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Disaster capitalism

This month the People's Cinema at Jura is screening Naomi Klein's 'The Rise of Disaster Capitalism'. This documentary film features Klein explaining the ideas and research behind her bestselling book, The Shock Doctrine. In this riveting lecture and interview, Klein challenges and exposes the popular myth of the free market economy’s peaceful global victory. Around the world there are people with power who are cashing in on chaos, exploiting bloodshed and catastrophe to brutally implement their policies. They are the shock doctors. From Chile in 1973 to Iraq today, this is the chilling tale of how a few are making a killing while more are getting killed.
--> Film screening and discussion, 2pm Sat 25 September, Jura Books.

Acoustic music and good company - come and listen or play or both.
--> Juracoustic, 7pm Thurs 30th September, at Jura Books.

This Is Not Art is a convergence of writers, performers, thinkers, musicians, creative researchers, electronic artists, dilettantes, and DIY culture makers in a showcase featuring over 400 local, national and international artists in Newcastle. Jura will have a stall at the zine fair. http://thisisnotart.org/
--> This Is Not Art zine fair, 11am-4pm Sunday 3rd October, King Street Carpark, Newcastle.

In Queensland, a young woman and her partner are being put on trial on 12th October for having an abortion. If convicted, the woman can be imprisoned up to seven years and her partner up to three years. She is the first woman in Australia to be prosecuted for having an abortion in 50 years. They have been charged under archaic laws that should not exist - abortion remains in the criminal code in both NSW and QLD. For decades these laws have not been enforced, as common law rulings have established “lawful” grounds for abortion when a woman’s physical or mental health is at risk. The sections in the NSW Act are almost idential to those in QLD. The charges relate to the use of RU486, an abortion drug, which they obtained from relatives overseas. RU486 is considered a safe, legal treatment in Australia. However, distribution of RU486 remains tightly controlled by the Therapeutic Goods Administration. It seems possible that this prosecution is part of a reactionary movement to roll back the reforms in Victoria in 2008 and the ACT in 2002, which legalised abortion.This prosecution is an attack on the right of women to control their own bodies, and must be fought. Abortion is not a crime! http://www.waac.org.au/
--> Rally for Abortion Rights, 12pm Sat 9 October, Town Hall

Punk Rawk Show featuring Doss, Thorax, Inebrious Bastards and Thylacine. By donation.
--> Punk Rawk, 8pm Sat 9 October, Jura Books.

Jock Palfreeman is a 23 year old Australian who had the courage to stand up against 16 Nazis on a night out in Sofia, Bulgaria. He saved others and defended himself, but his reward was a 20 year prison sentence. In December 2007, Jock witnessed a gang of fascists attacking two men of Roma ethnicity in Sofia. Jock went to the aid of the Roma men, putting himself in the middle of the attack. The Roma men were able to escape, but the gang continued their attack on Jock. Following the fight, one member of the gang was killed (Andrey Monov) and another injured (Antoan Zahariev). Jock maintains that he tried to escape the violent gang, and was forced to act in self-defense. Jock was refused bail, and has spent two years in Sofia Central Prison. In December 2009, Jock was found guilty of both premeditated murder and attempted murder with antisocial intent. He was sentenced to 20 years imprisonment with civil fines equating to $375,000 AUD. The gang members have consistently lied to avoid their responsibility for starting the violence that led to the death of Andrey Monov. The prosecution's case was built on the witness statements made by the other Nazis that were there that night, all claiming that Jock randomly attacked the group and chased them with the intent of killing somebody.The prosecutor has blocked evidence which exposes the lies of both gang members and police. The investigation and court proceedings were also flawed, and biased against Jock’s defense. The nature of the trial against Jock has violated his human rights and revealed the corruption and injustice of the judicial system. Join us in standing up against fascism and in favour of freedom for Jock.

This is a very important time for solidarity actions with Jock, as his appeal trial will start on the 21st October. There will be actions around the world - in Europe, the UK, America. In Sydney supporters will gather at the Tarpeian Lawn, Botanical Gardens (near Government House and The Opera House) from 12 noon till 5pm. (Please be there by 1pm for speeches by friends and family). http://www.freejock.net
--> Free Jock Palfreeman action, 12pm Sat 16th October, Tarpeian Lawn, Botanical Gardens.

--> New titles at Jura Books! Jura has hundreds of new books in from AK Press and PM Press. For more details check out http://www.jura.org.au/news

The Jura Food buyer's co-op is providing fresh, organic fruit and vegies every week at bargain prices.
--> Order in advance at Jura, and pick up on Fridays or Saturdays. Yum!

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