Joes is open in July and August

Dear people, we have had some problems with the event calendar on Joes website and couldn’t fill in the events for July and August. The calendar is working again and we are adding everything in the next couple of days. In the time being, we publish herewith  just the very rough schedule for July and August. Everything will be as always except that there is no Voku on Thursdays in the summer. Instead some renovations will be done during the free days and you are welcome to participate in Joes . We will keep you updated with concrete tasks that have to/will be done in the following two months.

Joes Summer schedule for July and August (detailed informations about movies and benefits will be added soon. Also check for Joes events and everything else that goes on in the city): […Lees verder]

May news


Eight weeks to go for the Valreep. Mayor van der Laan was getting too impatient to evict the Valreep, social centre squatted since 24 july 2011. At the end of April, after yet another proposal by the squatters to legalise the building, the eviction letter was delivered not by some random cop but by Leen Schaap himself, the nostalgic police chief, commanding police forces during every eviction in Amsterdam. Schaap did not hesitate to climb the fences to make his way to the Valreep. “How do you feel about this?” dares he to ask while handing the letter. Idealen ontruim niet! (You can’t evict ideals!) announces the Valreep website. […Lees verder]

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]

Newsletter February 2014


During the last months various squats were opened and closed in Amsterdam and surroundings. Yet, the eviction procedure is becoming easier for the cops. Recently, the police came out with an old trick, the speed- eviction: despite squatting being illegal, squatters still have the right to domestic peace, to get notified 8 weeks in advance, and to be able to start a court case to defend themselves. However, in the last weeks two office buildings in the Amsterdam’s surroundings were evicted by regular cops without any notice, just a few days after the occupation. The squatters were arrested and quickly released without charges.
Evictions without notice and without a court ruling are illegal, as they violate the right to domestic privacy of the inhabitants. The cops know this well, but too often they put themselves ‘above the law’ to serve the interests of private property owners.
To stop the trend of illegal speed-evictions, the Amsterdam squatting groups are about to sue the state, and made a call out to other groups of squatters for collecting cases of speed-eviction. […Lees verder]

The year 2013 at Joe’s Garage in review


Here a list of events that took place at Joe’s Garage in 2013. There were various special events, workshops, bands performing, benefits, movie nights, info nights, next to the weekly events, which are the Kraakspreekuur, the Lonely Collective Day Cafe, the give away shop, the sunday movie night and the Vegazulu people’s kitchen. Monthly posters and flyers were printed and distributed around the city. Regular news about the local squat scene and other campaigns were published on-line in the month editorial. All this would have not been possible without the participation of the many volunteers. […Lees verder]

November 2013 at Joe’s Garage


Sunday November 3rd 2013, Movie night, A Scanner Darkly (Richard Linklater, 2006, 100′). Door opens at 20:00, film begins at 21:00. The war on drugs has been lost, and when a reluctant undercover cop is ordered to spy on those he is closest to, the toll that the mission takes on his sanity is too great to comprehend in director Richard Linklater’s rotoscoped take on Philip K. Dick’s classic novel. [read more]

Monday November 7th 2013, Mapuche Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. […Lees verder]

October 2013 at Joe’s Garage

Joe's Garage October 2013 poster

As a squatted social center, how do we communicate to the outside world? Where do you find us on-line and where do you NOT find us? We are not here to provide passive intelligence to state intelligence agencies, or to make their task easier. Making ourselves visible on a website hosted by a radical and political server is a first necessary step. Being able to reach other activists and squatters, not only the ones based in the Netherlands, is something we would not want to miss. In the will to be an open space for political initiatives, we want to reach further than the neighbourhood, further than a city and its squatting scene.

Being a squat and having a squat scene active and visible on decent platforms may have some importance in these times of repression. Reading about houses being squatted and evicted is one thing, being able to find each other, not only on-line, knowing which are our public events has its importance to strengthen us all. […Lees verder]

September 2013 at Joe’s Garage

Joe's Garage September 2013 poster

Time for some news, summer has been quite busy at Joe’s Garage and around. The one year squatted office building on the Arent Krijtsstraat 1 in Diemen is gone, back to the owner, with a fence around it but not much of a future. On June 30th, after seven years of emptiness, the Cruquiusweg 117 was squatted, making place for a new project, De Binderij, bringing some new life to this spooky Cruquiusgebied. Numerous anti-squatted buildings are rotting away in this desolate neighbourhood, symbolising more than ever the failure of local politicians in developing a neighbourhood or just keeping life going on. On July 2nd,  the City of Amsterdam launched its second eviction wave of the year,  unleashing its dogs to evict nine squats. Swammerdamstraat 12 was evicted for the fourth time. The greedy owner did not wait long to demolish it, infuriating still more neighbours. Thanks to the mayor, an extra sand yard has appeared! Squats on the Czaar Peterstraat, the Simon Stevinstraat 25 (Willem Beukels Alternatief), the Cornelis Drebbelstraat 35 (LaRage) and the Bessemerstraat 23 (El Taller social center) were also evicted. […Lees verder]

July & August 2013 at Joe’s Garage



Sunday July 7th 2013, Psychedelic Film Night: Performance (Donald Cammell and Nicolas Roeg, UK, 1970, 105 min.) Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Performance is an era-defining film, and a dark, sexy portrayal of the Sixties rock ‘n’ roll dream coming to an end. A gangster on the run (James Fox) goes into hiding in the house of a washed-out rock star (Mick Jagger) and his two lovers (Michele Breton and Anita Pallenberg). [Read more]

Monday July 8th 2013, Uprisings in Turkey, Info night & Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Taksim Everywhere, Resistance Everywhere. Info night about the uprisings in Turkey. Who is raising the flag, which flag, these days in Turkey? What has changed after recent uprisings all around Turkey? Video activists from Global Uprisings recently returning from Istanbul will present and discuss the current situation. Money raised with this benefit will go to juridical expenses for our comrades in Turkey. [Read more] […Lees verder]

June 2013 at Joe’s Garage

Joe's Garage music sessions

Since 2010, the anti squat law is stating house owners would get fined if they leave their buildings empty for more than six months. Well, years later, not a single owner has been fined. That’s is no surprise knowing the City of Amsterdam. Parallel to that, 15% of office buildings in Amsterdam are officially empty. The reality would be the double.
Amsterdam is gearing up to evict squatters these coming days. The house on Swammerdamstraat 12 will be evicted for a fourth time in a few years. Let’s hope this ‘monument’ won’t make place to a sand yard for the coming years. Other squats in Amsterdam who received the eviction announcement are Bessemerstraat 23 (El Taller), Cornelis Drebbelstraat 35 (LaRage), Simon Stevinsstraat 25hs (Willem Beukels Alternatief).
On May 31st, activists and squatters were taking over the empty office building on the Jan Tooropstraat 29. The door magically opened and within minutes, the refugees from the Vluchtkerk moved in. Off course, Eberhard van der Laan the apathetic mayor was again forced to show a bit of concern. Lucky us, there weren’t any comment from the Dutch squatting expert Eric D. that day.

You’ll find various solidarity events this month at Joe’s Garage, to support the Autonomous Centre Köln, Roomtuintje Oostbos, Plan B a new squat in town, the people arrested inside the Ubica, No Border Camp Rotterdam, Mapuche communities, Free Mumia Abu-Jamal Campaign. You may want to join the Safer Place Meeting, the Cooking workshops or participate into the Cut & Paste Party. You won’t miss the new monthly event, Singer Songwriters, on which you are kindly requested to be on time. The film program is offering you The Edelweiss Pirates, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, No One Knows About Persian Cats, Five Broken Cameras and Daisies.

In July, Valreep will be squatted for two years, Roomtuintje Oostbos will be growing veggies for one. Get involved here and there, you are the ones making these spaces alive. Joe’s Garage will run a people’s kitchen only on Mondays during July and August. You are very welcome to organize a workshop, volunteer with any activity, the kitchen, the movie night, the Lonely Collective Day Cafe, the KSU squatting assistance, the give away shop. […Lees verder]

May 2013 Joe’s Garage Program

Joe's Garage May 2013 poster

Welcome to post gentrification. Forget about affordable housing, these words are gone from the vocabulary. In Amsterdam, the price per meter square is higher in social housing than on the market price. Tenants are waiting in temporary housing for a proper one. These anti-squatters, also called “guardians” to preserve their image, haven’t been given the rights of a normal tenant. They even pay to guard houses. Not only young people and students live in this precariat. Anti-squat companies have seen their benefits exploding in recent years, while former social housing corporations have been cashing big money and forgotten since long about their social purpose.
People who can’t afford to live in the city have to go. They are denied the right to live in the city, they are made feeling guilty and ashamed of being social tenants. Our policy makers want people to move around in this monetary driven housing market. Social dramas on individual scales are common, people can’t sell back their house, the money they make is used to pay back mortgages. In Germany, a group like Recht Auf Stadt put back these issues on the political agenda. Some political parties have now an opinion about that. In the Netherlands, the discourse is still the same, “there is no problem”. SNS nationalised, the Russian roulette game has reached money lender Rabobank. For how long? […Lees verder]

April 2013 Joe’s Garage Program

Joe's Garage April 2013 poster

‘There are still squatted houses in Amsterdam…”, that is the shocking gossip recently reported in the Dutch media. Is the zealous mayor of Amsterdam such an incompetent politician in matters of housing policy and in cracking down on squatters? These last years, the city of Amsterdam did evict numerous squats but failed in eradicating our political structures, in making squatting history.
Not only squatters and activists, many individuals are daily becoming conscious and organized, building networks, taking action, sharing skills, bringing out solidarity here and there. The State could erase the (legalized) social centers from the map, call out extraordinary laws, reopen re-education camps (read – feed us more television). People would still have the will to throw down the State, disrupt the money making machine.
End of April, fiscal paradise the Netherlands will finally reach world news with a fresh new young king. The media and various intelligence services are already trying to decrypt early signs of a popular revolt, starving as they are for sensation. That makes it no surprise this racist local government has no intention to lift a finger for the migrants squatting a church these last months. Opportunist politicians feeling concerned about undocumented people only brings more anger against the apathy of the State.
Business is going on as usual in Amsterdam. Housing corporation Ymere has big plans, reshaping and gentrifying the Transvaal neighbourhood, first with a massive crane flattening down ‘only’ two entire blocks. Pretending to entertain or educate us, Ymere and the city are prolific in useless projects and costly events on the Steve Bikoplein. At least, we know what tax money and rents are used for. […Lees verder]

March 2013 Joe’s Garage Program

Joe's Garage March 2013 poster

A deepening crisis, a social housing policy crushed, a constant precarisation of life and work, what a promising future. The masses aren’t dreaming any more. The glitter that has been fed to us by the government and the media won’t last for long.
We are not done with protesting and taking action. Knowing your rights and responsibilities when you are arrested is crucial. Joke Kaviaar will be tackling these issues during an info night. Throughout March, local activists and the many volunteers will take over Joe’s Garage to support various initiatives, Woman without Papers, and Anarchists Against the Wall. Other local projects, LaRage, Roomtuintje Oostbos and Soweto will provide you a deeper insight on the neighbourhood. People eating, talking together, exchanging ideas, making projects, forgetting about the role models society is imposing…, all this and more is happening at Joe’s.
The monthly workshop about gender and sexuality, “It’s more than what’s in your pants”, is going on with “How to be a man? De-constructing masculinities“. Jeffrey is back for another speech and a film “Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema” with Frances. Also to be screened soon, The Joke, Repo Men and Micmacs.
Office Hours is the new weekly community event at Joe’s, every Tuesday between 11:00 and 15:00, to work in a quiet environment and abuse wireless Internet. The other weekly events, the Squatting Assistance, the Lonely Collective Day Cafe, the Give Away shop, the Vegazulu People’s Kitchen always need volunteers, even if you have little free time. […Lees verder]