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.

Can Dialectics Break Bricks Cinema: Frances Sunday March 3rd 2013, Movie night: Frances (Graeme Clifford, USA, 1982, 140′). In English. Screened by Jeffrey Babcock. Door open at 20pm, film begins at 21:00. The 1980s bio-pic about the restless and uncompromising Hollywood actress Frances Farmer. Frances was on her way to becoming one of the world’s leading actresses- but she had a wild streak that she wouldn’t let go of. After being stopped one day for speeding she ended up getting into a fistfight with a policeman.

Benefiet Voku Soweto Monday March 4th 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, Benefiet Voku Soweto, 19:00 pm. Creating A COMMUNITY OWNED social (and living) space. The housing association Soweto aims to do what the official ‘social housing corporations’ don’t deliver: to provide communities with affordable space for living, working, organising, talking politics and having fun. It all started with trying to legalize Joe’s garage in the squatted Pretoriustraat 28.

Benefiet Steungroep Vrouwen Zonder Verblijfsvergunning Thursday March 7th 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, Benefiet Steungroep Vrouwen Zonder Verblijfsvergunning, 19:00 pm. De huidige wetgeving maakt het voor vrouwen zonder papieren steeds moeilijker om hun recht te halen. Vrouwen die in aanmerking komen voor een verblijfsvergunning wordt het door de torenhoge legeskosten onmogelijk gemaakt om een procedure te beginnen, omdat zij immers door hun status als ‘illegaal’ niet in de positie verkeren om een inkomen te verwerven. Hierdoor blijven zij toegewezen op een onzichtbaar, kansarm bestaan in de Nederlandse samenleving.

Rights and Duties when Under Arrest, an Infonight by Joke Kaviaar Sunday March 10th 2013, Rights and Duties when Under Arrest, an Infonight by Joke Kaviaar. Door opens at 20pm. Joke Kaviaar presents an infonight on your rights and responsibilities when you are arrested. Police deem arresting people for whatever reason as one of the main functions of their job and will always look for an excuse to lay charges, and they certainly have no love for activists or dissidents.

Anarchists Against the Wall Benefit Monday March 11th 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, Anarchists Against the Wall Benefit, 19:00 pm. Anarchists Against the Wall [] is a group of Israeli, Palestinian and International activists that operate in opposition of the apartheid wall on the West Bank. They take part in the every weekly demonstration that is organized by the village in Bil’in. Taking advantage of the only fact that they are having Israeli passports they function as a human shield, reducing the violence performed by the Israeli soldiers.

“How to be a Man – Deconstructing Masculinity” Workshop Friday March 15th 2013: Workshop, 18:30 pm. A real man is rational and calm. A real man is strong. A real man is focused. A real man strives to be a role model. A real man doesn’t look like a woman. A real man does not behave like a woman. A real man fights for his family and his country. A real man is… A real man does…
Being a “real” man ain’t easy. And not anyone can do it. But billions of people are sure trying very hard every day. To discuss what mainstream masculinity is and how it affects men…and the rest of the world, as well as how we can promote more inclusive models of masculinity or masculinities, join the workshop!

Movie night: Repo Men Sunday March 17th 2013, Movie night: Repo Men (Miguel Sapochnik, USA, 2010, 111′). Door open at 20pm, film begins at 21:00. Imagine a near-future society where legalised corporate murder is the norm. This is the world of the Repo Men, who are authorised to repossess the organs of people who default on their repayments, with bloody and often fatal consequences. Darkly comic, slickly plotted and action-packed, this is a smart satire on the sometimes stark choice between having a conscience and collecting a paycheck.

LaRage Benefit, Support the Squatting Scene Monday March 18th 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, LaRage Benefit, Support the Squatting Scene, 19:00 pm. “On January 27th, we squatted the Cornelis Drebbelstraat 35 which was empty over several years. Now we are living there and want to make great use out of it. How are we going to continue ?
The first priorities for the following time are repairing and fixing different things in the house, to make a usable, living place out of it.

Movie Night: Micmacs Sunday March 24th 2013, Movie night: Micmacs (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, France, 2009, 105′). In French, with English subtitles. English subtitles. Door open at 20pm, film begins at 21:00. Micmacs is a 2009 French comedy film by French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet. Its original French title is MicMacs à tire-larigot, (‘Non-stop shenanigans’). The film is billed as a “satire on the world arms trade. Micmacs links Keaton, Chaplin and Tati to the surreal, stylised worlds of Lynch, Burton and Gilliam and draws on everything from film noir to Sergio Leone. It is lit in a hallucinatory fashion, golden by day, dreamy by night, shot with lenses that happily disconcert the viewer.

Roomtuintje Oostbos benefit Monday March 25th 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, Roomtuintje Oostbos benefit, 19:00 pm. The Roomtuintje Oostbos garden gang will be dropping their shovels and picking up the serving spoons at Joe’s Garage. You can expect three courses of tasty vegan treats (mostly organic (bio) sourced) as always. Roomtuintje Oostbos is a D.I.Y. Garden project which began in July 2012 in the Dapperbuurt of Amsterdam Oost, on land where formerly stood typical ‘Old Amsterdam’ social houses. The owner housing corporation De Key demolished the block with the intention of building modern apartments in 2009.

Benefit Riseup Thursday March 28th 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, Benefit Riseup, 19:00 pm. Riseup Networks ( is based in Seattle, and is an worldwide active autonomous tech collective that provides online communication tools for people and groups working on libertarian social change.
It offers secure private email accounts and mailing lists for many activist organisations. They provide free servers, bandwidth, and technical support to some other technology collectives around the globe, and host affordable co-locations for social justice organisations on over 30 servers.

Movie night: The Joke Sunday March 31st 2013, Movie night: The Joke (“Zert”, Jaromil Jireš, Czechoslovakia, 1969, 89′). In Czech. Door open at 20pm, film begins at 21:00. The Joke, adapted from the debut novel of the same name by the famed Czech writer Milan Kundera, and directed by Jaromil Jireš, was one of the most politically charged movies to have come out of the Czech New Wave movement.

Joe’s Garage is possibly open 6 days a week:

Ma/Mo: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu, vegan food, no reservations, donations welcome
Di/Tu: 11.00 – 15:00 Office Hours
Di/Tu: 20.00 – 21.30 Kraakspreekuur
Wo/We: 15.00 – 18.00 Lonely Collective Day Cafe
Do/Th: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu, vegan food, no reservations, donations welcome
Za/Sa: 14.00 – 18.00 Weggeefwinkel
Zo/Su: 20.00 Filmavond/Infoavond

Joe’s Garage
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