Friday April 19th 2013: Revolutionary Cells – Defend militant history: Solidarity with Sonja and Christian Info evening with the solidarity group of Sonja and Christian from Germany. Opening at 7pm with food, info evening from 8pm.
Tonight the solidarity group of Sonja and Christian is visiting Joe’s Garage and will talk about the trial Sonja and Christian are facing right now in Frankfurt am Main (Germany). Both are detained in Germany since 2011 after 33 years of exile in France. The German state is taking them to court for several actions the left urban guerilla network Revolutionary Cells has been conducted in 1977 and 1978 in Germany, particularly against German nuclear industry and their support of apartheid South-Africa in developing nuclear weapons and against the ruthless urban renewal that took place in Heidelberg during that time.
Tonight the solidarity group will give insights into the trial that is taking place in Frankfurt and narrate the militant history of Sonja and Christian. We will talk about ways to show solidarity and speak about their current situation: Sonja locked up in prison and Christian released under obligations due to his poor health status. The group will report back from the latest court date that is scheduled for the 9th of April 2013 in Frankfurt. During the evening we will also dive into the militant history of the Revolutionary Cells, their actions and perspectives. [...Lees verder]
Friday April 12th 2013: Contra Info solidarity event with anarchist comrades in Greek prisons at Joe’s Garage, 7pm.
In the context of an everyday struggle against the existent, and aiming at the diffusion of factual solidarity with anarchist prisoners in the Greek dungeons, members of Contra Info [http://contrainfo.espiv.net/] translation counter-information network will carry out a series of events in various European cities, spreading information on cases of imprisoned comrades.
We want to make these gatherings an opportunity to strengthen the antagonist infrastructure of counter-information, to extend and multiply the solidarity gestures with our brothers and sisters behind bars, and to promote direct action and subversive praxis.
On Friday, April 12th, 2013, we meet at Joe’s Garage in Amsterdam. There will be a collective vegan kitchen at 7pm and at around 8pm we’ll start the talking. We are looking forward to your presence and invite you to share your ideas so as to find a common perspective towards the destruction of all prisons and the system that maintains them.
Stay tuned for upcoming events in other European cities.
SOLIDARITY WITH ANARCHIST PRISONERS ALL AROUND THE WORLD!
Saturday December 29th, 6PM, Joe’s Garage, Pretoriusstraat 43, Amsterdam
On December 20th 2012, riot police raided and evicted Villa Amalias in Athens, an anarchist social center squatted for 23 years. Hundreds of people took down the streets to protest against this escalation. The 8 people arrested inside the building have been released on Monday 24th.
We can discuss further solidarity actions for Villa Amalias and other comrades facing repression in Greece. [...Lees verder]
Thursday June 14th 2012, 19pm Benefiet Voku for political prisoner in Montevideo (Uruguay).
Anarchistische kameraad in de gevangenis voor confrontaties met stakingsbrekers op de eerste mei. Wat de staat bestraft is niet enkel de actie zelf. Wat bestraft wordt is het niet rustig en zwijgzaam blijven, de weigering het hoofd buigen of de andere kant opkijken, het niet passief blijven in deze wereld van uitbuiting.
Tegelijkertijd fungeert het als een lesje voor iedereen die weigert de levensvoorwaarden die de machtigen en de uitbuiters ons hebben opgelegd te aanvaarden. Het fungeert als een lesje voor ons, die pretenderen te breken met deze manier van leven. Wat ze willen is angst creëren. David is een anarchistische kameraad die al meer dan 15 jaar tussen ons strijdt, vanaf het oude anarcho-punk verzet in zijn tienerjaren, tot de gelederen van het Sindicato Unico del Automovil con Taximetros y Telefonistas (SUATT, Enig Syndicaat voor Taxi en Telefoon) en verschillende anarchistische collectieven. [...Lees verder]
Monday 23th of April, 7pm. Infonight about the foreign detention situation in the Netherlands. Benefits will be used for the Arrest Group as well as for a modest token of thanks for the foreign detention lawyers at the Bohler office (Mrs Ullersma & colleagues). These pro-deo (voluntary) lawyers devote their career to defending those subjected to the human rights violating laws against illegal foreigners.
During food there will be a very short info talk about foreign detention in Holland, and after we will be showing a short docu by Amnesty on the subject. There will be a donation box present, and we will use the donations to support the Arrest Group’s amazing work, as well as buy a modest present as a token of appreciation for the Bohler advocates from those activists they defended in the past and/or will have to defend in the future. (Mrs. Ullersma went out of her way helping the activists who were put in foreign detention after the Scheinheilig demo in july last year, eventually leading to the Raad van State finally judging in favour of the activists in Januari).
So come and have a good time at Joes, inform yourself, and support a good cause all at the same time!
Thursday April 12th, 7pm Benefiet voku for Da Costa kade-squat, threatened with eviction
Wonen is een recht! Kraken gaat door! Speculatie is crimineel!
Ma./Mo. 20 feb. 2012, Soweto benefiet, Volkseten Vegazulu, 19:00, no reservation, donations welcome SOWETO Creating solidaristic forms of collective social housing
“Housing is a basic need for a dignified existence and is a human right. Providing for this need is not an individual, but a societal and thus collective responsibility, especially given that:
- in a just society the costs should be distributed on the basis of ability to pay, and the benefits based on need;
- such a society can only be brought about through a collective effort by all those involved;
- such an effort can only succeed if all those involved take full responsibility for this common goal, and for each other.”
Translation of Article 2.1 of the statutes of Woningbouwvereniging Soweto
W hat is Woningbouwvereniging Soweto?
Woningbouwvereniging Soweto is a housing association that was established in 2006 by a number of Amsterdam housing activists. The original catalyst for its creation was the attempt in 2006-7 to legalise Pretoriusstraat 28 in Amsterdam Oost. In a nutshell Soweto is an idealistic housing association which aims to be a legal and democratic
framework within which multiple solidarity based housing projects, such as legalized squats, can operate together simultaneously, thus increasingtheir political and economic strength.
Multiple factors led to the birth of Soweto. Firstly, a general disillusionment with the manner in which mainstream housing associations have betrayed their social founding principles, and the general shift in housing policy towards privatization. Secondly, the realisation that in the past many legalized squats have, after legalization, become economially and politically isolated from the housing struggle from which they emerged, and the desire to prevent this “drain” of political and economic capital. Thirdly, the desire to create a housing association based on DIY principles and grass-roots organisation.
Eight key principles of Soweto
1.Pro-renting. Creation of affordable, stable rental housing. Promotion of renting as desirable housing form;advantage of renting is the political and personal freedom that stems from low living costs, versus the dominant discourse of buying own house.
2.Soweto remains owner of the building. Users of building rent it from Soweto as group or groups (e.g. living groups, user groups, or combinations thereof), not as individual renters.
3.Strong preference for user/tenant groups with idealistic internal organisation. Promotion of communal forms of living (living groups). Preference for living groups that endorse the principles of Soweto. Preference for non-commercial/ idealistic public spaces.
4.Re-use of resources. Realized housing projects to be used to leverage more favourable financial terms when acquiring new buildings.
5.Re-use of acquired expertise. In this way skills that are learned during a legalisation or acquirement project, are not lost after completion of the project.
6.To enable and encourage a high-level of involvement from tenants/users of the houses. Strong involvement of users/tenants at all stages of the process, both during legalisation/acquisation and beyond. Keeping (building) costs low via DIY: “zelfwerkzaamheid”.
7.Political safeguards. Democratic association structure. Prospective renters/ tenants become members of Soweto. Political safeguards to prevent privatization: users/tenants of Soweto houses limited to 40% of the votes at annual general meetings to prevent “privatization coups”. Ambition to have many members that do not work/ live in the houses.
8.Multiple funding sources. Mortgages, gifts/low-interest loans from the community and other options.
PLEASE JOIN SOWETO, get involved and and help to make us stronger!
Update: Laatste arrestant ontruimingsgolf inmiddels vrijgelaten (14nov), rechtzaak uitgesteld.
De eerder aangekondigde rechtzaak op 16 november van de laatste arrestant van de recente ontruimingsgolf in Amsterdam is afgelast. Het Openbaar Ministerie heeft de dagvaarding ingetrokken, dit betekende echter niet zijn vrijheid. Wanneer een nieuwe zitting zal plaatsvinden is vooralsnog onbekend. Het lijkt er op dat ze hem langer willen vasthouden. Maandag 14 november 2011 kwam hij voor de raadkamer. Dit leidde uiteindelijk tot een schorsing. [...Lees verder]
Ma. 21 november –Kitchenpunxxx benefit voku for the Castor 2011 [http://www.castor2011.org/] 19uur, no reservation, donations welcome. Each year, nuclear waste is transferred from La Hague to the German town Gorleben. Gorleben is a symbol of resistance against nuclear energy and tens of thousands of people resist, block, sabotage in many different and creative ways in order to stop, delay the transport, but more importantly they put the debate about nuclear energy back in the spotlight. [...Lees verder]
Maandag 07 november 2011 – Benefiet voku voor de Doorbraak krant , 19uur, no reservation, donations welcome. “Doorbraak [http://www.doorbraak.eu/] is een linkse basisorganisatie die strijdt voor een ecologisch duurzame wereld zonder uitbuiting, onderdrukking en uitsluiting. Daarom vechten we van onderop tegen kapitalisme, patriarchaat, racisme, nationalisme, religieus fundamentalisme en militarisme. [...Lees verder]
Dinsdag 1 november 2011 ontruimingscircus in Amsterdam! Wees alert en kom opdagen om je steun en solidariteit te betuigen. Klik op de straatnaam van de pandjes die ontruimd worden om het verhaal achter de kraak te vinden : Linnaeusstraat 70 – 72, Swammerdamstraat 12, ‘t Blijvertje 3e Oosterparkstraat, Sumatrastraat 224, Vrolikstraat 278 + 290, Hazebroekstraat 81 hs
Lees de verhalen uit de Transvaalbuurt:
“Nooit meer alleen op de derde verdieping”
“Omdat er geen huizen zijn, die er eigenlijk wel zijn”
“De harde werkers uit de buurt”
Ma./Mo. 5 sept. 2011 – Benefiet Anti-heros, Soli Voku voor de arrestanten van 5 juli 2011 19uur, vegan food, no reservations, donations welcome.
update: NN’ers zijn vrij! De benefiet gaat door
Nog steeds zitten er twee mensen vast in vreemdelingendetentie sinds 5 juli. Ze blijven anoniem tegen de repressie van staat, politie en justitie.
update: The two NN are free! The benefit goes on
Since July 5th, two people are arrested in custody pending deportation. They are staying anonymous against the repression of state, police and justice.