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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
Location: 

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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Support the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy

The Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy was established 10 months ago to oppose the removal of Aboriginal people from Redfern. Jura supports the Embassy their campaign for affordable housing for Aboriginal people in the area. We support justice and self-determination for Aboriginal people; being pushed out of inner city areas to make way for wealthy non-Aboriginal people is not justice.

The Block, where the embassy is situated is legally owned by the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC), headed by Mick Mundine. The original plan was for AHC to turn it into a modern, affordable housing project for Aboriginal people. However now the AHC, along with development company DeiCorp, plan to gentrify the area with their Pemulwuy Project. 14 of the 17 storeys are designated as student housing and a commercial shopping area. DeiCorp controversially said in an advertisement, "The Aboriginals [sic] have already moved out, now Redfern is the last virgin suburb close to city, it will have great potential for the capital growth in the near future".

The Pemulwuy Project is a departure from the AHC's mission of looking after the housing needs of less well off indigenous people. Asked by the Sydney Morning Herald whether the development would provide affordable housing to Aboriginal people, Mundine said, "That's on the backburner at the moment. Our first priority is the commercial build".

The Embassy is now under constant threat of eviction. Aunty Jenny, one of the elders of the embassy, has asked for people to commit to a shift there. Many supporters, including activists from Black Rose and Jura have gone in response. We encourage you to go and camp there if you can. If you're not able to camp, please consider making a donation as per the details below.

For more info, check out this recent article from New Matilda, the message below from supporters, or the Embassy's facebook page.

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A message from supporters of the Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy:

"It's crunch time for the embassy. Its enemies are watching, waiting and working out the best time for eviction. 4 - 6am seems a likely time for them to move in for the attack. Being the cowards that they are, they'll wait for a time when there are perhaps only 2 or 3 women present. If they do act at such a time it won't be too hard to get those 2 or 3 people arrested, then that'll be it for the embassy. The developers will then be able to get to work putting up their 17 storey building.

The embassy was established nearly 10 months ago now, on 26 May 2014. It continues to exist because of widespread community support, which has been much appreciated.

Nevertheless it's hard to maintain vigilance 24/7 indefinitely. The hard core of regulars is getting burned out and that community support has been waning.

Aunty Jenny has asked for people to commit to a shift there. Come down and camp there if you can. Particularly blokes. When the developers and their mates see that blokes are there, more than a few people, they're likely to think twice about trying anything.

Unfortunately, given present circumstances it's not an appropriate place for children to be staying.

The head of the Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC), Mick Mundine, along with development company DelCorp, plan to gentrify the area with their Pemulwuy Project. 14 of the 17 storeys are designated as student housing and a commercial shopping area.

The Pemulwuy is a departure from the AHC's mission of looking after the housing needs of less well off indigenous people. Asked by the Sydney Morning Herald whether the development would provide affordable housing to Aboriginal people, Mundine said, "That's on the backburner at the moment. Our first priority is the commercial build."

In an area that's becoming increasingly gentrified, the Block, where the embassy is situated, is the last chance Aboriginal people have to hold onto an area that gave them their first land rights.

The Block is legally owned by AHC. The original plan was for AHC to turn it into a modern, affordable housing project for indigenous people.

Please support RATE's efforts to get a guarantee of Aboriginal low cost housing for the elders and families on the Block. We are committed to non-violent resistance to the threatened eviction. Though of course we cannot guarantee that police and other opponents will be non-violent.

Come down, say hi, have a cuppa, meet the crew.
Check out the Facebook page or email: rate_2016[at]outlook.com

 

Donate to: Redfern Aboriginal Tent Embassy c/o Jenny Munro
BSB: 062231, Account No: 10433577."

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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Miscellaneous: 

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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How to Make Trouble and Influence People

How to Make Trouble and Influence People book

Jura is excited to stock the second edition of How to Make Trouble and Influence People - a brilliant book on Australia's radical past. Copies available for $35. Mail order available - just email us.
 
About the book:

This book reveals Australia’s radical past through more than 500 tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hijinks, student occupations, creative direct action, street art, media pranks, urban interventions, squatting, blockades, banner drops, guerilla theatre, and billboard liberation. Twelve key Australian activists and pranksters are interviewed regarding their opposition to racism, nuclear power, war, economic exploitation, and religious conservatism via humour and creativity. Featuring more than 300 spectacular images How to Make Trouble and Influence People has been published in a second edition by PM Press. As this edition will mainly be distributed to audiences outside of Australia all of the listings from the first edition have been put in chronological order and introductions added for key periods in Australian history. It also features an additional 30 pages of new material.

Praise for the book:

“I noticed clear back on my first visit in ’83 that radical Aussies fighting back seem to be far more tenacious and creative than most Americans—Roxby Downs, that damned Franklin dam in Tasmania, Operation Titstorm, etc. A far better way to heat up the planet than your lovely mining companies. So keep up the good work! A prank a day keeps the dog leash away.”
—Jello Biafra

“A fascinating recovery of Australia’s neglected past and a worthy inspiration to today’s would-be troublemakers.”
—Sean Scalmer, author of Dissent Events: Protest, The Media and the Political Gimmick in Australia

“If you’ve ever thought of speaking out about an issue or have idly wondered what you could do to make the world a better place, this is the book for you! Fascinating interviews, quirky historical snippets and stunning photos chronicling all the Australians who have made a difference and who have done so with courage, audacity and a lot of humour! Keep it on your desk at work for all those moments when you need some inspiration, a bit of hope or just a good laugh.”
—Jill Sparrow, co-author Radical Melbourne 1 & 2

“Fascinating interviews with Australia’s best troublemakers make for a riotous scrapbook covering our radical history of revolts and resistance.”
—Rachel Power, Australian Education Union News

“McIntyre has amassed hundreds of tales alongside dramatic photographs in what is unashamedly a songbook for Australia’s future culture-jammers and mischief makers.”
—Katherine Wilson, The Age

Miscellaneous: 

Action against Pacific 2013 Arms Expo

Date and Time: 
Mon, 07/10/2013 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Location: 

Eastern entrance to the convention centre in Darling Harbour

'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!

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