VegaZulu Freedom for Peike

Thursday December 28th 2017, VegaZulu Freedom for Peike, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Peike is one of the activists who got arrested during the G20 demonstration in Hamburg last summer. He got charged with severe bodily harm to a police officer after allegedly throwing bottles. Even though the officer in question admitted in court not to have been hurt at all. Subsequently he got charged with resisting arrest go moving himself into a foetal position when the cops tried to arrest him. The court convicted Peike for 2 years and 7 months imprisonment, in spite of public outrage over the severity of the sentence. He has been held in captivity ever since the G20.
Recently all over Germany, police razzias have been taking place, rounding up more G20 activists. This is an ongoing struggle.
All yields from the benefit will go to support the case of Peike. This will also be the last voku of the year in Joe’s. Please do come!

United We Stand https://unitedwestand.blackblogs.org/
Globalinfo https://www.globalinfo.nl/tag/64-g20
Freedom for Peike and all other prisoners https://freepeike.noblogs.org/

Donations:
VB SOLIDARITEITSFONDS
NL25 INGB 0007 6604 36
o.v.v. G20

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday and thursday, all year long. We are remaining closed if no one is volunteering to cook. Keep an eye on this page to make sure we are open. Door opens at 7pm. Vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation.

Have you ever considered cooking at Joe’s Garage with your friends? 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.

Solidarity with G20 prisoners – OIA+KALI Queer Feminist Rap

Monday the 16th of October 2017, Solidarity with G20 prisoners – OIA+KALI Queer Feminist Rap. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm. Between 9 and 10pm, Queer Feminist Rap on the stage.

OIA (Gran Canaria, Spain) + KALI (Limache, Valparaíso, Chile) are 2 interdisciplinary artists who seek to deliveeir music and rap a countercultural, antifascist, feminist and queer message that breaks the canons andes of the body established by the neoliberal system. Ni una menos on https://youtu.be/XtFgy7zo1ww

What: benefit VOKU for all the political prisoners of the G20 protests
Where: Joe’s Garage, Pretoriusstraat 43, 1092 EZ Amsterdam
When: Monday the 16th of October, at 19

Why:
’Society has failed when it imprisons those who question it’
Last July hundreds thousands of people took the streets in Hamburg, to speak out against the one-liberal policies of the G20. Right form the start there was a systematic and targeted criminalisation of activists. Escalation from the side of the police, false statements from the state, and framing in the media distracted the public debate from the political message of the activists and aimed to break the movement on the streets.

29 activists are still being held in prison now, most of them still awaiting trial. The court ruling that we have seen and the imposed penalties show these are politically symbolic cases. This repression of activists of the G20 is part of a growing tendency throughout Europe that targets left-wing activists and organisations. Solidarity is the answer.

We want freedom for all prisoners of the G20. With this VOKU we collect money to support and show our solidarity, for example by sending books and, where necessary arrange for extra lawyers.

Enjoy a meal, make a donation, write a letter, the 16th of October at the VOKU for the political prisoners of the G20 protests.

Freedom for Peike and all other prisoners https://freepeike.noblogs.org/
United We Stand https://unitedwestand.blackblogs.org/

Donations:
VB SOLIDARITEITSFONDS
NL25 INGB 0007 6604 36
o.v.v. G20


Solidariteit met de G20 gevangenen

Wat: benefiet VOKU voor alle politieke gevangenen van de G20 protesten
Waar: Joe’s Garage, Pretoriusstraat 43, 1092 EZ Amsterdam
Wanneer: Maandag 16 oktober, om 19 uur

Waarom:
’Society has failed when it imprisons those who question it’
In juli gingen honderdduizenden mensen de straat op in Hamburg om zich uit te spreken tegen het neo-liberale beleid van de G20. Vanaf het begin vond er een een systematische en doelmatige criminalisering van activisten plaats. Escaleering vanuit de politie, false uitspraken van de staat en portrettering in de media leidde het publieke debat af van de politieke boodschap van de activisten en trachtte de beweging op straat te breken.

29 activisten zitten nog altijd vast, de meesten al bijna 3 maanden in afwachting van een process. De uitspraken van de rechter, en toegeschreven straffen laten zien dat het om politiek symbolische veroordelingen gaat. Deze repressie van activisten bij G20 is deel van een groeiende tendens van onderdrukking van linkse activisten en organisaties in Europa. Solidariteit is hierop het antwoord.

Wij willen vrijheid voor alle gevangenen van de G20. Met deze VOKU zamelen we geld in om de gevangenen te kunnen ondersteunen en solidariteit te tonen, bijvoorbeeld door ze boeken te sturen en waar nodig extra advocaten te regelen.

Kom eten, doe een donatie, schrijf een kaart, 16 oktober bij de VOKU voor de politieke gevangenen van de G20 protesten.

Freedom for Peike and all other prisoners https://freepeike.noblogs.org/
United We Stand https://unitedwestand.blackblogs.org/

Donations:
VB SOLIDARITEITSFONDS
NL25 INGB 0007 6604 36
o.v.v. G20


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.

Benefit voku: Solidarity with G20 prisoners

Monday 9 October 2017, Benefit voku: Solidarity with G20 prisoners. Music with Abigail Lapell and Shawn William Clarke, indie folk from Candada. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm then update about the G20 prisoners. Music from 8:30pm till 10pm.

During the G20, political and economic leaders of the world gathered in order to plan the continuation of their wars, exploitation of people and animals, and the destruction of the environment. To revolt against this is necessary and gives hope. Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in Hamburg to obstruct these festivities for the elite. The German state, in an attempt to criminalise a few individuals, has now rapidly changed the topic to bottles and fireworks which were thrown (or not) during the riots. Not very convincing as a distraction for the real problems in this world. From the first day, the actions against the G20 were met with harsh repression. Hundreds of people were hurt and arrested due to police violence and the tactics of escalation.

For more info check out:
https://freepeike.noblogs.org
https://www.fireandflames.com/en/united-we-stand-solidarity-campaign-against-the-summit-repression/
https://unitedwestand.blackblogs.org/

Support Peike and all other prisoners – act and show solidarity!

Donations:
VB SOLIDARITEITSFONDS
NL25 INGB 0007 6604 36
o.v.v. G20

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.

Benefit for the G20 arrestees

Monday 18th September 2017, Benefit for the G20 arrestees in Hamburg. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm. After the food, legal update.

The first court case of the G20 arrestees took place in Hamburg on 28 August. A 21 years old Dutch comrade, accused of throwing two bottles at a cop during the Welcome to Hell demo on 6 July 2017, got convicted to 2 years and 7 months jail. This trial was nothing more than a big set up before the federal elections to be held on 24 September.

On 29 August, a Polish man was sentenced by the court in Hamburg to a suspended six-month prison sentence. On 8 July, during a search near a demonstration, the cops found backpack containing seven crackers, a lacrymo bomb, diving glasses, a rope and black clothes. The judge explained his decision by stating: “It is clear to the court that the accused was on his way to a demonstration “.

The public prosecutor launched 109 investigative procedures against “known” persons and 64 others against “persons unknown”. The charges generally concern “breach of the peace”, “violence causing injury”, “resisting the police” and “destruction”. In some cases, the accused risk prison sentences of up to 10 years. Other procedures could be added to those already underway, as the investigations continue. Till today, 189 “presumed guilty” persons have been arrested in connection with the G20 summit and 51 arrest warrants have been issued. 32 people, who are not from Germany, are still being held on remand for the anti-G20 riots.

Finally, the politicians are still traumatized by this counter-summit in Hamburg. Thus various political parties (SPD, CDU, Greens and FDP) are going to meet every two to three weeks, probably until the summer of 2018 in a commission on the G20. Various points will be addressed, including preparations for the G20, the development of the days of the G20 and its consequences.

Moreover, let us recall that an unprecedented repressive blow has struck the autonomous media in Germany, almost two months after the counter-summit. Friday, August 24, the free publication platform Indymedia Linksunten was shut down by the Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière, declaring it prohibited by the use of the law on associations. The following day, several searches were carried out by the LKA on persons suspected of moderating the site, in Freiburg. In addition to 4 apartments, the KTS autonomous centre was also searched and the entire IT infrastructure has been seized.

It is clear that the autonomous and anarchist agitation of recent times in Germany, with countless direct actions and sabotage against the infrastructure of capital and the State, is one of the reasons for the prohibition of this site, which largely contributed to the disorder, both during the days of the G20 but also especially before and after. Linksunten is one of the few German-speaking sites on which are published a good number of press releases of attacks and direct actions, which are obviously a danger to power and its henchmen.

Let us not forget that if this counter-summit was so devastating, it is linked to the fact that the many anarchist calls to sabotage the G20 had a real echo across the country. Putting this platform out of use is one of the many ways that power disposes of to put an end to the offensive and insurrectional dynamic.

More than ever, active and offensive solidarity with the comrades of Germany!

Donations:
VB SOLIDARITEITSFONDS
NL25 INGB 0007 6604 36
o.v.v. G20

Freedom for Peike and all other prisoners https://freepeike.noblogs.org/
United We Stand https://unitedwestand.blackblogs.org/
http://actforfree.nostate.net/?p=28206
https://www.globalinfo.nl/Nieuws/horrorstraffen-voor-g20-betogers-en-verbod-indymedia

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.

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.

Benefit for the G20 arrestees

Monday 14th August 2017, Benefit for the G20 arrestees in Hamburg. Volkseten Vegazulu at 7pm.

Donations:
VB SOLIDARITEITSFONDS
NL25 INGB 0007 6604 36
o.v.v. G20

United We Stand https://unitedwestand.blackblogs.org/

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.

Antimilitaristic Camp in Germany – Info and discussion

deckblatt7Monday 5th June 2017, Antimilitaristic Camp in Germany – Info and discussion. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Info and discussion at 8:15pm.

From the 31th of July to the 6th of August the War-Starts-Here camp will set up in Potzhene (close to Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany).

For several years now the War-Starts-Here camp brought together lots of different people in the village of Potzehne in central Germany, situated close to the border of the most modern and important military training site in Germany, the “Gefechtsübungszentrum Heer”, abbreviated as GÜZ. Antimilitarist discussions as well as practical resistance left a persistent mark on both the participants of the camp and the surrounding region. And it was fun!

We gather to gain and share knowledge about wars and their preparation, to figure out the situation we are living in and to analyse its internal relationships. Perspectives in emancipatory movements are highly diverse – and so are the views on military and war. This in mind, we want to further develop common ideas of resistance, strengthen the local anti-war-initiatives grown over long years and also discuss our differences respectfully. It seems highly important to us, that we make a step towards the locals and talk with them about their experiences…and maybe more…

By this year’s camp we build on last year’s main issues. The motto “Krieg.Macht.Flucht.” is still up-to-date, saying “war causes flight” while making use of the ambiguous German word “Macht” (translating both as makes/causes and power). This time our focus will be the development of common anti-militarist and anti-racist perspectives of resistance. Let’s overpower our powerlessness – the camp in Potzehne wants to provide a space for that. We want to have a discussions at eye level with everyone sharing our radical refusal of the global destructive circumstances.

Training, exercise, preparation and export – war starts here! We want to make this deadly site publicly visible, since it is of crucial importance to war preparation. Through various antimilitarist actions we want to disturb the “normal” operation on the GÜZ, let’s mark, block, and sabotage this full-speed-running machinery of war! To mobilize for the camp and give information face to face a comrade from Magdeburg will come to

Appeal in english: http://www.war-starts-here.camp/startseite/appeal-english/
http://war-starts-here.camp […Lees verder]

Benefit NSU Tribunal

NSU_tribunalThursday March 23rd 2017, Benefit for “Break the Silence Collective”. Infonight about the NSU murders and rising threat of extrem right-wing terror in Germany. Money goes to the project “NSU-Tribunal”. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

” Unraveling the NSU Complex – Indicting Racism in Germany
The immigrants affected by NSU terror knew who was behind the attacks on their family members, their neighbors, their friends or their own lives, their existences, their streets, and their businesses. The fact that their voices were not heard is due to structural racism in Germany. This, together with neo-Nazi structures established and paid for by the State, with all its official protectors, forms the NSU complex. NSU means: German state and Nazis hand in hand.
We, people targeted and affected by the NSU and antiracist activists, are organizing a tribunal in order to launch an indictment against all those responsible – a tribunal where the voices of the victims of racist violence are raised and heard.
In Cologne-Mülheim’s Keupstraße in 2004 the NSU attacked an entire street with a nail bomb. Moreover, they also attacked the idea of a multicultural society as such. In Germany in May 2017, juridical clarification of the NSU complex cannot be expected, racist hate violence and speech are still an everyday occurrence, and the people targeted by racist violence are repeatedly made into perpetrators.
The NSU could count on a racist division in German society which spreads fear among immigrant communities, while mainstream public perception either does not notice this at all or if they do, then only in an aggressive defense reflex, which immediately blames the people targeted by racist hate. This is the division we want to overcome with the tribunal.
An indictment launched by society instead of judge and verdict ”

Tribunal NSU-Komplex Auflösen: http://nsu-tribunal.de/
17.5-21.5 in Cologne, Germany […Lees verder]

Black and white film night: M eine stadt sught einen morder (Fritz Lang, 1931)

M_Fritz_LangSunday June 26th 2016, Black and white film night: M eine stadt sught einen morder. (Fritz Lang, 1931). Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

The horror of the faces: That is the overwhelming image that remains from a recent viewing of the restored version of “M,” Fritz Lang’s famous 1931 film about a child murderer in Germany. In my memory it was a film that centered on the killer, the creepy little Franz Becker, played by Peter Lorre. But Becker has relatively limited screen time, and only one consequential speech–although it’s a haunting one. Most of the film is devoted to the search for Becker, by both the police and the underworld, and many of these scenes are played in closeup. In searching for words to describe the faces of the actors, I fall hopelessly upon “piglike.” […Lees verder]

Benefit & Infonight: Germany and its Nazis: the NSU murders

Thursday June 2nd 2016, Benefit & Infonight: Germany and its Nazis: the NSU murders. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

“The National Socialist Underground which was uncovered in 2011 killed 8 migrants, a son of a migrant family and a policewoman. Public discourse has remained focused on the “mistakes” made by German authorities during their investigations, especially the Federal Office and the State Offices for the Protection of the Constitution, while debates about racism in the German society, very alive indeed, remain absent. It was precisely this racism which was the basis of the 90’s militant Nazi scene, from which the NSU derived, and which allowed them to kill unhindered.”

Daniel Schmidt who will be giving a talk about the NSU murders and racist every day life in Germany is part of “das schweigen durchbrechen”, an antifascist-group, which was formed as an answer to these events and is located in Nuremberg – the city where the NSU started its murder series and which stands like no other for an unbroken continuity of racism in Germany.

Antifaschistische Initiative Das Schweigen Durchbrechen: http://schweigendurchbrechen.blogsport.de/

[…Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: The Murderers Are Among Us

The_Murderers_Are_Among_UsSunday May 15th 2016, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema:
THE MURDERERS ARE AMONG US 1946
(Die mörder sind unter uns)
Directed by Wolfgang Staudte
81 minutes
In German with English subtitles
Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

With a style that is a fusion of deep expressionism mixed with harsh documentary, this rare movie captures the mood of a demoralized Berlin directly after the Second World War. We enter a city of devastation, of decimated streets and broken lives. But imagine the feelings of the main character Susanne when she returns to her home city after having been released from a concentration camp. When she returns to her wrecked apartment, she finds a stranger living there. Both of them are lost souls. They strike up a friendship… but as she goes through the streets she realizes she is in a city of people that betrayed her. Who is who? Who are the innocent survivors, and who are the villains?

This unusual movie was made directly after the end of the war, and therefore captures the ideas and sensibilities of that bitter time better than any film made today which looks back with contemporary prejudices. All of the film’s photography was done in the real streets of Berlin, and the main characters roam the desolate streets of rubble. And this thriller is also interesting to compare to the upcoming film noir movement… all of the elements are there – the sharp shadows, human silhouettes against cracked walls, unusual angles, spiral staircases, haunted tormented individuals wandering through a jagged broken landscape. There is a mood of dark melancholy hanging in the air of this sombre movie as Suzanne tries to find a way to forgive her city for the atrocities she has endured. […Lees verder]

Benefit for recently established Prisoners Union in german prisons – Volkseten Vegazulu

Monday July 06th 2015, Prisoners Union Benefit. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

This benefit is dedicated to the young Prisoners Union in german prisons. The following interview gives a brief insight into the union.


Union behind bars
experiences from one year of union work – four questions to Oliver Rast (GG/BO)

Who or what is the Prisoners Union? What does it represent and what are its goals?

Last year in May we established ourselves as self-organized union initiative of prisoners at JVA Tegel. Day by day prisoners gather at the workbench and are confronted with highly precarious work situations: low-wage, piecework rush and no pension scheme, which amounts to an express ticket into poverty in old-age after being released. At that point we concentrate on two key demands: social insurance contribution for imprisoned employees and the inclusion of working prisoners in the general statutory minimal wage. By means of those steps we are aiming for full union freedom behind bars. Notions of solidarity, autonomy, emancipation and social reform shall not remain unknown words within the prison population any longer – we know that these are challenging demands.
[…Lees verder]

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Kamikaze 1989 (Wolf Gremm, 1982)

kamikaze_1989Sunday June 7th 2015, Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Kamikaze 1989 (Wolf Gremm, 1982). In German with English subtitles. Free admission. Door opens at 20:00, Film starts at 21:00.

Set in the not-so-distant future, this film depicts a brave new world where illness has been eliminated, culture has been dumbed-down, there is no unemployment and a single conglomerate controls all the mass-media. Rainer Werner Fassbinder (in his final acting role) stars as the off-beat police lieutenant Jansen who is assigned to investigate a string of murders, but the deeper he digs the more complex and twisted the situation becomes. This is not the sort of film that leads you by the hand into a dystopian future, but a movie which dumps you in total alienation and a convoluted cultural anarchy- it’s Eurotrash, camp, arthouse and over the top.
Based on the 1964 novel Murder on the Thirty-First Floor by Per Wahlöö, this “West German cyberpunk thriller” features Fassbinder who was on his last legs when he starred in this crazed film. He is wildly dressed in a gaudy leopard-print suit, chain-smoking, sweating, and as one person said he is “lumbering around like a wounded walrus”. But that also adds a lot of flavor to the chaos. The decor and costumes are stuffed full of sci-fi kitsch, and that also adds to its nostalgic charm. The color scheme is gaudy, and the cinematography is by Xaver Schwarzenberger who shot Berlin Alexanderplatz along with most of Fasbinder’s last films. Besides Fassbinder the film also features Günther Kaufmann and Franco Nero. An extremely rare cult film from the Germany punk scene of the 80s with a vision of the future as an insane, senseless, labyrinthine junk world.
[…Lees verder]

Documentary: Children of the Revolution (2010)

children_of_the_revolutionSunday March 1st 2015. Documentary: Children of the Revolution (2010) by Shane O’Sullivan (Ireland, England, Germany, 2010, 92 minutes). In English. Door opens at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Free admission.

Shane O’Sullivan’s documentary about Ulrike Meinhof and Fusako Shigenobu, leaders of the German Red Army Faction and the Japanese Red Army weaves their lives together through the testomy of their daughters authors and journalists Bettina Röhl and Mei Shigenobu. A portrait of late-60s radicalism told from an unusual perspective. With capitalism once more in crisis, they reflect on their mother’s actions as the film asks: what were they fighting for and what have we learned?
http://www.childrenoftherevolution.co.uk/

[…Lees verder]

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