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Sydney Internationalist Discussion Group

In the present world situation with economic chaos engulfing the world the working class is slowly regaining its consciousness and sense of combatively so heavily dampened by the “collapse of communism” and the “end of history”. At this time it is important to try and actively contribute to this development given that class consciousness is not something that develops in a purely spontaneous or linear and mechanistic way.

Discussion circles and groups as an essential part of the proletariat's effort to develop its class consciousness through trying to understand the meaning and implications of the crises of capitalism by analysing and reconnecting with the history and positions of the workers movement. The work of discussion circles is thus of real importance to the future development of the proletariat's understanding of its historical role, reappropriating the lessons of history and breaking down the barriers of the political isolation of individuals.

"A [discussion] circle is an open coming together of workers, who meet because they want to discuss and clarify political questions. They are places which the proletariat creates in order to push forwards its consciousness ... They express the consciousness of the class, showing that it is not willing to accept the crisis and the bankruptcy of capitalism without resistance; that it wants to defend itself against the attacks of the capitalist system. Also, they express an attempt to search for ways to fight back and to develop a revolutionary perspective...


"The goal of a discussion circle is the political clarification of the individual participants ...

"What's proletarian about a discussion circle is not a common 'local' programme but the common will to discuss and clarify. Thus, a discussion circle isn't the same as a political group with a fixed programme. Rather it is a place, a meeting place for political clarification." (ICC, WR n° 207, 'Discussion circles in the working class: a world-wide phenomenon').

It is on this basis that we are currently attempting to organise a discussion group open to all workers and students willing to participate, to come together, not on common political positions but rather on the basis of a common desire to address the challenges facing the working class and humanity as a whole today through discussion, debate and mutual clarification. This task cannot fall to one or two individuals alone; it must be the collective effort of a group of individuals, albeit small, in searching for concrete solutions to the challenges faced by the working class and the whole of humanity today.

Anyone interested or willing to take part are invited to confirm their interest by emailing N.Rossi@live.com.au

Any questions, comments or criticisms are also warmly welcomed.



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May Day - let's play!

Dear Jura friends and supporters,

Cracks are growing in the empire of global capitalism. Bosses are trying to maintain their profits in the face of environmental and economic meltdown. Meanwhile, workers around the world are occupying their workplaces and rioting in the streets. May Day is international day of the workers - a day to celebrate and re-invigorate our fight for social justice. The date commemorates a general strike in Chicago 1886, when four anarchists were killed by the State for their political beliefs. 123 years later the struggle continues to end capitalism and create a world based on workers' control. We'd love you to join us at our May Day celebrations...

-> Our monthly acoustic night, this time featuring Kitty In the Well and others. Everyone is invited to come along, play some music, recite a poem, bring some food (or eat ours). >> 7pm, Thurs 30th April.

-> May Day party for the grand re-opening of the Jura Library! The Jura library has been closed for two years. Now, after dozens of working bees, and thousands of hours and dollars provided by volunteers and supporters in the Jura community, we have a beautiful new library space! For photos and more about the library check out http://www.jura.org.au/library . Come and party with us, read books, and plan the revolution. >> 6pm, Fri 1st May.

-> Join other Sydney anarchists marching together in the May Day rally - look for the red and black flag and/or bring your own. We'll gather on the eastern side of Hyde Park fountain. >> 12pm Sun 3rd May, Hyde Park.

-> Rock'n'roll in the library. Daniel Striped Tiger (USA) playing a raucous show with Bare Arms, All my circuits (Melbourne) and Epitomes (Nowra). Random book readings between bands. Scrumptious vegan dinner and show only $10! All ages and species welcome. >> 6pm, Tues 5th May.

-> A new anarchist film is showing at the Spanish Film Festival - The Anarchist's Wife. Set during the harrowing years of the Spanish Civil War, this drama tells the story of one young couple?s love in the face of terrible obstacles. For more details: http://www.spanishfilmfestival.com/sydney/films_war3.html . Jura will have a book stall outside each cinema for a couple of hours before each screening. >> 6.45pm, Sun 10th May, Palace Paddington. >> 4.15pm, Sun 17th May at Palace Norton St, Leichardt.

-> Gig featuring Cougar Flashy (Melbourne), Polyfox, the Union of the Most Ghosts, and others. >> 4pm, Sun 17th May

Also, get ready for the first Sydney anarchist film festival - a joint production of Jura and Black Rose, over the Queen's Birthday long weekend (5-8 June).

And finally, please don't forget that we still need your help to pay off our mortgage. See below for fundraising updates and details on how to donate, and put some of your $900 cash handout towards something worthwhile...

Love and rage from the Jura Collective.

440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
9550 9931

Opening times:
Wednesday 2-7pm
Thursday 2-7pm
Friday 2-7pm
Saturday 12-5pm
Sunday 12-5pm


Radical responses to the financial meltdown convergence meeting

At 1830 on Tuesday the 14th, around ten people met in Jura books to discuss a conference/convergence on radical class responses to the financial meltdown. There was some discussion on individuals politics and perspectives on what is currently going on. This fed into the different ideas people have for a conference/convergence and who should take part in it.
A general feeling I got was that people want to create an event over 1 or 2 days. There individuals and groups can meet to discuss common politics and general trends in resistance as well as have workshops and do some organising. What specifically would happen will become clearer as more people get involved and help shape it themselves.
Discussion was had on the people and groups to be invited to be involved. This basically led to people taking it on themselves to invite who they thought was relevant, to the next organising meeting. Broadly radical groups as well as not-so-radical groups with radical elements should atttend. Specific Trotskyite groups with particularly damaging sectarian politics were mentioned as being pointless and even nonsensical to invite (if they'd even want to take part).
The next organising meeting was tentatively slated to be at the ASEN (Australian Student Environment Network) headquarters in Erskinville on Monday the 27th of April at 1830.

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Acoustic and amplified sounds

Dear Jura friends,

Come along to a night of acoustic music, put on by Jura Books and friends, on Thursday 26th March, from 7pm. Hopefully this will become a regular monthly event where you will be able to enjoy the un-amplified sounds of a variety of local musicians; entry is by donation. You're welcome to listen or play or both!

Check out the Jura and Black Rose Books joint stall at the smARTarts Youth Arts & Cultural Festival. The festival is on Saturday 4th April, 12.30 to 6.30pm, at Pine Street Creative Arts Centre, 64 Pine St, Chippendale. This youth arts event will showcase creative talent and initiatives of people aged 15 - 26 yrs. It's part of national youth week and will feature live music on 2 stages, roving street performers & live art demonstrations. For more info check out: http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/pinestreet/Youthprogram/smartArts.html

You've still got 2 weeks to catch the Jura cheap month - our giant book sale with 10% to 50% off everything in the shop, plus hundreds of second hand books for $1 each. Ends 5pm, Sunday 29th March.

Also, Mutiny zine is turning three! To celebrate you're invited to a party at Black Rose Books (22 Enmore Rd, Newtown) at 7pm on April 17. Mutiny is a Sydney-based zine which aims to explore different avenues of disobedience and resistance, and to encourage people to write about their ideas, actions and  experiences. Mutiny is available for free every month on paper and online at http://www.jura.org.au/mutiny

Also on this month at Jura:
-->A number of anarcho-syndicalist discussion events. For more details visit http://www.jura.org.au
-->Library meeting and working bee: 12pm-5pm, 21st March.
-->Jura Collective meeting: 3pm, 28th March. Volunteers are always needed!
-->The Jura Food Co-op continues: Fresh, seasonal organic fruit and veg. Order by Sunday 5pm, pick up your box on Friday 3pm-7pm or Saturday 12pm-3pm. For more info check out: http://www.jura.org.au/foodcoop

Love and rage,
The Jura Books Collective


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The Jura Books Collective

---Who are we?---
Jura Books is a not-for-profit, collectively run, anarchist space located at 440 Parramatta Rd, Petersam, Sydney. We have been going for 31 years.


We have thousands of books you won't find anywhere else - anarchist, enviro, feminist, libertarian socialist, history, fiction and more.

We show films, have gigs, spoken word nights and political forums. All are welcome to come along and enjoy these cheap, alternative events. Some of our recent events include: a Zapatista book launch and video link up, a womyn's hip-hop show, and a political art exhibition.

---Organising space---

Jura is a base and resource for many activist groups, and we also try to prefigure the world we want to create. Recently we've hosted an eco-workers group, a womyn's group and Food Not Bombs. We also run an organic food co-op.

Our recently renovated library is a unique resource of left-libertarian books and journals that you won't find anywhere else. We also maintain an archive of political posters.

---Opening hours---
Wed, Thurs and Fri: 2pm-7pm. Sat and Sun: 12-5pm



January new titles

Hi everyone,
here are some more of the recent arrivals at Jura:
Earth First! (journal) $7
Chainbreaker Bike Book (maintenance)$25
Anarchist Panther zine $5
-(a massive book from AK - the long awaited! ) Anarchist FAQ Vol 1 Iain McKay $34.50
I love Animals and Broccoli (kid's colouring book) $8.50
Veganomicon the ultimate vegan cookbook H/b $45
Dead in their Track Crossing America's Desert Borderlands $23
Indestructible (teen novella) $10
The Pornography of Meat $27.50
Endgame Vol2 $32
The Sexual Politics of Meat $30
Getting by on the Minimum the Lives of Working Women $44.50

Wobblies and the Zapatistas $30
Doris Anthology..oops..just sold..
Individual Doris zines, #s 23,24,25 $3
the W Effect: Bush's War on Women $24
the Anti-christ: Nietzsche $11
Getting Off, Pornography and the end of masculinity $19
the Milk of Human Kindness: defending breast feeding $23
Bakunin: a Biography (new much lower price, still h/b) $30
The Zinester's Guide to Portland $7.5
HOw fast it all blows up: lessons from the 2001 Cincinnati Riots $4
Jane: documents from Chicago's Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973 $4.50

...and lots of other new titles, too...

Don't forget the fantastic,and cheap, Slingshot Organisers - only 3 large left, but plenty of the compact size, in loads of colours - $16 & $9. Also we have run out of the 3CR calendar with lots of Jura posters in it, but there are three other political calendars there to choose from. And there is a beautiful diary also available.

Slingshots, Land and Freedom

Hi Jura Books friends,

There's an easy way to make your friends and families happy, and at the
same time support alternative politics instead of the usual capitalist

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Always look on the bright side of life

Hi Jura Books friends and supporters,

There are four great events coming up that we'd love to see you at...

1) Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers
Film Screening organised by SACT, this Sat 15th Nov, 5pm, Jura Books. Entry by donation.

This film is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war. Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.

NEW YORK TIMES: 'a horrifying catalogue of greed, corruption and incompetence'
HUFFINGTON POST:'Greenwald, the master of the issue-doc, has delivered a film that connects on both an emotional and an intellectual level. And, most importantly, it does so by letting the facts - and the victims of the war's privatization - speak for themselves.' Arianna Huffington

2) Walk Against Warming
Take action this Sat, 15th Nov, 11am, Martin Place.
Join thousands in a walk for renewable energy and a safe climate future. With vital decisions being made this year, it is crucial to fight now for urgent action and justice for those affected by climate change. Look for members of the Jura and Mutiny Collectives handing out a free anarchist paper on climate change.

3) Paolo Finzi talks on Anarchism in Italy
International guest speaker, Sat 22nd Nov, 6pm, Jura Books. Entry by donation.

Paolo Finzi has been a member of the editorial staff of the anarchist monthly magazine "A" since its foundation in 1971. He has written two books about the Italian anarchist militants Errico Malatesta and Alfonso Failla. Recently he produced a DVD and CD about the Italian anarchist folksinger Fabrizio De André. His last production was a double DVD (with booklet) about the Nazi extermination of the Gypsies.

In his talk at Jura Books he'll speak about the situation and perspectives of the Italian anarchist movement and will discuss with the audience the international situation and the role of anarchists. On demand, he may speak also about the history of Gypsies, their persecution along the centuries (expecialy during the Nazi regime) and the behaviour of Italian government against them today.

4) 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life' and 'Lock Out The Landlords'.

Double Trouble Book Launch with author Iain McIntyre, Sat 29th Nov, 6pm, Jura Books. Entry by donation.

Iain McIntyre is the author of two excellent new publications from Homebrew Books. He will launch both books with a brief talk and a screening of archival footage from the AIDEX '91 anti-arms fair protests and 'Evictions', a film by Richard Lowenstein about anti-eviction struggles during the Great Depression. Discussion will follow.

Always Look On The Bright Side Of LIfe: The AIDEX '91 Story (144 pp):

In November 1991 over 1000 protesters blockaded the National Exhibition Centre in Canberra for 12 days with the aim of shutting down the Australia International Defence Exhibition. AIDEX ’91 saw the most police violence and highest number of arrests in the ACT since the Vietnam era. Although the exhibition was eventually able to go ahead the blockade caused enough disruption to ensure that no one would dare hold another arms fair on this scale in Australia again. The success of the protest came at a cost however with hundreds of demonstrators injured and their actions vilified in the mainstream media.

Alongside a detailed account of the protest itself the book traces the background of the blockade amidst the growth of opposition to the Australian arms industry during the 1980s. Using the words of the protesters themselves the book also explores the lessons of AIDEX ’91, the effect of the protest on a generation of Australian activists and the way in which similar strategies were used to stop the 2008 Asia Pacific Defence and Security Exhibition from occurring. The book features many photos from both the AIDEX ’89 and ’91 protests.

Lock Out The Landlords: Eviction Resistance, 1929-36 (44pp):

The economic depression of the 1930s saw thousands of Australians thrown out of their homes and into the streets. These actions however did not go unopposed. Across Australia pickets, occupations and protests were organised to disrupt and prevent evictions and auctions. Where these failed some took matters into their own hands wrecking the properties of landlords and real estate agents in revenge. This pamphlet chronicles just some of the many struggles that took place. It includes a chronology of actions as well as photos and quotes from those involved providing a fascinating insight into the events of the time. Originally released in 1997 this second edition adds photos and more detailed listings.

Both publications are available from Jura Books.


Fundraising update

A huge thankyou to everyone who has already donated to our fundraising drive! So far we have raised $1,500. This is a great start, but we need to keep going if we are going to make it to our $30,000 target. Please donate now to help us pay off the mortgage and make Jura sustainable.
>>Transfer money into our bank account using your own internet banking - email us for details.
>> Come in to Jura to donate in person
>> Post a cheque or money order made out to Jura Books
>> Use Paypal (jura@jura.org.au);

Thanks for your support and your help,

The Jura Collective.

440 Parramatta Rd, Petersham
9550 9931

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Friday 2-7pm
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Make Jura Sustainable!

Dear Jura friends and supporters,

We have been presented with a crisis and an opportunity, and we need your help.

The bank that holds the mortgage for our property has called in the loan. They have asked us to pay $5,000 immediately and the rest - another $15,000 - as soon as possible.