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March Mega Working Bee

Thursday, March 3, 2011 - 1:00am to Monday, March 7, 2011 - 6:00am

Jura volunteers and friends have been been hard at work fixing up our shopfront. The shopfront is an important way to reach new people. We've got a glowing new sign, and we've re-painted the ground-floor shopfront (red and black of course!). But we need your help to re-paint the upper floor and put up a flat sign so people can see us from across the road (the awning still says 'Doctor's Surgery' - from more than 15 years ago!). Please come along to our March Mega working bee - even just for a hour. We'll be doing stuff every afternoon from 2 till 7pm from 2nd March to 6th March.

About Jura

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 aims to help to build this movement. We seek to bring the ideas of anarchism to ever-widening circles of people.

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And the winner is... anarchy!

Last year we were presented with a crisis and an opportunity, and we asked for your help. 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.

We are proud to announce that with your help we have raised over $18,000 as of December 2009 !

This is living proof of the amazing capacity and commitment of the community that surrounds Jura Books. We all believe that Sydney needs radical change, and Jura is a key part of making that change.

The Save Jura raffle is over and we're happy to say it was a great success - thanks to you! It was a massive effort over six months, with:
--> 3,000 tickets sold.
--> 900 existing supporters contacted (including 750 via email, 200 via facebook, 200 via sms, 80 by phone call).
--> 200 houses door-knocked in our local area.
--> 5,500 letters hand delivered to people in our local area (these letters talked about what anarchism is, as well as Jura and the raffle).
--> 100s of posters put up across Sydney.
--> Stalls held in Newcastle, Glebe, Redfern, Newtown, Helensburgh and more.

All of this was done by a few dozen volunteers - congratulations to all of you who sold tickets, provided prizes and spread the word. And thank you to everyone who donated (hundreds of you) - every contribution helped. We also received a handful of very generous donations from comrades around Australia, Aotearoa, the US, Europe and other parts of the world. Thank you all! It has been very inspiring to experience this living anarchist solidarity.


Through this effort we raised over $13,000! We've also built a stronger community and communicated with literally thousands of people to engage with them about anarchist ideas - many for the first time. When we started the raffle there was $15,000 left on the mortgage and now there is only $2,500! (We had to spend some of what was raised on bills, insurance and interest along the way.) Interest payments are down from almost $200 per month to $91 per month and will soon be even lower. Through collective action, the crisis we faced has been turned into a opportunity and a success for anarchism in Sydney.

And of course congratulations to the prize-winners (you should already have been contacted). Please collect your prizes if you haven't already done so.

Political diaries and calendars are in stock and at reduced rates, including those funky Slingshot Organisers and 3CR Calendars.

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

BUYING RAFFLE ENTRIES IS EASY:
---> 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
http://www.jura.org.au

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