Submitted by Guest contributor on Thu, 26/09/2013 - 12:00am
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
When I was 9 years old I saw a black-and-white TV image of my school teacher, Mr Watson, being thrown into a police paddy wagon for protesting against the presence of the South African football team – the Springboks – in Australia. Mr Watson never returned to school, and it all seemed very confusing. Although I’ve learned more about it since then, it was only reading about it in Meredith’s Burgmann’s fascinating account in this wonderful book that it was really brought to life. Imagine former member of NSW Parliament Meredith Burgmann, together with her sister, in their 20s, spending the day dressed in the drag / disguise of older Afrikaner women watching the football, before leapfrogging their esky over the fence, invading the playing field and setting off flares.
Jura is a radical social space. We put on gigs, films and discussions in order to build a counter-culture outside of (and in opposition to) the capitalist scene. We welcome like-minded groups to put on events in our space. Below is a selection of images from gigs and other Jura events over the last couple of years. Click on any image below to see the full size image or start the slide show (in Firefox). To move between images use the arrow keys or mouse over the images.
Submitted by Jura Books on Mon, 14/07/2014 - 5:59pm
Date and Time:
Sun, 24/08/2014 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
This talk will look at the contemporary Athenian anarchist and anti-authoritarian milieu and their on-the-ground struggles against capitalism, the state and the rise of fascism.
Presented by Nick – a Jura Collective member who recently completed a phd at Macquarie University, based on his research in Athens.
Nick will consider how militant protest actions act as expressions of collective grievance, desire for retaliation against police injustices and as manifestations of anarchist and anti-authoritarian praxis. He will also explore how varying shades of anarchic tendencies and ensuing ideological and practical disagreements are, for the most part, overcome in these often violent Athenian street-protests.
Sun, 06/07/2014 - 7:00am to Mon, 07/07/2014 - 11:00pm
'The Block' on Eveleigh St opposite Refern Station.
Contact Phone Number:
Indigenous activists have called for support this Sunday and Monday to defend the Aboriginal Tent Embassy and The Block in Redfern.The Embassy is expecting an eviction attempt any time on July the 6th and 7th. It's a racist attack and a class war. It's part of the big push to remove poor and working class people from the inner city to make room for those with more money. Come down and show solidarity.
"On July 7th, the development of new housing is set to occur at the Block in Redfern. The bulldozers will attempt to roll in to erase centuries of Aboriginal occupation, and four decades of Aboriginal social housing. An Aboriginal Tent Embassy stands in their way, and mob are calling for our support. You can visit or stay at the Embassy at anytime, but a specific invitation has been made for your support on Sunday 6th and Monday 7th of July. Let’s resist the enclosure of the Block as another shopping mall, as another block of flats that people on low-incomes can’t afford to live in."
Please also note that we don't know what time the construction workers and cops will get there so it might be best to show up early. We can have a yarn and a cuppa until we have to blockade
Submitted by John Smith on Mon, 02/06/2014 - 3:03pm
Here are a few pictures from the amazing Fluid Prejudice Anthology comic launch lovingly held at Jura.It was an amazing night with many great speakers supported by an awesome crowd.Enjoy!Resistance is fertile!
Jura Books is on the land of the Wangal people of the Eora Nation. The Jura Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pays our respect to Elders past and present. We support the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people for land rights, self-determination, and justice.
A note on accessibility: The lower level of Jura (the bookshop area) is accessible for people using wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments. However the library and toilets are up steep flights of stairs. We can move most meetings and events downstairs upon request.