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Jura is on SALE!

Date and Time: 
Thu, 04/02/2016 - 2:00pm to Sun, 28/02/2016 - 5:00pm

For the whole month of February, Jura is having a spectacularly priced sale! Everything in the shop will be at least 10% off, plus many books will be 50% off (such as all those pictured below!). All CDs, DVDs and 2016 diaries/calendars will also be discounted by 50%. Plus, become a regular financial supporter, and you'll get an additional 20% off, on top of the sale price! So, come in and support your volunteer-run anarchist book shop and social space, while getting some awesome reading, listening, and/or watching material. Jura's awesomeness is fuelled by supporters like you! See you all there.

 

"What is Anarcho-Syndicalism" – Laure Akai

Date and Time: 
Sat, 06/02/2016 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Jura is pleased to be hosting this special talk on the practice of anarcho-syndicalism, by Laure Akai, the Secretary of the International Workers' Association (IWA).

The IWA was founded in 1922 in Berlin and has Sections around the world. The IWA is an international federation of anarcho-syndicalist labour unions and initiatives, based on the principles of revolutionary unionism. Sections and Friends of the IWA play an active role in workplace struggles and solidarity campaigns, such as the victorious Domino’s Pizza campaign in 2012.

This event is part of a series around Australia and is organised by the Anarcho-Syndicalist Federation (ASF), Australian section of the IWA.

Laure will be in Australia on a speaking tour in February; it’s the first time the Secretary of the IWA has visited Australia. The tour is part of the celebration of the 60th anniversary of the IWA in Australia and the 30th anniversary of the ASF (the majority of ASF members are based in Melbourne).

Laure will give a 20 minute presentation, followed by questions and discussion.

This event is free and is part of a series which will also include events in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.

Sydney event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/447065572164765/
Melbourne event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1504120636558320/
Perth event: https://www.facebook.com/events/163911203975225/

 

Thursday Menace: Discussion – creating radical spaces in Sydney

Date and Time: 
Thu, 04/02/2016 - 7:00pm to 10:00pm

Thursday Menace is a new weekly gathering space to meet, hang out and plot. Starts at 7pm with food and hang out till later.

This week will be a discussion on creating radical spaces in Sydney.

Murder in Tottenham: Australia's first political assassination – book launch and discussion with the author

Date and Time: 
Sun, 21/02/2016 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
In 1916, as World War 1 raged and Australia debated conscription, tensions that had been boiling beneath the surface exploded with the shooting death of a police officer in western NSW. In less than three months two members of the Industrial Workers of the World, or Wobblies, were hanged in the most politicised and polarising example of capital punishment since Ned Kelly. Murder in Tottenham: Australia's first political assassination is a new book which examines these deaths and what drove bush workers to fly the IWW's flag of industrial revolution.
 
At this special free event, the author, Rowan Day will launch and discuss his book – 2pm, 21 February at Jura.
 
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Some summer reading and thinking

Summer holidays called for a little light reading and thinking. I've recently finished my tenth read of Ursula Le Guin's The Dispossessed. Crazy you might think, but I find it endlessly fascinating for the global craft-work, deep thought, and fine word-smithing that forms the composition of this exceptional book - the best utopian classic of the C20th - maybe of all time. The book contrasts two societies, one on Urras 'Earth' and one on Anarres, its habitable moon. A revolution had occurred on Urras some generations earlier, with a resulting peace treaty that sent the revolutionaries to Anarres to build their anarchist society. The story is of Shevek, an Anarresti who goes to Urras to further develop his theories in Physics, the first Anarresti to 'return' in 200 years. Thus the book is a series of contrasting, alternating chapters, one on anarchist Anarres and then one on authoritarian Urras. Neither world is perfect, even in their own terms, but it is the exploration of these internal complexities and external contrasts that forms the rich loam of ideas that Le Guin explores. These areas range from individualism & collectivism, to sexuality, government & governance, economics & consumerism to ecology and parenting - among many other critically important areas of human activity. Well worth another read in a year or three! I'll still find something new to think about - the things are that make us human, and to explore the struggle to be human.

Now, while also finishing scott crow's Black Flags and Windmills: Anarchy, Hope and the Common Ground Collective (which I reviewed a few weeks ago here), I realised how similar the two books were in so many ways (Black Flags and The Dispossessed). Both have a protagonist searching for meaning in life, truth (but without the capital 'T'), and struggling against the tide. In scott crow's case, it is literally the giant tide caused by the flooding of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina in 2005, as well as against the human tides of racism, sexism, governmental chaos and ineptitude, and exhaustion and struggle in helping thousands of abandoned people. Of course, the fundamental similarity between the two 'stories' is that of the anarchist approach in fighting the authoritarianism of the various States and statist ideas. Both books are fundamentally about building anarchist structures of self-help and community as against greed, exploitation and domination. In many ways, the story of building the Common Ground Collective in New Orleans is so like the struggle to build the anarchist society of Anarres.

Both are immensely inspiring books.