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.
Time: 18:30 – 20:30
Bollox, Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, 1075 TX Amsterdam
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
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
NETHERLANDS TO GREECE, AGAINST STATE REPRESSION
SQUATS, SOCIAL CENTRES AND OCCUPIED PUBLIC SPACES
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!
FRIDAY / 15th November
A self-critical squatting memoire. + Crowbar – French squat documentary.
Documentary on the Kurdish liberation movement in Bakur. + Distant – The female Kurdish militia defending Kobane against the Isis terrorists
The story of a police investigation into consensual homosexual sadomasochism.
Raspberry Reich – Exploring the innate radical potential of homosexual expression.
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
SATURDAY / 16th November
Brazilian documentary and fictional animation on globalization.
The Fig House – Documentary about a Greek squat for migrants and their cat.
Hamburger Gitter – G20 documentary.
A documentary on liberation from colonialism and neocolonialism.
Thriller: Surrealist existentialism in Franco’s Spain.
23:30 MUSIC – OUST
Generic pissed off raw punk destruction from Amsterdam and Nijmegen. https://oustpunx.bandcamp.com/releases
PARTY – until 1:00
SUNDAY / 17th November
Homotopia – A love story for radical queers fighting homonormativity + A queer punk SciFi inspiring a generation of feminists.
Earth liberation front documentary on radical environmentalism.
Animated comedy-action fantasy film on fighting urban development.
Lifeboat – A migrant sea rescue documentary.
An anti-misogynistic Iranian Vampire Western.
MONDAY / 18th November
A historical re-enactment of the radical revolution and extreme heartbreak of the working class in 19th century Paris.
€3 – €5 suggested donation. First come, first serve.
AGA is hosting a book presentation / infotalk by Craig Lewis,
a peer counsellor, punk and an author of three books on mental health. Lewis is
touring Europe with his latest book, Punx in Recovery, sharing his personal
experiences with mental health struggles in the diy / punk scene in US. Based
on his own experience, Lewis discusses ways to deal with these issues in our
Other books written by him include You’re Crazy – a book on first-hand accounts of people from the punk scene who live with mental health struggle, addiction and trauma, and Better Days – a mental health recovery workbook.
Exciting news – Anarchist Group Amsterdam, together with Filmhuis Cavia is organising an Anarchist Film Festival on the 15 – 18 of November!
What would be better on a gloomy autumn weekend than
chilling with your friends/family/partners/workmates/comrades
in filmhuis Cavia, watching good films, engaging in talks with the makers and
your fellow moviegoers, filling your belly with vegan snacks and listening to
We’ve chosen a pretty cool programme and can’t wait to share
it with you. But to give you a preview, expect fresh DIY films, old gems, late
night (riot) porn and more.
The event will be by donation. All proceeds will go to Anarchist Defence Fund.
The festival is a safe space. We will not tolerate any forms of sexism, homophobia, racism or other discrimination. Unfortunately, the venue is not wheelchair accessible.
Stay tuned for updates and sneak peaks of the films!
at the Anarchist Library / Bollox Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16 Amsterdam
content of the evening: Short talk about contemporary anarchist movement in Czech republic, added with some short clips and films about different issues that the anarchist movement in Czech dealt with in the last 10 years, the topics gonna be anti fascism, squatting, autonomous workers initiatives, anti repression (antifenix) and anarchist infrastructure.
Live music from: Phoenix Godwin An Anarcho Folk singer from Savannah, Georgia USA, who sings about everything from squatting and privilege, to reincarnation and literature! https://phoenixgodwin.bandcamp.com/
During the event the bar is open en all profit is for the Anarchist space in Prague, Czech and donation box is on the bar.
This event is also organized for anarchist and non anarchist to meet and socialize and make links for future struggles and initiatives, the language used on this evening will be English
De anarchistische boekenbeurs Amsterdam zal in november 2019 plaatsvinden! Dit is de 3e keer dat wij deze jaarlijkse boekenbeurs organiseren. De eerste twee jaren waren zo’n succes dat ze naar meer smaakten. Dus ook dit jaar kun je in november naar het Dokhuis voor al je anarchistische boeken, zines, stickers, posters, buttons, kleding en veel meer!
De specifieke datum moet nog bekend worden, maar het is al zeker dat het in het Dokhuis in november zal zijn. Hou onze website en facebook in de gaten voor updates. Zodra de datum bekend is zullen we dat daar laten weten.
Wil je een stand doen, workshop geven of helpen bij de boekenbeurs? Laat het ons weten!
The Anarchist Book Fair Amsterdam will be organized in November 2019. This is the 3rd year in a row that we have organized this anual book fair. The first two years were so succesful that we had a taste for more. So this year you can come to the Dokhuis again for all your anarchist books, zines, stickers, posters, buttons, clothing and much more!
The specific date still has to be confirmed, but we are going to organize it at the Dokhuis in November. Keep an eye on our website and facebook for updates. As soon as we have confirmed the date we will let you know there.
Do you want to run a stand, give a workshop or help out at the book fair? Let us know!
Vandaag 24 maart, de tweede actie ivm uitbuiting van hotel werkster
via het bedrijf IMS Groep. De lobby van het hotel werd korte tijd bezet
door 15 mensen met pamfletten, spandoeken en megafoon. De klanten
reageerden positief het management was minder positief en dat is nou net
de bedoeling! Men moet gewoon betalen voor de gewerkte uren, dus hier
met de poen !
Today, 24 of march, a second action against IMS Agency and
Urban Lodge Hotel took place. Urban Lodge hotel charges more than 200
hundred euro per night but at the same time they are refusing to pay
salary to the employers.
We went inside the hotel with a group of 15 people and spread flyers,
stood in the hall with banners and talked to the guests about the
situation. Manager and some staff at reception were defending their boss
and the hotel. The manager said he was aware of workers not being paid
and refused to take responsibility, blaming IMS Agency. After a while he
decided to call the cops. Police didn’t show up and we could continue
with picketing outside of the hotel for another 30 minutes.
Some guests were really supportive and said that they would not have
stayed at this particular hotel if they had known that the workers have
not been paid.
For everybody that is working or has been working for IMS group that
want to share information with us or want to demand stolen wages from
them, please contact us at: email@example.com
Below the text of the pamflet that we distributed.
HOW URBAN LODGE HOTEL LETS THE EMPLOYEES PAY FOR YOUR HOLIDAY
We want to inform you about the abusive praxis of URBAN LODGE HOTEL and IMS Group hotel agency in Amsterdam:
IMS Group is a company which provides employees for several big
hotels (as URBAN LODGE HOTEL) in Amsterdam to work at kitchens,
receptions and cleaning hotel rooms. The company has been active for
several years in Amsterdam.
Since a few months, IMS has not been paying some of their workers while providing obviously made-up explanations to the affected workers about why they are not getting paid.
URBAN LODGE HOTEL is fully aware of the situation. In spite of
knowing that their staff is not being paid, URBAN LODGE HOTEL continues
to hire people via IMS Agency.
Our affected friend has worked for the last 5 months in URBAN LODGE
HOTEL and hasn’t been paid for the last month of work. At this moment
they owe her nearly 1.000 € since December 2018. After some attempts to
get this situation resolved, they still haven’t paid her or made any
progress over this situation. IMS Group thinks they can get away with
this abusive behavior, but they won’t!
We are aware of the fact that this situation is not a single person
problem. IMS and the hotels who cooperate with them undermine
fundamental rights of employees in the Netherlands. We call on the
employees to stand up and fight back together for their labor rights and
their stolen wages.
The IMS group and the hotels it provides workers for are acting
against the law while employing people in the low-wage labour market,
counting on the exploitation of those who are unlikely to take legal
measures against their employer.
This is our second action. As many actions as needed will follow
until this struggle gets resolved, the hotels take responsibility in who
they collaborate with and IMS Group pays every single penny they owe to
In the run-up to presidential elections and the FIFA World Cup, repressions against antifascists and anarchists started in Russia. In Autumn 2017, 6 people were arrested in Penza; several of them had weapons and explosives planted on them. FSB officers then tortured the antifascists right in the detention facility: they applied naked wires to the activists’ various body parts and turned the electricity on, they beat them up, hanged them upside down. While torturing them, the agents made the activists learn by heart the story the FSB needed: they were supposed to confess of having founded and belonging to a terrorist organization called “The Network”. In late January 2018, three more antifascists were arrested in Saint-Petersburg. They, too, were beaten up, tortured with electric current, and forced to incriminate themselves by confirming they were members of the “Network”.
AGA continues it’s series of actions to support our comrades in problems.
Please come to the Anarchist Library (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16) on Saturday March 30, 18:00 to learn about this case, get update from the last event and write your solidarity letters to the prisoners!
Vandaag, 8 Maart, internationaale vrouwendag hebben we met 12 mensen actie gevoerd voor de deur van het kantoor van IMS Groep. We hadden spandoeken, megafoon en zwart/rode/paarse vlaggen bij ons. We hebben honderden pamfletten uitgedeeld aan buurtbewoners en huis aan huis de pamfleten in de bus gedaan. Helaas was er niemand aanwezig in het kantoor, dit heeft waarschijnlijk te maken dat er vaker boze werkers aan de deur komen om hun gestolen loon op te eisen.
De gevel werd ook wat opgesierd met behangplaksel, pamfletten en her en der een sticker. Na ongeveer 30 minuten leuzen roepen zijn we vertrokken. Buurt bewoners waren geintereseerd in het verhaal en spraken hun verontwaardiging uit over de praktijken van IMS Groep.
Voor iedereen die werkt of gewerkt heeft voor IMS Groep en informatie met ons wilt delen of nog geld van hun moet krijgen neem vooral contact met ons op:
Deze actie is georganiseerd door de Anarchsitische Groep Amsterdam / Vrije Bond
Hieronder de tekst van het pamflet dat vandaag is verspreid.
IMS Groep is uitbuiting !
Vandaag op internationale vrouwendag doen wij onze eerste actie tegen
het misbruik van de IMS Groep in Amsterdam.
IMS Groep levert arbeiders aan verschillende grote hotels in Amsterdam
voor werk in keukens, achter recepties en voor de schoonmaak van
hotelkamers. Het bedrijf is al enkele jaren actief in Amsterdam en heeft
zijn hoofdkantoor in de Agatha Dekenstraat 26 in Amsterdam Oud-West.
Sinds enkele maanden betaalt IMS Groep haar werknemers niet meer en komt het met onzinnige verklaringen tegen de getroffen werknemers over waaromze niet worden betaald.
Onze getroffen vriend heeft de afgelopen 5 maanden gewerkt voor IMS Groep en de laatste maand van haar salaris is niet betaald. Op dit moment is IMS haar al enkele maanden 1.000€ schuldig. Na diverse pogingen de situatie op te lossen, hebben ze nog steeds niet betaald en is er geen enkele vordering in deze situatie. IMS Groep denkt dat ze kan wegkomen met dit misbruik, maar dat kan ze niet! We zijn ons ervan bewust dat dit niet de situatie van een enkeling is. IMS treft met zijn misbruik ook andere werknemers en hun rechten. Wij roepen ze op om op te staan en gezamenlijk te vechten voor hun aribedsrechten en hun gestolen loon.
IMS Groep en de hotels waar het werknemers voor levert, gedragen zich respectloos. Ze zien de werkers als anonieme nummers en als gebruiksgoed waar ze zo van af kunnen, die ze kunnen uitbuiten, besodemieteren, eruit kunnen schoppen. Maar niet deze keer! Nu niet meer!
Voor de duidelijkheid, dit is onze eerste actie. Wij zullen niet rusten,
er zullen acties volgen zoveel als nodig zijn om deze kwestie op te
lossen en IMS Groep elke cent heeft betaald aan haar werknemers.
Betaal de werkers !
Maak IMS Groep kapot !
Stop het Amsterdamse Hotel Monster !
Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam
Today, 8th of March, Inernational womans day we organized an action.
With 12 persons we picketed infront of the door of the office of IMS Group. We had banners, megaphone, black/red/purple flags with us. We distributed hundreds of flyers to the neighbours that were passing by. Also delivered the pamflets from door to door in every house on the street. Unfortunatly, there was no one in the office. The reason is there are probably more angry workers visiting the office to demand their pay.
The facade of the office was decorated with glue, pamfelts and some stickers. After 30 minutes of shouting slogans we stopped the picket and left. The neighbours where very interested in the matter and expressed their disgust of the praxis of the IMS Group. For evrybody that is working or was working for IMS group that want to share information with us or want to demand stolen wages from them, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org This action whas organized by the Anarchist Group Amsterdam – Vrije Bond. https://agamsterdam.org
Below the text of the pamflet that we distributed.
IMS Group is exploitation !
Today on International Women’s day we are doing our first action against
the abusive praxis of the company IMS Group in Amsterdam.
IMS group provides workers for several big hotels in Amsterdam to work
at kitchens, receptions and cleaning hotel rooms. They’ve been active
for several years in Amsterdam and they have their headquarters at
Agatha Dekenstraat 26 in Amsterdam Oud-West.
Since a few months ago, IMS group is not paying their workers and it’s
providing bullshit explanations to the affected workers about why they
are not getting paid.
Our affected friend has worked for IMS for the last 5 months and in the
last month they didn’t pay her salary. At this moment they owe her
1.000€ for several months already. After some attempts to get this
situation resolved, they still haven’t paid her or made any progress
over this situation. IMS Group thinks they can get away with this
abusive behavior, but they won’t!
We are aware of the fact that this situation is not a single person
problem. IMS attacks many of their other employees and their rights. We
call on them to stand up and fight back together for their labor rights
and their stolen wages.
The IMS group and the hotels it provides workers for, are disrespectful
and they just see them as anonymous numbers or as commodities that they
can just get rid of, exploit them, screm them over and kick them out.
Not this time! Not anymore!
For the record, this is just the very first action. We won’t rest, as
many actions as needed will follow until this struggle gets resolved and
IMS Group pays every single penny they owe to their workers.
Pay the Workers !
Smash IMS group !
Stop the Amsterdam Hotel Monster !
Wenüy Voor de rebellerende herinnering aan Santiago Maldonado Door kameraden uit Argentinië. De presentatie is in het Engels, het boek is in het Spaans. (English below)
Maandag 28 januari 2019 Aanvang 19:30 presentatie 20:00 In de Anarchisitische Bilootheek – Bollox Adres: Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16 Amsterdam
Twee wegen van strijd die elkaar kruisten, de eerste van Santiago Maldona, gekidnapt en vermoord door de Argentijnse staat, en de tweede strijd, van de Mapuche bevolking. De strijd van de Mapuche tegen de vernietiging van hun leefgebied en identiteit.
We proberen een overzicht te geven van de intense sociale strijd die
plaatsvind in de regio’s van Argentijnse en Chileense staat.
Terwijl kapitaal en de staat probeert iedereen te verarmen en de
positie van het proletariaat nog slechter te maken, waar geen verschil
word gemaakt tussen Argentijnen, Chilenen, Mapuche, Qum, Wichi of
migranten, is het verzet daartegen aan het groeien in verschillende
sociale bewegingen die elkaar vinden en banden sterk worden aangehaald.
Inheemse bewegingen, strijden tegen mijnbouw, ontbossing, fracking en
Agro-industrie, gevangenen-stakingen, de vrouwen beweging, gigantische
stedelijke manifestaties tegen pension hervorming en afbraak van rechten
van werkers, en de lijst gaat door en door.
Echo’s uit 2001 trillen door naar nu.
Deze avond is georganiseerd door de:
Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam – Vrije Bond http://agamsterdam.org
Monday 28 januari 2019
“for the rebel memory of Santiago Maldonado”
By comrades from Argentinia.
Doors open 19:30 start 20:00
At the Anarchist library – Bollox
Adres: Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16 Amsterdam
The presentation wil be in Inglish, the book is publsihed in Spanish
Content of the book en the presentation:
“for the rebel memory of Santiago Maldonado”
Starting with two paths of struggle that crossed, one by Santiago
Maldonado, dissapeared and killed by the Argentinean State, and another
by the Mapuche people, that constantly tries to recover their territory
and collective identity, we intend to give an overview of the social
conflicts that are deepening in the region dominated by the Argentinian
and Chilean nations.
While Capital and the States are trying to pauperize and worsen the
condition of the proletarians, whereby they be argentinians, chileans,
mapuche, qom, wichi or inmigrants, there is a growing number of social
movements that are finding each other and deepening their links.
Aboriginal movements, struggles against mining, foresting, fracking
and agrobusiness, prisoner strikes, the women’s movement, massive urban
manifestations against the change in retirement funds and labor laws,
and the list goes on and on.
Ten years ago, two Russian anti-fascists, journalist Anastasia Baburova and lawyer Stanislav Markelov, were murdered by neo-nazi group conducted by the government in broad daylight on 19th of January. Stanislav was not just a lawyer, who took political left-sided anti-fascist cases, he was also a public anti-fascism and human rights spokesperson well known to the whole country.
His voice and his actions against fascism were so powerful that the government found the only way to stop him – kill him. Anastasia was extremely brave journalist writing governmental exposures for an independent paper. Several journalists of this paper were already killed by governmental servants before her. She was a collateral damage of Stanislav’s assassination, she chased the killer until he turned around and killed Anastasia.
Every year, Russian anarchists and anti-fascists gather to remember them. So we decided to honor the date by making a movie screening of a DIY picture about a wonderful anti-fascist person Ivan Khutorskoy who was killed the same year by the very same neo-nazi group that killed Stanislav and Anastasia. Ivan was core member of hardcore/punk anti-fascist scene in Russia, he protected a lot of concerts from bonehead gangs, he was one of the first people who started to answer to nazi’s street violence. In addition to Ivan’s story, the film also provides a rare look into Moscow’s underground punk scene in the 2000’s and the conditions within which the Russian anti-fascist movement has been developing.
This film was shot as a part of a charitable solidarity campaign to support Ivan’s family with donations.
Please come on Saturday 19th January at 18:00 at Anarchist Library (Bollox, Eerste Schinkelstraat 14, Amsterdam) to celebrate the memory of those brave humans, who gave their lives for the anti-fascist struggle. The picture is with English subtitles.