Book presentation JaKra! #1 (Squatting Yearbook 2018)

Thursday June 6th 2019, Book presentation JaKra! #1 (Squatting Yearbook 2018), Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm. After the food, book presentation, questions/discussion.

This annual bilingual book project aims to create more intercity involvement and solidarity between squatters and housing activists in Holland and beyond.
JaKra! is initiated by KSU Den Haag (The Hague Squatting Info Centre). In this book project we would like to look back on a number of developments and events in the past year, together with squatters and housing activists in different places. By sharing some of our successes and setbacks on an annual basis, we hope to contribute to creating more involvement and solidarity between activists from all over. In the book you’ll also find background articles and helpful info concerning squatting and housing struggles.
For more info: http://jakra.nl/

Benefit Voku for Augustinus Church legal costs

Thursday May 23rd 2019, Benefit Voku for Augustinus Church legal costs, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Join us this Thursday for the voku of the Augustinus Church in Joe’s Garage. There will be an open jam session after the food.
The Augustinus Church on Nieuwendammerdijk 227 was squatted from february 16 until 1 of may this year. During this time the doors were opened to the public and weekly vokus were organised. Since the eviction for emptiness the group must pay the court costs, so come along to enjoy delicous food and help support us with this benefit.

Joe’s Garage is 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] lists [dot] squat [dot] net net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Benefit for the Jaarboek Kraken 2018

Monday April 1st 2019, Benefit for the Jaarboek Kraken 2018, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm, no reservation

Soon to be printed, soon in your hands, the Jaarboek Kraken 2018 is aiming to present squatting in the Netherlands. To be published both in English and Dutch, this jaarboek will be an inspiring source of information reporting about the many squat groups, projects who were active even for short. Squats are getting evicted, new ones are opening. Squatters are occupying all sort of buildings, houses, industrial waste land everywhere, not only in big cities. Squats get transformed into public, working and living spaces. Squatters have worked on infrastructures to communicate internally and towards the public. A meeting place, a squatting assistance, a people’s kitchen, a concert space, an infoshop, a cinema, squats are creating opportunities to socialize, to gather and discuss the future.
The Jaarboek Kraken 2018 needs your financial support. The more money collected, the more impact this publication will have. KRAKEN GAAT DOOR!

Joe’s Garage is 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] lists [dot] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Uitzicht benefit voku

Monday March 25th 2019, Uitzicht benefit voku. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm, no reservation.

Uitzicht is a recently squatted artistic house in Amsterdam-North. Currently the project is build up and to raise funds we will serve delicious food at the Joe’s Garage 25th of march. You are also welcome to get some information about the project and share ideas.
http://uitzicht.amsterdam/
https://radar.squat.net/en/amsterdam/uitzicht

Persbericht, februari 2019 – UITZICHT is het nieuwste project van de neo-provo’s, een collectief jonge Amsterdamse kunstenaars. Een leegstaand gebouw bij de halte van de Distelwegveer, een unieke lokatie met uitzicht op onze stad, zal de komende tijd worden omgetoverd tot Amsterdams nieuwste levende kunstwerk. Waar de binnenkant de functie van artiest-residentie en expositieruimte krijgt, zal de buitenkant worden opgeknapt en aangekleed tot een fijn stuk openbaar Amsterdam voor bezoekers, passanten en passagiers van de pont…. http://uitzicht.amsterdam/?p=1

Benefiet eten voor de proceskosten in de ontruimingszaak Fort Velsen

Thursday March 21st 2019, Benefiet eten voor de proceskosten in de ontruimingszaak Fort Velsen Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm, no reservation.

Op 13 januari 2019 werd Fort Velsen te Beverwijk samen met het omliggend terrein gekraakt, nadat het jarenlang niet gebruikt werd, deels gesloopt en zo’n 40 jaar achter slot en grendel stond te verpauperen.

Fort Velsen (1899) maakt onderdeel uit van de Stelling van Amsterdam, de verdedigingsring van forten, dijken, sluizen en inductiegebieden rond Amsterdam uit de periode 1880-1914 (Waterlinie) dat om zijn unieke historische waarde de status van Rijksmonument en UNESCO werelderfgoed kent.
De reeds langer overleden eigenaar, dhr. Kruk, gespecialiseerd in het slopen van bunkers, liet een groot deel van het fort al in de jaren 80 slopen, wat eigenlijk de aanleiding is geweest voor de oprichting en verder behoud van de gehele Stelling van Amsterdam. Hij zag het als een investeringsproject waarin hij zware industrie wilde vestigen. Ook de erven Kruk volgden deze speculatielijn en deden niks aan conservering, weigerden al die jaren toegang en dialoog en zette het terrein uiteindelijk in 2018 te koop en voor het absorbitante bedrag van 7,6 miljoen.

De krakers wilden het fort, dat nog een bijzonder kanon bevat, weer openstellen voor publiek en het omliggende terrein gebruiken voor bewoning en creatieve werkplekken en sociaalculturele activiteiten.
Na de achtergelaten ravage grondig te hebben opgeruimd organiseerden ze een open dag voor geinteresseerden, die druk bezocht werd. Vanuit allerlei hoeken werd positief gereageerd op de kraak en mogelijke gebruik, conservering en openstelling van het fort in de toekomst.

Ondanks de vele positieve reacties, is het Openbaar Ministerie vrijwel direct een rechtzaak gestart omdat kraken bij wet is verboden. Hoewel aantoonbaar was dat de eigenaren het fort jarenlang hebben verwaarloosd, het terrein niet gebruikten en het zeer onwaarschijnlijk is dat er kopers gevonden worden voor de hoge vraagprijs, werd het tegendeel dat door de advocaat van de eigenaar (getuige in de zaak) slechts bij monde werd gesuggereerd, door de rechter geloofd. Eind februari is het terrein hierop ontruimd – er zit nu tijdelijk antikraak in en is weer dicht voor publiek.

Vanavond gaan de donaties voor het eten naar de proceskosten van dit fort die de krakers nog gedeeltelijk hebben open staan.

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] lists [dot] squat [dot] net and book yourself the night. You can, of course, also participate by rolling up your sleeves and doing the dishes.

Transit Levantkade

Sunday 3rd february 2019, Film night: Transit Levantkade by Rosemarie Blank. 1991 | 82 minutes | In Dutch with English subtitles. Doors: 20:00, Film 20:30

This creative documentary captures, in a way, the end of Amsterdam’s wild three decade run of alternative culture. The Berlin wall has fallen, the east-block is no longer a viable possibility, and everything slides into the American de-regulated free-market ideology – and that means that everything that doesn’t make a profit has to be stamped out. Here in Amsterdam that change was more extreme and painful than most other places, simply because Amsterdam was so different than anywhere else.

The Levantekade in Amsterdam’s east harbor was one of the last large-scale alternative spaces to be destroyed. It was a place anyone who didn’t have money could go, a sort of no-man’s land where people could live and create freely. It was a place for those who didn’t fit in. It was a place for the homeless, emigrants and artists and they both created and lived their own alternative culture. Sure, it was rough to live there, but it could also be beautiful for those who valued freedom and had their own vision. This film documents these ‘urban Indians’ and charts the last days before the police came in to remove everyone for the bulldozers. In an act of ritualistic defiance some chose to set fire to their self-made homes, their own creations, rather than leave them to be destroyed by a wrecking-ball. Rosemarie Blank’s film is composed of flickering grainy black and white images which have a rough poetry about them. They depict a dark shadow that is overtaking this playground of the imagination. The mood is a haunting death fugue, and soon these people and the refuge they created, would soon be written off as road-kill for the gentrification and financialization of the city. This film, which digs deep into Amsterdam’s past, is more than anything else an ode to a special way of living… and is especially crucial to see today when even the ADM, leagues outside the city, isn’t allowed to exist as a free space.

Film night at Joe’s Garage, cozy cinema! Free entrance. You want to play a movie, let us know: joe [at] squat [dot] net

De Sputnik benefit

Thursday 4 october 2018, De Sputnik benefit. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

This time we are cooking at Joe’s Garage to raise money for the legal costs of De Sputnik, a squatted bar in Amsterdam-Noord, evicted on 26 September.
Since May 2018, De Sputnik had been a living, and a non-commercial social space, which held various (fundraising) events, such as bar nights, vokus and gigs. The owner of the building, the social housing corporation De Key, decided to evict it through a civil court procedure to make way for anti-kraak and, in the future, a potential restaurant, despite initially claiming that the plan for the building and its adjacent area is to demolish it in 2021. The case was lost by the squatters. Believing the case had not been considered properly with regards to the (lack of) evidence presented by De Key for their plans, and to oppose the practice of hiring anti-kraak companies by social housing providers, they decided to go to the higher appeal. Unfortunately, this case was also lost and the squatters had to move out and are being made to pay the costs of both legal procedures.
If you’d like to support the group with your donations or find out more information about the situation of De Sputnik, come and enjoy a delicious vegan meal at Joe’s! […Lees verder]

Benefit for the struggle against the squat ban in Belgium

Monday March 26th 2018, Benefit for the struggle against the squat ban in Belgium. Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

To protest against the new squat ban in Belgium, a demonstration took place in Gent on February 15th 2018. During the demonstration, an empty building, De Braempoort was squatted. Het Kraaiennest became the new social center until it got evicted on March 6th after a super fast trial. In total, Van Monck, Het Kraaiennest and 2 others squats have being evicted in Gent since the new law is effective. In Brussels, demonstrations also took place and faced heavy repression. A new demo is announced in Brussels on March 21st.

https://kraaiennest.noblogs.org/
https://squatbelgium.noblogs.org/
https://krakengent.squat.net/ […Lees verder]