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Jura is ending our book-sale with a bang!
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Free books!

Hundreds of second-hand books reduced to $0 - until 31st January

The Jura book-sale is finishing on the 31st January, and as a final gift, we're offering you free books! That's right, FREE - the way everything should be. All our second-hand books are $0. But there's a limit of 5 books per person. Plus, all new books are also reduced by 10%-50%. One week only.

Poster archive digitisation

We need your help to preserve our rare political poster collection

Jura has an archive of thousands of radical political posters dating back 40 years. Many of the posters have huge political and artistic significance. Many are the only surviving copy. Artists and collectives represented include Earthworks, Dobie Gillis, Nosey, Possum, Toby Zoates, Redback Graphix and Without Authority. Many worked out of the famous 'Tin Sheds'. You can learn more here:
ABC Radio doco on the Tin Sheds
5 minute 2SER interview with Jura
SMH article about the Jura collection

At Jura we're working hard to preserve this important collection, but the ravages of time, mould, and silverfish constantly threaten their survival. As such, it's imperative to digitally document the posters for posterity. We have begun this process: volunteers have spent hundreds of hours sorting and organising posters for digitisation. Now we want to take high-quality photos of the 1,500 most important posters, using a professional studio. But this is expensive. It may cost as much as $3,000. We need your help to raise funds to take the photographs. Please make a donation now. Any amount, small or large, will be appreciated. You can deposit directly into our bank account:

Name: Jura Books Libertarian Labour
BSB number: 062193
Account number: 10204881
Please include the reference 'digitisation', and email us to let us know you've sent a donation. Alternatively, you can use paypal, post a cheque payable to Jura Books (please include a note explaining what it's for), or donate cash in person at Jura during opening hours.

Sydney anarchist bookfair

Our city's first-ever anarchist bookfair will be held on Sat 22 March

Jura, Black Rose and other anarchists have combined forces to organise our city's first ever anarchist bookfair. It will be held at the main hall of Addison Road Community Centre, 10.30am-5pm, Sat 22 March. There'll be dozens of stalls, talks, food, childcare and an afterparty. Anarchist bookfairs began in London over 30 years ago and have since spread across the world, providing a space to come together and engage with radical politics. Please mark the date down and help us spread the word! Share the website, like the facebook page, tell your friends! You can also pick up posters and flyers at Jura.

A very unsporty gig

To 'celebrate' the coming NRL season, two bands of the least sporty dudes in the world will be playing at Jura. TIRED MINDS are a band from Newcastle who don't get enough praise. JACOB are a bunch of hunks from Wollongong by way of Newcastle who are just looking to make new friends after they moved from another school. Think of them as that weird kid with the cool lunch box who always has nice sandwiches. Also with Yo, Put That Bag Back On!, Metcalfe, and Planet Terror. Evening, 31st January, at Jura. $5 Entry. More

United in Anger

A History of ACT UP - Junior Gazette film screening

Junior Gazette in Marrickville is showing United in Anger, an inspiring film which documents the birth and life of the AIDS-activist movement from the perspective of the people in the trenches fighting the epidemic. It uses oral histories of ACT UP members, as well as archival footage, to depict the battle against corporate greed, social indifference, and government neglect. 8pm, Sat 22 Feb, Level 1, 91a Railway Pde, Marrickville. Free. More

New space for Rebel Worker

For many years, Jura has provided a space in the building for the Anarcho- Syndicalist Network (ASN). ASN produces the Rebel Worker magazine and Sparks (a newspaper for rank- and-file transport workers). ASN has now moved out of the Jura building and is setting up a in another location. Individuals from Jura and elsewhere are helping to set up this new space. If you would like to make a donation to help ASN, you can send the money care of Jura (see bank details above), with the reference 'for ASN'.

Jura is on Twitter

Jura is now on Twitter: @JuraBooks. Please follow us, and retweet us! You can also see what we're tweeting, even if you don't use Twitter. twitter.com/JuraBooks

New books in the Jura Library

The Jura library has thousands of great books - many of which you won't find in any other library in Australia. Anyone can become a member - find out how. This month we've had over 30 great new additions to the library, including these:
Demanding the Impossible: A History of Anarchism by Peter Marshall. This comprehensive book navigates the broad "river of anarchy," from Taoism to Situationism, from Ranters to Punk rockers, from individualists to communists, from anarcho-syndicalists to anarcha-feminists. It's an authoritative study which explores the key anarchist concepts of society and the state, freedom and equality, authority and power and investigates the successes and failure of the anarchist movements throughout the world.
Quiet Rumours: An Anarcha-Feminist Reader - outstanding anarcha-feminist reader compiled and introduced by the UK-based anarchist collective Dark Star. Featuring articles and essays from four generations of anarchist-inspired feminists, including Emma Goldman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Jo Freeman, Peggy Kornegger, Cathy Levine, Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, Mujeres Creando, and Rote Zora.
Meme Wars: The Creative Destruction of Neoclassical Economics - from Adbusters, the magazine that can claim (with some credibility) to have lit the spark for Occupy Wall Street. This giant book intersperses haunting and provocative graphics with texts which encourage readers to become 'barefoot economists'. Meme Wars aims to brings psychonomics, bionomics, and other aspects of our physical and mental environment into a new discussion of economics.

New anarchistic articles online

This month marks 20 years of Zapatista uprising in Chiapas. To celebrate, Subcommandante Marcos released a beautiful and poetic communique. "The struggle is collective, but the decision to struggle is individual, personal, intimate, as is the decision to go on or to give up."
In this article, Tom Murray looks at anarchist principles of education. He argues that autonomous, co-operative learning is central to finding new ways of challenging authority and discovering freer, more equal ways of being in the world.
Melbourne anarchist Andy Fleming has written two great articles in New Matilda. In How the Press Sets Up a Protest Crackdown he examines the Courier-Mail's recent beat-up about an anarchist group no one's ever heard of: the 'Black Rose Syndicat'.
In Who's Keeping An Eye On Aussie Neo-Nazis, Andy surveys the activity of the far right in Australia. Especially pertinent in the wake of Australian immigration's shameful decision to ban Minh Duong - the Vietnamese student who suffered a vicious racial attack in the streets of Ascot Vale, Victoria.
Following the 'king hit' furor, Sydney Uni Professor Raewyn Connell explores the questions of violence, alcohol, blame and masculinity in this thoughtful article.

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Next Jura Collective meeting: 2pm Sat 1 February. Come along to observe or participate in discussions.

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