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Happy Rudd-mas! Our saviour is born?

What an inspiring election!

Not because of the politicians' empty promises, big smiles or dirty deals. But because grassroots activism built a real people's movement against a government that had so much weight on its side. Hundreds of thousands of everyday people got active, persuaded their friends, talked to strangers and organised to change the world - and made a difference! This movement successfully framed the issues: rights at work and climate change. And it was this movement (not a political party or celebrity politician) that got rid of the Liberal Party.

But what did we get in return? A Labor Party that has shifted even further to the right and Kevin Rudd - the party's most economically and socially conservative leader ever. This isn't unexpected - it is simple the logic of power. The only way to win power within the present system is to join those in control - big-business, media, ruling elite etc - and to agree to keep the structures of the State and the capitalist economy essentially unchanged. And now that Labor is in power, it will suit them (just like it suited the Liberals) to keep people fearful of terrorists, distrustful of refugees and ignorant of our own power.

It's up to us to keep on fighting to change the world. To keep the movement alive, and to use the opportunity we have created. And ultimately to change the structures of society so that everyone can really participate in democracy - everyday, not once every three years. This is what we're trying to do at Jura Books, and we need your help...

>Come to our end of year party! Jura Books has been continuously open for 30 years - a significant milestone for an an activist organisation. We're totally committed to social change and we're in it for the long haul! Come along for music, food, drinks and more, from 6pm 22nd December 2007.

>Come to one of our working bees. We want to re-open our library but still have some painting to do. 12-5pm, Sat and Sun, 8th-9th AND 14th-15th December.

>Get organised in your workplace. The only way to hold Labor true to its promises to abolish workchoices and address climate change is to put pressure on them (and the unions) from below. The Eco-workers collective is holding a discussion at Jura on 'organising in our workplaces': 2pm, Saturday 8th December.

>Get a vegie box from Jura. Over the summer months, a vegie box co-op will be happening out of Jura. You put in between $10 and $30 each week (depending on the size of box you want) and you get a big box of yummy organic vegies to pick up from Jura. Just email us for details: jura@jura.org.au

>Shop for your end of year presents at Jura. We have lots of great new books, magazines and t-shirts. Give the gift of good political literature and support an activist space at the same time!

Hope to see you soon!

The Jura Books collective

440 Parramatta Rd
Petersham
9550 9931
www.jura.org.au

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