Benefit Voku for reunification funds

Monday 10 october 2022, Benefit Voku for reunification funds. Food served from 7pm, no reservation.

The funds raised at the Voku will go towards the child reunification costs for a Harriet: a lesbian refugee from Uganda, a mother, and community organizer for queer people in forced displacement based in Amsterdam.
Harriet was at first rejected as her sexuality, and problems she faced as a result, was deemed “implausible” by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service of the Netherlands, and subsequently irregularized.
In the months following her irregularization Harriet amidst the COVID-19 pandemic went on to create and build a safe space and community with Phoenix, which has since become one of the largest self-led communities of/for LGBTQIA+ people in forced displacement in the Netherlands.
Earlier this year, Harriet was finally recognised as a refugee and is now trying bring her five children to the Netherlands from Uganda, after years of being separated. We will be present to explain about the current Dutch asylum system and ways people can help. Donations are very welcome.

Phoenix is a self-led community by and for LGBTQIA+ people in forced displacement, based in Amsterdam since July 2020. In Phoenix people can share their lived experiences and knowledge with one another, receive and offer their support and information related to the intersection of LGBTQIA+ and forced displacement.

We organise weekly meetings around peer support, empowerment, sexual self-expression, providing information about LGBTQIA+ health and legal rights, and developing our community further. Alongside group meetings and support, we also assist our members individually through social-legal counselling, service guidance, personal contact and recreational activities.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. Your donations are welcome. Food is vegan, no reservation. All benefits go to social & political struggles. Joe’s Garage is a space run by volunteers. Without a collective effort, without your active participation, we’re remaining closed. Get in touch in you feel like giving a hand. We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. If you want to know which days are still available, mail us.

Benefit for evicted Italian feminist squat, La Magni*fica

Monday 6 June 2022, voku to raise money to cover the legal expenses faced by the transfeminist comrades of La Magni*fica in Florence. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. From 9pm, acoustic jam session on the stage.

The transfeminist squat La Magni*fica was evicted in september 2020 by the neoliberal municipality of Florence. As feminist comrades, we really think these kind of feminist experiences are very important and we’d like to support them.

This is what happened to La Magni*fica:

On September 18th 2021, as a queer transfeminist group in Florence, we decided to occupy the abandoned building of the Tuscany Region, giving birth to the Magni*fica squatted queer transfeminist women’s house. The motivations behind our occupation of the building stem from the total lack of safer spaces for women* and LGBTQIA+ identities, migrants and excluded from society. The lockdown exacerbated the contradictions we live every day, where we were forced to stay at home even in cases when it meant being locked in with abusers and homotransphobic relatives. Not to mention the lack of attention to those who had no home, those who found themselves without jobs and protections overnight. So we decided to enter an abandoned villa owned by the Tuscany region and we transformed it into a collective place, of meeting, creation and self-determination.

On September 22nd, the day after the regional elections, hundreds of police, political police, firefighters and municipality personnel arrived at the Magni*fica.The eviction was carried out in a forced and violent manner, destroying the space that had been laboriously, but with determination and joy, inhabited and built by hundreds of people who had rushed in. In 4 days, a study room, a listening desk under construction, a communal kitchen, a cineforum room, and a welcoming space for all those affected by patriarchal violence were already active. 12 people who were inside at the time of the eviction were reported for occupation, some of whom were also hit with the fascist order of the “foglio di via”: an undignified repressive measure in which those affected must leave the city within 48h for 3 years. These same people faced trial, thus incurring heavy legal costs.

This is the message that the comrades sent us:

**FUCKING SUPERINTENDENT YOU’RE NOT OUR MOTHER!

The “foglio di via” is a device of repressive preventive measures put in place by the police to suppress social movements, even before they can become a threat to the oppressors. Created under the Fascist Rocco Code, it restricts the freedom of individuals without the need for a crime committed. In Florence, as elsewhere in Italy, the revival of these measures began a few years ago, especially with the issuance of “fogli di via” to comrades.

After the eviction of the first Magni*fica squat, the police headquarters attempted to give 8 expulsion orders to the feminist comrades inside the squat, restricting the freedom of individuals without the necessity of a crime committed.

In the militarized city of Florence, opening a self-organized women’s home becomes a crime, collective action becomes a moral contest in crime, and not having residence in the city a valid reason to kick you out.

Despite some of these expulsions were not enforced, the police headquarter made an appeal to the State court. We have decided to oppose this appeal, which is gonna be an expensive action, since we will have to go to civil courts and other lawyers in addition to those who already defend us also with much more sympathetic prices. This is why we are doing a benefit campaign.

It will not be a man wearing a uniform to decide where and with whom we should live!

Against all repressive measures, with anger and love!
The comrades of La Magni*fica, queer transfeminist women’s house florence!

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. Your donations are welcome. Food is vegan, no reservation. All benefits go to social & political struggles. Joe’s Garage is a space run by volunteers. Without a collective effort, without your active participation, we’re remaining closed. Get in touch in you feel like giving a hand. We’re always looking for cooks. Any help is welcome in the kitchen. Experience not required. If you want to know which days are still available, mail us.

No Border Kitchen Lesvos Benefit

Monday January 29th 2018, No Border Kitchen Lesvos Benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

No Border Kitchen Lesvos is a collective of independent volunteers that is active on the island since 2012. It is well know that the situation on the Island is extremely horrifying, with the current military camp of Moria currently holding 8.500 people, 6.500 more then it’s capacity. People are forced to live in inhumane conditions, and if they manage to find a place somewhere else on the island, they will still be hunted. NBK provides cooked food on a daily basis to the people who are on the street. Also we provide food boxes (a crate with fresh vegetables, oil and flower) to 300 people who do have the means to cook for themselves. Next to this we try to help people on an individual level with assisting in their asylum cases, monitoring deportations and setting up a group specificly aimed at LGBTIQ people. This of course costs money to keep going, and that’s why we need your money!

NBK Lesvos https://noborderkitchenlesvos.noblogs.org/

If you want to support NBK financially to cover their daily costs, you can donate to:
Rote Hilfe OG Salzwedel
IBAN: DE93 4306 0967 4007 2383 12
BIC: GENODEM1GLS
Comment: NBK Lesvos

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. […Lees verder]

Benefit Freedom of Movement All Included – Music & performances with Efa Supertramp, Dancing Queer & Glittasphyxia

all-in-T-shirtThursday June 15th 2017, Benefit Freedom of Movement All Included, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music & performances from 8:30 till 10pm with Efa Supertramp (punk folk singer, Cardiff), Dancing Queer (queer Egyptian belly dancer) and Glittasphyxia (spoken word/tales of a feral exhibitionist).

All Included is a small campaign organization in Amsterdam that struggles for free migration and sustainable development. We support the migrants’ movement that fights for their rights.
The current developments on the EU-borders demonstrate the power of migration that breaks the illusion of Europe as an island of equal rights, civilization, democracy and welfare(state). We support the migrants who come to our borders and welcome them. The EU has always pretended to be in control of the border security without degenerating into a Fortress Europe. Given the large numbers of migrants entering ‘irregularly’ today, the EU broke out in panic while portraying migrants as a threat and migration as a crime. The repressive EU-deal like the one with Turkey is not new. Other buffer states such as Morocco, Libya, Mauritania, Senegal have had to sign those deals in the past where migrants, irrespective of flight pattern, are kept outside the EU. Human rights are violated outside the EU in return of a bag of money. The war against immigrants is just more visible now because it is clear that the EU cannot control the migration at its borders. We support migrants breaking through borders and confronting the image of the EU as an tolerant civilization. The EU is pressuring African states to stop migration threatening with stopping development Aid: the Valletta agreements. We say: Open Escape Routes! Stop Deportations! Our African friends are resisting these deals: http://www.allincluded.nl/posts/actie-landgrabbing-office-du-niger-in-mali/

All Included is involved in Afrique-Europe Interact, a partnership between African and European grassroots organizations that support free migration and sustainable development. Contacts are mainly in Western Europe (Mali, Togo, Burkina Faso, Senegal) and North Africa (Morocco, Tunisia). Themes are deportation, freedom of movement, land grabbing, corruption. All Included is also active in Watch the Med http://www.watchthemed.net/) and Alarm Phone (http://alarmphone.org/en/), a 24-hour emergency phone for those who cross the Mediterranean. Undocumented migrants in Amsterdam are where possible supported by All Included.

What’s included?

All Included Amsterdam is a new initiative that fights for freedom of movement and for the right of residence for migrants. In a time when globalization is a fact, migration should be recognized as part of a package deal. It’s All Included. This means: no illegality, no detention for undocumented migrants and no forced evictions.

With the disappearance of national borders, national identity disappears. Everyone becomes global citizen and deserves regardless of origin equal rights and equal opportunities. Therefore also for migrants ‘all included’ rights and obligations.

Allincluded.nl fightsg for an open society through extra-parliamentary action which intervenes in the political climate of assimilation, closeness and fear. Through direct assistance to rejected asylum seekers and other migrants without residence permit, indictments against abuses of current polities are being propagated. We want to contribute to the public debate with alternative visions of migration and globalization based on open borders, solidarity and initiative from the base.

http://www.allincluded.nl […Lees verder]

F-word benefit

fword_festival_benefitMonday August 8th 2016, F-word benefit, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

Do you feel pressured to be ‘feminine’ or ‘masculine’? Do you or your friends get harassed on the street for wearing a short skirt? Are you sick of being judged by what’s between your legs rather than what’s in your head? Not sure how to respond to the sexist comments you hear around you? If you feel like we still have a long way to go before all genders are equal – STRIKE BACK WITH THE F-WORD!

Feminism is back! And we are celebrating it this September in Amsterdam with the Fantastic Feminist Festival: The F-WORD fest.

To make sure this year’s edition of the F Word: a Fantastic Feminist Festival is just as amazing as the past 3 years, we want to collect money to be able to host awesome workshops and discussions with feminists from all over the world. Come have delicious vegan dinner and participate in the feminist quiz with chances to win out-of-this-patriarchical world prizes!

http://thefword.nl/

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchen, every monday, 7pm, vegan food for 4€ or donation. All benefits go for social & political struggles. No reservation. From September, the people’s kitchen is also open 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.

Efa Supertramp and Dancing Queer

Dancing_Queer_Shroukie_El_AttarMonday May 9th 2016, Concert with Efa Supertramp and Dancing Queer, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. Music from 9pm till 10pm! Donations welcome.

Dancing Queer (Shrouk El-Attar) dances to raise awareness of LGBTQ + siblings persecuted around the world, just for being who they are. What’s that? Belly dancers should have long hair and shave their legs and underarms? Well, not this one! Originally from the capital of Belly Dancing, Egypt, the hairy, bearded, pierced and tattooed queer dancer will give you a very oriental performance with a twist.

Efa Supertramp is an activist, a punk folk singer from Cardiff, Wales. Her new album “Rhyddid Yw Y Freuddwyd” (Freedom is the Dream) is out now on the Afiach label. Efa Supertramp has spent the past few years making a name for herself on the underground scene with her truthful attitude to life and politics. She has toured all over the UK and Europe, from Aberdeen to Sofia, via Belgrade & Berlin; Efa_Supertrampplaying in protests, squats, street corners, living rooms, bars and festivals. She sings in both English and her mother-tongue Welsh, a minority language, and has gained support slots with punk legends such as The Damned, TV Smith (The Adverts), Viv Albertine (The Slits) and Attila The Stockbroker. Efa is young, energetic and original. Her songs are angry but uplifting. She hates money, power and greed but loves living life as free as she can. Efa has been playing gigs since the age of 15 when she started Welsh punk band The Stilletoes, who toured and released a pink vinyl single and album. After touring Europe last year as a solo artist, experiencing grassroots and DIY projects, Efa was inspired to put on shows and start a label called ‘Afiach’ to release radical Welsh music.
http://www.afiach.co.uk/
https://efasupertramp.wordpress.com/ […Lees verder]

Taina Asili & Evan Greer, music for social change, Break the Chains tour

BreakTheChains_Euro2015_amsterdamThursday June 25th 2014, Singer songwriters: Taina Asili & Evan Greer, music for social change, Break the Chains European tour. Door opens at 7pm. Concert at 8:30pm, after the people’s kitchen.

Evan Greer one of the founder of the Riot-Folk Collective and Taina Asili, from Boston and New York, will be performing at Joe’s Garage as a part of their Break the Chains European Tour. Evan Greer is a radical genderqueer singer/songwriter from the Riot-Folk collective, based in Boston, MA, performing high-energy acoustic songs that inspire hope, build community, and incite resistance. Taína Asili is a US born Puerto Rican singer, combining powerful vocals with energetic fusion of Afro-Latin, reggae, and rock sounds of rebellion. Evan and Taina are very active in movements of resistance in the US, and in addition to sharing their music, will be sharing updates on the community organizing work they are involved in, especially as it relates to prisoner justice, Black Lives Matter and the movement to free Mumia Abu-Jamal and other US political prisoners.

More infos at: http://evangreer.org/ and http://tainaasili.com/

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