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How to Make Trouble and Influence People

****What democracy?****
****How to Make Trouble and Influence People - book launch, 5.30pm Thurs 26 Sep at Jura****
****Rebel Love: Revolution - Red and Black Forum, 2pm Sun 29 Sep at Jura****
****Writers Salon at Jura****
****Social Centres towards Social Struggle - talk, 7pm Thurs 19 Sep at Black Rose****
****Leard Forest Listen Up - DIY bush blockade and arts festival, 27-30 Sep in the Leard Forest****
****Action Against Pacific 2013 Arms Fair - rally at 11am, Mon 7 Oct at Darling Harbour****
****Anarchist global solidarity action - reportback****
****Jura's website is being upgraded*****
****Next Jura Collective Meeting - 3pm Sat 5 Oct at Jura****

****What democracy?****

That wasn't democracy and it wasn't change.

It was the simulation of democracy and change. The papering-over a broken and brutal system with leaflets, placards, and ballot papers. A circus to distract us from the real crisis: a burning planet, a never-ending war, migrants dying on the border and in concentration camps, working harder and longer in jobs we don't control. This crisis can't be solved by voting. It can't be solved by politicians or any political party. It can only be solved by us - organised into grassroots, directly democratic social movements.

Some people get swept up in the spectacle. They vote. They hand out leaflets. They argue that Party C is different, better, full of 'good people'. They defend our 'democracy'. Well, sometimes good people participate in bad systems; that doesn't make the system any better. Representative 'democracy' and the party form are a dead end - following that road leads at best to betrayal and at worst to mass murder. Let's abandon it once and for all.

Instead, join those of us who reject the farce of representative 'democracy'. Join us as we put our energy into everyday struggles for real democracy, real organisation, real community. We find hope in the fact that most Australians hate all political parties; that 16.1% didn't turn up to vote; that 5.9% of those who did turn up spoiled their ballot papers (the majority intentionally according to the AEC); and that even those who voted for Tweedle Dum, did so mostly because they hate Tweedle Dee more.

Real change will never happen at the ballot box. It will happen on the streets.

****How to Make Trouble and Influence People - book launch, 5.30pm Thurs 26 Sep at Jura****

"Keep on swimming against the stream, only dead fish go with the flow."

Jura is excited to be hosting the book launch of the second edition of How to Make Trouble and Influence People. This brilliant book reveals Australia’s radical past through more than 500 tales of Indigenous resistance, convict revolts and escapes, picket line hijinks, student occupations, creative direct action, street art, media pranks, squatting, blockades, banner drops, guerilla theatre, and billboard liberation. Twelve key Australian activists and pranksters are interviewed regarding their opposition to racism, nuclear power, war, economic exploitation, and religious conservatism via humour and creativity. How to Make Trouble and Influence People has been published in a second edition by PM Press [http://www.pmpress.org/], containing over 200 pages, 300 spectacular images, and 30 pages of new material.

"Covering a wide gamut of seditious political acts, from Indigenous guerrilla resistance to anti-uranium blockades and Critical Mass bike rides, [How to Make Trouble and Influence People] is informed by the commonly held belief on the Left that social progress does not emanate from the pronouncements of 'enlightened' politicians, but instead derives from grassroots resistance to inequality and discrimination… In learning about the deeds of rebels past, we are provided with a memory bank of ideas and tactics from which to draw. These tales and images also serve to remind us that political activity need not be a predictable and grim slog. As well-resourced as our opponents may be, they are vulnerable to the use of creativity, solidarity and humour. Indeed, these are often the only tools we have." - From the Introduction to How to Make Trouble and Influence People, by Iain McIntyre.

Speakers at the book launch will include:
- Iain McIntyre, author of How to Make Trouble and Influence People
- Deborah Kelly, creator of Hey Hetero!, Beware of the God and other radical artworks
- Simon Hunt, AKA Pauline Pantsdown https://www.facebook.com/paulinepantsdown666

Books will be available on the night for $35, or email us to organise a mail order.

5.30pm, with speakers from 6pm, Thursday 26 September at Jura Books.
https://www.facebook.com/events/673135292696756/
https://www.facebook.com/howtomaketrouble

****Rebel Love: Revolution - Red and Black Forum, 2pm Sun 29 Sep at Jura****
At this month's Red and Black Forum, guest speaker Karen Kennedy will give a talk on the new anarchist theorists: David Graeber, Simon Critchley and Timothy Morton. This talk will be based on her recent masters thesis. Karen will discuss the politics of love, and questions of religion and non-violence in contemporary anarchist philosophy and politics. Hear about ‘The Rift’ in Morton’s Buddhist-inspired anarchism, Critchley’s ‘Supreme Fiction’, and why Graeber needed to say ‘Hello We Exist.’ Followed by discussion.
https://www.facebook.com/events/390182707750357/

****Writers Salon at Jura****
Jura hosts the Inner Sydney Writers' Salon every month, where a group of writers get together to develop their creative writing skills. http://www.meetup.com/Inner-Sydney-Writers-Salon/

****Social Centres towards Social Struggle - talk, 7pm Thurs 19 Sep at Black Rose****
A reportback by three Sydney anarchists who were recently in Europe, including one person from the Jura Collective. They will talk about their experiences in autonomous social spaces in Europe, with discussion about how these spaces relate to broader social struggle and the relevance of social centres in Australia. Our friends at Black Rose Anarchist Cafe are open 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week, at 22 Enmore Road Newtown. Drop in for a coffee or a chat!

****Leard Forest Listen Up - DIY bush blockade and arts festival, 27-30 Sep in the Leard Forest****
A weekend of ace performances at the Front Line Action on Coal Camp, in Leard State Forest near Boggabri NSW. Mining corporations Whitehaven and Idemitsu have been permitted to turn an ecologically important slice of state forest and surrounds, into three vast open cut mines - draining the water table, destroying farmland and forest. Local farmers, traditional owners and the forest blockaders have been campaigning to halt the expanding mines. Without action this forest will be further destroyed. Coal chaos affects us everyday from our health to our planet and the opportunities available to us within an economy prostrate to the mining dollar. This gig will celebrate the land and is an opportunity for people to come out, enjoy and support the camp.
https://www.facebook.com/events/533019453432787/
http://frontlineaction.wordpress.com/

****Action Against Pacific 2013 Arms Fair - rally at 11am, Mon 7 Oct at Darling Harbour****
'Pacific 2013' is a major military hardware exhibition taking place at the Sydney Convention Centre Darling Harbour. To accompany the lavish display of killing technology, the 'International Fleet Review' will fill Sydney Harbour with warships from 20 countries - giant floating factories of violence and destruction. This grotesque spectacle serves to remind us of what the military truly is: a massive waste of life, labour and resources. We invite you to join us in taking action against this abomination! There will be various actions from the 5th to the 7th of October, with a rally at 11am on Monday the 7th (it's a public holiday) at the Eastern entrance to the convention centre in Darling Harbour. Oppose the war mongers! We demand that technology serve humanity and the planet - not war!

****Anarchist global solidarity action - reportback****
Last week in Sydney and Melbourne, anarchists did solidarity actions in support of GFK workers in Argentina. GFK has been harassing workers who are trying to organise a union, and fired one of the activists - Eva Lopez. In Sydney, we entered Hilton Hotel and gave approximately 100 flyers to people at the AMSR conference in the break before the GFK executives spoke. The flyers criticised GFK and demanded that Eva be re-instated. We had a number of conversations and stayed for 15 minutes, until asked to leave by security. We then stayed outside the hotel for another 30 minutes, distributing another 100 flyers to passersby outside the hotel, and put up some posters.

****Jura's website is being upgraded*****
Our website at jura.org.au is currently inaccessible, as the lovely folk from axxs.org are upgrading it to the latest version of Drupal. We hope to have it back online as soon as possible. Until then, you can reach us via email (jura at jura.org.au), phone (02 9550 9931), good old snail mail (PO Box N32, Petersham North, NSW, 2049) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jura.books).

****Next Jura Collective Meeting - 3pm Sat 5 Oct at Jura****
Jura is a volunteer-run anarchist collective, and we operate on the principles of direct democracy. We welcome new participants. If you'd like to meet us, observe, learn more about our projects, or get involved, come on down!

In love, rage and solidarity,

The Jura Collective

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