Info-night and benefit for Prosfygika occupied neighbourhood in Athens, Greece


Monday October 27th 2014: Info-night and benefit for Prosfygika occupied neighbourhood in Athens, Greece, Volkseten Vegazulu, 19:00.

“Prosfygika”, or otherwise refugee homes, is a complex of residential flats built in 1930′s to house refugees resulting from the Asia Minor conflict between Greece and Turkey. The buildings are situated on a central avenue of Athens, surrounded on either side by the police HQ and the supreme court, in a heavily gentrified area . After years of abandonment, Prosfygika has been increasingly reclaiming its original purpose as many refugees, migrants, poor, greek and foreigner working class people have sought to resolve their need for housing by squatting the empty flats.

For some years now, people from the neighbourhood have organized on the basis of collective procedures and communal resources in order to meet the daily and particular needs of the neighbourhood. The ceaseless activity of the community of Occupied Prosfygika includes building maintenance, baking bread, collective cooking, laundry facilities, making soap, a school for migrants and locals and hosting refugees on emergency basis. The evolution of the self organized community has emerged from the initiatives of an assembly with horizontal procedures (which has been active in the neighbourhood since 2011). This assembly participates in the movement of class and social struggle expressing its solidarity in a number of ways. [...Lees verder]

Movie night: M – Fritz Lang (1931)

M Fritz Lang

Sunday October 26th 2014, Movie night: M by Fritz Lang (1931, 111 minutes). Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Director: Fritz Lang. Writers: Thea von Harbou (script), Fritz Lang (script). Actors: Peter Lorre, Ellen Widmann, Inge Landgut.
A simple, haunting musical phrase whistled offscreen tells us that a young girl will be killed. “Who Is the Murderer?” pleads a nearby placard as serial killer Hans Beckert (Peter Lorre) closes in on little Elsie Beckmann . . . In his harrowing masterwork M, Fritz Lang merges trenchant social commentary with chilling suspense, creating a panorama of private madness and public hysteria that to this day remains the blueprint for the psychological thriller. [...Lees verder]

October 2014 at Joe’s Garage

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ATTENTION: 15 days major European operation controls against “illegal” migration.

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The Council of the European Union is organizing from 13 to October 26, 2014 a major joint operation with the Schengen Member States, Europol and Frontex, called “Mos maiorum”.

All possible migration routes in Europe will be checked in all Schengen States and Europe’s external borders, the objectives being:

- Arrest “illegal” immigrants and gather information in view of investigation
- Identify, hunt and disrupt the organized crime groups
- Consolidate joint actions to prevent “illegal” migration
- Look at the routes used by migrants and migration networks.
- Collect and analyze the information related to secondary movements also

Controls at airports, train stations, ports, borders and other strategic places (train, bus, metro, tram?) will be strengthened without a doubt. So be careful.

Download the multilingual travel warning flyer, print it, distribute it.
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Kobane is not alone! Solidarity dinner

Thursday November 20th 2014: Kobane is not alone! Solidarity dinner. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

On September 16, 2014, the Kurdish-dominated, Syrian town of Kobanê was attacked by ISIS. After weeks of fierce resistance, the Kurdish fighters of the YPG/YPJ (People’s/Women’s Defence Forces) continued to hold major parts of the city, while the advance of ISIS finally appeared to have been stopped. During their advance however, ISIS forced more than 200,000 people to flee their homes, pushing them across the border into the South of Turkey. Often they could leave with little more than what they could carry with their own hands and they now have to live under poor conditions in refugee camps. Your donations, in return for a delicious meal, will go directly to the refugees in Suruç, the Turkish border town, where tens of thousands of Syrians have found shelter and are in dire need of simply everything. Thank you for your solidarity! [...Lees verder]

Benefit Voku: Renter Rebels


Monday November 10th 2014, Benefit Voku: Renter Rebels, against the sale out of the city. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

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Renter Rebels: against the sale out of the city

Tonight Joe’s Garage is cooking for an info and experience exchange days we plan between on the 21th and the 22th of November (dates are preliminary for now).

Then we are welcomming people from Berlin to screen with us the very recent film about the Renter Rebels in the Berlin, a quite popular and diverse movement that emerged in the last couple of years and that struggles against massive gentrification and the forced evictions of renters that take place in at high pace. That weekend shall serve as space for discussion and exchange with the people from Berlin, about experiences being made in struggle, the urban restructuring that goes on in Berlin, and the self-organisation of all kinds of people to fight against it.

Besides of being inspirational it shall also be a space to come together and to exchange ideas and experiences related to the housing situation in Amsterdam, the gentrification, housing speculation and office building madness that goes on with no real plan or actions to stop it, the criminalization of squatting since 2010 and the fact that people are drawn out from their homes, neighbourhoods and social networks (not the ones at Facebook) if work is precarious or wages are too low to afford the high and rising rents, even in the social housing sector, while so called housing corporations like Ymere or De Key (just to name a few) intentionally empty their houses from low income renters in order to make more profits by privatizing or renovating them for a upper class renter or buyer segment.

The city’s politicians and parties are obviously neither interested nor capable in regulating this situation and apparently prefer that Amsterdam becomes an even more elitist city, whose urban development is solely drawn by economic factors and that propagate the myth of the almost natural matter of fact that people should move around every couple of years if life becomes too expensive as the solution for those who are on the losing side. Thus we are further individualised by not being capable of building any relevant local networks that supports a meaningful struggle against this conditions.

Descent housing in its various forms and shapes and the city itself is not for profit but for us, the people, and a basic need of everybody independent of social status. We hope to come together with our various backgrounds as renters, precarious workers, students, renter activists and renter commitees, squatters, radicals, thus basically all of us that are negatively affected by the neo-liberal development of Amsterdam and to get organized in order to propose and realise alternatives and to resist the social cleansing that is threatening us.

Benefiet Voku: Huur Rebellen

Vanavond wordt er in Joe’s Garage gekookt voor informatie en ervaring uitwisseling dagen op 21 en 22 November (Datum is nog even onder voorbehoud).

We verwelkomen dan mensen uit Berlijn die ons een zeer recente film over de Huur Rebellen in Berlijn zullen vertonen. De Huur Rebellen is een populaire en brede beweging die in de laatste jaren gegroeid is. Ze strijden tegen de massale gentrificatie en de ontruimingen van huurders die in hoog tempo plaatsvinden. Dat weekend zal de basis vormen voor discussie en uitwisseling met de mensen uit Berlijn, over ervaringen in deze woonstrijd, de stadsvernieuwing in Berlijn, en de zelf organisatie van allerlei mensen om een protest op te zetten.

Behalve inspirerend is het ook de bedoeling om ruimte te scheppen om samen te komen en ideeen en ervaringen uit te wisselen betreffende de woonstrijd in Amsterdam, de entrificatie, speculatie, de kantoorbouw gekte die maar doorgaat zonder een concreet plan of acties om het stoppen, de criminalisering van kraken sinds 2010 en het feit dat mensen uit hun huizen, buurten, sociale netwerken (niet op Facebook) worden gedwongen te vertrekken, wanneer het werk te precair is of wanneer het inkomen te laag is om de hoge en stijgende huren te betalen, zelfs in de sociale huur sector. Terwijl de zogenaamde woningcorporaties zoals Ymere of De Key (om er maar een paar te noemen) met opzet huizen van huurders met een laag inkomen ontruimen om meer geld te verdienen door renovatie tot luxe appartementen of verkoop.

Politici en politieke partijen in de stad zijn niet geinteresseerd of niet in staat om iets aan deze situatie te doen, en geven blijkbaar de voorkeur aan een nog meer elitaire stad, waar haar stads ontwikkeling slechts gedragen wordt door economische motieven, en waar de oplossing voor de huur en prijsverhogingen worden afgeschilderd als een bijna onvermijdelijke mythe voor mensen met lagere inkomens: Iedere paar jaar verhuizen.

Daarom worden wij verder van elkaar verwijderd als individuen, niet in staat om relevante lokale netwerken te bouwen die een betekenisvol protest tegen deze omstandigheden kunnen opzetten. Fatsoenlijke huisvesting in verschillende vormen die bestaan en de stad zelf zijn niet om er financieel een slaatje uit te slaan, maar voor ons, de mensen, en een basisbehoefte voor iedereen ongeacht sociale positie.

We hopen dat we samen kunnen komen met onze verschillende achtergronden, zoals huurders, flexwerkers, studenten, huur activisten en huurcommissies, krakers, en activisten, ofwel iedereen die negatief beinvloed worden door het neo-liberale beleid in Amsterdam, en om ons te organiseren om alternatieven te ontwikkelen, en om te protesteren tegen het “sociale opruim beleid” dat ons aan het bedreigen is. [...Lees verder]

PerverT CinemA presents: Dead of Night (1945)


Sunday November 23th 2014, PerverT CinemA presents: Dead of Night (1945). Directed by Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer. 102 minutes, in English. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Considered the greatest horror anthology film, the classic British chiller Dead of Night features five stories of supernatural terror from four different directors, yet it ultimately feels like a unified whole. The framing device is simple but unsettling, as a group of strangers find themselves inexplicably gathered at an isolated country estate, uncertain why they have come. The topic of conversation soon turns to the world of dreams and nightmares, and each guest shares a frightening event from his/her own past. Many of these tales have become famous, including Basil Dearden’s opening vignette about a ghostly driver with “room for one more” in the back of his hearse. Equally eerie are Robert Hamer’s look at a haunted antique mirror that gradually begins to possess its owner’s soul, and Alberto Cavalcanti’s ghost story about a mysterious young girl during a Christmas party. [...Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Army Of Shadows (1969)


Sunday November 9th 2014, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema by Jeffrey Babcock: Army Of Shadows (L’Armée des Ombres). Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville, 1969, 145 minutes, in French with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Who could believe that in 2006 when American critics were voting for the best film of the year, they would choose a 37-year-old French thriller about the Resistance during World War II? How could that even be possible? Its possible because this film hadn’t ever been shown in America, despite the fact that it was considered a masterpiece for decades here in Europe.

Directed by the mesmerizing Jean-Pierre Melville, whose participation in the Resistance qualifies Army of Shadows as an authentic and haunting account of the events during the war. Melville doesn’t treat the subject lightly… in this film death hangs over every scene like a terrible shroud. Army of Shadows makes Spielberg’s movie about WW II look like a Disney film (which it is). I don’t mean in the sense of violence (because this film has very little)…I just mean in terms of sincerity, it’s dark mood and authenticity. Spielberg is pure fantasy and is more interested in spectacle than honesty. If you want to know what it was like to live under Nazi occupation, then don’t turn to America, but to this French classic which depicts the situation better than any other film that I know of.

Army of the Shadows follows the the harrowing actions of the French resistance movement and the enormous risks they took. Its exquisitely shot (all in muted blues and greys), and the acting is riveting by everyone involved, especially by the leads- Lino Ventura and Simone Signoret. Tense and pensive, this is a film that everyone should be seeing these days… especially since so few people today seem to understand the meaning of solidarity and fighting for one’s beliefs.

A real gem, and it will be a high-definition screening. [...Lees verder]

Concert with Slack Bird (banjo punk from Finland) & Dolan (violin solo)

Friday October 31st, Concert with Slack Bird (banjo punk from finland) and Dolan (violin solo), Early show to start a busy week-end. Door opens at 7pm, concerts from 8pm till 10pm. Be on time or will miss the show! Pumpkin cake and other delicacies from 7pm.

A singer-songwriter session for an Halloween night with some crazy Finnish music and more to be announced. Slack Bird is one or two but also three and four or even more of people playing music inspired by North American and Finnish folk music and punk. From rooftops and street corners to pubs, clubs and festivals, Slack Bird is this time Dave and his 5-string banjo, performing solo on a tour through the Netherlands, Belgium, UK and Ireland.

Slack Bird:
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ICAD Benefit


Thursday October 30th 2014, ICAD Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Disappearances, a method of state terror. Disappearances are practices of state terror. Specially in countries where exists a big differance between the rich and the poor. There where people resists in an organized way they have to do with all kinds of repression, so as disappearances. More than one million people has been disappeared since the end of the Second World War.

People who are political active, just like cadres of trade unions and farmer organizations, journalists, lawyers, human rights activists are potential victims. Paramilitary gangs and death squads let disappear those people. They can work under the protection of the state apparatus. Countries where “disappearances” are still practice are for example Irak, Syria, Afghanistan, The Philippines, Sri Lanka, India, Turkey, Kurdistan, Mexico, Central African Republic, Sudan, Congo. There where exists repression, there will be arise resistance. To let disappear is a manner of state terror to paralize social protest aigainst oppression and exploitation. [...Lees verder]

Kitchen Workshop: Falefel

Kitchen woekshop: FalafelToday (October 22nd), durring Day Cafe, we can starp prepairinf for tomorrow voku: falafel. The plan is to make 260 falafel balls fo cca 60 people.

‘Our Right’ Screening/ Voices of Women Media Benefit

Apna HaqMonday October 20th, Screening and Benefit for Voices of Women Media, Volkseten Vegazulu, 19:00

We invite you to a screening of our latest project, ‘Our Right.’ Voices of Women Media wants to contribute to a world where women from marginalized communities are empowered and their voices strengthened. We are an international non-profit organization that is committed to providing women from marginalized communities with innovative media tools, such as video, radio and photography, to enable them to voice their own lives.
In 2014 a group of young girls from the slums around Lajpat Nagar, New Delhi were trained to use media in an incredible way to raise awareness of the issues they face in their daily lives. Over three months, they learned to use film, photography and radio in order to enable them to tell their stories. By the end of the training workshop they created a beautiful body of photography documenting their everyday lives, and made a radio show in which they bravely recount the violence they suffer at home at the hands of their fathers, brothers and mothers. In the final part of the workshop, the girls made a film about the critical issueof toilets: in their communities, up to 700 families share only 20 toilets. The film creatively shows how lack of access to a toilet can have a major effect on people’s lives, particularly young women’s. The girls shot the film in their own neighborhoods and involved each other as well as members of their communities throughout the entire process. Of course it wasn’t always easy as they would get harassed by boys, told off by the police etc. but keeping focused on their work, the girls managed to get all the necessary footage. [...Lees verder]

Movie Night: Lady Snowblood

Lady_SnowbloodSunday October 19th 2014, Movie night: Lady Snowblood (1973). Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Lady Snowblood is a Japanese Samurai film directed by Toshiya Fujita and starring Meiko Kaji. Lady Snowblood is based on the manga of the same name and it is also the film that heavily inspired Quentin Tarantino to write and create Kill Bill.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Benefit for the Palestinian Circus School in Birzeit, Palestine

circus flyer

Monday October 13th 2014: Benefit for the Palestinian Circus School in Birzeit, Palestine, Volkseten Vegazulu, 19:00.

The first performance of the school, “Circus Behind the Wall”, was presented in August 2006 at Ashtar Theatre in Ramallah. More than 250 people attended the first show and they took it as more than simply a sign of encouragement, it was a sign that the dream of the Palestinian circus group was very much alive. The Palestinian Circus School dreams of a free Palestine in which Palestinians engage in a dynamic cultural and artistic life that embraces creativity, freedom of expression and diversity as the main pillars for a just and inclusive society.
Therefore the cooking collective Gember came together to raise funding for this initiative with the support of Joe’s Garage. Join us on the coming Oct 13 for a night of food, films and discussion on how to keep supporting this initiative. [...Lees verder]

Movie night: Ekümenopolis – city without limits (Turkey, 2011)


Sunday October 12th 2014, Ekümenopolis – city without limits. Directed by Imre Azem 2011, 93 minutes, in Turkish with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Eukemonopolis is documentation about neo liberal city development in Istanbul and the aspiration of its political leaders of turning it into a global city, one of those cities like London, Tokyo, Amsterdam or São Paulo, that shape globalisation and form the network of global cities where the service, banking and real estate businesses accumulate, where mega events takes place and a hegemonial hipster culture is cultivated. While the global alpha, beta and gamma cities posses the intellectual knowledge, tools and power the global division of labour is further extended, with the majority of factory production being outsourced to those parts of the world where people earn a shit for their 60 hours working week, have no labour rights whatsoever and endanger their health and well being by working in super precarious conditions, let alone the environmental destruction that this system of global division of labour provokes. Eukomonopolis shows quite in detail what the negative effects of repressive neo liberal urban development in Istanbul mean to local citizens and to the city’s natural environment while it also explains concepts like the global city (which was developed by Saskia Sassen) so that we can look at our own living environment and have more tools at hand to better understand what happens around us and affects us. We can develop strategies and actions to be solidare with the exploited people worldwide and get active locally in order to develop and realise our own strategies in contrast to that what is opposed on us by the state and its institutions, urban planners and the capitalistic system.

As further background  we want to provide a text about urban development in the city which is part of more a comprehensive report about squatting in the Istanbul and a collection of reports about radical grassroots neighborhood and factory organisation provided by the the solidarity campaign for left neighborhoods in Istanbul, translated from german to english. Even though the documentary does not relate those particular stories, those texts may shed some light on local resistance against the urban development that takes place in the city.

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