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Anarchism

Direct Democracy and Murray Bookchin's Notion of Revolution.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 -
5:00pm to 7:00pm

Speaker: Metin Guven
The current social and ecological crisis is becoming so crucial that it can only be overcome by a global revolution, which requires active participation of decision making by masses of people. Murray Bookchin has studied social revolutions throughout history to find lessons for how this can be achieved today. How did the idea of democracy emerge and how was direct democracy implemented in ancient Greece? How did those ideas emerge again during the Great French Revolution? What lessons can we draw from Russian revolution of 1917? How can Bookchin's concept of the Third Revolution help to understand modern revolutions?

Jura's Special Opening Hours!!!

Jura will be open all week from the 17th til the 23rd of December 2018, so come on in an stock up on some anarchism and check out our new titles!

Monday: 2:00-7:00PM
Tuesday: 2:00-7:00PM
Wednesday: 2:00-7:00PM
Thursday: 2:00-7:00PM
Friday: 2:00-7:00PM
Saturday: 12:00-5:00PM
Sunday: 12:00-5:00PM

 

 

Jura Special Opening Hours!!!

 

Jura will be open all week from the 17th til the 23rd of December, so come on in an stock up on some anarchism and check out our new titles!

 

Monday: 2:00-7:00PM
Tuesday: 2:00-7:00PM
Wednesday: 2:00-7:00PM
Thursday: 2:00-7:00PM
Friday: 2:00-7:00PM
Saturday: 12:00-5:00PM
Sunday: 12:00-5:00PM

Solidarity Unionism and Radical Alternatives to Arbitration.

August, 2017

By Ish and Bridget H.

As activists, we are no strangers to the union movement. However we shouldn’t view unionism as a homogenous or a-theoretical force. There are many, often competing, tendencies and tensions that affect the union movement today. One concept that receives little attention in Australia is that of Solidarity Unionism.

Unionism, in Australia, is often understood in terms of the system called Arbitration. Under Arbitration, unions seek to brand themselves as legitimate and representative institutions by negotiating with management and governments for workplace agreements (EBAs) and laws that will be recognised as valid by all parties. All the while supposedly neutral ‘arbitrators’ like the Fair Work Commission and courts monitor for fairness and decide what is legal and illegal. Those who break the rules face a range of criminal penalties. Whilst this is considered the norm, and has seen a significant decline in productivity lost to strike action, what have we given up because of an endless desire of legitimacy?

This system places the points of struggle far away from workplaces where workers have the most power. For example, bosses will often know that when they underpay their workers, only a federal court order can force them to repay stolen wages. They’ll calculate that the vast majority of the people they steal from wouldn’t have the resources to challenge them in the courts and even if someone does, the money they can potentially save is worth the risk. If a worker encourages others to go on strike over stolen wages, their boss can fire everyone who goes on strike or encourages others to do so.

Unions can only make demands during set periods of bargaining, and surrender nearly all forms of workplace power during the years in-between, limiting their power to actually enforce the workplace agreements they bargained for in the first place. Unions are forced to professionalise and become more like the institutions they are fighting against. Survival and growth depend on spreading increasingly high costs over large numbers of members, and the more workers that join the union, the more sustainable it can be.

Anything that costs money but doesn’t generate membership, such as education, campaigns for workers in other industries and social justice, has to be minimised. Spending on marketers, lawyers and lobbyists increase over time. Solidarity unionism is, by contrast, a simple idea. Workers power, and solidarity to each other, can be enough to challenge the power of the bosses directly and achieve immediate wins.

Solidarity unionism puts organising and empowerment of workers at the heart of a dynamic movement. Radically decentralised shop unions and community networks can negotiate directly with bosses, highlight injustices, execute direct actions and share information amongst everyone affected by an issue.

Creative Rebellion

Saturday, October 28, 2017 -
2:30pm to 9:00pm

As part of Jura's 40th anniversary celebrations we're hosting a celebration of creative rebellion on Saturday 28 October. Join us!

The act of creating or performing something for our own pleasure and the enjoyment of our community can be a profound act of rebellion against the consumerism and commodification prevalent in contemporary society.

Come along to create rebellion and rebel creatively during the afternoon and into the evening. The program commences upstairs in the library at 2.30pm, featuring a mix of poetry, spoken word and music performances through to 6pm. The line-up includes members and friends of the Jura collective:
* haiku and creativity discussion by Leanne
* spoken word performances by Ali and Fayroze
* poetry and music by Rosie
* music by Phil, Bridget, Maen & Aslina and Eddie
* a zine-making workshop facilitated by Ali
 
From 6 ~ 7pm we’ll break for refreshments – a light meal, snacks and drinks by donation.
 
From 7pm TT.O. (PiO) – well-known Melbourne activist and performance poet, explores visual and performance poetry, in the digital / information age. His session will be “part performance, part lecture, part visual extravaganza incorporating animations, the politics of poetry, and the poetics of scripting”.
 
TT.O. last appeared at Jura at 2 events in November 2015 when he read from his 700 page tome “Fitzroy: the biography” and led a forum on poetry, activism and anarchy.  TT.O. was born in Greece in 1951, and raised in Fitzroy. He worked as a survey draughtsman, and is now retired, living in Preston. He has been involved in the Anarchist movement since the early 1970s in Melbourne and has edited a variety of magazines, including fitzrot, “925”(worker’s poetry), and the current “Unusual Work”. TT.O.’s books of poetry include: fitzroy brothel, street singe, panash, the fitzroy poems, 24 hours, the number poems, big numbers (new and selected), and of course “Fitzroy: the biography”. Anthologies he has edited include: missing forms (with peter murphy and alex selenietch), and off the record. He's toured the usa 1985, colombia 1997, germany 2003, thailand 2004 & 5, was a founding member of the poets union, and performance poetry in australia.

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Line-up details:
 
Upstairs (Library)
2:30 – 2:40 Festival opening - Leanne
2:40 – 2:50 Haiku recital - Leanne
3:20 – 3.40 Role of creativity in anarchist life and struggle discussion - facilitated by Leanne
3:40 – 4:00 tea break
4:00 – 4:15 Music by Phil
4:15 – 4:25 spoken word by Ali
4:25 – 4:35 Fayroze Lutta - spoken word “Metamorphosis” her Sirius zine
4:40 – 4:50 acoustic guitar set by Bridget
4:50 – 5:00 poetry & music by Rosie
5:05 – 5:250 Eddie Thomas - music - 4 songs
5:30 – 5:50 Maen & Aslin’s acoustic duo play 4 songs
6-7pm break for refreshments
7pm TT.O. explores visual and performance poetry in the digital / information age
part performance, part lecture, part visual extravaganza, incorporating animations, the politics of poetry, and the poetics of scripting
 
Downstairs (front of shop)
2:50 ~ 6:00 Zine making workshop facilitated by Ali
2:50 – 3:20 introduction by Ali
3:20 – 5:30 continuation of zine making
5:30 – 6pm Zine collation & finalisation

Facebook event.

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Please note:

Jura Books is on the land of the Wangal people of the Eora Nation. The Jura Collective acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Land and pays our respect to Elders past and present. We support the ongoing struggle of Aboriginal people for land rights, self-determination, and justice.

Safer space: Jura aims to be a safe space. Violence, harassment and abuse will not be tolerated in any form. Sexism, racism, homophobia and other oppressive forms of behaviour are not welcome. Jura aims to be a survivor-oriented space. For more info, please see our safer spaces policy, or get in touch with us.

Accessibility: The lower level of Jura (the bookshop area) is accessible for people using wheelchairs or with other mobility impairments. However the library and toilets are up steep flights of stairs. We may be able to move activities downstairs upon request.

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(Image is a poster out of Jura's archive – 2SER Tokyo Hit Beat, artist: Redback Graphix.)

Jura Books: Forty Years and Now

Robert P. Barbagallo wrote this piece as part of an oral history project he worked on as a student at the University of Sydney. It is based on a series of interviews with Jura Collective members.


 

This piece will tell the story of the Jura Books anarchist collective as it was told to me through a series of five interviews I had conducted throughout May 2017. Five different members, both present and past, told me about their personal arrival to Jura, what they had experienced along the way, as well as their views on the Australian anarchist movement and their interpretation of anarchist ideas in general.

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Amongst the busy lunch time sprawl at a Sydney University café, between the noisy chatter of students crammed at tables, I spoke to PS about Jura Books. PS had been a member of Jura Books during the 70s through to the early to mid-80s, a time he describes as “effervescently” active—just like the noise around us. We had been speaking for an hour or so. The lunch time sprawl had dulled. We maybe spoke for too long. “My car’s about to be booked, if it hasn’t been booked already.” (I’m deeply sorry if it was) But before he left he told me:

“One of the great things about Jura over the years is that it has been an opportunity for people to learn about anarchism, to learn about how to organise autonomously and work together in a collaborative way with rules, but with rules that are collectively decided and that are changed when they don’t work. They are not just rules for the sake of rules. Where [there are] people form very different backgrounds and generations…Sid, whose now one of the ‘old guys’ was one of the ‘young guys’. LM started when she was at university as an undergraduate. I started when I was an undergrad, now I’m an ‘old guy’ there. People learned to work in an anarchist way which in our society is not—maybe now is more available in kind of networked organisations.—But it’s also a way where people give without expecting material returns. There’s something very attractive about that kind of volunteer work.”

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