For 10 years, Joe’s Garage organizes political action, film and debate
evenings, discussions and demonstrations. Everyone is welcome whether
it’s for advice in precarious housing, employment and other life issues
or for a bowl of soup, a good conversation, nice music or a free
raincoat from the Giveaway Shop.
As known, there is a desperate shortage of housing in Amsterdam. That
is, we believe, generally not because of a lack of actual buildings but
due to shortcomings of housing policy, power struggles in politics and
greed in this capitalist capital. None of the 50 shades of the cabinet
has ever really been able to solve this urgent problem.
Therefore we squat houses. After all, in hollow promises, one can’t live
from pretty words and symbolic politics.
Joe’s Garage is also a squat but so much more than just that. Joe’s
Garage is an autonomous, political, social and cultural center; 100% run
by volunteers and without subsidy. Joe’s Garage shows what’s possible
when people collaborate, share and exchange ideas, all in solidarity
with each other. For 10 years now.
We, along with many of you, witnessed the neighborhood change
significantly in the last 10 years. From a working-class neighborhood
with many squats, social housing and Turkish grocery stores to a neat
neighborhood with lots of expensive apartments and trendy coffee shops.
This change left no one unaffected. Some are delighted with the nicely
refurbished homes, others miss the days you could still drink coffee for
1 Euro.. We find the conversation between people about this matter
important and interesting to conduct.
Today we celebrate the autonomy, solidarity and freedom that we took 10
years ago and still cherish every day. Hasta la Victoria Siempre!
Überhaupt und Jetzt! Love and Rage! And more of such…
Saturday november 21th 2015:
14.00, giveaway shop and more
15.00, gentrification tour
18.00, people’s kitchen
19.00, bands: Beatzers (ska folk from the Amsterdam swamp), The Bucket
Boys (blue trash from the Amsterdam swamp), Adamastor (up-tempo
Portuguese gypsy punk).
Ma/Mo: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu
Di/Tu: 20.00 – 21.30 Kraakspreekuur
Wo/We: 15.00 – 18.00 Lonely Collective Day Cafe
Do/Th: 19.00 Volkseten Vegazulu
Za/Sa: 14.00 – 18.00 Weggeefwinkel
Zo/Su: 20.00 Filmavond/Infoavond