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Simon Hunt, AKA Pauline Pantsdown, on politics and cultural intervention

This guest contribution to the Jura blog comes from Simon Hunt, AKA Pauline Pantsdown, who gave the following short speech at the Sydney launch of How to Make Trouble and Influence People, at Jura Books on 26 September 2013. In it, Simon talks about his politicisation, his cultural intervention as Pauline Pantsdown in 1997-1998, and how to use humour to confront the dark policies of racism and cultural bigotry in Australia. We encourage you to follow Pauline Pantsdown's great organising and amazing exploits at facebook.com/paulinepantsdown666

Action against Pacific 2013 Arms Expo

Monday, October 7, 2013 -
11:00am to 1:00pm

'Pacific 2013' is a major military hardware exhibition taking place at the Sydney Convention Centre Darling Harbour. To accompany the lavish display of killing technology, the 'International Fleet Review' will fill Sydney Harbour with warships from 20 countries - giant floating factories of violence and destruction. This grotesque spectacle serves to remind us of what the military truly is: a massive  waste of life, labour and resources. We invite you to join us in taking action against this abomination!

How to Make Trouble and Influence People

****What democracy?****
****How to Make Trouble and Influence People - book launch, 5.30pm Thurs 26 Sep at Jura****
****Rebel Love: Revolution - Red and Black Forum, 2pm Sun 29 Sep at Jura****
****Writers Salon at Jura****
****Social Centres towards Social Struggle - talk, 7pm Thurs 19 Sep at Black Rose****
****Leard Forest Listen Up - DIY bush blockade and arts festival, 27-30 Sep in the Leard Forest****
****Action Against Pacific 2013 Arms Fair - rally at 11am, Mon 7 Oct at Darling Harbour****

Against War and the 'War on Drugs'

"War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true [humanity]. It degrades and stupefies with the sense that you are not responsible, that 'tis not yours to think and reason why, but to do and die,' like the hundred thousand others doomed like yourself. War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder."
- Alexander Berkman, What Is Communist Anarchism?


We steal secrets

"Now, I'm going to be very candid, right? We steal secrets..." So says Michael Hayden, the head of the CIA under Presidents Bush II and Obama. This is no surprise: States have been keeping their own secrets and trying to steal ours for as long as we've had to live under them. But in 2006, they suddenly faced some competition. An international, online, non-profit organisation appeared, founded by an Australian and dedicated to providing a secure and anonymous way for those of us with access to corporate and government secrets to safely make them public: Wikileaks.

Crisis and Struggle in Spain today - film, talk and exhibition

"In Spain we have an anarchist movement that is more or less solid. It's like a rock with cracks in it. We have serious internal problems, but we have a strong movement of squatting… we also have a strong culture of music, zines, books, information to share and relationships between areas that connect lots of different people. We have a web." - Mario, an anarchist in Madrid interviewed recently by Jeremy Kay.

Wendy Bacon talks anarcha-feminism

"Being an anarchist feminist means becoming conscious of all struggles for liberation, not letting the struggle for women’s liberation become the struggle for white, middle-class, able-bodied, straight heterosexual women’s equality under capitalism.

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