Benefit voku for Kobani II

20150126_Benefit_voku_for_Kobani_IIMonday January 26th 2015, Benefit voku for Kobani II, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Dear friends, on Monday 26th of January, voku benefit, informative gathering about Kobani. As many of you may know, Kobani (in Syrian Kurdistan) is sieged by ISIS dijhadistes but the Kurds are defending the city in spite of all kind of shortages. The main population of Kobani left the city and is now living in the neighboring countries of Turkey, Lebanon and Iraq. Circumstances in which these people are living are urgent and the winter makes in worse. Come along to have some food and information.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, 19:00 PM, vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989)

The_Cook_the_Thief_His_Wife_and_Her_LoverSunday January 25th 2015, Movie Night: The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover by Peter Greenaway, 1989, 124 minutes. In English. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

The Plot: The wife (Helen Mirren) of a brutish oaf (Michael Gambon) begins an affair with a bookshop owner (Alan Howard) after her husband acquires a high-class restaurant formerly run by a French chef (Richard Bohringer).

What It’s REALLY About: An attack on Margaret Thatcher and her conservative government

Wait, What? One can easily be forgiven for failing to notice the pervasive symbolism in this one. To understand it, one must have a familiarity with both the target of the criticism (in this case, Thatcherism), and the intentions of the director, who explicitly stated that his film “started as a kind of diatribe against Thatcherite Britain.” Okay, so what exactly is going on here? In a nutshell, the “thief” of the title represents the greed and vulgar arrogance with which the director charges Thatcher, and the abused wife stands for the common Briton. Her secret lover is the intellectual but powerless opposition, and the cook is the obedient but resentful common civil servant.

How is one supposed to glean all this? Well, political symbolism isn’t the only metaphor hidden here – the different rooms of the restaurant, including the bathroom, are meant to symbolize the journey food takes as it enters and eventually leaves the body. The rather disgusting opening scene, in which the thief smears excrement all over the cook, establishes the extreme and unsubtle nature of the film, while also communicating to us that much of what literally happens will be but a visual symbol for something else. […Lees verder]

January 2015 at Joe’s Garage


DIY Workshop Benefit

20150122_DIY_Workshop_benefitThursday January 22nd 2015, DIY Workshop Benefit, volkseten Vegazulu. 7pm, dinner – 9pm, presentation – 9:30pm, crochet workshop.

How is the education system imposing and reinforcing capitalism?
How can we combat capitalism by radically changing our approach towards education?
What would education be like in a society without the state and without capital?
How can one educate without recreating the systems of hierarchy, obedience to authority and indoctrination that are responsible for the long lasting nature of the capitalist system?
We will discuss these ideas and put some of them into practice by teaching each other a simple skill such as crochet. Come with thoughts and tools!
If you can, bring yarn, if not it’s ok, we have some to share.

The DIY Workshop is an event where we can share knowledge. You can learn to do something yourself, or you can teach someone to do something themselves. We help each other and spread information in a non-institutional, non-authoritarian and non-commercial environment.DIYW brings proficient people and interested people together in order to fight for freedom of information and the end of academic elitism and consumerism.We believe that education is not something to be acquired, but instead something to be experienced whenever possible. […Lees verder]

Generation Alpha Rebel Cinema: Global Divestment Day edition – Hambi benefit

Generation Alpha Rebel Cinema: Global Divestment Day edition – Hambi benefit
Date: Wednesday 21 of January
Time: 7PM doors open, 8PM start program

This edition of the People’s Kitchen (Sunday January 11 in MKZ) Rebel Cinema (Wednesday 21 in Joe’s Garage) is dedicated to the upcoming Global Divestment Day actions in the Netherlands and the subject of climate activism more broadly.

During the Rebel Cinema we will screen the inspiring documentary “Bidder 70″ (2012, 73 min), about Tim DeChristopher, a Utah University economics student who disrupted an illegal oil and gas auction in the U.S. in an extraordinary, ingenious and effective act of civil disobedience. Bidder 70 is a personal story surrounded by a wider context of citizen action, our history of peaceful civil disobedience, and grass roots movements demanding climate justice .

Following the screening, students involved in the fossil fuel divestment campaign will shortly present themselves and their exciting plans to take climate activism in the Netherlands to the next level with the Global Divestment Day actions on February 13 and 14 of 2015.

Price for the evening: voluntary donation, which will be used to support the brave people occupying the ancient Hambacher Forst in the German Rhineland since the spring of 2012, to defend it from being destroyed for the expansion of the climate-killing open cast brown coal mines, just 35 kilometers over the border with the Netherlands.

Movie Night: pERVERT cINEMA pRESENTS: La Grande Bouffe (1973)

lagrandebouffe19Sunday January 18th 2015, Movie Night:pERVERT cINEMA pRESENTS: La Grande Bouffe by Marco Ferreri, 1973. In French with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

A group of men hire some prostitutes and go to a villa in the countryside. There, they engage in group sex and resolve to eat themselves to death.

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

Workshop: Making Falafel

Falafel in Joes g. kitchenSunday January 18th 2015, from 15.00 till 18:00, Workshop: Making Falafel

When falafel is made the traditional way, is indeed a vegan food; it’s a great source of protein for people who have cut meat out of their diet. It’s relatively low in fat and has no cholesterol if you fry it in heart-healthy grapeseed oil. And if you top it with veggies in a pita, it becomes a filling and nourishing meal!
The plan is to make falafel for making 270 balls on Monday afternoon in classical way.

Benefit for the people recently arrested by the Spanish State

20150112_Joesgarage_benefitMonday January 12th 2015, Benefit for the people recently arrested by the Spanish State, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Statement released by Riseup on January the 6th 2015
Security is not a crime – On Tuesday December 16th, a large police operation took place in the Spanish State. Fourteen houses and social centers were raided in Barcelona, Sabadell, Manresa, and Madrid. Books, leaflets, computers were seized and eleven people were arrested and sent to the Audiencia Nacional, a special court handling issues of “national interest”, in Madrid. They are accused of incorporation, promotion, management, and membership of a terrorist organisation. However, lawyers for the defense denounce a lack of transparency, saying that their clients have had to make statements without knowing what they are accused of. “[They] speak of terrorism without specifying concrete criminal acts, or concrete individualized facts attributed to each of them”. When challenged on this, Judge Bermúdez responded: “I am not investigating specific acts, I am investigating the organization, and the threat they might pose in the future”; making this yet another case of apparently preventative arrests.
Four of the detainees have been released, but seven have been jailed pending trial. The reasons given by the judge for their continued detention include the possession of certain books, “the production of publications and forms of communication”, and the fact that the defendants “used emails with extreme security measures, such as the RISE UP server”.

We (Riseup) reject this Kafka-esque criminalization of social movements, and the ludicrous and extremely alarming implication that protecting one’s internet privacy is tantamount to terrorism.

Riseup, like any other email provider, has an obligation to protect the privacy of its users. Many of the “extreme security measures” used by Riseup are common best practices for online security and are also used by providers such as hotmail, GMail or Facebook. However, unlike these providers, Riseup is not willing to allow illegal backdoors or sell our users’ data to third parties.

The European Parliament’s report on the US NSA surveillance program states that “privacy is not a luxury right, but the foundation stone of a free and democratic society”. Recent revelations about the extent to which States violate everyone’s right to privacy show that everything that can be spied upon will be spied upon. Furthermore, we know that criminalizing people for using privacy tools also has a chilling effect on everybody, and human-rights defenders, journalists, and activists, in particular. Giving up your basic right to privacy for fear of being flagged as a terrorist is unacceptable. […Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Szerelem (1971)

20150111_Szerelem_LoveSunday January 11th 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema by Jeffrey Babcock: Szerelem (Love). Directed by Károly Makk, 84 minutes. In Hungarian with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Filmmakers in Hungary have made some real cinematic gems, but rarely are they ever screened. Winner of the Jury prize at Cannes in 1971, and recently voted the 12th best film in the history of Hungarian cinema, Szerelem is a captivating, wrenching, haunting depiction of East block existence in the 50s. When a man is arrested and imprisoned by the government for no apparent reason, his wife lies to her husband’s dying mother, telling her he is abroad shooting a film in New York. This beauty of a film deals with themes of commitment, faith, and even the ethics of telling lies… how far can someone go with lying?

Szerelem is the merging of two short stories by the famous Hungarian writer Tibor Déry. The real magic though is in it’s sublime cinematic mood. It’s visual style is sober with a chill of fear in the air, but at the same time poetically edited with flashes of memories and other realities. Riveting, poignant and told in a flow of stunning visuals, this will be a rare screening of one of cinema’s small, neglected masterpieces. […Lees verder]

Benefit for Axiepot Haarlem

wgw_haarlemThursday January 8th 2015, Benefit for Axiepot Haarlem, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm [Nederlands beneden]

What is the Axiepot?
The Axiepot supports activism in Haarlem, from small actions to big demo’s. Donate and help us make Haarlem a diverse and lively place that is owned and run by the people that live there, not corporations and speculants!
De Axiepot has existed for many years and supports actions, demo’s and the squatting movement of Haarlem. They financially support social-cultural initiatives like a give away shop, small practice spaces for bands and workspaces for artists, but also smaller things like banner workshop, stickers and t-shirts. They also support the local squats with money for court cases, renovations and fines.
This benefit will also include a squatting update from Haarlem, which will focus on squatting in Haarlem after the squatting ban, the eviction of the Slachthuis and more. […Lees verder]

Benefit for Apatris, Greek anarchist newspaper

Apatris_issue_26_page_1Monday January 5th 2015, Benefit for Apatris, Greek anarchist newspaper. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

The street newspaper APATRIS began in 2009 from Heraklion (Crete) and for a year was distributed only locally. In 2010, comrades from other places in Crete began to collaborate with the project. Since then and for about 2.5 years APATRIS has been issued as a Pancreatan anarchist newspaper. The next issue will be published in the second week of October 2013 and it has a nationwide character, i.e. it is based on the collaboration of comrades throughout Greece.

The basic standpoint of the initial editorial team, according to the editorial of the first issue (March 2009), referred to the inability of existing information structures to be used as reliable means of news broadcasting and free expression and therefore any attempt with a reformist character would not be effective. As a means of counter-information, APATRIS may contribute to the co-production of an independent social discourse. As a result, the individual responsibility of each author is stressed. They claim that: “The purpose of this publication is not to shape a common line or agenda that suggests the soundest solution. Our aim is to hear opinions not necessarily in complete agreement with each other, views and events carefully buried by the mass media and altered under the weight of authoritarian interests, but also to perceive the developments around us in order to develop our texts and our actions”. […Lees verder]


Movie Night: Incendies (2010)

IncendiesSunday January 4th 2015, Movie Night: Incendies (Scorched) by Denis Villeneuve (130 minutes, 2010). In Arabic and French, with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

People who have lived through noteworthy experiences – fascinating or tragic – have always inspired writers and filmmakers. Soha Bechara is one such figure. A militant with the communist resistance to the Israeli occupation of south Lebanon, Bechara was imprisoned without trial when she was 21 for trying to assassinate Antoine Lahad, the leader of the Israel-backed South Lebanon Army. She spent 10 years in Khiam prison, six of them in solitary confinement.
Bechara’s story has captured the imagination of Lebanese filmmakers and since her release from Khiam in 1998, she has appeared in a number of documentary studies. Now, in the wake of these artful documentaries, the first of the fiction films has come: “Incendies”. Villeneuve’s film is based on the play of the same name by Lebanese-Canadian playwright Wajdi Mouawad. The plot of “Incendies” revolves around the character of political activist Nawal Marwan, who lived through a harrowing detention before leaving her fictional home country for a life of exile in Canada. Her story is loosely inspired by Bechara’s own experiences. […Lees verder]

Benefit voku for Alexanderstraat 3


Monday December 29th 2014, Benefit voku for Alexanderstraat 3 squat. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

At Sunday 23rd of November this year the upper floors of Alexanderstraat 3 in Amsterdam were squatted. The apartment floors have been largely destroyed in 2007 and after that the house was basically left to rot and decay. The owner, Dick van de Oudeweetering is a well-known speculator who owns more than 100 houses in Amsterdam, especially in the Pijp area. The squatters want to buy some things for the house to make it more fire safe, and to make living there more comfortable, and also to do more research on this speculator and his business partners.

For more information see their website :

and […Lees verder]