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Library Lessons: Animal Rights

Sunday, July 12, 2009 - 5:00am

Come join us for a night of music in the library. from hardcore to indie rock, we'll be celebrating the new jura library, and raising funds to expand the animal rights section of the collection.

bands include:

* earthlings (sydney / byron bay) - vegan hardcore
* the thaw - post-art vegan electro poseurs
* intentions - animal loving indie rockers

contribution - $6 (this may include some deliciousness)

donations of books are most welcome! some titles we are in need of:

Last-thursday-of-the-month Acoustic Night

Friday, May 29, 2009 -
5:30am to 9:30am

Come to our monthly acoustic night in the library. Bring a piece of wood with strings, a tube with holes, your humble vocal chards or just your ears to listen. There'll be a headline performer, but aside from that, the night is open to whosoever turns up. If we get enough people then we may even spread downstairs for some spoken word, poetry or just another performance space. Food and refreshments are available, donations are appreciated to pay Jura's mortgage and other bills.

Sydney Internationalist Discussion Group

In the present world situation with economic chaos engulfing the world the working class is slowly regaining its consciousness and sense of combatively so heavily dampened by the “collapse of communism” and the “end of history”. At this time it is important to try and actively contribute to this development given that class consciousness is not something that develops in a purely spontaneous or linear and mechanistic way.

Discussion circles and groups as an essential part of the proletariat's effort to develop its class consciousness through trying to understand the meaning and implications of the crises of capitalism by analysing and reconnecting with the history and positions of the workers movement. The work of discussion circles is thus of real importance to the future development of the proletariat's understanding of its historical role, reappropriating the lessons of history and breaking down the barriers of the political isolation of individuals.

"A [discussion] circle is an open coming together of workers, who meet because they want to discuss and clarify political questions. They are places which the proletariat creates in order to push forwards its consciousness ... They express the consciousness of the class, showing that it is not willing to accept the crisis and the bankruptcy of capitalism without resistance; that it wants to defend itself against the attacks of the capitalist system. Also, they express an attempt to search for ways to fight back and to develop a revolutionary perspective...

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"The goal of a discussion circle is the political clarification of the individual participants ...

"What's proletarian about a discussion circle is not a common 'local' programme but the common will to discuss and clarify. Thus, a discussion circle isn't the same as a political group with a fixed programme. Rather it is a place, a meeting place for political clarification." (ICC, WR n° 207, 'Discussion circles in the working class: a world-wide phenomenon').

It is on this basis that we are currently attempting to organise a discussion group open to all workers and students willing to participate, to come together, not on common political positions but rather on the basis of a common desire to address the challenges facing the working class and humanity as a whole today through discussion, debate and mutual clarification. This task cannot fall to one or two individuals alone; it must be the collective effort of a group of individuals, albeit small, in searching for concrete solutions to the challenges faced by the working class and the whole of humanity today.

Anyone interested or willing to take part are invited to confirm their interest by emailing N.Rossi@live.com.au

Any questions, comments or criticisms are also warmly welcomed.

Fraternally,

Nic.

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The anarchist's wife film at Palace Leichardt

Monday, May 18, 2009 -
2:15am to 4:15am

A new anarchist film is showing at the Spanish Film Festival - The Anarchist's Wife. Set during the harrowing years of the Spanish Civil War, this drama tells the story of one young couple?s love in the face of terrible obstacles. For more details: http://www.spanishfilmfestival.com/sydney/films_war3.html . Jura will have a book stall outside each cinema for a couple of hours before each screening.

May Day - let's play!

Dear Jura friends and supporters,

Cracks are growing in the empire of global capitalism. Bosses are trying to maintain their profits in the face of environmental and economic meltdown. Meanwhile, workers around the world are occupying their workplaces and rioting in the streets. May Day is international day of the workers - a day to celebrate and re-invigorate our fight for social justice. The date commemorates a general strike in Chicago 1886, when four anarchists were killed by the State for their political beliefs. 123 years later the struggle continues to end capitalism and create a world based on workers' control. We'd love you to join us at our May Day celebrations...

-> Our monthly acoustic night, this time featuring Kitty In the Well and others. Everyone is invited to come along, play some music, recite a poem, bring some food (or eat ours). >> 7pm, Thurs 30th April.

-> May Day party for the grand re-opening of the Jura Library! The Jura library has been closed for two years. Now, after dozens of working bees, and thousands of hours and dollars provided by volunteers and supporters in the Jura community, we have a beautiful new library space! For photos and more about the library check out http://www.jura.org.au/library . Come and party with us, read books, and plan the revolution. >> 6pm, Fri 1st May.

-> Join other Sydney anarchists marching together in the May Day rally - look for the red and black flag and/or bring your own. We'll gather on the eastern side of Hyde Park fountain. >> 12pm Sun 3rd May, Hyde Park.

-> Rock'n'roll in the library. Daniel Striped Tiger (USA) playing a raucous show with Bare Arms, All my circuits (Melbourne) and Epitomes (Nowra). Random book readings between bands. Scrumptious vegan dinner and show only $10! All ages and species welcome. >> 6pm, Tues 5th May.

-> A new anarchist film is showing at the Spanish Film Festival - The Anarchist's Wife. Set during the harrowing years of the Spanish Civil War, this drama tells the story of one young couple?s love in the face of terrible obstacles. For more details: http://www.spanishfilmfestival.com/sydney/films_war3.html . Jura will have a book stall outside each cinema for a couple of hours before each screening. >> 6.45pm, Sun 10th May, Palace Paddington. >> 4.15pm, Sun 17th May at Palace Norton St, Leichardt.

-> Gig featuring Cougar Flashy (Melbourne), Polyfox, the Union of the Most Ghosts, and others. >> 4pm, Sun 17th May

Also, get ready for the first Sydney anarchist film festival - a joint production of Jura and Black Rose, over the Queen's Birthday long weekend (5-8 June).

And finally, please don't forget that we still need your help to pay off our mortgage. See below for fundraising updates and details on how to donate, and put some of your $900 cash handout towards something worthwhile...

Love and rage from the Jura Collective.

440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
9550 9931
http://www.jura.org.au

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

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