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Who is Noam Chomsky?

Chomsky is a political dissident and a truly dangerous thinker. He is the world's most-quoted living author. His ideas reveal the possibilities for radical, democratic change - to increase the scope of human freedom. He writes: 'This world is full of suffering, distress, violence and catastrophes. People must decide: does that concern you or not? I say: look around, analyze the problems, ask yourself what you can do and set out!'

Chomsky has spent a lifetime seeking out and challenging illegitimate structures of authority. His razor-sharp critiques of mass media,  government and capitalism have led at times to him being vilified, jailed and denied entry to Israel. 'There is constant pressure to make people feel that they are helpless, that the only role they can have is to ratify decisions and to consume.' He has also been a tireless opponent of war: 'Either there will be a world without war or there won’t be a world.'

Chomsky is also an anarchist: 'Anarchists try to identify power structures. They urge those exercising power to justify  themselves. This justification does not succeed most of the time. Then anarchists work at unmasking and mastering the structures, whether they involve patriarchal families, a Mafia international system or the private tyrannies of the economy, the corporation. As soon as a person identifies, challenges and overcomes illegitimate power, he or she is an anarchist. Most people are anarchists.'

But despite all this, Chomsky is just one individual; he can’t change the world alone. Freedom is won by people acting together, not one celebrity activist.

So, the Chomsky Forum invites you to come and learn about Chomsky's ideas and discuss their relevance to social change in Australia today. In the lead-up to Chomsky's visit to Australia in November, we are putting on a series of reading groups, forums and film screenings. We are a group of grassroots activists from Jura Books, Cross Border Collective and Mutiny Zine. All our events are free or by donation. You'll get more out of the events if you do the suggested readings (available at jura.org.au), but you're still welcome to come along if you haven't done the readings. Jura has also just received a huge new shipment of dozens of Chomsky books for your perusal.

-> 3pm, Sat 3 Sept at Jura. Chomsky on 'humanitarian' interventions, reading group / discussion. What are US intentions in Libya and international relations more broadly? How should we respond when powerful governments violently intervene around the world for 'humanitarian' reasons? How do we critique their supposedly 'noble intentions'? For suggested readings see: http://www.jura.org.au/node/1592
-> 3pm, Sat 17 Sept at Jura. Manufacturing Consent, film screening. Funny, provocative and surprisingly accessible, Manufacturing Consent is a classic film exploring Chomsky's political life and ideas. In a dynamic collage of footage, biography, and archival gems, the film highlights Chomsky's analysis of mass media. The film encourages viewers to extricate themselves from the web of deceit by undertaking a course of 'intellectual self-defense'. http://www.jura.org.au/node/1593
-> 3pm, Sat 1 Oct at Jura. Chomsky on the media, reading group / discussion. Informed by watching Manufacturing Consent and reading a range of articles, this discussion will also be introduced by a short talk on Chomksy's critique of the media and what it means for activists and our approach to media. http://www.jura.org.au/node/1594
-> 3pm, Sat 15 Oct at Jura. Chomsky on Israel / Palestine, reading group / discussion. http://www.jura.org.au/node/1595
-> 3pm, Sat 22 Oct at Jura. Forum: Chomsky’s revolutionary politics. http://www.jura.org.au/node/1596

Three Friday gigs at Jura in September

Punk, post-punk and acoustic sounds will be filling Jura again this month. Come along to enjoy the music and great company. Entry by donation.
-> 7pm, Fri 16 Sept, at Jura. Only Sleeping from Brisbane will play Jura, along with Let Me Down Jungleman, Fixtures, and We Lost The Sea.
-> 7pm, Fri 23 Sept, at Jura. Crouching 80s Hidden Acronym will play with Rara Avis. Touring in support of split EP.
-> 7pm, Fri 30 Sept, at Jura. Juracoustic will be on again with sweet acoustic music in the library.

Snapdragon Zine Fair

The first ever Snapdragon Zine Fair will be a day to meet zinemakers, browse trade and buy zines, and take part in the world's first zine pinata! Jura will have a stall with loads of zines and pamphlets.
-> 11am-4pm, Sun 4 Sept, Red Rattler, 6 Faversham St Marrickville. http://snapdragonzinefair.wordpress.com/

Villawood Survival + Resistance Exhibition

Despite the negative portrayal of asylum seekers in our media, the Villawood Detention Centre is filled with amazing stories of survival, resistance and hope. Every day, refugees inside Villawood find ways to resist the dehumanising restraints of our detention system. This exhibition will present artworks, film, talks, hip hop, music, poetry, performance art about the Villawood Detention Centre and what it means for Western Sydney.
-> 5.30pm - 10pm, Thurs 8 Sept, ICE: Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta. http://www.therefugeeartproject.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=151215058293850

Malalai Joya speaks

Malalai Joya is an outspoken Afghan activist and has been called 'the bravest and most famous woman in Afghanistan.' She is a peace, democracy, women's rights and development activist, writer and a former MP from Afghanistan. She has repeatedly called for an end to the 10 year occupation of her country by Western troops, so that Afghans can determine their future. She is adamant that Afghans do not support fundamentalism, but that the longer the West's occupation forces stay, the more these reactionary forces are being rehabilitated. She secretly conducted girl's classes during the Taliban regime, then served in the National Assembly of Afghanistan from 2005 until 2007, when she was dismissed for publicly denouncing the presence of warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament.
-> 5.30pm, Fri 9 Sept, Marrickville Town Hall. http://www.jura.org.au/node/1601 and http://www.malalaijoya.com/

Public Rally: Stop Gas Drilling in Sydney

The Coal Seam Gas industry is threatening Sydney. Coal Seam Gas mining uses and contaminates millions of litres of water for each well, causes land subsidence, increases risk of air and groundwater contamination and produces more greenhouse gas emissions than coal over 20 years. Gas company Dart Energy hold an exploration licence to drill for gas across Sydney, and have targeted a site in St Peters, behind Sydney Park, only 200m from residents and 5km from the CBD. Residents are concerned about the risk to water, health and the environment. St Peters will be the first well in an urban area in Australia and sets a dangerous precedent - your suburb could be next! Stand up as a community to call for a ban on all gas mining. Rally at Camperdown Park and then march to the proposed drill site and music, food and speakers in Sydney Park. Entertainment from Juracoustic favourites The Lurkers and more.
-> 11am, Sun 18 Sept, Camperdown Park, (cnr Lennox and Eliza St Newtown). http://www.nogasmininginsydney.com/

Camp Out

Camp Out is an annual camp for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex, Queer (LGBTIQ), and Sex &/or Gender Diverse teens, same sex attracted teens, curious & questioning teens and their allies between the ages of 13-17. Camp Out is the ONLY camp for LGBTIQ teens in the whole of Australia, and is organised by a crew of volunteers involved in social justice work in the community. They are urgently calling for donations to ensure that Camp goes ahead in 2011. Check out http://www.indiegogo.com/Camp-Out-2011 for more info.

Get active with Jura

Jura needs volunteers to help run the bookshop, do working bees and put on events. We also need help to get radical ideas out into the community through stalls and poster runs. We'd love you to become a friend or member. Come in to chat about it anytime we're open, or better still, come to an upcoming working bee, meeting or stall. http://www.jura.org.au/intro
-> Chomsky Forum stall, 11-4pm, Sat 10 Sept, Church st, Parramatta.
-> Jura Library working bee, 12-5pm, Sun 11 Sept, at Jura.
-> Jura Collective Meeting, 5.30pm, Wed 21 Sept, at Jura.
-> Jura and Mutiny Zine stall at Jurassic Lounge, 5.30pm - 9.30pm, Tue 27 Sept at the Australian Museum. http://www.jurassiclounge.com/
-> Jura stall at This Is Not Art zine fair, 11am - 4pm, Sun 2 October, in Newcastle. http://thisisnotart.org/ Get in touch if you'd like to travel to Newcastle with us!
-> Jura food co-op. Get a great-value organic fruit and veg box every Friday / Saturday. Order in advance at Jura. http://www.jura.org.au/foodcoop

After going solar in June, Jura's next sustainability step is to replace our (old and broken) toilets with water efficient models. Does anyone know a plumber? We are able to pay, but would prefer to support someone connected to the Jura community.

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Love and rage from the Jura Collective.

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