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Action in solidarity with the Freedom Flotilla and Palestine - 2pm Sat

Date and Time: 
Sun, 06/06/2010 - 12:00am to 2:00am
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Sydney Town Hall

As you've probably heard, a few days ago Israeli Government Forces attacked the Freedom Flotilla that was carrying aid to Gaza. The Flotilla was attempting to break Israel's maritime blockade of the Gaza Strip. As many as 20 activists were killed.

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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.
 
On Monday, the 11 people with ongoing Occupy Sydney charges had their matters mentioned in the Local Court for almost the 20th time, with their matters due to be set down for a hearing. FINALLY THE POLICE DROPPED ALL OF THE REMAINING OCCUPY SYDNEY CHARGES. This result is a vindication of the dodgy arrests made of and charges given to these Occupy Sydney protestors, as happens extremely often at protests. These 11 people have had their charges hanging over them for ALMOST 3 YEARS as the constitutional contest of the legitimacy of the police actions made its way through the slow and conservative Australian legal system. One of these people took on the risk of costs against him from the City of Sydney Council and the NSW Government for being the main applicant in the constitutional challenge. STAY TUNED re word of potential costs against this brave person.
 
Members of the Jura collective would like to say congratulations to these 11 people on the outcome on Monday. We admire their strength and conviction in standing up for themselves and with each other for such a long time. We stand in solidarity with ALL of the people that stood up to the police and legal system to defend their ability to participate in Occupy Sydney. There were almost 100 arrests made of Occupy Sydney protestors over the first 4 months of the protests. ALMOST ALL THE CHARGES AND FINES that were contested by defendants were withdrawn by the police or dismissed by the court. The Occupy Sydney network is also currently working on at least one court case against the cops for a clear false arrest of a protestor – stay tuned regarding this too!
 
The Occupy Sydney legal matters remind us of: the limited protection in Australian law in regards to the ability to protest - both the Occupy Sydney and Melbourne constitutional cases have been useful in providing clarity about the (regrettably limited) scope of the implied right in the Constitution to the freedom of political communication. Having said this, we again learn that the police are usually extremely underhanded in their policing of protests. Ultimately they know that the charges they give to protestors often won’t stand up in the courts, but they arrest us anyway to criminalise, hurt and intimidate us and to damage our movements. Often the state succeeds. So we are reminded of the importance of organising collectively, including of legal support, so that we can look out for each other, push back against the state, and keep struggling FTW. Jura Books stands in solidarity with people struggling for a better world in the streets, workplaces, cages and schools in Sydney and everywhere.

Finally, if you are in a position to donate to the Occupy Sydney legal fund, details are below. Any additional funds will go towards other protest legal support funds.
Account Number - 51298S1
BSB Number - 802884
Bank - Maritime Mining Power Credit Union

 

Interview: anarchism and the meaning of freedom

Jeremy is interviewed by Daisy, a high-school student from Blacktown.

"Hi Daisy, I've done my best to answer your questions properly, but briefly. It was very difficult! You've asked lots of interesting and challenging questions which we anarchists think deserve thorough consideration. In fact, that's exactly why we at Jura run a bookshop and library filled with thousands of books dealing with these questions and issues! I hope you will come in and check them out – you'll find much more thorough answers than the ones I've given below.

Other Worlds Zine Fair

Date and Time: 
Sun, 25/05/2014 - 11:00am to 4:00pm
Location: 

L3 Central 28 Broadway, Chippendale

Contact Name: 
Other Worlds Crew
Contact Email: 
otherworldszinefair@gmail.com

Jura is excited to have a table at the upcoming first-ever Other Worlds Zine Fair!

Other Worlds Zine Fair Poster

The Other Worlds Zine fair is an alternative to the MCA Zine Fair and will have over 65 zine makers and distributors filling over 50 tables.

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Other Worlds Zine Fair Poster

Poster for the Other Worlds Zine Fair 2014

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Guest talk: Schools for Chiapas

Date and Time: 
Sun, 03/11/2013 - 3:00pm to 6:00pm

Peter Brown - Founder of Schools for Chiapas"Ours is not a message of resignation.
It is not one of war, death, or destruction.
Our message is one of struggle and resistance."


Musica De Fuego in association with Schools for Chiapas / Escuelas para Chiapas present "An Evening with Peter Brown" at two Inner West venues.....

1. Jura Books - Sunday 3rd November @ 3pm
440 Parramatta Road, Petersham

2. The Red Rattler Theatre - Wed 13th November 7.30pm
6 Faversham Street Marrickville

Schools for Chiapas founding member Peter Brown is coming to Sydney, armed with a wealth of knowledge and experience of working with the Zapatista communities of Chiapas, Mexico since their uprising in 1994. He is coming to Australia to garner support for Zapatista education including schools, ecological agriculture, heath, and producers' cooperatives.

Brown's immersion in and involvement with the Zapatista movement has allowed him to bear witness to incredible stories of resistance. Some inspirational developments are currently occurring in Chiapas, as the Zapatistas cement their autonomous existence within the international community. This is a rare opportunity to hear about the Zapatista struggle and liberation throughout the last two decades from a man who has been involved with the movement from a grassroots level for many years.

A LITTLE MORE ABOUT PETER BROWN and his work in Chiapas;

Read this one page document -

http://www.nea.org/assets/docs/HCR_Award_Winner_Bio_Sheet_Brown.pdf

or this short video clip:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uQiZczilWv4

Entry to both nights is by donation to Schools for Chiapas. All funds will go directly to the Zapatista communities in resistance in Chiapas, Mexico.

Gracias, compas! See you at one of these venues for this rare opportunity to hear, discuss and ask questions about what is happening with our hermanos y hermanas in Chiapas :)

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Movie: Patu! - 4pm sharp!

Date and Time: 
Sun, 24/11/2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

PatuWe are starting at 4pm sharp, so that those who want to, can go to the rally in Blacktown afterwards. Merata Mita’s classic 1983 Patu! is an amazing and inspiring documentary film. It is a record of the mass direct action that took place in Aotearoa New Zealand in 1981, in protest against a South African rugby tour and the apartheid it represented.

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