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Recommendations for presents and readings, plus a picnic, a party and a story of workers' control.
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Great summer presents at Jura!

And we've extended our opening hours – every day until 24 December
Want to liven up your summer? Want great presents unlike the usual capitalist rubbish? Want to support a non-profit, volunteer-run, anarchist project? Jura has heaps of books, DVDs, CDs, and t-shirts that will provide mental dynamite for the end-of-year summer holiday season. As well as spending some time lazing about, now's the perfect time to get ready to kick butt and rattle the cage of capitalism in the coming year. Get organised and prepared for the battles to come!
When we were at the huge climate rally a couple of weeks ago there were thousands of mums, dads, kids, grannies and friends: maybe your gran would like the Raging Grannies Songbook or Granny Made Me An Anarchist? Perhaps your dad would be interested in The Anarchist Cookbook (the Food Not Bombs version of course!) Sisters and brothers might like Octavia's Brood — a new collection of short science fiction stories from social justice movements. Your artist friend would love Re-ordering The Universe, which is about Picasso and his anarchist ideas, or Signal — a journal of international graphics and culture. Don't forget to treat yourself! Anarchist Seeds Beneath The Snow is a great read. Or get organised with a Slingshot Organiser, or a How To Make Trouble and Influence People Diary.
We have all these books and thousands more at Jura - come in and browse! We guarantee you'll find something unusual and inspirational for everyone. You can also check out recent arrivals on our new books feed, or Sid's short book reviews. Or email us to ask about mail order.

Jura has special extended opening hours for the next week. We will be open:
  • Thursday 17th December: 2pm-7pm
  • Friday 18th December: 2pm-7pm
  • Saturday 19th December: 12pm-5pm
  • Sunday 20th December: 12pm-5pm
  • Monday 21st December: 2pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 22nd December: 2pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 23rd December: 2pm-7pm
  • Thursday 24th December: 2pm-7pm
After that we will be taking a bit of a break. Jura will be closed until the 20th January, re-opening as normal on Thursday 21st January 2016.

Anarchist picnic

11:30am Saturday 19th December at Blacktown Showground
The Sydney Anarchist Picnic hosted by Black Flag is on again! It's a chance to hang out and relax in less stressful situations with comrades. People who are curious about anarchism or would like to get involved are, of course, more than welcome to come along! There will also be a talk on Christmas and capitalism by one of our comrades from Black Rose. It's bring a plate (if you're able) and a fundraiser for Black Flag. This will be a dry event, so please respect that and don't bring alcohol. Facebook event.

Jura end-of-year gathering

6pm Saturday 19th December at Jura, then dinner at a nearby restaurant
The Jura Collective will be having a low-key gathering to celebrate another year of spreading anarchist ideas, and you're welcome to join us! At 3pm we'll have our regular collective meeting (meetings are open — so you can come along and see how we work). After that (from about 5pm) we'll have some nibbles and snacks, and then a little later we'll head to a nearby restaurant for dinner. All welcome.

Pro-feminist reading group

Over the last few months, a group of people from the Jura community have organised a series of readings and discussions in an attempt to develop our (pro)feminist politics. We've focussed in particular on readings on practical ways of improving our (particularly men's) behaviours and practices of consent, and on community accountability processes. After these meetings, we decided that our discussion of transformative justice would be enriched by developing our feminist politics more broadly. We are now reading the excellent LIES: A Journal Of Materialist Feminism. Volumes 1 and 2 are available at Jura for $18 each. Volume 1 is also available for free online here.

If you are a like-minded person and would like to participate in this reading/discussion group, please get in touch via email or personal message. People of all genders and sexualities are welcome and we would like this to be a safe space. We use a progressive speaking list, and try to let discussion be driven by wom*n's experiences of sexism and patriarchy. In the interests of honest disclosure, we should mention that the majority of us who have been participating so far identify as hetero cis men, with a smaller number identifying as wom*n, although at some meetings the gender balance has been even. Also, please note that this is not an open public ‘forum’ as such, but rather a smaller group with a commitment to ongoing discussion and development. Participants are all committed to turning up regularly (about monthly) and doing the readings.

Recommended reading online

Recently published anarchistic articles
Anarchism, Marxism, & Economics - By Paul Rubner, published on the Jura blog
"Although not a Marxist, I consider Marx’s writings as classics of revolutionary thought. Hence, coming to terms with Marx’s ideas — whether one agrees with them or not — is important for anarchists, and left libertarians generally. Familiarising ourselves with Marx’s ideas through on-going study of the primary sources is, or should be, an essential part of our continuing self-education. In my view, this is just as important as studying, e.g. Bakunin, Kropotkin, Malatesta, Bookchin, etc." Read more

Masks Up - By Andy Fleming, published in Overland Journal
"While still considered unusual in the Australian context, most of the arguments about masking up at public protests are well-rehearsed. Perhaps the most important point to consider is that, prior to the emergence of the internet, the documentation of protest activity, including the identification of those involved, was largely a matter for the state and media. This is no longer the case… I’m aware of a number of troubling incidents during the course of the year in which activists who have been identified as publicly opposing RA and the UPF have been harassed, threatened and attacked." Read more

Activists Promise Civil Disobedience In Face Of Failed Paris Climate Compact
By Thom Mitchell, published in New Matilda

"'We heard our leaders say many of the right things over the last two weeks in beautiful speeches,' Klein said, 'and yet despite their words, they remain trapped in a broken system and a crashing worldview based on dominance of people and the planet... That world view simply does not allow them to align their words with their actions. And so the gap is immense between the rhetoric and the goal of safety, and the reality of the epic danger they are allowing to unfold.'" Read more

Why big NGOs won’t lead the fight on climate change
By Belinda Rodriguez and Ben Case, published in Roar Mag

"Beyond failing to apply core strategic principles, the groups that called off the march forfeited a unique opportunity to connect imperialism and neocolonialism with climate change, and escalate as an interconnected movement against war, racism, and fossil fuels... Attempting to cancel the march was not only a strategic mistake, it was a betrayal. It validated the French government’s attacks on protesters and it left the activists who boldly carried on with planned actions without much-needed organizational support. In the wake of events like the Paris attacks, we have a moral obligation to make meaning of the violence we see and its root causes. We should not allow the interests that are profiting from war to frame the response and set the political agenda.... This example is a case study in the ways power imbalances in NGOs reinforce systemic hierarchies and hurt movements." Read more

Drinking with Ghosts - Michael Schmidt responds to the allegations made against him by AK Press and Alexander Reid-Ross and Joshua Stephens
"As a result of my radicalisation as a conscript, in 1992, I joined the Anarchist Awareness League, based in the South African port city of Durban while working as a journalist for a family-owned daily newspaper, The Natal Mercury. The following year, the AAL initiated the Durban Anarchist Federation, a synthesist organisation with white, coloured and Indian members that focused on environmental, gender, anti-militarist and anti-authoritarian propaganda, and included among its collectives the AAL, forerunner of today’s Zabalaza Books. Also in 1993, I began a decade of work as a trade unionist, serving as shop steward for the South African Union of Journalists over 1993-2003, which gave me a solid grounding for my emerging anarcho-syndicalism. In 1995, I started dating Mamta Sing, an African of Indian descent, who I got engaged to in 1997." Read more

Turkey could cut off Islamic State’s supply lines. So why doesn’t it?
By David Graeber, published in the Guardian

"In the wake of the murderous attacks in Paris, we can expect western heads of state to do what they always do in such circumstances: declare total and unremitting war on those who brought it about. They don’t actually mean it. They’ve had the means to uproot and destroy Islamic State within their hands for over a year now. They’ve simply refused to make use of it. In fact, as the world watched leaders making statements of implacable resolve at the G20 summit in Antalaya, these same leaders are hobnobbing with Turkey’s president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, a man whose tacit political, economic, and even military support contributed to Isis’s ability to perpetrate the atrocities in Paris, not to mention an endless stream of atrocities inside the Middle East." Read more

Give Tanks!

Earthworker campaign to install solar hot water in low-income homes
Earthworker is an inspiring community initiative for sustainable jobs. Earlier this year they successfully set up the Eureka's Future Workers Co-operative — a worker-owned and worker-run factory in Dandenong, Victoria. Their holiday season crowdfunding campaign is called Give Tanks, and aims to raise money to install their solar hot water tanks into low income housing — reducing financial stress, supporting local green manufacturing jobs, and reducing carbon pollution.
Check out this great Earthworker video — a glimpse of workers' control in Australia!
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Jura's current opening hours
Thursday 17th December: 2pm-7pm
Friday 18th December: 2pm-7pm
Saturday 19th December: 12pm-5pm
Sunday 20th December: 12pm-5pm
Monday 21st December: 2pm-7pm
Tuesday 22nd December: 2pm-7pm
Wednesday 23rd December: 2pm-7pm
Thursday 24th December: 2pm-7pm
After that Jura will be closed until the 20th January, re-opening as normal on Thursday 21st January 2016.

If you're making a special trip to visit us, it's a good idea to call beforehand to double-check that we're open. As we're all volunteers, occasionally we can't open as planned.

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