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May News

Hi everyone,
It has been very busy over the past few weeks at Jura.
*-* The Talk and Text day went really well: lots of people turned up, Jeremy has written a report elsewhere, so no more here.
*-* The cup cake and politics morning tea was really well attended and is a great initiative. Rumour has it that another one will happen next month...stay tuned.
*-* Food Not Bombs is cooking up a storm each fortnight in the Jura kitchen for their Newtown gig...and supplying some tasty treats for Jura events, too.
*-* The major Jura (strategic) document that was begun at the open Planning Day is just about ready to be made public: great work done by many people on this.
*-* We have several new members in the collective: Katrina, Luke, Andrew, Fez, who isn't mentioned.....? Great to have them all on board...really good people.
*-* The new Sydney regional Anarchist-Communist Group is actively preparing its organisational structure. They meet at Jura so keep an eye on the events listing on the front page of this site.
*-* the Jura Organic Food Coop is building up really well. About a dozen households are in at the moment: if you live locally, and want some great organic fruit & vegs...why not join up.

Wow...heaps happening, and I probably missed out some of the things..
Ciao, Sid.

Cusp of March/April news...

Hi all,
here's a brief report on several issues:

Firstly, the Jura Planning Day that was hosted Jura Collective and was open to all, about 20 people came - an excellent turnout for that sort of event. Besides Jurans & ARI people, Food Not Bombs, Black Rose & Mutiny folk came along - thanks for all that input. Great facilitation by Jeremy was appreciated by all & minutes taken by Andrew - great work.

We heard reports about where Jura was at now, some possible trajectories if current matters continue (like book sales, contact lists, finances) and a report about our on line survey.
Book sales and accounts are healthy and growing, the Overhead Bills account is OK, but needs to sustain its input, and the ARI Building fund is very depleated, and needs lots.

Then the group explored implications for the future of these reports for Jura and other issues about future directions for the Jura project.

& yummy food and cakes from Kat (mmmm mmmm really nice).
It was a great afternoon's work - thanks to all.

Fundraising report:
As for the latest (added) fundrainisg efforts:
New donations have been from the punk gig ($230)and personal donations from SS ($1000) and PS ($500). So we need to still raise about $1000 to cover the extra expenses due to the (old) termite damage that was detected as we undertook repairs to the building.

Thanks to all who have contributed (both money and time and effort) to keeping Jura going and to improving the building.

Building Works:
Two great and productive working bees have been held in the past few days. Jeremy, and I am not sure who else as I wasn't there, have been doing a great job in preparing the plaster on the walls of the library for painting, which is going on as this is being written.

On Tuesday Shane & I have finished all the roofing and guttering - no more downpour when entering the back door when it rains! The difficult back door was aslo fixed by Shane. Also, all the cornices have been put up in the library, and the access hole built.
In the next week or two, the skirting boards will be fitted in all the upstairs rooms and there will be a return of the sign out side the shop.

Yea!!!!!we'll soon be able to set the library up again as a borrowing library, and have the space also available for meetings, films, and other events.

Melbourne Convergence:
Last Friday's Jura Collective meeting heard great news from the convergence in Melbourne that has prepared the way for establishing a Regional Anarchist Federation. Much work to do, but all who went came back very excited about the weekend's work ....I think they may have had a bit of fun too....
Another meeting will be held in Sydney in a couple of weeks to begin organising and building towards the next Regional Meeting in a year's time(to be held at Jura). I didn't go to Melbourne, but the plan is to establish the local areas first and then build a Federation from that base (rather than top down).
Ciao, Sid.

Open Jura Planning Day & Donations

Hi all,
Last Sunday the Jura Collective hosted a Planning Day that was open to all, with 17 people turning up - an excellent turnout for that sort of event. Besides Jurans & ARI people, Food Not Bombs, Black Rose & Mutiny folk came along - thanks to all that input.

We heard reports about where Jura was at now, some possible trajectories if current matters continue (like book sales, contact lists, finances) and a report about our on line survey. Then the group explored implications for the future of these reports for Jura and other issues about future directions for the Jura project.

& yummy food and cakes from Kat (mmmm mmmm really nice).
It was a great afternoon's work - thanks to all.

As for the latest (added) fundrainisg efforts:
New donations have been from the punk gig ($230)and personal donations from SS ($1000) and PS ($500).

Thanks to all who have contributed (both money and time and effort) to keeping Jura going and to improving the building.
Ciao, Sid.

Plans, politics and cupcakes

Dear Jura Books friends,

Lots is happening in the next month...

More working bee news

Hi all,
it was great to hear of the progress of the working bee last Sunday - thanks to all.
Shane & I went in to do some more work yesterday, here is a report:
Main job was to fix the increasingly bad leaks from rain in the back room - we think we did it. But when we went onto the roof, it suddenly sunk a little - nervy situation! As it turned out, a major timber beam that supported the roof had old termite damange and gave way. That has been the problem all along - the roof corner under the kitchen window had sunk about 8cm, so rain flowed back towards the wall instead of away and to the gutter.

It took all day to replace the timber and put in new iron work, loads of silicon etc...should be fixed now - we just need rain to test it out.

Unfortunately (1), we put a foot through the ceiling in trying to support the roof while replacing the damaged timber....you may notice a repair job in the ceiling of the back room, too. At least until the plastering and painting is finished.

Unfortunately (2), having to do all that extra work meant that we did not have enough time to do the work in the library...had to leave it for next week.

If any more donations can come through, please send it to our account (on the website) or by mail to Jura. All this extra work due to the old termite damage (in the library ceiling and now the backroom ceiling) has cost more than budgeted for.
Ciao, Sid.

February news around Jura

Hi everyone,
There are a few things to comment on:
1. Although I wasn't there, from all the reports about the Black Rose/Jura Punk gig/benefit, it went extremely well. The event was out doors - out the back at Jura. Lots of people an energy, music, food, good times, & books sold & money raised for both.

2. Ramsey formerly from AK Press is in town and will be giving a talk/discussion just before the next Jura Collective meeting: Ramsey's talk is from 5-6pm, Thursday 21st February - next week. All welcome & the topic is:
Current anarchist publishing: about some of the latest titles that have come out in the past year or so:
*at AK Press,
*other anarchist publishers around the world - for example, Kate Sharpley Library publications, Black Rose of Canada,
*& other exotic and/or interesting titles,
This will also include comments about Ramsey's new publishing venture: PM Press.

3. The next Jura Collective meeting is on Thursday, 21st Feb, from 6-8pm.

4. Althoiugh we have come across quite a bit of extra work that we did not anticipate, such as old termite damage and extra roof repairs (there are leaks in the back room), the building repairs are going on all the time, but there is a specific Working Bee on Sunday, 17th February, from 12 Noon. Please come if you can, even if it's only for an hour or two.

Ciao, Sid.

Collective brewing - Saturday the 16th, noon

Are you sick of that yucky aftertaste of sexist ads and continent-wide homogenisation of styles which you get after emptying a draft of commercial ale or lager into you trap? Well then come to Jura this Saturday the 16th of February to learn how you can make your own beer from scratch.
I'll start a short while after noon and will brew an ale from barley, malt, hops and pure Sydney water. Come along and watch and learn!

Miscellaneous: 
Jura: 

What do you think?

Hi everyone,

What do you think Jura Books should prioritise over the next few years? Please take 10 minutes to fill in our short electronic survey about the future of Jura Books - we really want your input, and as an incentive, everyone who fills in a survey will go into the running to win a prize of books and magazines worth $50.
>>Take the survey by clicking here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=5j_2bOAwxS4xhQWKHnYTIwJA_3d_3d

The results of the survey and other ideas about Jura’s strategic direction will be discussed at our planning workshop, lunch provided. Everyone is welcome to participate – no matter what your involvement with Jura has been. If you want to see a draft of our plan click here. Change the world - what do you think?
>>Planning workshop, 1pm, Sat 8th March
 

Coming up sooner is an eco-workers skillshare. Hear speakers on being a change agent and fostering sustainable behaviour in your workplace, the role of multinationals in ‘fair trade’, and see the new film, Squeezed: The cost of free trade in the Asia Pacific.
>>Eco-workers skillshare, 1pm, Sat 2nd Feb
 

For the more musically inclined, there is a joint Jura and Black Rose fundraising gig, $8 or $5 concession. Lineup: The Assassination Collective (Melbourne), Subverts, and Say Cheese and Die. Wicked…
>>Punk gig, 1pm, Sun 10th Feb
 

The library renovations are almost finished, with most of the plastering complete and a new ceiling installed. But of course we would still love your help at the next working bee!
>>Painting working bee, 12pm, Sun 17th Feb
 

Sydney Food Not Bombs has been using the Jura kitchen every fortnight to prepare yummy free vegetarian food for people around the city. FNB is a worldwide movement committed to reducing food wastage, and campaigning for access to food, water, shelter and education, NOT more guns and bombs. For more info check out their blog...
>>Food Not Bombs: http://sydfoodnotbombs.blogspot.com
 

The Jura Vegie Boxes are starting to arrive at Jura with cheap, organic vegies every Thursday. To join in, just send an email...
>>Jura Vegie Boxes: jurafoodcoop@riseup.net
 

Finally, there is lots of great new stock in the bookshop, click here to check it out.

Lots of fun stuff to see and do - all at Jura Books!

The Jura Collective
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9550 9931
www.jura.org.au

 

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New titles in the bookshop

Check out these great new books...

Ben Fletcher: the Life and Times of a Black Wobbly: $26
Big Red Songbook (IWW) $34 (280 pp)
Little Red Songbook (IWW) $8
Rambling Kid,a novel about the IWW $26
Anarchist Morality: Kropotkin $9.50
Days of War Nights of Love $19.50
Government is Violence, Tolstoy $30.50
Provo: Amsterdam's Anarchist Revolt $25.50
The End of the Street: Sustainable Growth Within Natural Limits, $39
Raft of the Medusa: Five Voices on Colonies, Nations & Histories $26
From Political Economy to Anthropology: Situating Economic Life in Past Societies $29
Girlhood: Redefining the Limits, $26
World Revolution 1917-1937, CLR James, $41
Regulation of Desire: Homo & Hetro Sexualities, $25
Work and Madness: the Rise of Community Psychiatry, $19

First January Working Bee.

Hi everyone,
we had a working bee last Friday at Jura. Five people turned up and we finished the awning, cleaned up the rubbish that had collected out the back, put in the ceiling in the library, and began on the guttering work. Unfortunately, due to some old termite damage, the guttering work could not be completed, as some new timber needed to be bought and it was too late by the time that was discovered. One more day's work should see it done.
That means that we have just about finished all the building works that we raised $8,000 to complete. In addition, the plastering and painting work needs to be finished in the library, and getting and fitting in the new shelving in the shop and the library still also need to be done.
Thanks for all the donations of time and money, folks.
Ciao, Sid.

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