the place - all welcome.

Jura holiday close-down

Friday, December 25, 2009 - 11:32am

Jura will be closed from Friday 25th Dec to Sunday 3rd Jan, inclusive. We will re-open as normal on Wed 6th Jan - see you then!

Raffle Prize Winners

Congratulations to everyone who won a prize in the Save Jura Raffle. And an even bigger congratulations to everyone who donated or helped sell tickets - you make Jura possible!

The prize winners were:

  • Rare Political Artwork - Karen S
  • Jura Books Pack - Sophie H
  • Gleebooks Pack - Michael P
  • Co-op books pack - Dayv R
  • Byron Bay Accommodation - Anna L
  • Cupcakes - Liz S
  • Alfalfa house vouchers - Nick A, Leslie W, Tom W, Bec S, and Gina A
  • Guinness - Peter S
  • Funky Pies Vouchers - Jamie P, Harrison S, Lindsay H, Russel, Suren C, Alice W, Dan, Adam W, Jacqueline B, Vi P, Ricki S, Claire P, Chips M, Paul N, Daz S, Natalie and Jenny, Rachel K, Natalie M, Anne O, and Mari V.
  • Italian Dinner - Lila C
  • Political Posters Paste-up - Theresa P
  • T-shirts - Neil H
  • Hand Made Jewellery - Andrew J
  • TV - Dan R
  • Jura Prize-winning Posters - Liz T

Last chance to win prizes!

Hi Jura friends and supporters,

You've only got a few days left to buy tickets in the Save Jura Raffle!

Last chance to be part of a momentous event - establishing a lasting anarchist space for Sydney's radical community. The raffle is being drawn on Saturday 24th.

Last chance to win excellent prizes like:
---> A rare screeprinted artwork worth $700
---> $860 worth of books
---> Weekend's accommodation for 2 in the heart of Byron Bay
---> Vegan cupcakes, pies and organic food vouchers
---> 4 cases of Guinness
---> 60 political posters pasted up in the Sydney suburb of your choosing
---> Radical t-shirts and hand-made jewellery
---> and more - check http://www.jura.org.au for full details

---> 2 entries $10.00
---> 5 entries for $20.00
---> 20 entries for $50.00
---> 40 entries $80.00
---> 60 entries $100.00
---> 130 entries $200.00
---> Use your own internet banking and transfer directly into our bank account. (Please send us an email afterwards to let us know that you've done this, and include your name and postal address. We will send you the appropriate number of entries as listed above). This payment method allows us to avoid fees and maximise your donation.
---> Send us a cheque made out to Jura Books
---> Or come in to the shop and buy tickets in person this week.

Jura needs you! We're entirely not-for-profit and volunteer-run. We stock thousands of books that you won't find anywhere else, and provide a space for radical events, groups and archives. Please help us to continue this important work. Act now or regret it forever!

Thanks to everyone who has bought tickets already, including SK ($100), SH ($150), NH ($50), BP ($100), JT ($100), AH ($50), MW ($20), KK ($45), JM ($50), R and MM ($200), LW ($100), SB ($100), LS ($110), PB ($50), PN ($200), DR ($200), JW ($20), NR ($200), TB ($20) and many others!

Also a big thank you to everyone who's been selling tickets - please return your unsold tickets, money, and ticket stubs ASAP, so they can go into the draw.

Exciting events on this month at Jura...

---> The Save Jura Raffle is being drawn on Saturday 24th. Join us from 6pm on the night for a party with music, belly dancing and lucky door prizes.

---> Come and help to create the next edition of the Scooter Collective zine - a collection of interviews, observations, reviews, cartoons, and anything else related to ladies on stage. http://www.scooter.org.au/ Please note, this is an autonomous women's event. 1-5pm, Sun 25th Oct.

---> Meeting for those interested in forming a rank and file, cross-union, workers' organising network. 6pm, Thurs 29th Oct.

---> Juracoustic night, with A Dire Dawn http://www.myspace.com/dewandair - Di Drew is all sad all acoustic all of the time. It's her last night living in Sydney and she's going out with a whimper. Also, New Caledonian Blue http://www.myspace.com/myjobcfcob - Elliott Smith shakes hands with the Chicago blues; hands made, mostly, of violin strings. And Let the Concrete Crumble http://www.myspace.com/nineteeneightynein - newest acoustic guise of the worldly Novacastrian haiku master Mark Whittaker. 7pm, Thurs 29th Oct.

---> La Quiete are visiting our shores from Italy. Come on down for some intense screamo punk. For the uninitiated, begin here: http://www.myspace.com/laquiete before moving on to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93LmqYRnwWE Also playing on the night are Bare Arms, Thinking, Stalker. All this for only $10! All ages. 7pm, Thurs 5th Nov.

---> Sydney Copwatch meeting. Dale and other volunteers from Sydney Copwatch will present a short talk on the laws relating to police and raise questions such as : Do we "demand" that cops obey the law, or is that just buying into a dominant ideology that the law is somehow good? Do traditional demands for civil rights simply confuse the class issue? Focus will be on open discussion and sharing ideas on activism. 7pm, 11th November.

---> Exhibition in the library. Portraits of famous anarchists plus new political posters by Chips Mackinolty. 11th-18th Nov.

---> Just out! How to Make Trouble and Influence People, a new collection of the original zines revealing Australia's radical past. Stories, anecdotes, interviews with trouble makers and pranksters. Over 300 spectacular images. Available now at Jura for $29. http://www.howtomaketroubleandinfluencepeople.org

Become a fan of Jura on facebook. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Petersham-Australia/Jura-Books/25066184055...

Hope to see you soon!

Lots of love and rage from the Jura collective.

440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
9550 9931

Opening Hours:

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


Climate action and anarchist organising

Hi Jura friends and supporters,

When it comes to climate change, sustainability and jobs, more and more people are realising that actions speak louder than words. The next few months are a critical time to get active in the climate movement; we invite you to join us at these events...

Climate Camp '09 will be three days of sustainable living and community action at Australia's oldest coal mine - Metropolitan Collieries - on Dharawal land in Helensburgh, 40 mins from Sydney. From October 9 - 11th, Jura people will join hundreds of others pitching our tents among the trees nearby the mine, and we'd love you to come with us! You can also stroll in to the camp for an afternoon - for great workshops, music, art, food and positive climate action. For more info send us an email or check out http://www.climatecamp.org.au/

Come and help build a giant iceberg at the Newtown Hub (opposite Newtown station) as part of the global day of action on October 24th. Local community group, Climate Action Newtown is organising the event along with presentations, music and food at the neighbourhood centre. ---> http://www.350.org/ and http://www.climateactionnewtown.org

Discuss strategies for climate action and prepare for climate camp at the next Jura political talk: "Anarchist organising, the climate movement and climate camp". Many climate action strategies are influenced by anarchist ideas - direct action, decentralised organising, spokescouncils etc. There'll be a short film, a talk by one of the climate camp organisers and Friends of the Earth Sydney activist, and discussion afterwards. ---> 6pm, Friday 2nd Oct at Jura Books

This month's Juracoustic night features Jess Dunbar (http://myspace.com/jessdunbar), a folk inspired songwriter whose soulful voice and music is reminiscent of summer nights at the beach; Olivia Clark, who is part of the Bankstown Talent Advancement Program, will play her whimsical songs with fantastical lyrics inspired by musicians such as Nick Drake and Fleet Foxes; and Stono Caves (http://myspace.com/stonosolo) will once again remind us that a lack of technical ability is no excuse for a lack of self expression, reaching for hope while fighting off capitalism and failed relationships, and using humour to unsettle Islamophobes, all at the same time. There will also be singalongs and plenty of space for whoever else wants to come along and play some songs or do some spoken word, and vegetarian food and drinks by donation. ---> 7pm, Thurs 24th Sept

Jura Books has just launched a facebook page - check it out (and become a fan and invite your friends!) here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Petersham-Australia/Jura-Books/25066184055... We know that facebook is fundamentally and relentlessly pro-capitlist and profit driven, but we hope we can use it and subvert it in some way, to connect with more people and build the radical community. The main part of our web-based presence will continue to be our open-source based and collectively-controlled website http://www.jura.org.au/

There is only one month to go in the Save Jura Raffle, so now is the time to donate! Be in the running to win great prizes like $860 worth of books, a political artwork worth $700, vegan and organic food, accommodation in Byron Bay and more. For those who don't know, the bank has called in the loan on our property. Hundreds of people have already donated to save Jura, including (recently) SH ($100), JW ($20), NR ($200), CF ($20), RC ($100), TB ($50), KK ($20), VP ($20), DR ($500) LP ($10), AS ($50), MP ($200), CA ($10), MH ($100), NJM ( $50), NH ($20), NDCJ ($20), DF ($50), LC ($200). The balance on our mortgage is down to $9,000 - a great achievement. Thanks to everyone who has donated! But we need to everyone else to chip in too!

---> 2 entries $10.00
---> 5 entries for $20.00
---> 20 entries for $50.00
---> 40 entries $80.00
---> 60 entries $100.00
---> 130 entries $200.00
---> Use your own internet banking and transfer directly into our bank account. (Please send us an email afterwards to let us know that you've done this, and include your name and postal address. We will send you the appropriate number of entries as listed above). This payment method allows us to avoid fees and maximise your donation. For account details see our homepage - http://www.jura.org.au
---> Or come to one of our stalls or in to the shop and buy tickets in person, any time we're open.

Events summary:
---> Thurs 24th Sept, 7pm: Jura acoustic night.
---> Sat 26th Sept, 10am-2pm: Jura stall at Newtown DIY markets at the Hub - come and say hi.
---> Thurs 1st Oct, 5.30pm: Jura collective meeting - all welcome.
---> Fri 2nd Oct, 6pm: Talk and discussion on "Anarchist organising, the climate movement and climate camp" at Jura.
---> Fri 9th Oct - Sun 11th Oct: Climate camp http://www.climatecamp.org.au/
---> Sun 4th Oct: Jura stall at This Is Not Art zine fair, Newcastle http://www.thisisnotart.org/
---> Sat 24th October, 6-9pm: Save Jura Raffle draw.
---> Sat 24th October, afternoon: www.350.org climate action in Newtown

Hope to see you there!

Lots of love and rage from the Jura collective.
440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
9550 9931

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


Political Perspectives: 

Save Jura raffle!

The raffle is now over - thank you to everyone who bought tickets and helped out!


  1. A rare screeprinted artwork worth $700 (pictured above). This large framed Nosey/Possum original comes from the Jura poster collection. Produced in the Tin Sheds in the 1980s, it is one of only a small number of remaining prints. A fantastic opportunity to own a piece of Sydney's political and artistic history - and an inspiring vision of the future.
  2. $500 worth of books from Jura Books
  3. $200 book pack from Glebe Books
  4. $160 book pack from the Co-op Bookshop
  5. Weekend for 2 in the heart of Byron Bay 1 minute from the beach and the main street, quiet leafy green treed setting. Includes light breakfast, dates negotiable
  6. 8 dozen vegan cupcakes by Riseup Baking
  7. A four course, Italian organic banquet for 6 people
  8. 5 x $20 organic food vouchers from Alfalfa House
  9. 4 cases of Guinness
  10. 20 free pie and coffee vouchers redeemable at Funky Pies in Bondi
  11. 60 political posters pasted up in the Sydney suburb of your choosing
  12. A selection of radical t-shirts from Corporate-Greed
  13. Hand-made jewellery
  14. A large screen TV
  15. Copies of each of the 5 prize-winning entries to the Jura Poster Competition, signed by the artists


Jura Books is facing a crisis and an opportunity. Last year the bank that holds the mortgage for our property called in the loan. They asked us to pay $5,000 immediately and the rest - another $15,000 - as soon as possible. With the help of the Jura community, we managed to raise enough money to make that first payment of $5,000. But we still owe $15,000.

Jura is one of the few activist organisations in Sydney that owns its own property. This is an amazing achievement, built through the effort of members, supporters and friends over the last 31 years. The building is a stable resource for the broader progressive community, and in it we can prefigure real alternatives to the present society. We don't want to lose our building.

We need your help to raise the remaining $15,000 - please buy some raffle tickets!

Jura is a not-for-profit community bookshop, library and organising space. We stock thousands of books that you won't find anywhere else - anarchist, enviro, feminist, libertarian socialist, vegan, street art, history, fiction and more. We try to make these available to the community for the lowest possible price in order to build social justice and a better world. We also host community events - everything from gigs, poetry nights, and films to political talks and fundraisers for activist causes. Many different groups use our space, and we also maintain a library and archive of political poster art. We're all volunteers.


  • 2 entries $10.00
  • 5 entries for $20.00
  • 20 entries for $50.00
  • 40 entries $80.00
  • 60 entries $100.00
  • 130 entries $200.00

Buying tickets is is easy:

  • Use your own internet banking and transfer directly into our bank account. (Please send us an email afterwards to let us know that you've done this, and include your name and postal address. We will send you the appropriate number of entries as per the prices above).


Glebe Books
49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

Co-op Bookshop
Boostores around Australia

Alfalfa House food co-op
113 Enmore Rd, Enmore

Funky Pies
Shop 2/144-148 Glenayr Ave, Bondi

because i said so jewellery
Jewellery & accessories using recycled materials
Christie: 0409 229 890

Corporate Greed t-shirts

Margeaux, and all the members of the Jura community who are providing
prizes and selling tickets.


The raffle will be drawn in October 2009 (check the website closer to the date for exact details). The winners will be notified by phone or email (as written on their ticket) and published on the Jura website. The $500 Jura book prize consists of $250 worth of books chosen by us, and $250 worth chosen by you. The Glebe Books and Co-op book packs are pre-chosen. Any prizes unclaimed by 30th December 2009 will revert to the Jura Collective, to do with as we wish. Dates are negotiable for the weekend in Byron, but must be sometime before June 2010. Only one prize per person - if someone who has already won a prize gets drawn a second time, another entry will be drawn. The prizes will be drawn in order from 1st to 15th.

"when the wealth of the land is shared by all
when the tools belong to those who use them
then we will make a new world"