Benefit voku: For Stefan Lachen. Against Police Brutality

Monday 4 April 2022, Benefit voku: For Stefan Lachen’s family. Stefan Lachen died in police custody in Madrid on the 15th April 2018. Volkseten Vegazulu. Food served from 7pm, no reservation.

Stefan Lache was 28 years old with a partner and two kids. One night, he was out partying with a couple of friends and was randomly stopped by police, they arrested him for not having identification on him (he had left it in the car in another neighbourhood). The next morning he was found dead in his cell at the Carabanchel police station in Madrid. There is no footage of what happened inside the cell but you can see photos of how one of the agents who enters with him takes out his baton and another of them puts on his gloves.
The autopsy said he died of natural causes, yet he had no previous medical issues before his arrest. His family appealed the decision with no different result. The cost of the lawyer and the independent autopsy were expensive, which led to Liliana (his parthner) to morgage the family house, she and their kids were evicted from the property.
The benefit from this voku is to support Stefan Lache’s family and their ongoing costs.

“¿Quién ha matado a Stefan Lache?”: medio centenar de personas exigen que se reabra la investigación sobre su muerte bajo custodia
Tres años de lucha para que se investigue la muerte de Stefan Lache en una comisaría de Carabanchel

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 against state repression in Madrid (And the rest of the world!)

20160303_Benefit_against_state_repression_in_Madrid_with Almudena_y_DavideThursday March 3rd 2016, Benefit against state repression in Madrid (And the rest of the world!). Concert with Almudena y Davide

19:00 Door opens, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.
At 21:00 short talk about why this benefit and some bizarre state repression examples in Spain from the last months.
21:30 Acoustic Concert: Almudena y Davide (voice and guitar) Popular folk songs about revolution and love from Spain and Latin America.

The money we collect this evening will go to the suport group of Javier, see below for more info:

Two years in jail and € 7,500 for recording racist police round-up

On March 17th 2012, Javier, a member of the 15-M movement and the CNT Union, was arrested while filming a racist round-up in Lavapiés, Madrid.

In the coming weeks we will know the exact date of the trial, scheduled for the spring, in which the state prosecutor and the private attorney of one of the officers who assaulted him during his detention charge our comrade with resisting arrest and assault & battery, crimes punishable with two years in prison and civil penalty of more than €7,500.

The events for which he will go to trial occurred almost four years ago, when a spontaneous demonstration of neighbors tried to publicly denounce the umpteenth racist police raid in the streets of Lavapiés. Peaceful demonstrations like this had already occurred several times in that neighborhood and other quarters with high migrant populations such as Carabanchel, showing that residents had grown weary of the constant police harassment of migrant workers, who suffer identity checks on a daily basis merely for having a dark skin color. Although successive Spanish governments have been reproached for these raids by organizations which are far from revolutionary, such as the EU, the UN, and Amnesty International, they are still occurring every day in the public spaces of our city, with the active collaboration of the Madrid municipal police and private security agents on the subway, commuter trains, etc. They intend to fill the quota for people without residence permits which the Spanish Interior Ministry requires of police department to satisfy their goal of human bodies in their cells, their Immigrant Detention Centers and on their deportation flights, and at the same time, to incite to hatred and divide the native and foreign sections of the working class.

March 17, 2012 was a turning point in escalating repression against neighborhood anti-racist self-organization. An unprecedented police deployment and the subsequent police set-up of our comrade Javier tried to put an end to these spontaneous and peaceful demonstrations of solidarity which were marked by chants of “No human being is illegal!”. The authorities want to put an end to the emerging solidarity movement against the scourge of ethnic identity checks and subsequent arrests (kidnapping) of neighbors whose only “crime” was to be migrants, poor and to have lost or failed to complete the administrative process to establish their legal residence in our neighborhoods.

The Assembly of Lavapies is taking the opportunity of this new political trial to appeal for solidarity with our comrade and to renew the fight against racist police controls and raids. Watch out for updated information on the trial and support grassroots organizing, without leaders. Don’t let the police continue to undermine coexistence in our neighborhoods with their racist practices.

No human being is illegal!
Racists aren’t welcome in our neighborhoods!!

A interview with Javier, in 2012 about the arest and the situation in Lavapies-Madrid (in Spanish) […Lees verder]

Benefit for Popular Assembly of Lavapiés in Madrid

20150423_Benefit_for_Popular_Assembly_of_Lavapies_in_MadridThursday April 23rd 2015, Benefit for Popular Assembly of Lavapiés in Madrid. Concert with Almudena and Davide. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

When the boroughs are self-organized, the State answers with punishment

“No, they won’t stop us”

In our neighborhood, Lavapiés (Madrid), there is always an helicopter surveying the area. It is part of the state of fear and shock they try to impose. They arrest us, they issue fines against us, they search for us in our homes, they put us in jail…but that will not stop us, because our solidarity is strong and for real.

We are facing an increase in the repression from the Spanish government as it was in the Eighties. Activists from different movements are locked up daily (anarchist, members of independantist movements, feminists, communists, housing activists, squatters  …) Nothing new, what else is to expect from the government? Even if that has always been the case, it is true that there has been an increase of the repression. This is partially explained because there is a certain fear from the power of these seeds of self-organization coming from the neighborhoods. These activist movements are steadily increasing and stopping evictions, producing in different ways, creating solidarity networks, transforming plots into kitchen gardens, trying to find and experiment ways of getting away step by step from the usual commercial networks…and that is scary for the power. The power reacts  wickedly against movements, against this solidarity among the oppressed. […Lees verder]

Benefit for renovation of anarchist local Magdalena

20141204_Benefit _for_renovation_of_anarchist_local_MagdalenaThursday December 4th 2014, Benefit for renovation of anarchist local Magdalena in Madrid, Live music with Almudena y Davide, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm

7pm, vegan dinner – 9pm, short documantary: “Anarchism in Madrid” 2013, 15 minutes with a short talk about the anarchist local Magdalena – 9:30pm Live music with “Almudena y Davide” voice and guitar, Revolting folk songs from Spain and latin america.

The anarchist space Magdalena is an anarchist project that has existed for years in the center of Madrid. Their objective always has had two focuses: To be a meeting point for information for people interested on critical theory and fight experience; and also serve as infrastructure for Anarchist Movement.

During the year 2003, the library was born. Following the library, the bookstore, video library, archive and many more ideas were also born. From then on, they have organized a lot of political activities: meetings, speeches, films, debates, workshops etc. Actually, there are ten different groups meeting in the space, two editorials storage spaces, there is a small radio studio, one room for propaganda and they are finishing with cataloging the archives.

Since the 1970’s until October 2014, the space was rented for very little. However, the contract is finished and Magdalena had to abandon the local and re-think their project in a new space. This change means bigger economical effort and this is the motive for which Magdalena is asking for economic support for the very first time, to continue with the project and cover the costs.

The new Magdalena will open on December 2014. The relocation means a new period for them, and abandoning the second floor in the old building to move into the heart of Lavapiés, neighborhood epicenter of social and political fights in Madrid, this time finally, at ground level. […Lees verder]

Films From the Frontlines: Bosnia and Herzegovina in Spring and Pieces of Madrid

468570769_295-228x160Sunday May 4th 2014, Films From the Frontlines: Bosnia and Herzegovina in Spring and Pieces of Madrid. Door opens at 8pm, event begins at 9pm.

Screening and discussion from the media collective Global Uprisings an independent news site and video series dedicated to showing responses to the economic crisis and to authoritarianism from around the world. A voku on May 1st will serve as a benefit for political prisoners in Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Two new Global Uprisings films will premiere at Joe’s Garage: Bosnia and Herzegovina in Spring and Pieces of Madrid. […Lees verder]

Benefit for political prisoners in Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thursday May 1st 2014, Benefit for political prisoners in Spain and Bosnia and Herzegovina, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

On Sunday May 4th, we’ll have an info night/screening with Global Uprisings. Before that, we’ll have a benefit voku to support political prisoners in Spain and Bosnia & Herzegovina. March 22nd 2014, millions of people took the streets of Madrid. By the end of the protests, there were 101 injuries and 29 people arrested.

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