July August 2021 at Joe’s Garage

New Squatting Law – Squat Wars IV, Return of the squatting ban.

The Dutch government recently passed a new law, Wet Handhaving Kraakverbod (or law to Enforce the Squatting Ban), with the aim of evicting squatters more quickly. There is a lot of confusion and uncertainty about what exactly this law will entail and especially what influence this will have on squatters and their housing rights.

Unfortunately, this text will not be able to answer all questions since this law has been written by politicians who see squatting as a terrible thing and want to get rid of it, without actually seeming to have much understanding of the legal protocols and procedures. The result is a law that says that from now on, squatters must be evacuated more quickly without clearly establishing exactly how this should work. Both the Public Prosecution Service, the Council of Judiciary and Bond of Lawyers strongly criticised the proposal and called for this law not to be adopted, nevertheless a large majority voted in favour and this law entered into effect on 19 May, 2021. […Lees verder]

Benefit for Progetto 20K, refugee support group in Ventimiglia

Monday 5 and monday 19 july 2021, benefit for Progetto 20K, refugee support group in Ventimiglia, Volkseten Vegazulu, 7pm.

Progetto 20K is a group of people whose aim is to bring solidarity and support to migrants who become stuck in the territory of Ventimiglia due to the national and European migration policies. The main objective of the group is to support the freedom of movement for all people and to be active so that rights are obtained and guaranteed. The project called Progetto20k started in June 2016 monitoring the border and informing migrants about the rights they hold, services they can benefit from in the Italian territory, information about the situation at the French-Italian borders and tips about the trip they are willing to embark. Every day at the French-Italian border hundreds of people are rejected by the French police and sent back to Italy, without allowing them to apply for international protection in the transalpine country. People stopped in France, mainly in the city of Menton, but also in the French territory, who do not have valid documents for expatriation, are taken by the French police corps to the Paf (Police Aux Frontières) office in Ponte San Luigi, at the so-called high border: here they are detained for several hours, the time to identify them and notify them of the “refus d’entrée”, a document declaring the person ineligible on French territory. These documents are often falsifies, changing the dates of birth so that even unaccompanied minors who would have the right to be taken into care in the country where they are located can be “legally” refused entry.The main place where we carry out part of our activities in the city of Ventimiglia is at the Gianchette park, where the evening meal distributions are made. We provide a generator so that people can charge their own phones and power banks, and we guarantee internet access. We also distribute information material on the border, the various European states, services dedicated to asylum seekers, etc… First aid is also provided given the large number of people who are injured and bruised on a daily basis, mainly due to the long journey on foot across the Balkan route. Moreover, through mobile info-point activities, we directly inform people at the border and down in the city so that they can have all the necessary information about their rights, the journey they intend to make and the safest, most dignified, protected and effective way to do so; we directly support the people we meet every day through the collection and distribution of clothing, blankets, basic necessities and hygiene kits. The aim of these activities is to provide people in transit with the tools they need to be able to continue their journey autonomously, creating paths of solidarity that allow them to build common practices and imaginations, beyond any border.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. Your donations are welcome. Starting from 19:00 until 21:00, 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.

Justice for Sammy B

Monday 14th June 2021, Volkseten Vegazulu: Justice for Sammy B. From 7pm till 8:30pm. No reservation.

Last month state prosecutor, Anne Marie Ruijs, decided that the cops who murdered Sammy B. will face no consequences. Ruijs ruled that they will not face a legal procedure at all. She has always ruled in favour of the police. Cops get away with murder. Despite all the lies of Amsterdam police as well as the overwhelming evidence showing that Sammy was murdered (including a video clearly showing what actually happened). Sammy was a person of colour that was having a mental breakdown. He was calling for a doctor and despite the fact that psychological help and his mother were at the scene, the police refused him this help.

At the Joe’s Garage voku on Monday 14th June, we will raise money for Sammy’s family, who will receive no financial compensation due to Ruijs’ verdict in favour of the police.

Find out more on the website of Controle Alt Delete: https://controlealtdelete.nl/blog/nabestaanden-sammy-strijden-door

Reform is not Possible – Abolish the Police!


About the Volkseten Vegazulu

Volkseten Vegazulu is back in action since the beginning of May 2021, on the Steve Bikoplein. Every monday, from 19:00 till 20:30, food will be served in plates at the door, at Joe’s Garage. Join us and the Transvaalbuurt on the square to share a proper meal, meet the community or even play some basketball, chess. Your donations are welcome. No reservation, vegan food, donations welcome. If you want food to take away home, bring your own containers. The square is big enough to keep distance from eachothers.

Also every monday, from 19:00, free fruit and veggie stall in front of Joe’s Garage or on the square.

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. 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.

Proxy Cafe

Every 1st & 3rd Wednesday of the month, Proxy Cafe, from 18 till 20pm.

Fixing computers and tools. Zapatista coffee. Cryptocafe. GNU/Linux. Revive old laptops. Open source and free softwares. Discussing technology.

Benefit for the squatter’s legal defence fund

Monday 3rd May 2021, benefit for the squatter’s legal defence fund. Vegan Takeaway (Voku) from 7pm till 8:30pm. No reservation.

Takeaway vegan food at Joe’s Garage is back! Join us on Monday 3rd May for a delicious takeaway vegan meal. Money raised will be given to the squatter’s legal defence fund. Food will be served at the entrance to Joe’s Garage from 7pm to 8:30pm. Please bring your own container. See you there!

Volkseten Vegazulu is a people’s kitchens existing since the very beginning of Joe’s Garage, June 2005. 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. Experience not required. If you want to know which days are still available, mail us.

No Borders Benefit

Sunday 27 september 2020, Vegan Brunch – Monthly No Borders Benefit. From 12:00

Monthly No Borders Benefit… this month will be serving up a classic vegan brunch with Scrambled Tofu, Bacon Style Tempeh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes, Beans and Toast.
Food will be served on the square next to Joe’s Garage from 2pm till 5pm. Limited seating available inside in case of rain.

All benefits at Joe’s Garage 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.

Burendag on the Steve Bikoplein

Saturday 26 september 2020, Burendag on the Steve Bikoplein. Info table, give away shop, drinks and warm food! From 14:00 untill 20:00.

Join us on the square for some drinks or food. We’ll serve Zapatista coffee, kefir, warm borscht and apple cake. Check out the banners and info table, get some update about what’s happening at Joe’s Garage and around in the hood, grab some flyers or some political magazines in Greek, Spanish, English or Dutch. The give away shop is also joining the square, get some books, clothes, bring what you don’t need, your old crowbars and (tomato) seeds for the spring uprising. Meet the community and check out what’s happening in the Transvaal neighborhood. The square is big enough to keep distances from each-others.