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Jura May Day party

Date and Time: 
Thu, 01/05/2014 - 6:00pm to 11:00pm
Location: 

Jura Books 440 Parramatta Road Petersham

Live music, and a commemoration of the anarchist roots of May Day.
Featuring, The Shop Steward, Camilla Hill, Rather Be Dead, and Phil Linrage.

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.

 

Background

To give some background and context, here is a summary of the current federation process, to the best of our knowledge. It’s based on a few different accounts, leading up to May 2015.

In 2007, some members of the Mutiny Collective called for expressions of interest in holding a conference to discuss the idea of an anarchist federation in Australia and/or NZ. In response to this initiative, the Melbourne Anarchist Club (MAC) organised a conference held during Easter 2008. About 60 people from across Australia attended and a broad range of views were expressed from opposition to enthusiasm. There were no delegates as such and each participant attended as an individual. While there were some differences in attitude to federation there was a significant amount of common ground. Following on from this, MAC decided in March 2013 to hold the Towards Federation Anarchist Conference in June 2013. It was proposed to invite groups (as opposed to individuals, although individuals were encouraged to attend as observers). A proposed constitution was presented for discussion and about 30 people attended including delegates from MAC, Libertarian Workers for a Self-managed Society (LWSS), and Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (MACG). There were also observers from Anarchist Affinity and Jura. In January 2014, a follow up conference was held at Jura at which delegates from MAC, MACG and Jura attended (and an observer from a Canberra anarchist group). The draft constitution was discussed and suggestions for amending it were made. People from Jura agreed to do another re-draft of the proposed constitution.

In May 2015, Jura completed a re-draft of the constitution, which was then circulated. There was also an open discussion about federation as part of one of the workshops at the Sydney Anarchist Bookfair, on Saturday 13th June 2015.

Over the last few years, there has also been a fair bit of online discussion about the federation, for example on Libcom and Facebook.

We also intend for the federation to develop a ‘Statement of Shared Positions’ and a program of activities/projects, in the near future, which will give it more form and substance.

 

Groups that have been contacted about the federation at some point since March 2013:

  • Anarchist Affinity (Melbourne) - Declined to send a delegate but did send an observer to the 2013 conference, a statement was made stating that while Anarchist Affinity supported the idea in principle, they were not ready to proceed and indicated that they would take no further part at this stage.
  • BAG (Brisbane) - Agreed to proceed on the basis of the proposed constitution in April 2013. Subsequently re-affirmed in January 2014.
  • Black Flag (Western Sydney) - Contacted in person by Jura people in 2015. Current position on the federation unknown.
  • Black Rose (Sydney) - Was initially contacted through what came to be discovered a defunct email account. Was contacted again in person by Jura people in 2014. Held a meeting to discuss the federation. Current position on the federation unknown.
  • Black Swan (Adelaide) - Has been sent the proposed constitution but no follow-up to date. Current position on the federation unknown.
  • Brisbane Solidarity Network - Has been sent the proposed constitution but no follow-up to date. Current position on the federation unknown.
  • Byron Bay Anarchists - Requested a copy of proposed constitution in 2014 but no response since. MAC unable to independently confirm the existence of the group.
  • Grupo de Melbourne - This is a group of the remaining Spanish exiles. A member came to MAC to express disappointment that they had not been invited to participate. Subsequently sent the January 2014 version of the proposed constitution by MAC. Discussed the proposed constitution over a weekend in May 2014 to develop a submission. Currently awaiting an English translation.
  • Jura Books (Sydney) - Had an observer participate in the June 2013 conference and hosted the January 2014 conference at which the proposed constitution was discussed. Discussed, amended and agreed on the May 2015 draft of the constitution. Hosted the meeting on 14th June 2015, at which two Jura delegates attended, and it was agreed that the provisional Anarchist Federation Australia be formed.
  • Libertarian Workers for a Self-managed Society (Melbourne) - LWSS sent a submission and a delegate to June 2013 conference. Some of the LWSS submission was incorporated into the current proposed constitution. Since then, there has been no follow-up contact with LWSS. Current position on the federation unknown.
  • Melbourne Anarchist Club - Initiators of the current project to found an anarchist federation. Two MAC delegates attended the meeting on 14th June 2015 at Jura, where it was agreed to form the provisional Anarchist Federation Australia.
  • Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group - Sent two delegates to June 2013 Conference and January 2014 conference. The MACG have expressed support and a desire to have the principles of 'the platform' incorporated into the constitution. Has participated in two joint meetings with the MAC to discuss the proposed constitution and have proposed some additions and modifications which were incorporated into the proposed constitution that was presented to the January 2014 conference. One MACG delegate attended the meeting on 14th June 2015 at Jura, where it was agreed to form the provisional Anarchist Federation Australia.
  • Perth Libertarians - A meeting of of anarchists in Perth was held on 12 September 2014 and a decision was made to form a group with a view to federating in accordance with the proposed constitution (Jan 2014 version). One Perth Libertarians delegate attended the meeting on 14th June 2015 at Jura, where it was agreed to form the provisional Anarchist Federation Australia.

 

 

 

Anarchism in Ireland & the Workers Solidarity Movement

Date and Time: 
Sun, 31/03/2013 - 1:00am to 3:00am
Location: 

Jura Books

Anarchism in Ireland & the Workers Solidarity Movement' - Sat 30th March, 2pm-4pm
Continuing Jura's long-running series of talks from international visitors, James and Sean will lead a discussion first giving a bit of historical context, and then and account of what's going on in Ireland today. This is a rare opportunity to meet with and discuss real issues with activists who have a broad and deep knowledge of anarchism in Ireland. Get along!

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Freedom Fundraiser

Date and Time: 
Sun, 17/03/2013 - 1:00am to 4:00am
Location: 

Jura Books 440 Parramatta Rd Petersham

Film Screening as fundraiser for freedom bookshop.
'Durruti' and 'The Take': Films about the Past and Present with Lessons for a Revolutionary Future".

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The Wobblies - Talk and Film Afternoon

Date and Time: 
Sun, 11/11/2012 - 1:00am to 4:00am
Location: 

Jura Books
440 Paraamatta Rd
Petersham, Sydney

Contact Name: 
Sid
Contact Phone Number: 
Jura Books
Contact Email: 
jura AT jura DOT org DOT au

2-3pm Rowan Day's IWW talk: 'The IWW in Australia'
3-3:30pm A gentle relaxing tea break
3:30-5pm 'The Wobblies' film

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'The Wobblies' DVD cover

DVD Cover for the film 'The Wobblies'.

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Red & Black Forum: Pitfalls & Pollution: The Challenges of Anti-Authoritarian Environmentalism

Date and Time: 
Mon, 27/08/2012 - 12:00am to 2:00am
Location: 

440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham.

Contact Name: 
Jura Books

RED & BLACK FORUM

A continuing series of monthly talks and discussions at Jura on different aspects of anarchism. The August session is on:

PITFALLS & POLLUTION: THE CHALLENGES OF ANTI-AUTHORITARIAN ENVIRONMENTALISM

Introduced by Sally Stuart.

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