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Red & Black Forum: Brian Martin on Participatory Alternatives to Electoral Democracy

Sunday, December 15, 2013 -
2:00pm to 4:00pm

Unicorn in the ballot boxElection campaigns and voting allow people to participate in politics, but only to a very limited extent. Various participatory options exist, including referenda, self-managing collectives, consensus decision-making, small-scale government units, and randomly selected decision-makers.

Movie: Patu! - 4pm sharp!

Sunday, November 24, 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.

Simon Hunt, AKA Pauline Pantsdown, on politics and cultural intervention

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

Against War and the 'War on Drugs'

"War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true [humanity]. It degrades and stupefies with the sense that you are not responsible, that 'tis not yours to think and reason why, but to do and die,' like the hundred thousand others doomed like yourself. War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder."
- Alexander Berkman, What Is Communist Anarchism?


Stop T4 Rally and Street Parade

Saturday, March 16, 2013 - 9:00pm to Sunday, March 17, 2013 - 3:00am

A fun, vibrant, colourful, and determined public demonstration against industry plans to more than double coal exports from the Hunter.

Join people from all across NSW to say “No!” to more coal.

You should come if:

Race Discrimination Film Fundraiser

Tuesday, February 19, 2013 -
5:30am to 8:00am


Cross Border Collective presents a special screening to raise money for the Race Discrimination Case being brought in Victoria against Victoria Police.

Tickets: $15 concession/$20 waged/$25 solidarity: purchase tickets: http://www.trybooking.com/41084

Community and Wobblies Picnic - NOW THIS SAT 9TH FEB

COMMUNITY AND WOBBLIES PICNIC: ENMORE PARK, FROM 12.30PM, SATURDAY 9TH FEBRUARY. Enmore Park is at the end of Enmore Rd and Addison Rd, Marrickville. This is the new date for the picnic after it was postponed due to the weather last week.



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Library working bee

Monday, March 18, 2013 -
1:00am to 4:00am

Jura's library collection, the Fanya Baron Library, is having a meeting and working bee from 2pm-5pm on Sun 17 March. We'll be finalising our Donations Policy, making decisions on recently donated books (including a large and awesome one from John B), and spreading out the collection on our brand-spankin'-new shelves. If this sounds like fun to you - and it sure does to us - come down and hang out.