Benefit for Radio Totopo, Mexico

Thursday 16th November 2017, Benefit for Radio Totopo, Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, México. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Second fundraiser for the community radio station, Radio Totopo, in their efforts to provide relief from the earthquake.
Mexico’s Community Radio Stations Fight for Survival and Recognition (article by Daniela Pastrana, May 6 2013): Radio Totopo was founded in February 2006 in the Pescadores neighbourhood, the oldest and poorest part of the city of Juchitán in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. But the authorities closed it down in late March, even though Congress is debating a constitutional reform that would recognise community radio stations. Residents of Pescadores say the radio station belongs to all the people. Totopo, like most community radio stations in Mexico, has no official licence, and 90 percent of its programming is transmitted in Diidxazá, the language of the Zapotec indigenous people.
In recent years, Radio Totopo has supported campesinos (peasants) and fisherfolk of the local Zapotec people, who call themselves Binnizá, in resisting a wind park that the Spanish company Gas Natural Fenosa is planning to install on communal lands on the Isthmus of Tehuantepec.
The indigenous Assembly of Peoples of the Isthmus in Defence of Land and Territory denounced that deception was used in the presentation of the project to the campesinos, some of whom, unable to speak Spanish and not provided with a translation, signed contracts to rent out their plots at a complete disadvantage, violating the right of native peoples to information and prior consultation.
For six months, Radio Totopo translated contracts into the Zapotec language, broadcast them and ran campaigns on the project – until Mar. 26, when state police dismantled the radio station, removed power and audio cables and took away the transmitter and a computer as part of an eviction action in the disputed area.
One of the radio station coordinators, Carlos Sánchez, sustained a broken arm during the operation and he is now in hiding to avoid detention. Mariano López Gómez, the leader of the movement opposing the wind parks, was held for several days, accused of extorting government officials. […Lees verder]

Earthquake relief fundraiser in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, México

Monday Ocotber 23rd 2017, Earthquake relief fundraiser in Juchitán de Zaragoza, Oaxaca, México. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

This is a fundraiser for people on the ground hit by the recent earthquake in Mexico. A large part of Mexico was effected, but the funds from the dinner and any donations will go specifically to the Isthmus of Tehuantepec region of Oaxaca, Mexico. In solidarity with Indigneious organizing and resistence against the myraid of megaprojects and mines planned and in operation in this region, the money from this evening, however, will be to assists the community radio station, Radio Totopo, in their efforts to provide relief from the earthquake. There will be a short presentation and/or video after the (delicious) main course to provide more information and to see the important humanitarian cause you are supporting. Come and join!

Carlos Sánchez Martínez from Radio Totopo calling for solidarity
Radio Totopo on El Enemigo Común
Programa Radio Totopo:

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.

Colombian evening, Wiwa community, photo exhibition & more

wiwaMonday April 17th 2017, Colombian evening, Wiwa community, photo exhibition & more. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Wiwa community is an indigenous group that lives in Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta one of the most biodiverse region nearby the Caribbean Coast in Colombia. Since they have been in the middle of the armed conflict and most recently the intervention of transnational companies, they are in a process of strengthening their communities through cultural practices, particularly traditional music. Music for them is one of the most important intangible resources and through the practice of music the knowledge regarding with nature and social behave is transmitted along generations. In recent years, in our dialogue with wiwa communities they found useful to register some of the sounds and stories of music as part of their educational process. On that concerning, together with the musicians and the authorities of the community of Siminke, we started to develop an idea of a documentary about the importance of the music as a tool of resistance and social mobilization, according to with the needs of the communities and issues that they faced such transnational projects. We want to share with the people interest in Amsterdam part of the work that we have been doing together through a photography exhibition and a fragment of the material recorded until now. Since we are doing this process without profit interest, which means, with our own resources and have to take with us the film equipment to the village, we are looking for strategies to support the travel but also we always bring to the communities some elements that are demanding for them sometimes such medicines, school supplies, and food. […Lees verder]

Movie Night: K2 and the Invisible Footmen

K2_and_the_Invisible_FootmenSunday December 20th 2015, Movie Night: K2 and the Invisible Footmen. A documentary directed by Iara Lee (2015). With English subtitles. In collaboration with Cultures of Resistance. Door opens at 8pm, event starts at 9pm.

Located on the border between Pakistan and China, K2 is the second-highest mountain on Earth. For many climbers, it is an even greater prize than Everest, with limited routes, a steeper ascent, and a harder push to its summit. Nicknamed the ‘Savage Mountain,’ K2’s peak juts unprotected into the atmosphere, regularly exposing climbers and porters to life-threatening weather conditions.

Despite being paid at rates far below those received by international expedition leaders, such porters—whether they provide critical supplies to expedition base camps or take on higher-altitude tasks in support of ascending climbers—do some of the most difficult and dangerous work and these efforts make them worthy of recognition as the true heroes of mountaineering.

In K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, filmmaker Iara Lee and team chronicle the lives of both Pakistani porters and Nepalese sherpas. The film also follows the first official all-Pakistani climbing team, made up of former porters, who successfully summited in 2014, in celebration of K2 60th anniversary. Amid breathtaking scenery, the film depicts the everyday sacrifices of porters and the courage of those indigenous climbers who choose to return to scale K2 in spite of past tragedies. In their striving to perfect their craft, these mountaineers provide a fresh look into the cultures and national traditions of Pakistan, a country typically portrayed in the foreign media as merely a land of conflict and sectarian strife.

Iara Lee, a Brazilian of Korean descent, is an activist, filmmaker, and director of the Cultures of Resistance Network. In 2010, she released a feature-length documentary entitled CULTURES OF RESISTANCE, which explores how creative action contributes to conflict prevention and resolution. As an extension of her commitment to the issues explored in the film, she also founded the Cultures of Resistance Network, an organization that promotes global solidarity, supports efforts to secure peace and social justice, and brings together artists and change-makers from around the world.

Iara has also continued to produce and direct documentary films. She recently released two full-length documentaries that are currently screening at film festivals around the world: K2 AND THE INVISIBLE FOOTMEN, shot in stunning northern Pakistan, highlights the everyday sacrifices of the indigenous porters who make possible the ascent of Pakistan’s tallest mountain. LIFE IS WAITING: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara, looks at forty years of Moroccan occupation and the Sahrawi nonviolent struggle for self-determination by a people for whom colonialism has never ended. In 2013, Iara made a short film entitled THE KALASHA AND THE CRESCENT, which chronicles how an indigenous movement in northern Pakistan is responding to the challenges facing their culture. In 2012, she released a documentary called THE SUFFERING GRASSES: when elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers, which examines the Syrian conflict through the humanity of the civilians who have been killed, abused, and displaced to the squalor of refugee camps.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Doors open at 8pm, film begins at 9pm, free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

Benefiet, ter bekostiging van vertalen documenten in verband met mensenrechten

Monday April 14th 2014, Benefiet, ter bekostiging van vertalen documenten in verband met mensenrechten, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

De benefiet, Volkseten Vegazulu, is voor een goed doel, nl de moeders van vermiste indigenous in suriname te ondersteunen in het zoeken naar gerechtigheid, waarbij er documenten ter vertaling naar het immigratie bureau onder notariele toezicht, opgestuurd moeten worden. […Lees verder]

Kaikoesie Benefit Dinner

Monday April 7th & monday April 28th 2014, Kaikoesie Benefit Dinner, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

We are proud to present another amazing benefit dinner organized by Kaikoesie! Stichting Kaikoesie is a non profit organization, created to empower and develop the indigenous children, youth and women living in Suriname. Through supplementary arts and crafts workshops with emphasis in using the indigenous culture heritage. Stichting Kaikoesie is willing to provide means for a continuous development of the local communities and exposure to enriching cultural activities that enhance the community confidence and individual progress. Our projects will start june 2014. Donation : ING 850 4346 […Lees verder]

Benefit for the coming Indigenous People events


Thursday April 3rd 2014, Benefit for the coming Indigenous People events, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Benefit for the events that we organize during the year 2014 , like the Conference and debate on March 21st with Eufrosina Cruz the First Indigenous Women in the parliament  in Mexico , in April the coming of the minga from Colombia, Indigenous Farmers and their struggle for Agro-ecological systems,  Indigenous Documentary Film Festival on May 24th, International Day of the World’s Indigenous People, August 9th.  Indigenous Movement: […Lees verder]

Benefit dinner Stichting Kaikoesie

Monday February 24th 2014, Benefit dinner Stichting Kaikoesie, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Kaikoesie Foundation was founded on 19 November 1986 and it main goal is to protect the Indigenous people and heritage in Suriname by creating awareness of the disastrous environmental consequences of current practices of gold mining in Suriname. The Foundation is becoming more dynamic and wants to start new projects in 2014. Namely, a children and youth motivational program, a women empowerment program and a calling for a global awareness about the necessity to implement fair trade gold. To put this projects in practice we need to do many fundraising activities. Come to taste amazing food with a touch of Surinamese cuisine, get to know our projects and help us if you can. […Lees verder]