Mental health discussion group

The main focus of the group will be mental health. Specifically mental health struggle under late capitalism. Plan is to make this a regular weekly event. So every other week the topic of discussion will change (depending on the progress). This group is for everybody. We wanted to mention this, because sometimes reading/ hearing words “mental health” can turn off people. Those, who don’t have any mental health issues may think that they have nothing to discuss. Mental health is a very broad term in many ways not connected to medical conditions. And it’s crutial for the goal of the group to have a divers collective. The goal is: gathering knowledge, views and experiences from activists on mental health during late capitalism era. In the process we will also achieve better understanding of one another. Educate each other on variety of topics. Develop ways for creating more emotionally comfortable environment in the group and in the whole community.

Date: 16/12/2019

Time: 18:30 – 20:30

Bollox, Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075 TX Amsterdam

Info talk: Solidarity Fund for Prisoners and Persecuted Militants

During the anarchist library on Monday we will have food and we will host ‘tamio’, a self-organised solidarity fund from Greece. The solidarity fund was established in 2010 and to this day they actively organize the ethical, political and material support of prisoners and persecuted militants. They will talk about the political climate related to political prisoners in Greek prisons, the historical timeline of the solidarity fund, what they’ve done, what they are currently busy with and what their future steps will be.

During the talk we will try to host an intervention from former and current political prisoners from Greece. It is important for us to present the solidarity fund and network with other political spaces. Through collaboration we spread the support across borders and connect the struggle inside and outside of the prison walls. Any income from the event will be given to the solidarity fund for the material support of prisoners and persecuted militants.

We hope to see you there!

Monday 25 November 2019 – 19:00 MKZ – Eerste Schinkelstraat 16, Amsterdam

Solidarity to the squats, the anarchist and social movement in Greece

Since August 2019 a new repression wave began against the squats in Exarchia in Athens and other cities in Greece. Several immigrant and anarchist squats and social centres have been evicted till now. This comes with the dogma of “law and order” from the recently elected new government of the right-wing party “New Democracy”. However, it is just continuing the repression of the previous government led by the leftist party of SYRIZA in another form.

The previous 4.5 years, SYRIZA succeeded to repress the social movements of Greece in a way that no previous government could do it. After “selling” hope to the society that a radical change will come, they applied the same neoliberal policies and austerity measures as the previous ones. This way people got disappointed and the majority stop being active in the radical movements. The same time eviction of squats and the war on those whose voices could not be heard, the immigrants, was happening all those years. So, the new government comes now ready to put an end to all the voices of resistance.

They initially passed a law which abolishes the university asylum, where the police could not enter a university without a permission by the Rector. This was achieved when the rebellion against the dictatorship in Greece began in 17 November 1973. All the next years, the spaces in the universities were a place in which the different movements came together and various parts of society could socialize and get organized there (students, workers, radical leftists, anarchists). In addition, a reform in the education system is coming up to discipline more the students and open a door for the profits of private companies.

Then, the state attacks the immigrants in plenty of ways. Lots of them are dying in the sea trying to pass from Turkey to Greece, those who survive are staying in camps in horrible conditions. Most of them are in the islands in the borders with Turkey, where the facilities are made to host far less people. Others are held in detention centres and police stations (such as in Petrou Ralli, Athens) without any specific accusations waiting for months if they can be transferred in camps or be legalized. Those who dare to rebel are tortured by the police and some are deported violently back to Turkey. The same time, the state evicts the immigrant squats and social centres because they are afraid of a connection of the immigrants with the social movements. All these, come in hand with the EU anti-immigration policies building a fortress Europe.

The squatting and anarchist movement in Greece is one of the few voices which are remaining to resist and rebel against the state repression and the further capitalistic exploitation of the society. The state wants to put an end to such voices. The mainstream media show that the “cleansing” of the radical district of Exarchia in Athens and squats in other cities will be beneficial for the citizens. The authorities turn the public opinion to believe that those who resist and deny the dominant norms of this society are against the society, when in fact they are against the authorities and the power. Thus, those who do not accept the policies of the state will be appeared to be the “garbage” of society that must be cleaned out. The police have also moved drug dealers to the square of Exarchia to show that their presence is required there against any “criminal” activities. The events of the past months showed that the only ones who are struggle against the mafias and drug dealing are the residents and anarchists of Exarchia and the police only attacks the squats.

Similar policies occur in the Netherlands and in Amsterdam. New laws against squatting, gentrification of neighbourhoods with increasing housing rates and a target to commercialise every aspect of our lives. There is also a vast exploitation of immigrant temp workers who come from poorer countries.

Enough is enough! We not only stand with our comrades in Greece, the squatting movement, those who resist, the immigrants, but we fight against all these policies which produce and reproduce the state repression, the capital and power relations, racism and manipulation of the immigrants.

FROM NETHERLANDS TO GREECE, AGAINST STATE REPRESSION

SOLIDARITY TO SQUATS, SOCIAL CENTRES AND OCCUPIED PUBLIC SPACES

AGAINST FORTRESS EUROPE, PAPERS TO ALL IMMIGRANTS

DEMONSTRATION 17/11/2019, 14:00

Van Beuningenplein, Amsterdam

Anarchist Film Festival – program

The program for the film festival is here! Scroll down to find the full list of screening times and descriptions of the films. More detailed info will be published on our newsletter. See you at the festival!

Please join us for our three day Anarchist Film Festival, with a special 6 hour screening on Monday, featuring a broad spectrum of anarchist film, ranging from deceptively childlike animations to in-your-face soft porn, from candid documentaries to surrealist explorations of human nature. 

Alongside the movies on Fri/Sat/Sun we will have vegan food and baked goods and merch stands for groups like Abortion Network Amsterdam, the Spanish CNT and the Zapatistas National Liberation Army!

Don’t miss out!

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PROGRAM – 

FRIDAY / 15th November

16:00

A self-critical squatting memoire. + Crowbar – French squat documentary.

17:30

Documentary on the Kurdish liberation movement in Bakur. + Distant – The female Kurdish militia defending Kobane against the Isis terrorists

20:30

The story of a police investigation into consensual homosexual sadomasochism.

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Raspberry Reich – Exploring the innate radical potential of homosexual expression.

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23:00 MUSIC – MC MUSTAJ

A queer electronic musician and rapper based in Amsterdam, bringing sexy beats, hardcore bass, souly vocals and tight rhymes filled with hope, using music to share, to connect, to dance, to release and as a weapon against the structures of oppression, in particular those of gender and racism, this society is based on.

PARTY – until 1:00

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SATURDAY  / 16th November

12:00

Brazilian documentary and fictional animation on globalization.

14:00

The Fig House – Documentary about a Greek squat for migrants and their cat.

17:00

Hamburger Gitter – G20 documentary.

19:30

A documentary on liberation from colonialism and neocolonialism.

21:30

Thriller: Surrealist existentialism in Franco’s Spain.

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23:30 MUSIC – OUST

Generic pissed off raw punk destruction from Amsterdam and Nijmegen. https://oustpunx.bandcamp.com/releases  

PARTY – until 1:00

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SUNDAY  / 17th November

12:00

Homotopia – A love story for radical queers fighting homonormativity + A queer punk SciFi inspiring a generation of feminists.

14:30

Earth liberation front documentary on radical environmentalism.

16:30

Animated comedy-action fantasy film on fighting urban development.

19:30

Lifeboat – A migrant sea rescue documentary.

21:30

An anti-misogynistic Iranian Vampire Western.

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MONDAY  / 18th November

17:00

A historical re-enactment of the radical revolution and extreme heartbreak of the working class in 19th century Paris.

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Tickets –

€3 – €5 suggested donation. First come, first serve. 

All proceeds are going to the Anarchist Defence Fund.

Sign up for a Volunteer shift!

We will be needing a few extra hands during the festival- we might need help with the bar, stands, or a quick trip to the supermarket. Each volunteer will get two free movie tickets! 

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0D4DAEAB23A5FB6-anarchist