May 2013 Joe’s Garage Program

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?
In the meantime, at Joe’s Garage, next to the regular weekly events, you’ll find a good excuse to drop by to support SVZV (Support Group Women Without Papers), Soweto, the Indigenous Movement, Lawaai magazine and the Autonome Zentrum Köln. During the info night Soura! The ongoing Egyptian revolution and the role of women in the revolution, Maro, activist and rebel clown from Egypt, will talk about what’s happening in Egypt and women within the revolution. The monthly workshop about gender and sexuality, “It’s more than what’s in your pants” is back with a new edition, “Non-monogamy and the Romantic idea of love”. During the sunday movie night, you’ll get to see Blade Runner, Closely Watched Trains, Infamy, Prison Images and News from a Personal War.
Joe’s Garage is a squatted political social center, a meeting place in the Transvaal neighbourhood for squatters and none squatters, run by volunteers. New faces, new projects are very welcome, bring your ideas, get in touch.

Sunday May 5th 2013, Movie night: Blade Runner (Ridley Scott, 1982, 117 min.). Door open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. In a cyberpunk vision of the future, man has developed the technology to create replicants, human clones used to serve in the colonies outside Earth but with fixed lifespans. In Los Angeles, 2019, Deckard is a Blade Runner, a cop who specializes in terminating replicants. [Read more]

Monday May 6th 2013, Volkseten Vegazulu, Soweto Benefit, 7pm. Housing association Soweto is busy for months with a new project in the Dapperbuurt, Amsterdam Oost. The building on the Pieter Niewlandstraat 93 and 95 is meant to become a new social center, living space in the neighbourhood. Come along and get updated about the project.

Friday May 10th 2013, Info night: Soura! The ongoing Egyptian revolution and the role of women in the revolution. Info night by Rebelact (the Amsterdam Rebel Clowns). 7pm food, 8pm infonight, free entrance. Since November 19th Tahrir Square has again been occupied and in some major Egyptian cities rebellion and revolution are part of ‘everyday life’. Amsterdam Rebel Clowns visited the country three times. With support of People’s Kitchen Vegazula and other organisations they organised several workshops and presentations, but more important: connected with people who resist and are in a permanent revolution. [Read more]

Sunday May 12th 2013, Movie night: Closely Watched Trains (“Ostre sledované vlaky”, Jiří Menzel, Czechoslovakia, 1966, 93 min.), in Czech with English subtitles. Door open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. An apprentice train dispatcher at a village station seeks his first sexual encounter and becomes despondent when he is unable to perform. In the same time he success in antifascist resistance. [Read more]

Monday May 13th 2013, Volkseten Vegazulu, Indigenous Movement Benefit, 7pm. Indigenous peoples continue to lose their lands, their rights and their resources. Indigenous peoples make up a third of the rural poor and have higher mortality and child mortality rates than any other group. The UN Declaration on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights has finally got the consensus it deserves, but their rights are still far from being recognized at national and local levels. [Read more]

Thursday May 16th and Thursday May 30th 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, Benefiet Steungroep Vrouwen Zonder Verblijfsvergunning, 7pm. 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. [Read more]

Friday May 17th 2013, “Non-monogamy and the Romantic idea of love” Workshop/Discussion” Workshop/Discussion, 6:30pm Are we being socialized to believe in unrealistic ideas of love and relationships? Or are those romantic ideas realistic, but just don’t fit us all? Does ethical non-monogamy really work in the long run? Can we escape the romantic ideas of love and embrace alternative relationship forms? Can non-monogamy provide promises of feeling unique and of being in loving reciprocal confident relationships? Can non-monogamy keep these promises? To explore these questions and many more, join us for an informal discussion and a cup of tea. [Read more]

Sunday May 19th 2013, Movie night: Infamy (Doug Pray and Roger Gastman, USA, 2005, 90 min., documentary). Door open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm. Film for anybody interested in street scribbling, doodling and writing. Life looking upon EARSNOT, TLOKO, CLAW, REVOK, JA and GRAFFITI GUERRILA. Six of the most prolific writers in the last decade explain us why, how and the personal struggle breaking the law with art. Film night will be hosted by E.C. Iwana, local foreigner and writer. [Read more]

Friday May 24th, Benefit Lawaai, 7pm. The Lawaai magazine is back to bring you insights and ramblings against authority, for a colourful chaos… join us in a benefit dinner and presentation of the zine!

Sunday May 26th 2013, Movie night with Prison Images (original title: Gefängnis Bilder, directed by Harun farocki, Germany, 2000, 60min, German with English subtitles). Notes from a Personal War (original title: Notícias de uma Guerra Particular, directed by Kátia Lund and João Moreira Salles, Brazil, 1999, 57min, Portuguese with English subtitles). Door open at 8pm, films begin at 9pm. Prisons, courts, police, laws and the negative notion of “crime” are mere social constructs. They are developed by people and institutions (composed of people) that exercise power above others (no matters if in cleptocratic fashion or “authorized” by elections). These constructs are necessary to maintain an arbitrary order that solely aims to protect those with power and their amenities from the powerless. They are necessary to protect private property, and as we can see in present days it is not the property of the powerless that is protected, as those get rather kicked out of their homes en mass. After all these constructs are mandatory to deter people from disposing them altogether on the scrapheap of history, to eventually live and act in solidarity, co-operation and freedom. [Read more]

Monday June 3rd 2013: Volkseten Vegazulu, Autonomous Centre Köln on the Barricades, Benefit and Infonight about the situation at the AZ Köln, 7pm. The Autonomous Centre Köln (AZ Köln) has been founded three years ago with a squatting action of an empty building in Köln-Kalk. Since then it has been shaped by a huge variety of people into a self-organized and self-determined space for emancipatory politics, for non-commercial art and culture. In the meantime a use contract has been eked out in confrontations with the cities authorities. This contract has now been cancelled and is going to end on the 30th of June 2013. [Read more]

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
Pretoriusstraat 43, Amsterdam hosted by Squat!net []