Benefit for Mumia Abu-Jamal

mumia2017Monday 29th May 2017, Benefit for Mumia Abu-Jamal, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

On Monday, April 24, 2017, Mumia Abu-Jamal’s 63rd birthday and 36th year of torturous wrongful incarceration, there will be a hearing on his Post Conviction Relief Act (PCRA) petition in Pennsylvania state court. The hearing is expected to begin at 9:00AM at the Criminal Justice Center, Room 1101, 1303 Filbert Street in Philadelphia, PA. This hearing is being held to determine whether all of the PA Supreme Court decisions from 1995-2008 that denied Abu-Jamal his freedom should be overturned.
Abu-Jamal was convicted in 1981 for the murder of police officer Daniel Faulkner despite evidence demonstrating the police and prosecution manufactured proof of his guilt and suppressed evidence of his innocence. He was prosecuted, convicted and sentenced to death because of political reasons: his former membership in the Black Panther Party and his support for the MOVE organization.
Beginning at 8am and continuing while the court hearing is in progress, there will be a spirited live-streamed rally and demonstration around the Criminal Justice Center and City Hall, calling for the release of Abu-Jamal on signs and banners. The International Concerned Family and Friends of Mumia Abu-Jamal and the Mobilization for Mumia are also urging supporters to attend an evening program “Resistance Matters – Legal and Medical Justice for Mumia and all Prisoners” at Arch Street United Methodist Church, 55 North Broad Street, from 6-9PM for the most up-to the-minute update.
This legal challenge is based on the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Terry Williams’ case, which ruled that an appellate judge cannot participate in a case in which he had a former role in significant prosecutorial decisions. Ronald Castille was the District Attorney responsible for opposing Abu-Jamal’s 1989 appeal of his trial conviction and death sentence. Former Philadelphia DA Castille ran for election to the PA Supreme Court bragging that 45 men (including Abu-Jamal) had been convicted and sentenced to death by his DA’s office. After being elected to the PA Supreme Court in 1994, Castille ruled against Abu-Jamal in every appeal brought before him critical of the actions of his former DA’s office. Castille had also been financed and named “Man of the Year” by the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). This is the same right wing organization who endorsed Donald Trump for president in 2016.
In the meantime, the Mobilization for Mumia won an important victory for Mumia Abu-Jamal, and thousands of other similarly infected individuals suffering from hepatitis C in PA prisons. After a two year long campaign in the courts and the streets, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (DOC), paving the way for Abu-Jamal to get the cure for his hepatitis C infection which had already led to the scarring of his liver. He is now in the second week of receiving the life saving medication and his victory will clear the way for the other 7,000 inmates suffering from untreated hepatitis C to also get treated. Legal actions continue in fighting for compensation for damages due to the DOC’s negligence in refusing to treat Mumia and other prisoners in a timely and humane manner.
Our ultimate goal is to win Abu-Jamal’s release as well as freedom for other politically targeted political prisoners, virtually invisible in the modern day concentration camps we call prisons.

For more information look at: http://www.freemumia.com […Lees verder]

May 2017 at Joe’s Garage

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Benefit for “Ink the rich!”, DIY Print Kollectiev

Amsterdam_DIY_Screen_Print_CollectiveMonday 12th June 2017, Benefit for “Ink the rich!”, DIY Print Kollectiev. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 8:30 till 10pm (to be announced).

All benefits at Joe’s Garage go to support projects dealing with social & political struggles. This Monday, June 12th, we’ll cook and eat for the “Ink the rich!”, DIY screen-printing workshop.

Since the beginning of 2016, after a couple of squat evictions and relocations, the studio has found a new safe home in the Bajesdorp squat. Grown over the years within the autonomous community of Amsterdam, it keeps on supporting diverse political, social and alternative initiatives by printing t-shirts, patches, buttons, posters, zines… Now, this precious tool (and the collective of volunteers that maintains it) still thrives on the same diy, non-hierarchical and non-profit core values of the beginning. And is fully operational!

For this fundraiser, come, $upport and enjoy the menu brought too you by the infamous, tyrannic and clumsy cooks Spamela Tupperware and Fluffia Crustpudding, together with some other actual members of the printing collective. Don’t forget to greet them, either you like their food or not, with due hugs and (fake) compliments! […Lees verder]

Benefit Freedom of Movement All Included

all-in-T-shirtThursday June 15th 2017, Benefit Freedom of Movement All Included, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 8:30 till 10pm (to be announced).

All Included is a small campaign organization in Amsterdam that struggles for free migration and sustainable development. We support the migrants’ movement that fights for their rights.
The current developments on the EU-borders demonstrate the power of migration that breaks the illusion of Europe as an island of equal rights, civilization, democracy and welfare(state). We support the migrants who come to our borders and welcome them. The EU has always pretended to be in control of the border security without degenerating into a Fortress Europe. Given the large numbers of migrants entering ‘irregularly’ today, the EU broke out in panic while portraying migrants as a threat and migration as a crime. The repressive EU-deal like the one with Turkey is not new. Other buffer states such as Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, Senegal have had to sign those deals in the past where migrants, irrespective of flight pattern, are kept outside the EU. Human rights are violated outside the EU in return of a bag of money. The war against immigrants is just more visible now because it is clear that the EU cannot control the migration at its borders. We support migrants breaking through borders and confronting the image of the EU as an tolerant civilization. The EU is pressuring African states to stop migration threatening with stopping development Aid: the Valletta agreements. We say: Open Escape Routes! Stop Deportations! Our African friends are resisting these deals: http://www.allincluded.nl/posts/actie-landgrabbing-office-du-niger-in-mali/

All Included is involved in Afrique-Europe Interact, a partnership between African and European grassroots organizations that support free migration and sustainable development. Contacts are mainly in Western Europe (Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso, Senegal) and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia). Themes are deportation, freedom of movement, land grabbing, corruption. All Included is also active in Watch the Med http://www.watchthemed.net/) and Alarm Phone (http://alarmphone.org/en/), a 24-hour emergency phone for those who cross the Mediterranean. Undocumented migrants in Amsterdam are where possible supported by All Included.

What’s included?

All Included Amsterdam is a new initiative that fights for freedom of movement and for the right of residence for migrants. In a time when globalization is a fact, migration should be recognized as part of a package deal. It’s All Included. This means: no illegality, no detention for undocumented migrants and no forced evictions.

With the disappearance of national borders, national identity disappears. Everyone becomes global citizen and deserves regardless of origin equal rights and equal opportunities. Therefore also for migrants ‘all included’ rights and obligations.

Allincluded.nl fightsg for an open society through extra-parliamentary action which intervenes in the political climate of assimilation, closeness and fear. Through direct assistance to rejected asylum seekers and other migrants without residence permit, indictments against abuses of current polities are being propagated. We want to contribute to the public debate with alternative visions of migration and globalization based on open borders, solidarity and initiative from the base.

http://www.allincluded.nl […Lees verder]

Music with Jake Bellissimo & Maud Scheltinga

Jake_Bellissimo_Maud_ScheltingaThursday 22nd June 2017, Music with Jake Bellissimo, Maud Scheltinga & more to be announced. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 8:30pm.

Jake Bellissimo: “I’m a queer songwriter from Rochester, NY (USA) and I co-run the record label Drunk With Love Records with Jack Barham, where I put out the music of myself and my friends.”

Drunk With Love Records was founded in 2014 as a response to the missing link between professionalism and intimacy. Based somewhere in between upstate New York and Berlin (and named after the Bruz Fletcher song “Drunk With Love”), it currently represents a family of songwriters, composers, and artists. Separating the art from the artist is not what we do—by combining music with our lives we can give the audience context on a very personal level. Formats (albums, singles, etc.) are nearly irrelevant, honesty is key. Drunk With Love Records documents art in its immediate form, as a reflection of the immediacy in our lives.

The latest solo release from Jake Bellissimo without the gay angel monicker plays with making the intimate spacious and vice versa. This time without a large ensemble behind him, the music shifts between full band, orchestral arrangements, and acoustic moments. Taking inspiration from traveling and states of flux, Piece of Ivy is a transition point, a diary for the months following an exhale.

http://deaddrunkwithlove.com/
https://jakebellissimo.bandcamp.com/
http://jakebellissimo.com/ […Lees verder]

“HyperCoup. Rise of the Troll Nation”. Movie screening and discussion

“HyperCoup. Rise of the Troll Nation”
A dystopian sci-fi horror action documentary based on a real story.
70 minutes. 2017. Language: English, some parts Turkish; English subtitles

Movie screening on Friday 16 June 2017. Doors open at 7pm with food. Film starts at 8:30pm followed by a Q&A/discussion with the producers.

HyperCoup: Rise of the Troll Nation

What would you do if you could troll the entire world, while you get shit tons of money and an army at your disposal? What would you think if someone already did it? How could that be possible?

How has Turkey replaced the modern leviathan of state with a hypernormal troll state? How did in July 2016 a living dead army of trolls come to take over the streets of Turkey within their self-perpetuating panmedia environment? How was this troll army controlled by the government using a hypercentralized communication network? How did the Turkish state (which was portrayed as ‘moderate’ just a few years ago) come to dominate social media (which was portrayed as the ultimate liberatory medium just around the same years) and how deep does this go? How to make a coup and get away with it as if you fought and won against a “coup attempt”? How to conduct a political genocide while everyone is watching and still get to call yourself democratic? How did Turkey lead the way by example into the post-truth-trump world? How to survive the coming shitstorm?
… and hopefully much more with your participation in the virtual live interview with persons from the internet.

What the fuck is going on in Turkey?!

Looking for an overview of the situation and a critical media perspective, we asked this question last autumn.
We wanted to know what had happened since the so called military coup attempt. Soon it became clear that talking about this spectacle on July 15th 2016 only made sense in the bigger picture of Turkey’s political and social development within the last years; a development that we can now call the rise of the troll-nation state.
Starting from this point, our fellow ‘HyperNormalisation’-influenced media activists and cyborgs started retracing the story of the troll nation with the help of their own memories, experience and their best friend and external brain: the internet.

If you dare to know, what you will get is an explosion of footage, piecing together hundreds and thousands of documents and media particles which seem more or less random at first – but in their compilation and coming with a connecting story-telling, they outline the official state narrative with it’s overflow of media use and manipulation; as well as presenting many silenced voices, censored reports and the stories disrupting the official perception management.

Warning: some scenes are extremely disturbing and we assure you all of that really happened (it’s actually getting worse out there).

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Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: From the Journals of Jean Seberg (Mark Rappaport, 1995)

journals_jean_sebergSunday 11 June 2017, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: From the Journals of Jean Seberg. Doors open at 8.30pm, Programme starts at 9. FROM THE JOURNALS OF JEAN SEBERG, 1995 Directed by Mark Rappaport, 100 minutes, In English.

On Friday September 14, 1979 a group of mourners assembled in Paris’s Montparnasse Cemetery, including Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir, decorating a casket with lilies, daises and yellow roses. This was the burial site of an extraordinary woman who was attractive, intelligent, famous and independent. A person who thought she was free, until she crossed the line and was put on the FBI hit-list. She was singled out, isolated, the victim of a smear campaign that destroyed her. The term for this is “character assassination” but it often leads to literal assassination.
Actress Jean Seberg, the American star of Jean-Luc Godard’s French New Wave hit Breathless, was a woman who was trying to do the right thing. She was married to the famous French author and diplomat Romain Gary, and both of them supported liberation causes in the 60s. In particular, Jean Seberg sided with the Black Panthers. This lead to a full attack against her by the FBI, who were out to destroy her at any cost. In the book Seances, I included a released FBI memo detailing their targeting of Jean Seberg as a subversive, and their intentions to ruin and “neutralize” her… including publishing fake news stories about her in the international press, such as Newsweek. This is no conspiracy theory, it is out in the open and a matter of fact.

‘Journals’ is a creative documentary that charts the life of Jean Seberg – from bright eyed actress who fought to be independent, to a woman doomed by a world of men. When Seberg was put on the government’s hit-list, she entered a dark world of undercover harassment, including burglaries, smear campaigns, wiretapping and stalking. Nico, the singer of the Velvet Underground, who was a friend of Seberg said “Jean was very beautiful and very intelligent, but she had a sad life … She pointed out the FBI men who were constantly following her around. Have you ever seen FBI men? They were exactly what you expect. Vulgar. Can you imagine such a thing? What tragedy…”

Narrated by Mary Beth Hurt (the star of Woody Allen’s Interiors), this is a piercing journey into the dreams of Jean Seberg, but also into the world of ruthless politics. A world where people who follow their heart are destroyed by men with dark agendas that wield their power. It’s that simple, and that tragic.

This will be a rare screening of this explosive documentary.

the trailer: https://www.fandor.com/films/from_the_journals_of_jean_seberg […Lees verder]

Benefit for the political prisoners in Greece. With Rebet guitarS and Tassos

Monday 22nd May 2017, Solidarity fund for prisoners and persecuted fighters. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm. Music from 9pm with With Rebet guitarS (Charis Konstantinou and Jaap Faber) and Tassos (violin).

The Solidarity Fund for prisoners or persecuted militants is a nationwide structure in Greece consisting of individual assemblies in various towns. The structure of the Solidarity Fund supports people who struggle and are persecuted and imprisoned for their involvement in the social and class struggles, for their subversive action within the spectrum of the multiform revolutionary struggle.

We support the imprisoned militants MATERIALLY-ETHICALLY-POLITICALLY
Up until the demolition of the last prison…

Rebet guitarS (Charis Konstantinou and Jaap Faber) and Tassos (violin):
Music from the 30’s, composed A. Kostis, Spyros Peristeris, Kostas Skarvelis, Stelios Chrisynis.
Rebetiko, the music crossroad between middle east and west from the early 1900’s. Songs about love, joy and sorrow. A musical sub-culture, a music of the lower classes.
“The womb of rebetiko was the jail and the hash den. It was there that the early rebetes created their songs. They sang in quiet, harsh voices, unforced, one after the other, each singer adding a verse which often bore no relation to the previous verse, and a song often went on for hours. There was no refrain, and the melody was simple and easy.” Ilias Petropoulos. […Lees verder]

Benefit the court costs of the evicted squat at Ruijterkade 110

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Thursday 17 May 2017, Benefit the court costs of the evicted squat at Ruijterkade 110, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

The building on the Ruijterkade 110 was squatted 26th March. On monday 27th March Oscar Stradmann and his workers broke in, thus breaking house peace. On wednesday 29th March Oscar Stradmann with more workers broke in with a bulldozer, this was stopped thanks to solidarity from comrades.
On monday 10th April, the crew was filmed illegally by Oscar Stradmann’s main B Cees van Schawedijk himself, bringing a conflict inside the court house. Two persons were arrested under false premises. They were released later on. On tuesday 11th April Cees van Schawedijk (Oscar’s main B) walked in the private soil of the NS rail system, and shied away when being filmed.
After the negative court case, we shielded the building, it took 3 days to evict Ruijterkade 110. We are facing legal costs from the court. Support the struggle, come to the best skipping voku, we out do ourselves! […Lees verder]

Benefit for the political prisoners in Turkey. Show with Troy Faid (Scunthorpe, UK)

Monday 15 May 2017, Benefit for the political prisoners in Turkey. Show with Troy Faid (duo guitar, double bass from Scunthorpe, UK). Volkseten Vegazulu, people’s kitchen at 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm.

Troy Faid (Scunthorpe, UK), guitar, banjo, stomp box & vocals. Folk musician and songwriter, political and poetic lyrics played with furious intensity. His fingerstyle jazz guitar and earlyold voice communicate a desirous music – appreciated by many and influenced by a myriad of musicians and thinkers: from Elliot Smith to Django Reinhardt… Karl Jung to Erich Fromm. http://www.troyfaid.co.uk/

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, all year long. Door opens at 7pm. Vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. In July and August, the people’s kitchen is closed on thursday.

We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. Enjoying it is a must. If you want to know which days are still available in the schedule, send an email to joe [at] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: El Pico (Eloy de la Iglesia, 1983)

170514_el_pico_smSunday May 14th 2017, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema. El Pico (1983) by Eloy de la Iglesia. 105 minutes. In Spanish and Basque, with custom-made English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begin at 9pm. Free admission.

This is the key movie of a much discussed genre called /cine quinqui/, which dealt mostly with heroin-use and small-time criminality.  While Europe seemingly only produced a handful of heroin dramas like Christiane F., in Spain the genre caught on like wildfire. Most of the films were low budget, rough and gritty in a wonderful Blaxploitation kind of way.

El pico is the culmination of the quinqui movement, but it is also much more than that. No longer a low-budget affair, this movie is a full-fledged political thriller set in the Basque country. At the time, Eloy de la Iglesia’s denunciation of the Guardia Civil’s involvement in the heroin trade sounded like a crazy conspiracy theory. It would take another fifteen years for the Supreme Court to endorse the accusations made in this movie (Caso UCIFA, 1997). Much like the CIA’s involvement in the Cointelpro heroin deals to hush down, frame or kill the ‘black power’ communities, the Guardia Civil worked hand in hand with drugdealers to stifle a rebellious unemployed Basque youth, who were still joining the ranks of ETA and nationalist parties.

If this wasn’t enough, El pico is also a film about homosexual emancipation. Quique San Francisco plays a brave, politically engaged, deeply humane gay character, and in the role of the beautiful young junkie we find Eloy de la Iglesia’s long-time lover Jose Luis Manzano, one of the many heroin celebrities of the time. As a teenager, Manzano had tried to mug the film director, but ended up starring in several of his films. Like many cine quinqui stars, the talented non-actor spent his life going from rehab to filmshoot to court-hearing, and he died of a bad heroin dose just a decade after this movie was shot.

The movie was a massive box-office success, despite the horrendous reviews by film critics in Spain. it was soon followed up with El pico 2, which presented drug use in a slightly more realistic way.

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

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Alerta Alerta Festival Benefit Voku, Concert with Reinis Young

Reinis_Young_soloMonday 8th May 2017, Alerta Alerta Benefit, Concert with Reinis Young Solo. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm.

We are cooking for Alerta Alerta Festival at Joe’s Garage. Alerta Alerta Festival is a 3 day antifascist benefit event taking place on 12th-14th May with music, workshops, talks and food. https://alertaalertafestival.wordpress.com/

Reinis Young is a traveling guitar player from Riga, Latvia who has played all around Europe for years sharing his exceptional guitar skills and original songs using different kinds of guitar playing techniques – including tapping, percussive, and finger-picking. Reinis has traveled a lot. He started to compose his own solo music when he was busking on a street while he was hitchhiking all around Europe and Asia. Recently he has started to play more official concerts instead of busking – so far he has performed in Europe, as well as in New Zealand and Cyprus. His music is not so far from The Flamenco Thief, that is no surprise they are touring together. Reinis Young has released four solo albums – Plika ģitāra (2013), Draugu orķestris (2015), Gaišs (2016) and Tumšs (2017). The last album was released together with his band Reinis Young Trio.
https://reinisjaunais.blogspot.com/
https://soundcloud.com/reinis-young […Lees verder]

Other Cinema: Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989)

Tongues_Untied_Marlon_RiggsSunday May 7th 2017, Other Cinema: Tongues Untied (Marlon Riggs, 1989). length: 54 mins. Doors 20:45, Film 21:00. Discussion afterwards

“Black men loving Black men is the revolutionary act”
Marlon Riggs’ essay film TONGUES UNTIED gives voice to communities of black gay men, presenting their cultures and perspectives on the world as they confront racism, homophobia and marginalization. It broke new artistic ground by mixing poetry (by Essex Hemphill and other artists), music, performance and Riggs’ autobiographical revelations. The film was embraced by black gay audiences for its authentic representation of style, and culture, as well its fierce response to oppression. It opened up opportunities for dialogue among and across communities. […Lees verder]

Benefit for the short film “Dit Is Voor Niemand Leuk” by Martijn Lenten

Dit_Is_Voor_Niemand_Leuk_Martijn_LentenMonday May 1st 2017, Benefit for the short film “Dit Is Voor Niemand Leuk” by Martijn Lenten. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Is het nog fictie als je je eigen leven naspeelt? Dit is een experimentele kruising tussen docu en fictie over onuitstaanbare Amsterdamse jongeren.
“Deze film gaat over een groepje jonge creatievelingen in Amsterdam, gebaseerd op mijn vrienden en misschien ook wel op die van jou. Het is in feite een verzameling van verhalen, personages en sociale eigenaardigheden. Ik merk dat veel mensen om mij heen zo hyper-zelfbewust zijn dat ze nauwelijks meer oprecht kunnen zijn. Elke interactie gaat verschuild achter talloze lagen ironie, sarcasme en grappen. Wat is echt, wat is nep? Dit is iets wat ik tegelijkertijd fascinerend, grappig, maar soms ook ontzettend frustrerend en vermoeiend vind. Het zorgt voor absurde situaties en gesprekken, die soms ontzettend ver gaan als je niet alle lagen begrijpt waaronder de informatie geschuild gaat.”
https://cinecrowd.com/nl/dit-voor-niemand-leuk-1 […Lees verder]