7th of May | “Lucio” documentary screening at Bollox for the arrested people at the Woonprotest in Amsterdam!

AGA is organizing a round of movies and documentaries screening during autumn in order to fund raise money for those repressed by the police during the Woonprotest demo on the 12th of September. 

On the 7th of May at 17:30, “Lucio” documentary will be screened at Bollox (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14, Amsterdam). The documentary is about Lucio, a Spanish bricklayer that became internationally famous for his revolutionary activities, specially money and checks forgeries during the 60s and 70s in Paris.

Our time slot is limited so please be on time. 
Doors open at 17:30, screening begins at 17:45.
Suggested donation is 3€, after the screening the soli bar will be open. 

Synopsis:  Lucio Urtubia dedicated anarchist participated in notorious kidnappings, he collaborated with Che Guevara, he swindled Citibank of 3,000 million pesetas. And did it all without missing a day’s work as a building laborer.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBVjEUmmrGs
More information about Lucio: https://enoughisenough14.org/2020/07/18/lucio-urtubia-an-anarchist-life/

Fundraiser anarchist movie screening for comrades in Ukraine

AGA is organizing a documentary screening to raise money for Operation Solidarity, an anti-authoritarian volunteer network in Ukraine.

On the 30th of April at 19:30, “The volunteers” documentary will be screened at Bollox (Eerste Schinkelstraat 14, Amsterdam). The documentary is in Kurdish/English with English subtitles. 

Doors open at 19:15, screening begins at 19.30.

Suggested donation is 3€, after the screening the soli bar will be open (cash only)

During the screening we will also transmit some words from the director of the documentary.

TRIGGER WARNING, this film contains extremely graphic images of violence and death!

This documentary is a 2 parts series, where it follows River Hagg as he travels to war-torn Syria, in hopes of documenting stories of the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. He finds a medical unit of foreign volunteers as they provide aid to civilians, YPG fighters and ISIS. Part two: The volunteers continue to push with the YPG to the ISIS defended city of Manbij, Syria. River hears news from home and plans his exit. The team is granted access to the front lines and they find themselves on dangerous ground, surrounded by ISIS.

Trailer: https://deadline.com/2017/10/the-volunteers-trailer-ricky-schroder-audience-network-documentary-war-isis-syria-1202187121/

More information about Operation Solidarity: https://operation-solidarity.org/about/

Event: https://radar.squat.net/en/event/aga/2022-04-30/fundraiser-anarchist-movie-screening-ukraine

If you cannot come but still want to donate, send the money to this address

Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam
rekeningnummer: NL28 INGB 0006 436436

Note: Ukraine

Punk night / Benefit fundraiser for Ukraine, Operation Solidarity

Waar: Garage Noord, Gedempt Hamerkanaal 40, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Wanneer: 21/04/2022 – 20:00

We have a nice mixture of punk for ya all this night. From riot-grrrl punk too hardcore punk and crust.
– Crustenunie | Crust
– The Earwurms | punk/riot-grrrl
– Tense reaction | Hardcore punk

First band will start around 21:00 and the DJ from WE HATE RADIO will provide some nice tunes to bounce on till late and in between.

The fundraiser

The war of aggression unleashed by the Russian government against Ukraine has been raging for over a month now. Livelihoods are being destroyed, civilians are being killed, injured or forced to flee. More and more people are facing difficult conditions, either on the move or staying amid the war. With each new day of attacks, the need for support is increasing. With this benefit, we hope to raise some money for mutual-aid groups helping out refugees and citizens or supplying aid to those left fighting for their communities.
One half of the donations will go to Operation Solidarity and the other half to organizations helping out POC & LGBTQ+ who are stumbling on harsh racism and discrimination making it hard for them to flee the country.

Operation Solidarity is an anti-authoritarian volunteer network organized during the war to jointly help all progressive forces in society to counter imperialist aggression against Ukraine. Who are raising funds for Territorial Defense fighters and their families, help refugees, and support progressive grassroots initiatives that unite people in the face of a common threat. With the funds raised, we purchase and deliver the most necessary humanitarian items, military equipment, and medical supplies to Ukraine.

War always affects minority communities disproportionately. POC & LGBTQ+ people are stumbling on harsh racism and discrimination while trying to flee the country. Not only that, but this war made it damn clear how fucking racist Europe actually is. Ukrainians are being welcomed with open arms (which of course is a good thing) in other parts from Europe and are given the right to work straightaway, while non-Europeans and non-white refugees are being pushed in camps with high amounts of uncertainty for many months till years on end. In some cases, just to get send back to the hell they were trying to escape.

There will be a stand of Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam for anarchist reading material and sticker.

We are really sorry, but the location is not wheelchair friendly. If you're in a wheelchair and want to come, please email us (fva[at]riseup.net) and we will help you to navigate.

Organized by:
https://www.forumvooranarchisme.nl/
https://www.agamsterdam.org/
- WE HATE RADIO
- Darcy Trash Records

Price:
Suggested donation 7,5

Oproep voor geld voor Operation Solidarity, Oekraïne!

Wij de Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam (AGA), zijn bijna zo lang als we bestaan in contact geweest met Russische anarchisten, O.a. door de horror verhalen die wij hoorden over de praktijk van de Russische staat hebben wij altijd ons solidair getoond met vervolgde anarchisten in Rusland en proberende te helpen wanneer we konden. En zijn altijd solidair geweest tegen hen die strijden tegen de Poetin dictatuur.
Ook in Wit Rusland hebben wij altijd contacten gehad en solidariteit getoond met hen die zich verzetten tegen de dictatuur van Loekasjenko . Velen zijn gevlucht uit Rusland en Wit Rusland en zijn in Oekraïne tot de dag van vandaag.

Nu met de oorlog in Oekraïne is de dagelijkse realiteit anders en zullen keuzes van nu misschien grote gevolgen hebben in het nabije toekomst. Wij willen niet “neutraal” zijn in dit conflict.

Onze Russische, Wit Russische en Oekraïense kameraden hebben direct na de inval van Rusland een solidariteit structuur uit de grond gestampt met de naam, “Operation Solidarity”

Zij helpen menen te vluchten door ze over grenzen te brengen, medicijnen te verspreiden voor zieke en gewonden, en verzamelen materiaal voor de vrijwilligers die bereid zijn om te vechten tegen het Russische leger.

Voor meer informatie (Engelstalig) over Operation Solidarity is hier hun website:

https://operation-solidarity.org/

Met deze oproep proberen wij geld in te zamelen voor Operation Solidarity, en vragen aan jullie of jullie een donatie willen doen, groot of klein maakt niet uit, iedere euro is welkom !

Wij laten aan jullie het besluit hoeveel geld jullie willen overmaken.
Als jullie geld over maken dan kan dat naar:

rekeninghouder:

Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam

bankrekening:
NL28 INGB 0006 436436

o.v.v. Oekraïne

Mocht men liever in contant geld geven is dat ook mogelijk door een email te sturen naar
aga@agamsterdam.org

Zodat we kunnen afspreken voor de donatie.

Mochten er nog vragen zijn of opmerkingen ook dan kunnen jullie gerust contact opnemen.
aga@agamsterdam.org

Strijdbare groet

Anarchistische Groep Amsterdam

Voor de bevrijding van de mens! tegen iedere dictatuur !

CANCELLED!! 18th of March | “The volunteers” screening at Vondelbunker for the arrested people at the Woonprotest in Amsterdam!

The event has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

AGA is organizing a round of movies and documentaries screening during autumn in order to fund raise money for those repressed by the police during the Woonprotest demo on the 12th of September. 
On the 18th of March at 20:00, “The volunteers” documentary will be screened at Vondelbunker (Vondelpark 8A, Amsterdam). The documentary is in Kurdish/English with English subtitles. Our time slot is limited so please be on time. Doors open at 20.00, screening begins at 20.15.Suggested donation is 3€, after the screening the soli bar will be open.

During the screening we will also transmit some words from the director of the documentary.

TRIGGER WARNING, this film contains extremely graphic images of violence and death!
This documentary is a 2 parts series, where it follows River Hagg as he travels to war-torn Syria, in hopes of documenting stories of the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. He finds a medical unit of foreign volunteers as they provide aid to civilians, YPG fighters and ISIS. Part two: The volunteers continue to push with the YPG to the ISIS defended city of Manbij, Syria. River hears news from home and plans his exit. The team is granted access to the front lines and they find themselves on dangerous ground, surrounded by ISIS.

Trailer: https://deadline.com/2017/10/the-volunteers-trailer-ricky-schroder-audience-network-documentary-war-isis-syria-1202187121/

Subtitling “In een tank kun jij niet wonen”

Poster: In Een Tank Kun Je Niet Wonen You Can't Live in a Tank | DWARSFILM

As some of the people attending the benefit we held back on the 12th of November in Vondelbunker will remember, the quality of the English subtitles of this documentary were really far from acceptable and it was extremely hard for non dutch speakers to follow most parts of the dialogs and voice over speeches.

After some research, visit to deposits and placing many drawers upside-down, we finally found a copy of the documentary that had some English subtitles. This finding made it possible to speed up the process of improving the subtitles, enabling a broader access to anyone interested in this historic documentary about the squatting movement in Amsterdam during the late 70s and early 80s.

The documentary with the new version can be found as well at Kolektiva

This subtitles are far from perfect nor professional. They are for certain a great leap from the automatic ones given by Archive.org, but still, there’s always room for improving.
So, in case you can to help out, check out the repository where we have enabled a collaborative space for anyone interested in this gig.

Some links:

CANCELLED!!! BOEKPRESENTATIE VAN “THE SOLUTIONS ARE ALREADY HERE” Peter Gelderloos

The event has been cancelled. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Woensdag 23 maart Aanvang: 19 uur
Locatie: Ru Paré, Chris Lebeaustraat 4 Amsterdam

Wat gebeurt er als we praten over klimaatverandering in plaats van een
bredere ecolo- gische crisis? Wanneer we praten over de noodzaak voor
meer duurzame energie of het hebben over het Klimaatakkoord van Parijs?
Of als we de overheid vragen steeds meer in te grijpen?

We maken het probleem alleen maar erger
Op woensdag 23 maart houdt Peter Gelderloos, auteur van ‘How
non-violence protects the state’, een presentatie van zijn nieuwe boek.
Hij zal met ons praten over de ecologische crisis en de rol van
kapitalisme en overheden.

De mainstream media, grote milieu-NGO’s, energiebedrijven en overheden
hebben de milieubeweging gemanipuleerd zodat deze een nieuwe koloniale
dynamiek reproduceert. Zij hebben deze enorme ecologische crisis
omgetoverd tot een nieuwe kans om winst te maken voor de bedrijven en
instituties die verantwoordelijk zijn voor de crisis.

De presentatie en het debat zullen in het Engels gehouden worden

—English—

BOOK PRESENTATION “THE SOLUTIONS ARE ALREADY HERE”

23 March 2022 at 19h
Ru Paré, Chris Lebeaustraat 4 Amsterdam


What happens when we talk about climate change rather than ecological
crisis more broadly? When we talk about the need for renewable energy or
the Paris Agreements? Or ask the government to take more action?

We make the problem worse

On Wednesday 23 March, Peter Gelderloos, author of ‘How non-violence
protects the state’, is presenting his new book. He will talk with us
about the ecological crisis and the role capitalism and governments have
in it.

The mainstream media, large NGO’s, energy companies and states have
manipulated the broader climate movement so that it reproduces a
colonial dynamic. They have made the ecological crisis into an
opportunity for more profit for the companies and institutions that have
caused the crisis.

The presentation and debate will be in English

Announcing “Coronavirus & Anarchism, pandemic’s anthology”

We are proud to announce our up and coming compendium of corona criticism! You can find the forward below in which we summarize and prepare you for a plethora of anarchist analysis.

The following collection attempts to gather as many pieces regarding Anarchist takes on Corona as possible. It is a collaboration that was not intended as such. Each piece presented was independently published and only now are they meant to be read as a whole. For this reason there will be many, many topics and opinions presented throughout and it is important that you keep an open and critical mind.
Within you will find testimonies of people suffering and actively working to support others during Covid, a plethora of criticism against Capitalism, geopolitical overviews of a multitude of continents and countries both in how they are impacted as well as how they failed to prepare themselves against a worldwide pandemic.
An emphasis in some texts will be on the need to prevent future pandemics as well as the lack of preparation to the one we are all living through, or on how our rights are being reserved as future privileges that many had never had access to in the first place, or how even when this is ‘over’ we should still ask the question ‘are we going back to normal?’ to which our definition of what should BE normal needs to be thought through thoroughly and radically.
With so many lives jeopardized by the current state of the world, the most important, overarching message in these texts, is to maintain solidarity.
So as these eclectic texts join together in a unified voice to renounce Capitalism and State Control we too should read and share, spread the word and seek out our own forms of solidarity! We hope you enjoy these texts, it may often make you feel sick to your stomach but within these texts and your own critical mind lies the remedy, so please come join us in creating the cure!

You can get your physical copy at Het fort van Sjakoo.
If you prefer it, the digital version can be downloaded here.

12th of November | Benefit movie night at Vondelbunker for the arrested people at the Woonprotest in Amsterdam!

AGA is organizing a round of movies and documentaries screening during autumn in order to fund raise money for those repressed by the police during the Woonprotest demo on the 12th of September.

On the 12th of November at 19.30, the “In een tank jij kan niet wonen” documentary will be screened at Vondelbunker (Vondelpark 8a).
The documentary is Dutch spoken with English subtitles.
Door opens at 19:30 Docu starts at 20:00. 
Afterwards the Soli Bar is open.
Suggested donation is 3€.

In een tank kan je niet wonen: is een documentaire over de eerste maanden van kraakjaar 1980 in Amsterdam. Met de gewelddadige ontruiming in de Kinkerbuurt, de kraak van de Grote Keizer en de slag om de Vondelstraat. Net als nu kiest de overheid niet voor de honderdduizenden woningenzoekend maar de kant van groot kapitaal en speculanten belangen, met de smeris als gewillige knokploeg. De huidige wooncrisis is niet toevallig plotsklaps uit de lucht komen vallen, maar een bewuste beleid van politiek en bedrijfsleven van deafgelopen 50 jaar. Daarom een blik terug naar de woonstrijd die er altijd al is geweest.

31st of October | Benefit movie night for the arrested people at the Woonprotest!


AGA is organizing a round of movies and documentaries screening during autumn in order to fund raise money for those repressed by the police during the Woonprotest demo on the 12th of September.


On the night of the 31st of October, the Precaristas documentary will be screened at Munganga (Schinkelhavenstraat 27-HS). The documentary is Spanish spoken with English subtitles.

Door opens at 19:00 Docu starts at 20:00. Afterwards the Soli Bar is open. Suggested donation is 3€.

This documentary tells the story of the Anarchist Federation of Gran Canaria and their hard work of fighting homelessness, Precarization and exploitation by the rich of the working class on the Island Gran Canaria. Mass tourism and speculation ripped the Island to pieces and with the squatting of hundreds of houses the people, the anarchists, the tenants, the workers and the unemployed made a powerful local movement to fight the rich and take back their life, dignity and build a community based on Solidarity, Mutual Aid and Direct Action.


Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnST0LIeMDA
About FAGC: https://organisemagazine.org.uk/2021/08/06/the-history-of-the-fagc-theory-and-analysis/
Interview with Ruyman: https://autonomies.org/2021/10/ruyman-rodriguez-and-the-federacion-anarquista-de-gran-canaria-an-interview/
FAGC website: https://anarquistasgc.noblogs.org

20 October | Anti-authoritarian meeting with the Zapatistas. It’s time for the people!

Anti-authoritarian meeting with the Zapatistas. It’s time for the people!

On Wednesday a meeting between the Zapatista delegation and several anti-authoritarian collectives of Amsterdam will take place. This event will provide a space where stories of resistance will be shared. How do we, in Europe, fight the system? How do we succeed? What repression do we face? After a short presentation of the different struggles faced by the collectives, an exchange with the Zapatistas and everyone present will follow. Everyone is invited to join.

Food and drinks will be served on the location!

When: Wednesday 20th of october at 7pm.
Where: Munganga, Schinkelhavenstraat 27H, Amsterdam.
Considerations: for safety reasons, the Zapatista delegation have requested a not to have alcohol at the event and to not take photos nor videos. Collectives that want to be added to the speakers list, please send a line to aga@agamsterdam.org or anarchafemsterdam@riseup.net. Face mask usage is required.
Organized by: AFGA & AGA.

Justice for Sammy demonstration- Murdered by the Amsterdam Police

(Nederlands volgt Engels)

Justice for Sammy – Murdered by the Amsterdam Police 

 

On the 13th of August 2020 the 23 year old German tourist Sammy Baker was murdered by the Amsterdam police. Sammy was in Amsterdam to celebrate his birthday with friends but disappeared. His mother reported him missing and came to Amsterdam to look for her son. She found him in a confused state of mind and asked a police officer for help. The officer called in his colleagues. What followed was not help, but three bullets that killed Sammy. During the police action there were no bystanders nearby. Sammy was only a threat to himself. 

In May the state prosecutor, Anne Marie Ruijs, decided that the cops who murdered Sammy will face no consequences. Ruijs ruled that there will not be any legal procedure against them. Once again, cops get away with murder in the Netherlands. Despite all the lies of the Amsterdam police there is overwhelming evidence that Sammy was murdered (including a video clearly showing what happened). Sammy was a person of colour who was having a psychosis. Even while there was psychological help and his mother at the scene the police refused Sammy the help he was asking. Instead, they launched an attack on Sammy, without any reason, and shot at him 4 times. 

The police are getting away with excessive violence more and more frequently. Instead of tackling this trend their power is increased with more weapons and instructions to use brute force more quickly. 

Walk with us for justice!

On friday 13th of august 2021 at 7.30 pm, a demonstration march will take place from the starting point of Dam square in Amsterdam. We want to draw attention to the police violence in the Netherlands, but also to the injustice that has unfortunately happened to Sammy. The demonstration is expected to end in the Honselerdijikstraat. There will also be press present.

We will not remain silent! No one is forgotten. 

NO JUSTICE – NO PEACE. 

More information: https://www.justiceforsammy.com/

 

 

Gerechtigheid voor Sammy – Vermoord door de Amsterdamse Politie

Op 13 augustus 2020 is de 23 jarige Duitse toerist Sammy Baker door de Amsterdamse politie vermoord. Sammy was in Amsterdam om met vrienden zijn 23ste verjaardag te vieren maar verdween. Zijn moeder gaf hem op als vermist en kwam naar Amsterdam om haar zoon te zoeken. Ze vond hem in verwarde toestand en schakelde hulp in van een voorbijlopende agent, die zijn collega’s opriep. Wat er volgde was geen hulp, maar drie kogels die Sammy om het leven brachten. Tijdens de actie van de politie waren er geen omstanders in de buurt. Sammy was alleen voor zichzelf een bedreiging. 

In mei 2021 besloot Officier van Justitie Anne Marie Ruijs dat de agenten die Sammy hebben doodgeschoten niet gestraft zullen worden. En weer komen agenten in Nederland weg met moord. Dit ondanks het overweldigendende bewijs dat Sammy is vermoord (inclusief een video die duidelijk laat zien wat er is gebeurd). Sammy was een persoon van kleur die een psychose had. Hij riep om een dokter en ondanks het feit dat zowel psychologische hulp als zijn moeder ter plaatse waren, liet de politie deze hulp niet toe, ging zelf zonder enige reden en dreiging in de aanval, en schoot 4 keer gericht. 

De politie komt steeds vaker weg met excessieve geweldpleging. In plaats van deze trend aan te pakken worden bevoegdheden juist uitgebreid met meer wapens en ruimere geweldsinstructie. 

Loop met ons mee om gerechtigheid te eisen! 

Op vrijdag 13 augustus 2021 vindt om 19.30 uur een demonstratie mars plaats vanaf de Dam in Amsterdam. Wij willen niet alleen de aandacht vestigen op het politiegeweld in Nederland, maar ook tegen het onrecht dat Sammy Baker helaas is overkomen. De demo zal naar verwachting eindigen in het Honselerdijikstraat. Er zal ook pers ter plaatse zijn.

We zullen niet zwijgen! Niemand wordt vergeten. 

NO JUSTICE – NO PEACE

Meer informatie: https://www.justiceforsammy.com/

 

 

 

Anarchist Film Night with CrimethInc @OCCII

On the 23rd July, at 20.00 Crimethinc & AGA will organize a screening night at OCCII.

Two short documentaries will be screened:

WE ARE NOW (20 min. 2021. English with English subtitles)

In the middle of the George Floyd rebellion, Atlanta police kill yet another black man minding his business. Demonstrators–angry, mournful,and hyped–burn it down in his memory and establish a peace center.

POST CHILE (30 min. 2019-2020. English with Spanish language content)

Persecuted and ridiculed, a high-school student movement starts an insurrection that wins a new constitution for Chile, but what was lost for a new constitution was a high price to pay.Donations will be received for political prisoners!


COVID considerations: doors will open at 20.00 and there’s a limited forum of 25 people. First showing up, first in. Face mask usage is advised.

Nieuwe boeken in de bibliotheek – New books in the library

Beste kameraden,
We hebben onze bibliotheek uitgebreid met een aantal mooie nieuwe boeken. We zijn gewoon open dus kom vooral langs op een zaterdag tussen 14:00 en 18:00. Restaurant MKZ is ook open voor afhaal eten voor €5 per maaltijd. Normaal steunt de MKZ anderen maar nu kunnen ze jullie steun goed gebruiken! Reserveren kan bij de bibliotheek of door te bellen naar 020-6790712


Dear comrades,
We added a few nice books to out library. We are open as usual so do come and visit on a Saturday between 14:00 en 18:00. Also open is restaurant MKZ, for take-out meals for only €5. Normally it is the MKZ who support others, but right now they can use your support! Reservations can be made at the library or by calling to 020-6790712


Onze nieuwe boeken/Our new books:


[ARAD] Anti-racisme en dekoloniale strijd
Wit huiswerk Withuiswerk.nl 20-11-2020
Burn Down the American Plantation the Revolutionary Abolitionist Movement 2017
Anarcho-blackness : notes toward a black anarchism Marquis Bey 2020
[RRV] Russische revolutie / Makhnovistas
Nestor Makhno and Rural Anarchism in Ukraine, 1917-1921 Colin Darch 2020
[PRSN] Politie / Inlichtengdienst / Bajes / Repressie
My Life as a Political Prisoner: The Rebel Girl Becomes “No. 11710” Elizabeth Gurley Flynn 2019
[ALGBL] Anti-globalism / economy / history / divers
Anarchy and Christianity Jacques Ellul 2011
In defense of looting : a riotous history of uncivil action Vicky Osterweil 2020
[ECO] Eco anarchisme / green anarquism / primitivism / animal liberation
Renewing destruction : wind energy development, conflict and resistance in a Latin American context Alexander Dunlap 2019
[ANRUK] Anarchism in the UK
A British anarchist tradition : Herbert Read, Alex Comfort and Colin Ward Carissa Honeywell 2011
[AONW] Anarchism other non-western
A living revolution : anarchism in the kibbutz movement James Horrox 2009
[ANTF] Anfifascisme
Nieuwe kruisvaarders Sander Rietveld 2021
[ANRCH] Anarchisme
Changing anarchism : anarchist theory and practice in a global age Jon Purkis 2004
[KRK] Kraken / Squatting
Housing : an anarchist approach Colin Ward 1976

https://www.librarything.com/catalog/agamsterdam

Demonstratie: Corona is het virus, kapitalisme de crisis, solidariteit de oplossing





The virus has been going around the world now for more than a year. Entire sectors of public life have been put to a standstill. The capacity of the Dutch healthcare system is pushed to its limits. While public money is being used to bailout big corporations, the health care system is underfunded and increasingly more privatied. Health care insurance is expensive and health care is not accessible for those who cannot pay. People in marginalised and vulnerable groups cannot be treated properly or are not treated at all. Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs, their homes, and their livelihoods. Many lives have been lost because of the pandemic and the state’s mismanagement of it, but it does not and it did not have to be like this. Let’s not believe their lies, we are not “all in this together”. The rich get even richer because of this crisis from the safety of their beautiful homes, while the (frontline)workers, the poor and the marginalised carry the biggest burden and are forced to risk their lives.

It’s not just the pandemic, there are systemic problems with capitalism and the state. Here we will try to tackle some of them:

Systemic Racism / Police Violence
Lockdown policies and the pandemic in general, does not affect all people in the same way. The curfew only applies to the poor as the rich can afford to pay the fine. People with gardens can still go outside. If you don’t have a home you can not self-isolate. Those of us who live in working class and historically immigrant neighbourhoods, have to deal with more police presence and aggressive policing then those in middle class and rich neighbourhoods. As proven, amongst other things, by the ‘toeslagen affaire’ (benefit scandal) this country is institutionally racist. Now the state is using this crisis to further extend police powers and crackdown on our rights to protest and exist in public. Giving more power to cops will only increase racist police violence. Ethnic profiling, mass surveillance, and predictive policing are posing a threat to our communities.

The police do not protect us, we protect each other. Stop institutional racism and the Dutch Police / Surveillance state. They are not here to help us but they are here to protect the rich.

Housing
In one of the most expensive cities in Europe, the housing situation has worsened during the pandemic. The privatisation of the housing market has reached the point that social houses are being sold to the private sector. Housing prices are expected to rise again this year, big businesses are getting rent cuts while we struggle to pay rent. Even the suburbs we have been pushed into are being gentrified and are becoming unaffordable. At the same time houses everywhere in the city are intentionally left empty for the rich to speculate with. People without homes have no certainty and shelters are getting closed down. Social places that offer spaces for people affected are facing serious financial problems, are getting evicted and solidarity is being criminalised. Because of the lockdown, domestic violence is increasing as well as serious mental health concerns. We want proper housing for everyone.

Environment
We might think that because many people have stopped travelling that C02 emissions are decreasing and that at least this is a positive development for the environment. However, individual lifestyle consumption choices are not to blame for the climate crisis. The crisis is capitalism. Capitalism is incredibly inefficient. For example, Airplanes continue flying empty, because it’s cheaper to do this than to leave them standing at the hangars. Sounds ridiculous? – it is!
The capitalist system will continue to drain the planet’s resources, pandemic or not. Everything must give way in order to maximise profit. Government regulation will not stop this. Large multinationals are working together with states. In this way, there cannot be an effective response to the climate crisis. We have to get rid of this idea of infinite growth. We have to get rid of states and capitalism. There can be no infinite growth on a finite planet.

European Borders
After the overcrowded Moria camp on the Greek island of Lesbos burned down last year, the EU continues to intentionally ignore the fact that humans are dying at its borders every day. Push backs by the EU coastguards of FRONTEX, inhumane conditions in camps during a pandemic, drowning of people whilst sea rescue and solidarity at the borders is criminalized, and the racist EU cooperates with states such as Turkey and Libya to stop people at the borders by any means. Since the beginning of the corona pandemic the situation has only worsened. The EU will not change, we need to rise up to make change happen.

Conspiracies and Nazis
The far-right tries to make use of this uncertainty to mobilise people for their gains. Conspiracy theories fail to show the real systematic issue. Capitalism is not a conspiracy it is very real and observable and can be abolished. Nazis mobilizing? – not with us!

Economy
We have every reason to be angry: While the upper class is able to stay home, we still have to work under dangerous conditions for a low wage – we are the ones that work illegally, the industrial workers, the craftspeople, the retail workers, delivery people, the taxi drivers, the nurses. We are the ones who make sure that we are all healthy, that there is still food to get at the supermarkets – the social workers, the educators, the cleaning staff and the sex workers. But we are also the people who are not native Dutch, who are not taken care of because we do not have the same rights to work or access to social services. The ones who do not have enough, or any money to afford a flat in this ridiculous housing market. We are the ones without citizenship and therefore, without any rights. We are the students that struggle to pay high tuition fees. We are the now unemployed workers struggling to get by. We did not create the crisis, and yet should we now bear the consequences? We should “tighten our belts” because we are now “all in the same boat”? Yes, now we are all in the same boat – but the capitalists, bosses, landlords, politicians, and managers are in another.

Corona Crisis? Not on our backs!

Come in action – let’s make the rich pay for Covid 19!

Another World is Possible!

20.02.2021 Amsterdam (Wear facemasks and try to keep to social distancing)

Our Conclusion:

  • Proper housing for everyone Squat the rich, renters keep your rent!
  • Change your locks, resist evictions, community resistance now
  • Stop the surveillance state and stop police violence. Let’s defend ourselves and protect each other.
  • Antisemitic conspiracy theorists and QANON-ers are dangerous and do not represent an answer to the crisis. Racists, antisemites, cops and Nazis off our streets!
  • Destroy capitalism before it destroys the earth.

Make the rich pay for the Covid19!

Originally posted at: https://acaamsterdam.noblogs.org/post/2021/02/09/corona-is-the-virus-capitalism-is-the-crisis/