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(en) Ireland, Belfast - Just Books Launch Website At Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre 19th July 2006

Date Thu, 06 Jul 2006 10:50:50 +0300


The Just Books Collective will be launching a website and online bookshop
on 19th July 2006 to coincide with the day of the 70th anniversary of the 1936
Spanish workers' revolution that defeated fascism across much of Spain.
Just Books Website launch: 7.30 pm, Belfast Unemployed Resource
Centre, Lower Donegall Street, Belfast (next door to the John Hewitt pub).
Just Books has a history in Belfast that stretches back to the opening
of the original Smithfield shop in June 1978 by the Belfast Anarchist
Collective. While the shop closed its doors in June 1994 the Just Books
Collective has continued to provide stalls at events such as grassroots
gatherings and at Belfasts annual St. Georges market May Day celebrations.

The new online Just Books will carry titles on a wide range of topics
such as: Irish and international labour history, anarchism,
anti-capitalism, feminism, communism, socialism, sex and
sexuality, current affairs, globalisation, the environment, labour
legislation and more.

In the longer term we see the setting up of this website as part of a
project to create a labour resource and solidarity centre in Belfast
that will incorporate accessible resources and information for
workers in struggle - in a premises providing a multi-lingual
resource library, a bookshop, meeting space, internet access and a
coffee shop. We would also like to include a projector for showing
films. This will provide much needed resources and solidarity for
workers in struggle. We hope to open the centre as a practical
commemoration of the Spanish Revolution.

MULTI-LINGUAL RESOURCE LIBRARY

We have already started collecting titles for a resource library. Titles
so far are available on a range of topics including books, pamphlets
and magazines on labour legislation, labour history, anarchism,
socialism, feminism, the environment, social movements and
current affairs. The bulk of titles collected so far are in Spanish and
English and we welcome the donation of titles in other languages. In
particular we want to make available books, pamphlets and
magazines that would be valuable to shop stewards and other
working people, and as a resource for others concerned with tackling
exploitation and oppression both local and globally, in the workplace
and beyond.

MEETING SPACE

Providing accessible social and meeting space is also important to
this project. We hope that such a space will incorporate a coffee shop
and facilities for film showings and educational events, meetings and
seminars. This should be an environment in which, formally or
informally, ideas can be discussed, solidarity built and educational
events take place.

INTERNET ACCESS

The centre will also provide 6 pc’s with internet access and links
to labour, union and other valuable resources. Desktop publishing,
printing and copying facilities will also be provided.

Like the original Just Books we are aiming towards something
which is much more than just a bookshop. The original premises
included a cafe and print workshop and provided a focal point for the
collective's many activities until it closed sixteen years later in June
1994. Set up without any form of state subsidy or grant money was
raised through running benefits, from interest free loans and
donations from supporters. Just Books has always been run on a self
managed basis with collective decision making at its core. Currently
a voluntary collective we hope to establish the centre as a workers
co-operative.

TOWARDS A NEW PREMISES

In order to realise this project, to build on the July 2006 launch of
our website and have things up and running as a practical
commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Spanish Revolution,
we need your support.

SUPPORT JUST BOOKS

· Make a donation: we are currently seeking supporters/friends of
Just Books donations of £50.00. Money raised from these
donations will go directly into building towards the opening of a
premises in Belfast.

· Get your Union branch or organisation to make a donation. We
believe this project will be valuable in assisting effective workplace
organisation and strengthening links between workers across and
within industries. Ask your union branch or organisation to support
us in this and to support the strengthening of working class solidarity
and education.

· Donate books to our multi-lingual resource library - hundreds of
titles have already been collected.

· Buy merchandise from the Just Books Collective: at present we
are selling a range of fundraising merchandise. Contact us at the
postal address below for details.

· Come to one of our fundraising events or better still put on a
fundraising event for us. If you are in Ireland request a Just Books
collective stall at your event.

CONTACT US AT:

Just Books Collective
P.O. Box 505,
Belfast.
BT12 6BQ.
Email: jst_books@yahoo.co.uk
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