Benefit for Billy, Costa and Silvia

20150518_Benefit_Billy_Costa_SilviaMonday May 18th 2015, Benefit for Billy, Costa and Silvia. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

On Thursday the 15th of April 2010, Costantino Ragusa, Silvia Guerini and Billy (Luca Bernasconi) were arrested in Switzerland. Costa, Silvia and Billy are fellow anarchists who have been active in fighting for things like radical ecology and animal liberation, fighting against health hazards such as biotechnology, nanotechnology and nuclear technology and supporting and standing in solidarity with prisoners. It seems as though the authorities in Zurich are handling the accusations against and the detention of these three activists.
The Swiss Federal Prosecutor’s Office continues its harassment of Silvia, Costa and Billy. In addition to current censorship, which causes long delays in the mail delivery, another limit has been unlawfully added to the censorship of their mail, making it impossible for them to send or receive letters if not written to the specifications of the procurator. This is an evident attempt to isolate our friends by interrupting their means of communication with the outside so to heavily limit their participation in our struggles. The arrogance of the prosecutor and the absurdity of the new limitations on communications are due to the massive amount of support shown by fellow activists and expressed in letters, but this foul measure won’t stop us from expressing our solidarity.
It seems as though Silvia, Billy and Costa were stopped by a blockade near Zurich. While the car (rented in Italy) was being searched, the Swiss police declared to have found explosives, a detonator and a statement in reference to the IBM laboratories, which do research on nanotechnology (source: Communicating through their lawyers, each having their own lawyer because in Switzerland they can’t share the same one, they have reported that they are doing well; it also seems as thought they have been able to get vegan meals in prison, although we are only certain that this is the case for Billy and not the other two.
The following are updates from the anarchists of via del Cuore – Pisa […Lees verder]


Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989)

How_to_Get_Ahead_in_AdvertisingSunday May 10th 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: How to Get Ahead in Advertising (1989). Directed by Bruce Robinson, 95 minutes. In English with English subtitles. Free admission. Door opens at 20:00, Film starts at 21:00.

Radical cult film by the wild British director Bruce Robinson (Withnail & I)…. a Kafkaesque black comedy which is a scathing attack on the commercialization and trivialization of our lives. This movie is an all-out assault on both the mind and senses (along with the advertising world), as it follows the story of pent-up advertising executive Dennis Bagley, whose life becomes so stressful that his body starts to react in a surreal way. This aspect makes it almost like a Cronenberg film, with Bagley’s repressed inner demon bursting to the surface. Director Bruce Robinson is a sort of cinematic equivalent to a rampaging Hunter S. Thompson, and in his gonzo rage he decries a world of cheap tricks, gimmicks, misrepresentation and hidden marketing agendas. And like Hunter, Robinson does so with scathing absurdism and humor.

Richard E. Grant (Withnail & I) stars in this mad, out-of-control Grand-Guignol that lampoons rampant capitalism and the modern business world. And although this film is certainly skeptical of that advertising industry, director Robinson said it was a mistake to think that was the main message… what this film is about for him is about selling fear, and using fear to promote everything. “The real fear I have is that our whole political system is evolving into an optical illusion whose currency is fear.” The expansion of both the commercialization of our lives, and the use of fear tactics to manipulate us, makes this film even more relevant than ever before. […Lees verder]

Babboo in concert

Thursday May 7th 2015, Babboo in concert, from 9pm till 10pm. At 7pm, Volkseten Vegazulu, Benefit for the family Y.

Babboo is just back from a few months touring Mexico. We are welcoming them for a third time at Joe’s Garage. From the streets to the stages, everyone is kindly entertained and refreshed by this original, powerful and inspiring music, which lyrics are written in English, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian. The original songwriting of the Babboo varies from Gipsy Manouche to French Musette, from Pop ballads to African Rhythms, from popular Cumbia to intellectual Samba and Cuban Son. The show can be described as a danceable poetry, very energetic and elegantly rough, moving and touching at the same time. In the Babboo performance the audience is bewitched by the strength and the intensity of Ale’s voice, as by the delicacy of some mellow melodies, which create a good balance between the sexiest roughness of latin rhythms and the coolest songwriter’s pop. Babboo:

Benefit for the family Y.

Benefit_for_the_family_YThursday May 7th 2015, Benefit for the family Y. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. From 9pm till 10pm, Babboo in concert.

‘Thanks to my voluntary job I’m in close contact with the family Y. This is a Moroccan family with parents who are living in for about 20 years in the Netherlands. They have four young children. I come over to their place once a week to eat a nice meal and assist their kids in schoolwork. Lately they where forced to move from their beloved little house in Bos en Lommer. This was because of a project of the Amsterdam municipality which aims at the creation of divers neighborhoods. The plan sounds very nice but in practice it’s a bit disappointing. The poorer families are the once who have to move further to the out skirts of the city, leaving space for the high-income class. The family Y. didn’t want to leave their flat, despite of the fact that it was pretty ugly and to small. They were used and attached to it. Furthermore, their cost were low. Moving out would mean a lot of stress and high cost. But the building was going to be torned down anyhow, as planned. Two weeks ago they were moved. They are living in a modern new building with more space than they had before. Unfortunately they don’t have any money left to buy new furniture and the house looks empty and impersonal. With this fund raising I hope I can support them a bit to make their new house feel a bit more like home.’ […Lees verder]

Iranian movie night: The Song of Sparrows (2008)

The_Song_of_SparrowsSunday May 3rd 2015, Iranian Movie night: Avaze Gonjeshk-ha, آواز گنجشک‌ها , The Song of Sparrows by Majid Majidi (2008). In Farsi with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

When an ostrich-rancher focuses on replacing his daughter’s hearing aid, which breaks right before crucial exams, everything changes for a struggling rural family in Iran. Karim motorbikes into a world alien to him – incredibly hectic Tehran, where sudden opportunities for independence, thrill and challenge him. But his honor and honesty, plus traditional authority over his inventive clan, are tested, as he stumbles among vast cultural and economic gaps between his village nestled in the desert, and a throbbing metropolis.
More info here: […Lees verder]

Benefit for Popular Assembly of Lavapiés in Madrid

20150423_Benefit_for_Popular_Assembly_of_Lavapies_in_MadridThursday April 23rd 2015, Benefit for Popular Assembly of Lavapiés in Madrid. Concert with Almudena and Davide. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

When the boroughs are self-organized, the State answers with punishment

“No, they won’t stop us”

In our neighborhood, Lavapiés (Madrid), there is always an helicopter surveying the area. It is part of the state of fear and shock they try to impose. They arrest us, they issue fines against us, they search for us in our homes, they put us in jail…but that will not stop us, because our solidarity is strong and for real.

We are facing an increase in the repression from the Spanish government as it was in the Eighties. Activists from different movements are locked up daily (anarchist, members of independantist movements, feminists, communists, housing activists, squatters  …) Nothing new, what else is to expect from the government? Even if that has always been the case, it is true that there has been an increase of the repression. This is partially explained because there is a certain fear from the power of these seeds of self-organization coming from the neighborhoods. These activist movements are steadily increasing and stopping evictions, producing in different ways, creating solidarity networks, transforming plots into kitchen gardens, trying to find and experiment ways of getting away step by step from the usual commercial networks…and that is scary for the power. The power reacts  wickedly against movements, against this solidarity among the oppressed. […Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Kes (1969)

150419 Kes smSunday April 19th 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Kes (1969). Directed by Ken Loach, 111 minutes. In English with English subtitles. Free admission. Door opens at 20:00, Film starts at 21:00.

This is an early film directed by Ken Loach, and it is a poetically beautiful portrait of a 14-year-old boy growing up in the northern working-class Yorkshire area of England. It is photographed in an austere, almost documentary style. The non-actor David Bradley is stunningly as the young boy Billy, whose dreary future seems to be pretty much destined for the local coal mines. One day his life suddenly resonates when he discovers a small kestrel falcon, which he trains daily. This is a film about being suffocated by your environment, and the deep longing for something else.

Whereas the Hollywood approach to life is to escape through entertainment, European cinema (and Kes is a wonderful example) instead zeros in on aspects of our lives and asks us to pause and think about them. In Kes, this is done through sublime acting and a profound ability to capture a mood. There is so much trash in the cinemas today, why not try out something that may pierce your heart and change your idea of cinema forever? This movie is still etched deeply in my memory after I saw it last 35 years ago.. it’s one of the most moving films of all time, and it achieves this without any cheap sentimentality.

For many people it is the best film ever made. And it was also voted by the British Film Institute as being one of the 10 best British films of the last century. This will be a high-definition screening. […Lees verder]

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Campaign Benefit

berliner-mauer-graffiti_free_mumia_abu_jamalThursday April 16th 2015, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Campaign Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

The life of brilliant journalist, intellectual, revolutionary, and political prisoner Mumia Abu-Jamal is in great danger. Pennsylvania set two execution dates for Mumia in the ’90’s despite his innocence. Only the international movement stayed the hands of the executioner.Now removed from Death Row, Mumia is once again subject to attempted execution, this time through medical neglect and malpractice. With no history of diabetes, and subsequent to having three blood tests only weeks earlier, on March 30, Mumia went into diabetic shock. He was hospitalized on Monday, March 30, with life-threatening high blood sugar, but two days later was transferred back to the same prison that failed to diagnose or treat him even though he was still very ill. His diet is dangerous and his health is deteriorating. Once again, only massive pressure will prevent his death. […Lees verder]

Volunteer Network for Rojava reconstruction. Info night and benefit

20150413_Volunteer_Network_Rojava_benefitMonday April 13th 2015, Volunteer Network for Rojava reconstruction. Info night and benefit. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Our speaker from the solidarity movement to support Rojava Autonomy will screen some videos and discuss these issues:
1. What is the key conclusion from the Hamburg conference.
2. Why is Rojava special both for Middle East and for us in Europe (various perspectives: anarchist, feminist, communalist, anticapitalist, anticolonialist).
3. What are possible ways to support Rojava reconstruction and development, starting from Kobane Reconstruction Board
4. What is the idea behind Amargi.PL and what is the current status of coordination with Rojava representatives.
5. Short- and mid-term agenda. […Lees verder]

Seed Bomb Making Workshop and Seed Swap Table

20150413_Seed_Bomb_Making_WorkshopMonday April 13th 2015, Seed Bomb Making Workshop and Seed Swap Table. From 6 till 7pm.

After the successful Green Ass Garden Working Weekend at ADM in March, it is time for some gardening activity in the Transvaalbuurt. With a people’s kitchen running twice a week, Joe’s Garage has quite a big compost waiting for your hands. You know a garden, an empty lot to decorate. We have quite some seeds meant for such a workshop. Maybe you want to plant some invasive flowers, some gigantic pumpkins at your house owner. Seed bombs are the perfect way to plant seeds in locations where you do not necessarily have access, where you do not own the property. Have a break spraying slogans on the walls. The city is full of spaces in need of a new decoration in the ground. Bring your morning glory and sun flower seeds. We provide the clay, the compost and various seeds. For you own garden, lots of seeds will be waiting for you on the Seed Swap table. From 6 till 7pm,  and directly followed by the people’s kitchen.

Iranian Movie night: Women Without Men (2009)

Women_Without_MenSunday April 12th 2015, Iranian Movie night: Women Without Men by Shirin Neshat (2009, 95 minutes). In Persian with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

Neshat offers an exquisitely crafted view of women rights today in Iran as compared to Iran in 1953, when a British- and American-backed coup removed the democratically elected government. The Women Without Men movie was adapted from the novel by Iranian author Shahrnush Parsipur, the film weaves together the stories of four individual women during that time, whose experiences are shaped by their faith and the social structures in place. The film grants audiences the opportunity to explore the lives of four women and the beautiful countryside of Iran, where Neshat explores the social, political, and psychological dimensions of her characters as they meet in a metaphorical garden, where they can exist and reflect while the complex intellectual and religious forces shaping their world linger in the air around them. […Lees verder]

Internet privacy-security workshop

securityFriday April 10th 2015, 7:30pm. Internet privacy/security workshop for everybody (so you don’t have to be a computergeek), learn about things like oa useful browser plugins, PGP/GPG (email encryption), OTR (chat encryption), Tor etc etc. Bring your computer or/and usb flashdrive!!

Camera surveillance, Big Data, dragnet surveillance. Our privacy is increasingly under threat, both online and offline. Companies and government agencies make it their job to know as much about you as possible, with or without your consent. There are however plenty of ways to regain control over who does or does not get to see your information, and strong cryptography has become easy to use.

In this workshop we will explain how to reclaim your privacy in a few easy steps, what privacy-respecting alternatives are available for services of Google, and how to communicate securely using the internet or your smartphone.

After our presentation we will help you set up encrypted email, chat software and any other tools that were covered, so be sure to bring your laptop and a USB flashdrive!!

The workshop can cover the following subjects:

– Big Data and online tracking
– Useful browser plugins
– PGP/GPG (email encryption)
– OTR (chat encryption)
– Tor (online anonymity)
– TAILS (easy-to-use secure operating system)

Organized by Pinknoise, an independent and self-organized media collective.

Benefit night for Pinknoise, a self-organized independent media collective

Monday April 6th 2015, Benefit night for Pinknoise, a self-organized independent media collective. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Pinknoise [] is an open media collective. We mainly focus on doing livestreams of political events, like demonstrations, evictions etc. A recent example is the eviction of the bungehuis, which was occupied by students.

Other examples are the livestreams of the Ubica eviciction, AAGU’s action at Kamp Zeist, and the livestream from the ocupation of the Pier by the Vloek.

We can also provide infrastructure for setting up networks and livestreams. If for example you organize an action camp, we can provide you with equipment and assistance to set up a network and make it possible to report what is going on. We did this for example at noborder camp 2013.

By using free software and our own servers, we give action groups the opportunity to expand the reach of their actions, without having to resort to commercial services. (maybe mention maagdenhuis using youtube for their livestreams -> depending on google for activism is maybe not the best idea)

Since we are an open collective, with not really a fixed format, people are welcome to join in if they think they would fit in. So if you feel affiliated in any way, contact us! We use a lot of equipment, on of our goals is to be as d.i.y as possible, but still, things need to be bought. Sometimes things get taken by cops, or damaged during an event. That is why we are having this benefit. […Lees verder]