April news


Despite the continuous efforts by the government to keep squatted spaces under the threat of repression and eviction, new autonomous and creative projects keep on emerging in Amsterdam. On March the 1st, the buildings on the Vechtstraat 1, 5, 7 were squatted.

A new social centre, De Strijd, on Vechtstraat 7, opened just two weeks after the occupation. The ongoing workshops (language classes, martial arts), vegan kitchen, and give away shop immediately transformed these buildings from objects of real estate speculation into spaces for the experimentation of radical politics. The support of the neighbours and the large participation of many groups of activists show the vital importance of creating autonomous and collective sites of struggle to contrast the political desertification of the city. [...Lees verder]

Movie night: Erhal, a diary of Tahrir square (2011)

Sunday April 20th 2014, “Erhal, a Diary of Tahrir Square”, a documentary by Marc Almodóvar, 2011, 55 minutes, with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, event begins at 9pm.

January 25, 2011.
The fall of Ben Ali in Tunis on January 14, 2011, built beacons of hope in the Arab world. All the attention is in Egypt, where groups in solidarity with the young Alexandrian Khaled Said, killed by the police, are calling for Egyptians to take to the streets against the regime. The chosen date is January 25, National Police Day, seen as one of the pillars of a regime sustained for decades in the country and ruled by Mohammed Hosny Mubarak as a Western ally. But people, claiming freedom and social justice, breaks the barrier of fear, goes outside and begins a rebellion that will shake the whole world.
Erhal – Leave – chronicles from within the 18-days-struggle that brought down one of the more stable dictators of the Middle East.

Film maker Marc Almodóvar will be present at Joe’s Garage on Monday April 14th for an info night: Revolution and counter revolution beyond Tahir, by Marc Almodóvar

Film night at Joe’s Garage, warm and 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 International Conference of social actors in Congo DRC


Thursday May 15th 2014, Benefit for International Conference of social actors in Congo DRC, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Since 1996 a war torns, rapes and kills people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Several conferences of different political views have been organized without success. A big UN mission said to stabilize the region has been operating over the last ten years while the situation is only getting worse.
Thus, not to be responsible for non-assistance to people in danger facing history, we have seen fit to organize an international conference on social actors with the aim of creating a permanent social body in all of its aspects in order to promote social dynamics at the national level and lobbying at international level.
This conference will bring together the Congolese living in Europe and those living in Congo. We will associate partners of the African, American and European civil society as to benefit from their expertise in the peaceful resolution of problems.

All Included / Afrique-Europe Interact
http://www.afrique-europe-interact.net/?article_id=113&clang=1 [...Lees verder]

Eenhorn Filmavond presents: A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)


Sunday April 27th 2014, Eenhorn Filmavond presents: A Separation (جدایی نادر از سیمین) Directed by Asghar Farhadi, 2011, 123 minutes, in Persian with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

Nader and Simin argue about living abroad. Simin prefers to live abroad to provide better opportunities for their only daughter, Termeh. However, Nader refuses to go because he thinks he must stay in Iran and take care of his father, who suffers from Alzheimers. However, Simin is determined to get a divorce and leave the country with her daughter.
Tense and narratively complex, formally dense and morally challenging… The provocative plot casts a revealing light on contemporary Iranian society, taking on issues of gender, class, justice and honour as a secular middle-class family in the midst of upheaval winds up in conflict with an impoverished religious one.
A Separation won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 2012, becoming the first Iranian film to win the award and was nominated for the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award, making it the first non-English film in five years to achieve this.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, warm and 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

Info & Benefit night for The Climate Games 2014


Thursday April 24th 2014: Info and Benefit night for The Climate Games 2014, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

On June 14 Climate Games Teams will gather in the western port of Amsterdam to take part in the first ever Climate Games. Playing field is the area of the NUON coal plant at the Hemweg. Teams can score points by planting flags on different parts of the field, and by performing spontaneous and creative actions. Why not dance the tango in front of the gate, or dress up as a polar bear? Be creative..

Because of the climate crisis it’s an absolute must to shut down all coal-fired plants in the Netherlands before 2020. The “energy agreement” states that 5 old coal plants need to be shut down. Instead, the next few years 3 huge new build coal plants will be switched on and 2 old coal plants will remain active (of which the one in Amsterdam). Businesses and politicians seem unable to do what’s agreed on and what is really needed. Sometimes it actually seems like they are playing off profit and climate against each other…

That is why we as concerned citizens want to join the game and find playful ways to solve this problem. We have the possibility to build enough windmills and solar panels to replace all coal plants. In order to shut them all down, we need to get involved in the game!

This is an open invitation. Not only to environmental organizations, but as well to student groups, football clubs, bridge clubs, you name it. Any individual who feels like playing a game can participate. Gather with your friends, form a team and join us. Want to learn more about the game, the possibilities, the background and tips on how to win? Come to the info evening in Joe’s Garage this April 24!

http://www.wijstoppensteenkool.nl [...Lees verder]

Benefit for Mumia Abu-Jamal


Monday April 21st 2014: Benefit for Mumia Abu-Jamal, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Mumia Abu-Jamal will get 60 years this year. Therefore we will internationaly, celebrate his birthday in front of the US consulate on Thursday 24 april, from 16.00 till 18.00 to demand his freedom, after spending 32 years innocent in jail.
Mumia Abu Jamal is an african-american reporter and political activist. They called him, the ‘Voice of the Voiceless’, as he reported about racism and police brutality in the USA. So the local authoreties didn’t really liked him.
Once having been a victim of police racism, he joined the Black Panther Party. In the 70ts he became a reporter and reported about the state terror against the radical, black organisation MOVE. When he spoke about the brutal violence by the police against MOVE headquarters, he lost his job and became a taxi driver. [...Lees verder]

‘We are here’ benefit – De VluchtMarkt


Thursday April 17th 2014, ‘We are here’ benefit – De VluchtMarkt, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Last Sunday, the ‘We are here‘ group, undocumented migrants movement, has occupied Ten Katestraat 49, 63 and 65.
Two of the buildings (63-65) are owned by the housing corporation Rochdale, which left them rot for years, and has emptied the houses of all facilities, pipes and cables for preventing anyone to squat them. This week the group and their supporters are reconstructing the buildings, as to make it liveable again. So far the basic facilities have been fixed, but much more work and materials are needed.
This benefit voku will provide some funds for buying construction materials. Please donate, and feel free to pass by the VluchtMarkt to have a tea, or to help renovating! [...Lees verder]

Revolution and counter revolution beyond Tahir, by Marc Almodóvar


Monday April 14th 2014: 9pm, Info night: Revolution and counter revolution beyond Tahir, by Marc Almodóvar.

Activist, free lance journalist, film maker and blogger, Marc Almodóvar has been based for years in Egypt. Published by La Directa, Diagonal and others, Marc is blogging on “Egipte rere la barricada” (Egypt through the barricade) http://egiptebarricada.blogspot.com/. Several documentaries portraying the 2011 revolution and social movements in Egypt were filmed and released by Marc. The Erhal documentary, Tahrir Square Diaries is an impressive document on the 2011 revolution. Now on tour presenting his book “Egipto tras la barricada. Revolución y contrarrevolución más allá de Tahrir” published in spanish and calatan by Virus. Presentation and discussion in English.

Screening of “Erhal, a Diary of Tahrir Square” (2011, 55 minutes) will take place at Joe’s Garage on Sunday April 20th 2014.

Benefiet, ter bekostiging van vertalen documenten in verband met mensenrechten

Monday April 14th 2014, Benefiet, ter bekostiging van vertalen documenten in verband met mensenrechten, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

De benefiet, Volkseten Vegazulu, is voor een goed doel, nl de moeders van vermiste indigenous in suriname te ondersteunen in het zoeken naar gerechtigheid, waarbij er documenten ter vertaling naar het immigratie bureau onder notariele toezicht, opgestuurd moeten worden. [...Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Panel Story (1980)


Sunday April 13th 2014, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema by Jeffrey Babcock: Panel Story (Panelstory aneb Jak se rodí sídliste). Directed byVera Chytilová, 1980, 96 minutes, in Czech with English subtitles. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm.

The bold films of Czechoslovakian director Vera Chytilová (Dasies) are still totally deleted from film history at this moment. Women are generally marginalized, if not downright ignored, from the official film history books. Like the female directors Lina Wertmüller, Liliana Cavani and Agnes Varda, Chytilová’s career shows an incredible wealth- her films are visionary and uncompromising. This one is a black comedy that was banned for many years. [...Lees verder]

Joe’s volunteer meeting


Friday April 11th 2014, Joe’s volunteer meeting, 7pm.

Dear Joe’s volunteer,

You are helping from time to time at Joe’s Garage, you are making Joe’s kicking and alive! Please, come along on Friday April 11th from 7pm to meet your fellow volunteers. We want to hear your expectations, remarks and critics. You probably have some interesting feed back. We’ll be there to answer your questions and think about future events and campaigns. Feel welcome to join that meeting.

Nobody is illegal!

Thursday April 10th 2014: Nobody is illegal! Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Benefit in order to pay a lawyer, who supported a before so-called “illegal” person to get a residence and a working permission in the Netherlands.
If there is interest in a short legal advice about how the process of becoming legal in the Netherlands by cohabitation laws works, we will introduce you to this topic with the possibility for you to ask questions. [...Lees verder]

Kaikoesie Benefit Dinner


Monday April 7th & monday April 28th 2014, Kaikoesie Benefit Dinner, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

We are proud to present another amazing benefit dinner organized by Kaikoesie! Stichting Kaikoesie is a non profit organization, created to empower and develop the indigenous children, youth and women living in Suriname. Through supplementary arts and crafts workshops with emphasis in using the indigenous culture heritage. Stichting Kaikoesie is willing to provide means for a continuous development of the local communities and exposure to enriching cultural activities that enhance the community confidence and individual progress. Our projects will start june 2014. Donation : ING 850 4346 [...Lees verder]