Invasion/Sovereignty Day 2012
With Invasion/Sovereignty Day approaching and talk of a referendum for the Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people, it's worth noting that this year marks the 40th anniversary of the Aboriginal Tent Embassy in Canberra. The Embassy, on the lawns of Old Parliament House, was set up, fought for and has been maintained by generations of Aboriginal activists to organise for Aboriginal sovereignty and justice. On 26th January, the Aboriginal Tent Embassy is inviting Aboriginal people and allies to meet, have discussions, and to get involved in the struggle for Aboriginal sovereignty.
If you can’t make it to Canberra, come along to the Invasion Day gig at Jura, featuring revo folk punk from Melbourne's A Commoners Revolt, alongside local favourites the BLAST, and Death Ghat from Aotearoa.
Other upcoming events at Jura include a talk on workers’ struggles in China on 10th February, and stay tuned for more details about an anarchist discussion series, our forthcoming inter-state publication, and as always, check out the new books in the shop and get involved at Jura!
This newsletter also contains news of community rallies and events, from the rally on 14th February to mark 8 years since the death of TJ Hickey, to Camp Anarchy in Melbourne on 10th-12th March.
We hope that your 2012 has gotten off to a good start, happy Chinese New Year, and happy 100th day of Occupy Sydney!
In this newsletter:
: Invasion Day gig at Jura
: Contagious Strikes - Workers' Struggles in China
: 8 years since the death of TJ Hickey
: Don't shoot the messenger: WikiLeaks, Assange and Democracy
: Camp Anarchy, 10-12 March Melbourne
: Anarchist Discussion Series 2012
: New books at Jura
: Slingshot Organisers and Black Wallaby diaries
: Play Kool DVDs
: Pseudo Space
: 100th Day of Occupy Sydney
: Get involved at Jura!
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Invasion Day gig
Thursday 26th January, 3.00-7.00pm, Jura Books
Melbourne's A Commoners Revolt will be bringing their revo folk punk to Jura, alongside the BLAST, and Death Ghat from Aotearoa.
Contagious Strikes - Workers' Struggles in China
Friday 10th February, 7.00-9.00pm, Jura Books
In mid-2010, a strike wave rolled through China's factories, the most widespread and militant struggle of China's internal migrant workers so far. The struggle shook the Chinese regime and provoked a world-wide debate: Is this the beginning of the end of the low-wage-model that stands behind China's rise to the "factory of the world" and provides the rest of the world with cheap consumer products? The strikes continued in 2011, and together with riots and peasant uprisings they are indicators for the increasing pressure for social change in China.
This talk/discussion (including a ten-minute film) will focus on the strikes, the formation of a new working class movement in China, and the implications for social struggles around the world.
Jura is pleased to host this presentation by Ralf Ruckus, labour researcher/activist with a focus on the conditions and struggles of migrant workers in China (www.gongchao.org)
TJ Hickey rally: 8 years since his death - still no justice!
Tuesday 14th February, 10.30am, cnr George and Phillips St Waterloo
TJ Hickey died in February 2004 when his bike was rammed by a Redfern police vehicle driven by then-Constable Hollingsworth. There has been a Coronial inquiry cover-up, police and government cover-ups, and continuous protests, but 8 years later still no justice for the young Aboriginal man and his family.
The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Deaths in Custody in 1991 made 339 Recommendations to stop Deaths in Custody. Not one of them has been implemented. Hundreds of Aboriginal people died before the report and hundreds of Aboriginal people have died since.
Join the Indigenous Social Justice Association in demanding an end to Aboriginal deaths in custody. Meet to demand a memorial place in the Block to remember TJ and all other Aborigines who die in custody.
Don’t Shoot the Messenger: WikiLeaks, Assange and Democracy
Friday 17th February, 6.30-8.15 pm, University of Technology Sydney (Room 02.04.13). Entry by gold coin donation
WikiLeaks, a free press publishing and media organisation, has revealed human rights abuses, war crimes and corruption in governments across the world. Yet the US Administration wants to close WikiLeaks down and prosecute its founder Julian Assange. International financial services organisations have blocked payments to WikiLeaks, denying them vital income. The Australian government has failed to take a stand against the political persecution of Assange. PM Gillard's assertion that WikiLeaks activities were illegal was proved to be false by an Australian Federal Police investigation. What does all this say about our democracy?
Come to a public forum presented by the Support Assange & WikiLeaks Coalition, with:
: Scott Ludlam, Greens Senator
: Christine Assange, mother of Julian Assange
: Humphrey McQueen, Historian, ANU
: Chaired by Mary Kostakidis
10th to 12th March, Melbourne
Camp Anarchy is organised by the same people who brought you the Anarchist Melbourne Bookfair in August 2011. Its inspiration is Pinksterlanddagen: an anarchist camp held in the northern Netherlands for nearly 90 years (http://www.pinksterlanddagen.nl/). At the Dutch camp there are stalls, workshops, anarchist theatre and music and we hope to replicate this at Camp Eureka over the Labour Day weekend (March 10-12) in 2012.
Our aim is to bring anarchists, their families, friends and those new to the wide anarchist community together in a welcoming bush setting; to relax and share ideas, news, resources, skills, food and laughter.
If you want to book a stall, suggest a workshop, contribute to the camp reader, help out including with promotion, have a large marquee we can use for the weekend or can make a donation to the camp, please get in touch!
Anarchist Discussion Series 2012
Jura Books will be organising a series of discussions this year on various aspects of anarchism. The series will begin in March, with discussions taking place on a Sunday afternoon. Stay tuned to this great opportunity to get together and learn more about anarchism in theory and practice!
New books at Jura
Come check out all the great new books at Jura! Here are a few exciting titles:
: Decolonizing Anarchism, Maia Ramnath
: Practicing Feminist Motherhood, Fiona Green
: Live Through this: On Creativity and Self-destruction, Sabrina Chapadjiev (ed)
Slingshot Organisers and Black Wallaby Diaries
If you haven't yet picked up a diary for 2012, there are still a few Slingshot Organisers at Jura, featuring radical dates from people's struggle, beautiful artworks and political articles. Or you can pick up a beautiful Black Wallaby diary, created by activists and artists in Australia.
Play Kool DVDs
If you're looking for alternative television shows for children, check out the 'Play Kool' DVDs that are available at Jura Books. The DVDs were made for an Australian community television station and attempt, in a DIY-way, to critically engage with children on things like the environment and gender.
Our new neighbours at Pseudo Space dropped by to let us know of their new cross-disciplinary experimental art gallery in Leichhardt. See http://www.pseudospacegallery.blogspot.com/
100th Day of Occupy Sydney
Today is the 100th Day of Occupy Sydney! Despite challenges like police harassment and inclement weather, Occupy Sydney maintains a 24-hour presence at Martin Place, near Elizabeth St. Visit the site, participate in a Working Group, or join a General Assembly to get involved in the local and global movement against economic injustice and political corruption and to build alternatives from the bottom up.
You can also leave a message of support at http://messagesofsupport.tumblr.com/, or send us a postcard!: Occupy Sydney
56a Martin Place
NSW Australia 2000
: Occupy Sydney Free School - https://www.facebook.com/groups/313074415382939/
: Occupy Sydney Legal Support - https://www.facebook.com/groups/343057322380372/
Get involved at Jura!
Jura Books always welcomes new people to find out more about the volunteer-run shop, our projects, and the political possibilities around the Jura space. Visit the shop, speak to someone in the Jura collective, and come along to a Jura collective meeting! Our next meeting is Friday 24th February, 7.00pm.
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