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Pierre Joseph Proudhon

*****Mutual Aid to Freedom Press*****
*****Red & Black Forum - 'Anarchism in Bulgaria as I see it' by Jack 'The Anarchist' - Sun 28th April 2pm*****
*****May Day 2013 and A Wobbly Workers' Party Against Work*****
*****New books*****
*****Jura's website is being upgraded*****
*****Ding Dong Doco - The Miners that Defied Thatcher and Won*****
*****Library working bee*****
*****2013 Slingshots only $2*****
*****2nd hand book sale*****
*****Next Jura Meeting*****

*****Mutual Aid to Freedom Press*****
For the last couple of months, Jura Books has been raising funds for Freedom Press, the London anarchist bookstore and publisher which was firebombed. With the proceeds from a great punk gig and a documentary screening, plus donations from individual comrades, we've managed to get an amazing $1,285 together! We'll be sending the money across the seas this week, and hope it will help in some small way to get one of the world's longest-running anarchist organisations back on its feet. We'd like to thank the following comrades in particular for their generosity and mutual aid: ADS $100, Anon $25, CP $500, Simon Ashworth Wood $220, SNo $50, P $100, NCP $5, Film night $40, PS $50, Punk gig $195.

*****Red & Black Forum - Sun 28th April 2pm*****
'Anarchism in Bulgaria as I see it'
Presented by Jack 'The Anarchist' Grancharoff.
This is a rare opportunity to hear about and to discuss a little known, but critically important, chapter of anarchist history: the ‘Bulgarian Commune’ of 1944/45. Jack was a participant in those events, as well as knowing the rich variety of characters and organisations that were a part of the events leading up to 1945.
The Bolshevik ‘Red Army’ rolled in at the end of WWII and destroyed what had been organised with the help of the anarchists of the region, just as the Stalinists had done during the Spanish Revolution in the Aragon region, almost ten years earlier. Jack - also a founding member of the Jura Books Collective - will also bring us up to date with what’s going on in the anarchist movement of today in Bulgaria.
This is a free event but donations will be gratefully accepted toward the Bulgarian Prisoners' Rehabilitation Association.

*****May Day 2013 and A Wobbly Workers Party Against Work*****
The first of May has been celebrated every year since 1890 as the international day of workers' struggle. This proud tradition was started to mark the massacre by Chicago police of the city's workers, who were on a general strike for the 8-hour work day. After the massacre, eight prominent anarchist organisers were framed and convicted of bombing the police that day; seven were sentenced to death and one to 15 years in prison. Considering the anarchist origins of May Day, Jura Books has regularly been involved in the annual celebrations, and this year is no different.
As well as joining the anarchist, Wobbly and left libertarian contingent at the main march of Sydney's trade unions on Sunday 5th May, a bunch of Jura peeps will be heading along to the Sydney IWW's May Day event, titled 'A Wobbly Workers Party Against Work'. There'll be music, revolutionary unionism, and even a raffle! Featuring performances from A Commoner's Revolt, Inebrious Bastard, Paul Spencer and possibly more to come. It kicks off at 7pm, Friday May 3rd, at the Petersham Bowlo - 77 Brighton St, Petersham. $10 - or whatever you can afford. See ya there, fellow workers!

*****New books*****
Here are the latest books, magazines and zines we've got in at Jura:
- 'Anarchist Organisation: the history of the FAI' - Juan Casas, $18 (new edition, lower price)
- 'Mutiny' zine, #69 - Free, fresh and awesome as always
- 'The Trial' - Franz Kafka, $11
- 'Chain Reaction' magazine, #117 - from Friends of the Earth, $5
- 'Protest' - John Simpson, $25 (hardcover, photographs of protests and revolutions since WWII)
- 'Umanita Nova' magazine, #93/13, $1
- 'The First Frontier: the occuptation of the Sydney Region 1788-1819' - Peter Turbet, $15
- 'Nineteen-eighty Four' - George Orwell, $12 (re-stock)
- 'The Human Front' (plus three other short SF stories) - Ken Macleod, $15
- 'Le Monde Libertaire' magazine, #1699 & #1700 - $4
- 'Rebel Worker' magazine - $0.50
- 'Anarchism in Hungary: theory, history, legacies' - Andras Bozoki & Miklos Sukosd, $63 (hardcover)
- 'Bicycle! A repair & maintenance manifesto' - Sam Tracy, $27 (2nd Ed.)
- 'Towards Collective Liberation: anti-racist organising, feminist praxis, and movement building strategy' - Chris Crass, $27
- 'Maroon the Implacable: the collected writings of Russell Maroon Shoatz' - Fred Ho & Quincy Saul (Eds), $27
- 'In Letters of Blood and Fire: Work, machines, and the crisis of capitalism' - George Caffentzis, $27
- 'Oscar Lopez Rivera: Between Torture and Resistance' - Luis Nieves Falcon (Ed.), $22
- 'Earth at Risk: building a resistance movement to save the planet' - Derrick Jensen & Lierre Keith (Eds), $27
- 'Asia's Unknown Uprisings: people power in the Philippines, Burma, Tibet, China, Taiwan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Thailand, and Indonesia, Vol 2' - George Katsiaficas, $40
- 'Soft Money: a Filomena Buscarsela Mystery' - Gary Phillops, $23
- 'Strategy and Soul: a campaigner's tale of fighting billionaires, corrupt officials, and Philadelphia casinos' - Daniel Hunter

*****Jura's website is being upgraded*****
Our website at jura.org.au is currently unaccessible, as the lovely folk from axxs.org are upgrading it to the latest version of Drupal. We hope to have it back online, with a fancy new look, 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).

*****Ding Dong Doco - The Miners that Defied Thatcher and Won*****
The Inner West Film Forum will be screening 'Tower Colliery', the 2000 documentary about the Welsh coal miners who took over their own mine:
"In April 1994, stimulated by their struggle against the Thatcher government, the Tower Colliery coal miners decided to invest their 8000-pound redundancy pay in an employee buy-out. Tower Colliery became a unique example of a producer cooperative thriving in a highly competitive international market: it was the only worker-owned and run colliery in the world. During the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher's government used the supposed economic necessity of restructuring the coal fields as a pretext to pursue their vindictive battle against the British coal miners. Supposedly their aim was to weaken the political hold the miners had on the country. In April 1994, the miners of Tower Colliery in South Wales were also finally forced to lay down their arms and accept the mine closure. But Tower’s union leaders refused to be defeated and convinced the men to invest their 8000-pound redundancy pay in an employee buy-out. The additional funds needed were borrowed from various banks. This was, and still is, a unique achievement - no other mine, in the history of British Coal, has been bought by the workforce."
88 mins. 7:30pm, Tuesday 30th April at Petersham Bowling Club, 77 Brighton St, Petersham. The Inner West Film Forum is a non-profit group dedicated to the screening important and too infrequently seen films and documentaries and providing a community forum for discussion of issues of social, political and cultural concern. Film Forum Membership available at the door: Quarterly $15 ($12 concession) covers three successive months; Half-Yearly $28 ($23 concession) covers six successive months; Yearly $54 ($48 concession) covers twelve successive months; All inclusive of the date of purchase. For more details, contact Alex 0449 184 801

*****Library working bee*****
Jura's library collection, the Fanya Baron Library, is having a meeting and working bee from 2pm-5pm on Sun 19 May. We'll be finalising our Donations Policy, finishing the sorting of the awesome donation from John B, and sorting and labelling the books on our new shelves. If this sounds like your idea of a chilled Sunday arvo, come along and get amongst it.

*****2013 Slingshots only $2*****
We've got just three small 2013 Slingshot Organisers left. If you've been holding out for a cool diary for the year, this is it! These last few are going for just $2 each.

*****2nd hand book sale*****
Jura normally only stocks new books for sale - but we're running a 2nd-hand books sale in our back room over the next couple of months. There are a few hundred books just waiting to be taken to a good home. And they're cheap cheap too - just $2 each, or 3 for $5. So next time you're visiting the Jura space be sure to have a quick look out the back for some radical reading bargain goodness.

*****Next Jura Meeting*****
Will be held at the bookshop on Sat 4 May from 2pm-4pm. If you'd like to learn more about our project/s, meet some of our Collective, or get involved, come on down!

With love, rage and solidarity -

Jura Books Collective


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