People's climate mobilisation; zine launch; news from Sam Mbah; and new articles on cultural intervention, freedom, and roadtripping.
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People's climate mobilisation

Join Jura people and friends from the Riff Raff Radical Marching Band, plus thousands of other people at a community picnic for the global People's Climate Mobilisation.
Riff Raff and Jura people will be wearing red and black - you could too!
12pm, Sunday 21 September, Bicentennial Park, Glebe.

Aboriginal passport ceremony

We come from all parts of the globe. Some of us migrated here, some of us were born here. Some of our ancestors played a role in the theft and occupation of Aboriginal lands. Having learned the truth, we feel that we must state clearly that we do not support the colonial occupation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lands. The receiving of the Aboriginal Passports is not intended to make its holders complacent. Rather, it’s an active commitment to respect and protect the land spanning the entire continent as well as a commitment to changing the current conditions. More
1-5pm, Saturday 13 September, at The Settlement, 17 Edward Street.

Poetry and zine launch

Jura is happy to host the launch of the very first issue of Cheap Acceptance. There will be party times and readings from poets Guy Martin, James Maher and Michael Labone. Some of the works will deal with how society affects the individual and what that means within the concept of existing or living. Zines will be on sale for $3. Hotdogs probably won't be served.
3pm, Saturday 27 September, at Jura Books.

Report from Sam Mbah

Nigerian anarchist is recovering; thanks for your donations

A few months ago Jura initiated a fundraising appeal for Nigerian anarchist Sam Mbah. With your help we raised over $3,800! We've stayed in touch with Sam as he underwent the operation he needed, and during his recovery. We’re pleased to report that the procedure seems to have gone well and he is recovering, although slowly. Sam sends his thanks and best wishes to all comrades who contributed. Read the full story.

New on the Jura Blog

Pauline Pantsdown, Melbourne Bookfair roadtrip, Daisy's project

Simon Hunt, AKA Pauline Pantsdown gave a short talk on politics & cultural intervention at Jura last year. The text is now on our blog. Simon talks about his politicisation, his cultural intervention as Pauline Pantsdown in 1997-1998, and how to use humour to confront the dark policies of racism and cultural bigotry in Australia.

Also on our blog, John Smith from Jura tells the story of our roadtrip to Melbourne for the Anarchist Bookfair.

In another guest contribution, we publish An Amorphous Freedom: An investigation into the restrictions that cage humanity. It's a thoughtful and interesting essay by Daisy, a high-school student from Blacktown. She explores notions of freedom, human needs, authority, power and the relationship between freedom and happiness. Daisy drew on her own research, a survey, personal reflection and an interview with Jeremy of Jura.

All out to fix the Jura library

You'd be ever so welcome to come to a working bee or meeting!

We've been busily renovating the Jura library for a few months now, to make it bigger and better for talks and other events. We've demolished a wall, installed a new beam in the ceiling and laid some new floorboards. But we're keen to try and finish it off, so we're going all out for two weeks. Please come to one (or all!) of these working bees:
  • Thursday 25 September (2-6pm)
  • Saturday 27 September (12-3pm)
  • Sunday 28 September (12-5pm)
  • Thursday 2 October (2-7pm)
  • Saturday 4 October (12-5pm)
Even during renovations, we're continuing to build the library collection. This month we've added the following tasty new books: The library is a proud supporter of Wellington's anarchist publisher, Rebel Press.

You're also always welcome to come to a Jura Collective meeting. See how we operate, contribute your ideas and maybe get involved. The next two meetings are at 1pm on Sunday 14 September, and 1pm Saturday 4 October, at Jura.

Black Rose news

Our comrades at Black Rose are calling for subscribers to help make their place more sustainable. Please chip in if you can! They're doing a great job running a busy shopfront, putting on political events and distributing anarchist material in Newtown.

They have lots of events, for example in the next couple of weeks:
  • A repeat of Nick's talk on anarchism in Greece: looking at contemporary Athenian anarchist and anti-authoritarian milieu and their on-the-ground struggles against capitalism, the State and the rise of fascism.
  • Beyond Calling Out: a facilitated discussion of methods of justice in radical spaces & how we can move beyond just an individual calling out problems.

Save women's refuges

In an outrageous move, the NSW Government has transferred control of previously self-managed women-only refuges (which were won through feminist struggle) to large faith-based charities. Check out this video from last month's speakout against this closure of womyn's refuges and the reality of the 'Going Home, Staying Home' reforms.
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The next meetings of the Jura Collective are at 1pm on Sunday 14 September, and 1pm Saturday 4 October.
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