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Red and Black Forum: Anarchism and postcolonialism: Insights from the Philippine 'anarchipelago'

Sunday, September 27, 2015 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Frantz Fanon predicted that if national liberation movements win independence but go no further than assuming the reins of the nation-state – an apparatus of rule inherited from Europe – then the resulting regimes will be no less despotic than the departed colonial masters. Before Fanon, too, there was the irrepressible Russian anarchist, Mikhail Bakunin, who argued, contra Karl Marx, that a post-revolutionary society that failed to do away with the state would only perpetuate tyrannies that Marx and his followers claimed to oppose. The twentieth century proved both Bakunin and Fanon right, thereby prompting new explorations into what revolution without the state might mean.

This talk will offer a glimpse into one such exploration in the Philippines – a unique case, though very much in line with anarchistic resurgences everywhere – while also highlighting the complementarities between anarchist and postcolonialist perspectives. 

The talk will be given by Marco, an anarchist from Perth who has spent quite a bit of time with anarchists in Manila.

Followed by discussion. All welcome. Free.

https://www.facebook.com/events/898096243571238/

 

 

Anarcha-feminist reading/discussion group

Over the last few months, a group of people from the Jura community have organised a series of readings and discussions in an attempt to develop our (pro)feminist politics. We have focussed in particular on readings on practical ways of improving our (particularly men's) behaviours and practices of consent, and on community accountability processes. After these meetings, we decided that our discussion of transformative justice would be enriched by developing our feminist politics more broadly. As an attempt to begin that process, we have chosen to read the book Quiet Rumours: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader. We are starting with the prefaces and the first chapter. If you are a like-minded person and would like to participate in this reading/discussion group, please get in touch via email or personal message. People of all genders and sexualities are welcome and we would like this to be a safe space. (In the interests of honest disclosure, we should mention that the majority of us who have been participating so far identify as hetero cis men, with a smaller number identifying as wom*n). Also, please note that this is not an open public ‘forum’ as such, but rather a smaller group with a commitment to ongoing discussion and development. Participants are all committed to turning up regularly (about monthly) and doing the readings.

Quiet Rumours is available at Jura for $22, or online.

 

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Jura at UWS Diversity Fest

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 - 11:00am to Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 3:00pm

We're excited to be having a Jura Books stall at the UWS Diversity Festival. We’ll be bringing lots of interesting books and ideas. Come and say hi - we love to chat. And check out all the other great events planned - including performances by the awesome radical comedian Aamer Rahman.

The Jura Books stall will be at:
-> Parramatta Campus (James Ruse Dr, Building EEA the Janice Reid Pavillion) on Wednesday 9th September, 11am-3pm.
-> Bankstown Campus (2 Bullecourt Ave, Milperra, inside building 1, ground floor Student Common area) Thursday 10th September, 11am-3pm.

For more info, see:
UWS Student Representation Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/uwssrp
Diversity Fest Facebook page
https://www.facebook.com/events/880792088671995/
Diversity Fest Panel: Racism, Responses & Western Sydney Event page
https://www.facebook.com/events/454103421430875/
Aamer Rahman & Bankstown Poetry Slam Events
https://www.facebook.com/events/1657086197836887/
The Refugee Experience - Consequences for Successful Settlement (Workshop for UWS Staff)
https://www.facebook.com/events/1185272618155758/

Hope to see you there!

 

Provisional Anarchist Federation Australia formed

 

At a meeting on 14th June 2015 at Jura Books, delegates from four anarchist groups agreed to form a provisional Anarchist Federation Australia. The four founding groups were Jura Books, the Melbourne Anarchist Club, the Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group and Perth Libertarians. At the meeting a number of individual observers were also present as well as an observer from Black Rose and Black Flag. The provisional Federation is based on this constitution. However the constitution is still being discussed, and changes may be made at the first Congress of the Federation - tentatively scheduled for December 2015 in Melbourne. As well as being geographically diverse, the groups making up the federation have a range of political differences, but we hope to work together cooperatively to spread anarchist ideas in Australia. Other anarchist groups are welcome to join us.

 

Anarchist Picnic

Saturday, June 6, 2015 -
11:30am to 2:00pm

From 11:30am, Saturday 6th June at Blacktown Showground. Hosted by Black Flag – Western Sydney Peoples Collective. Family friendly picnic day for anarchists and anyone curious about anarchism, or interested in getting involved with one of Sydney's various collectives. Join anarchists from across Sydney and beyond at the Blacktown Showground for a day of comradery and fun, only a few minutes from Blacktown train station. Bring a plate or some snacks to share if you're able, or alternatively donations will be collected for the Sydney Anarchist Bookfair. There'll also be a raffle on the day with some fabulous prizes to be won. Feel free to bring a soccer ball or a frisbee, and maybe wear clothes you don't mind getting paint on coz there'll be some banner paints while we're at it! Invite your friends to the Facebook event.

Sydney Anarcha-Feminist Collective?

Wednesday, January 21, 2015 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

Jura is happy to host this discussion, organised by a group of anarcha-feminists:

 

"What would an Anarcha-Feminist Collective look like? Would it be a discussion group, reading group or activist group? Who would it involve? What would we talk about?
 
Do we have capacity to create an Anarcha-Feminist Collective?

Let's get together and have a chat to answer these questions and more.

Please Note: This is an autonomous meeting."

 

Occupy Sydney 3 year anniversary; all charges dropped

Today marks the 3 year anniversary of the initial massive, violent dawn police eviction of Occupy Sydney on 23 October 2011. Up to Monday, 11 people still faced criminal charges ranging from ‘camping’ to assault police primarily from this eviction. The hearing of these matters was continuously adjourned due to an Occupy Sydney constitutional challenge to the ‘camping’ charges i.e. that the implied right to the freedom of political communication in the Australian Constitution should have protected the political occupation that occurred at Martin Place as part of the global Occupy movement. Sadly this case reached the end of its road last Friday when it was considered by the High Court of Australia in regards to whether special leave should be granted for the case to be heard in the High Court. Leave was refused.
 

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