No borders Lesvos benefit voKu

Thursday 1st December 2022, No Borders benefit voKu. All your much appreciated donations for this event shall serve as a benefit for No borders Lesvos. Food served from 7pm, no reservation.

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 voku & discussion in support and solidarity with refugees in Dutch AZCs

Monday 21 November 2022, Benefit voku & discussion in support and solidarity with refugees in Dutch AZCs. Food served from 7pm, no reservation.

The so called ‘refugee crisis’ has been created by the Dutch government in order to marginalize and dehumanize asylum seekers portraying them as ‘problematic’. We want to expose these toxic policies by giving visibility to refugees and by listening to what they have to say about the conditions they have been put in. With guest talks by LGTBQ+ asylum seekers, organized by the social and civil rights activist Sam Dabat. […Lees verder]

Benefit Voku Punks for Rojava Solidarity Campaign. Music performance with Baschira & Roleda

Thursday 20 october 2022, Benefit Voku Punks for Rojava Solidarity Campaign. Music performance with Baschira & Roleda, music from Italy to Kurdistan and vice versa. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. Music on the stage from 9pm


What is Punks for Rojava?

Punks for Rojava is an international network in the punk community with the goal of providing support for Rojava and educating people about what is happening in Rojava and the ideology on which their society is built. The common ground between the society in Rojava, which is based on an ideology/political system called Democratic Confederalism has many similarities with the ideology of the international punk community, and rejects the idea of nation-states, religious influence on society, dictatorship in all its forms, as well as capitalism. It’s ‘based on direct democracy, total gender equality, secularism, ethical pluralism and ecology.

The situation

Right now, Rojava is heavy under attack by the Turkish state, using chemical weapons and bombing and attacking civilians. They mutilated bodies of dead female soldiers, looted villages and towns and made living conditions for civilians in the area impossible. With the Punks for Rojava we hope to create awareness about Rojava itself and to give heart to our internationalist comrades. The donations will be used to purchase gas masks for civilians to protect themselves from the chemical attacks and to the fighters trying to protect Rojava.
Currently, we are setting up our first benefit in Amsterdam, and we would like to invite everyone to set up a Punks for Rojava night in your locale area. It could be a pub night at your local bar, a punk gig, or even a punk compilation. Currently, we are already ordering T-shirts and stickers for additional donations.
As punks and anarchists, we stand firm against war, nationalism and religious fundamentalism; against enslavement of women, arms trafficking, and in mutual solidarity and support of our comrades’ direct democratic project.
Read the full article and see how you can support the solidarity campaign further http://www.forumvooranarchisme.nl/en/post/punks-for-rojava/

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.

Tameio Benefit Voku, Flamenco Thief concert

Monday 17 october 2022, Fundraiser for Tameio, Solidarity Fund for Imprisoned, Persecuted Revolutionaries. Food at 19:00, music at 21:00 with The Flamenco Thief. Free entrance, donations welcome. No reservation

Ταμείο Αλληλεγγύης φυλακισμένων και διωκόμενων αγωνιστ(ρι)ών
… Μέχρι το γκρέμισμα της τελευταίας φυλακής … https://www.tameio.org/en/about-solidarity-fund/
The basic aim of Tameio is to ensure decent living conditions for the imprisoned comrades through a process that would take place within the political movement; thereby taking the material dimension of solidarity a step beyond close family, friendly and comrade relationships, as well as to help with the immediate coverage of emergencies (such as court expenses and bails for the persecuted). Yet, the actions of practical solidarity and the building and development of communication bridges and united struggles between those inside prisons and those outside of it, remain as priorities of the people who form and sustain the structure.

Craig Sutton, the Flamenco Thief, plays Spanish acoustic guitar with a loop pedal to blend modern rhythms with time-honored Flamenco techniques. Western, Eastern and African rhythms has allowed him to connect and build long lasting friendships with people all over the world. He has entertained crowds in Turkish parks, German kitchens, Serbian living rooms, Dutch hospitals, French chapels and so many more wonderfully unique locations.

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 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.

Solidarity Voku for Undocumented Families in Amsterdam. No one is illegal!

Monday 29 August 2022, Solidarity Voku for Undocumented Families in Amsterdam. No one is illegal! Food served from 7pm, no reservation.

There are many undocumented families living in Amsterdam who are not even able to get help from LVV program for undocumented people which already provides not enough security for people who are displaced because of the situations perpetuated by the very same states refuse them to provide basic human rights. We want to support them as much as possible with the benefits from this voku.

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.

Tameio Benefit – Rebetiko night, Volkseten Vegazulu and special concert with Rebet GuitarS

Monday, 25 July 2022, Tameio Benefit – Rebetiko night, Volkseten Vegazulu and special concert with Rebet GuitarS. Food served from 7pm, no reservation. After the people’s kitchen, music on the stage.

Ταμείο Αλληλεγγύης φυλακισμένων και διωκόμενων αγωνιστ(ρι)ών
… Μέχρι το γκρέμισμα της τελευταίας φυλακής …
Tameio, Solidarity Fund for Imprisoned, Persecuted Revolutionaries https://www.tameio.org/

Rebet GuitarS (Jaap Faber and Charis Konstantinou), a guitar duo, presenting the music of the legendary “Kostis”, the most enigmatic of all greek rebetika artists. 12+1 songs of truly unique guitar duets and black-humor lyrics chronicling the hash dens, prison culture and pickpockets of old Athens. Recorded in 1930-31 on 78 rpm records, under a pseudonym for export to the greeks living in America, research has uncovered the musician, journalist and cartoonist Kostas Bezos as the figure lurking behind the Kostis name, with ties to the famous singer and producer Tetos Demetriades. Rebetiko, the music crossroad between middle east and west from the early 1900’s. Songs about love, joy and sorrow. A musical sub-culture, a music of the lower classes.
Rebet GuitarS, the musical project which performed the most at Joe’s Garage, sometimes as a solo project, Rebet GuitaR or as a duo, Rebet GuitarS, sometimes with other musicians https://joesgarage.nl/archives/tag/rebet-guitar

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.

Joe’s Garage gaat ook niet naar De Balie voor een discussie over kraken

Joe’s Garage ondertekent ook deze verklaring eerder vandaag gepubliceerd op Indymedia, Waarom wij niet rond de tafel gaan in De Balie voor een discussie over kraken:

Joe’s Garage also signs this statement published earlier today on Indymedia, Why we won’t sit down in De Balie for a discussion about squatting

De Balie heeft op 14 januari een debatavond georganiseerd over woningnood en kraken. Wij doen hier niet aan mee. Meerdere van de ondertekenaars van dit statement hebben dit ook duidelijk kenbaar gemaakt in reactie op de uitnodiging van De Balie, maar we leggen het hieronder nogmaals uit.

Met onze boycot sluiten we ons aan bij een grotere groep mensen die al langer De Balie boycot, omdat het een podium biedt aan onder meer islamofobie en verkrachtingscultuur. De Balie zegt een plek te zijn voor ‘vrije geesten met afwijkende meningen en nieuwe denkbeelden’. Verkrachtingscultuur islamofobie zijn echter geen nieuwe denkbeelden en horen geen podium te krijgen. Wij willen zelf ook graag vrije geesten zijn, maar dat kan niet zolang plekken zoals de Balie dit soort ‘afwijkende meningen’ promoot. Vrijheid van meningsuiting betekent niet dat je iedereen een platform moet geven, dit getuigt van een valse neutraliteit.

Wij willen geen podium gebruiken dat ook gebruikt wordt door mensen die anderen in hun bestaansrecht bedreigen of hun veiligheid in gevaar brengen. We geloven in een wereld zonder grenzen, zonder constante repressie, zonder gendergerelateerd geweld. Een debat over kraken en woningnood is absoluut nuttig – maar niet als dat impliciet legitimiteit geeft aan het verspreiden van islamofobie, verkrachtingscultuur, racisme en seksisme. Daarom is De Balie bij uitstek niet de plek om dit gesprek te voeren.

Op 27 oktober 2021 is er een gesprek geweest tussen De Balie en de organisatie KIRAC, die met haar films verkrachtingscultuur verheerlijkt. Bij de première van hun meest recente film ‘Honeypot’ een paar weken daarvoor onthaalden ze zelfs de vermeende verkrachter Juliaan Andeweg met paard en bloemen om hem te ‘uncancelen’. De Balie toont dat ze geen respect hebben voor de overlevers van seksueel geweld door een collectief uit te nodigen dat een verkrachter letterlijk op een paard hijst. De Balie heeft met haar evenement actief podium geboden aan verkrachtingscultuur en zo actief ook onze veiligheid in gevaar gebracht. Dit ondanks de waarschuwingen van Geen Podium, die zich expliciet tegen het evenement uitsprak. De Balie deed alsof een gesprek over verkrachting en consent het goedpraten van verkrachting net zoveel legitimiteit heeft als het bestrijden hiervan. Andeweg werd in het gesprek onder meer tot slachtoffer gemaakt, en grapjes hierover werden lachend ontvangen door het publiek. Een gesprek met KIRAC legitimeert verkrachtingscultuur. Verkrachters en goedpraters hiervan moeten geen podium krijgen.

In 2019 was de Balie in het nieuws omdat de Egyptische feministe Mona Elthawy haar optreden daar afzegde. Dit in verband met het eerdere debat ‘Waarom haten ze ons eigenlijk’ in 2017, voor haar genoeg reden om zich terug te trekken. Bij dit debat waren voor de zoveelste keer uitgesproken racisten uitgenodigd. Het onderwerp van was moslimextremisme, maar mondde al gauw uit in een debat over hoe je moslims het beste kunt deporteren. FvD-partijfilosoof Paul Cliteur opperde om dit ‘met beleid’ te doen, en een bezoeker, de publiciste Bernadette de Wit, wilde het liefst het aantal moslims maximeren tot 1 à 2%. Zoals Fatima Faïd al tegen OneWorld zei, werd er “urenlang gekeuveld over hoe moslims gedeporteerd zouden moeten worden’’. Wij zullen nooit rond een tafel gaan zitten bij een podium dat moslimhaat normaliseert door dit een podium te geven.

Wij hebben het platform van De Balie niet nodig, De Balie is een valse bondgenoot. Wij hebben hun podium niet nodig om onze verhalen in te zetten als een leuk polemisch gesprekje ter consumptie van een overwegend wit publiek. We delen deze liever op een podium dat niet uitbuitend en corrupt is, met mensen die wél onze kameraden zijn. Een boycot van De Balie is een effectieve manier om niet mee te spelen met hun spelletje. Hiermee gaan we tegen dat gevaarlijke denkbeelden een platform krijgen en dat islamofobie en misogynie impliciet genormaliseerd worden.

De slachtoffers van de woningnood zijn óók mensen die slachtoffers zijn van huiselijk of seksueel geweld, zijn óók ongedocumenteerden die slachtoffers zijn van het grens- en deportatiebeleid en ga zo maar verder. Juist de groepen waarvan de Balie de veiligheid niet garandeert. Wij zijn solidair! De Balie ging afgelopen week zelfs expliciet op zoek naar ‘feministische krakers’ – frappant genoeg dus nadat ze bovenstaande kritiek al als reactie hadden ontvangen. Wij vragen ons af waar de Balie überhaupt het lef vandaan haalt om ons uit te nodigen. […Lees verder]