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Geen Kind aan de Kant!

The debate about refugees makes emotions rise high. Most of the attention is the debate goes to the refugees who have newly arrived in The Netherlands. But refugeechildren who have been here for a longer period of time suffer in silence. Geen Kind aan de Kant! focusses on these children. 

GEEN KIND AAN DE KANT works with refugee children, their parents and multiple other organisations to:

  • achieve an unconditional Children’s Pardon for children who have settled here. 
  • stop police raids at the family locations and the following lock-up and deportation.

On our website you can find more information about the problems we fight against and how we do that: geenkindaandekant.nl

Fort van Sjakoo

Bookshop “het Fort van Sjakoo” is since 1977 situated in the center of Amsterdam. At first in a squatted house on the site of a planned highway through the inner-city and since 1988 legalized.

The bookshop is run by a collective of 10 volunteers. We are there to provide you with information ranging from the latest news, background info and history. We have a special focus for foreign publications, music and magazines. Come and visit us. If you’re looking for something special we can try to get it for you.

Opening times:

Monday to Friday 11:00 to 18:00
and Saturday from 11 to 17
Jodenbreestraat 24
1011 NK Amsterdam
The Netherlands

ASEED

ASEED Europe (Action for Solidarity, Equality, Environment, and Diversity Europe) is an international campaigning organisation, giving importance to involving youth in direct democracy activities. ASEED Europe targets the structural causes of environmental destruction and social injustice.

We do this by campaigning on multinational corporations and their national and international influence spheres and control tools. At the same time we promote sustainable alternatives. Currently ASEED Europe focuses on issues related to the global food chain: the decline of biodiversity in agriculture and the availability of seeds, genetic engineering and power concentration by global agro/biotech giants. Our general agriculture campaign goal is to promote food sovereignty. In the recent past we have been campaining on the massive production and imports of soy, climate change and international financial and trade institutions.

ASEED was established by young engaged people in 1991 in response to the UNCED Earth Summit proceedings in Rio de Janeiro and aimed to forge alliances among young people committed to social and environmental justice. Since 1992, the ASEED decentralised network grew and regional “hubs” were created in Europe, Asia, North America, Africa, Latin America and Japan. Each hub had its own level of activity, linking youth groups and individuals in their region. By now each hub has developed in its own way, working independently from eachother.

ASEED Europe works with about 6 people in the interactive office in Amsterdam, and together with many contacts in the rest of Europe and abroad on the following objectives:

  • Initiating and coordinating actions and campaigns on environmental, development and social justice issues;
  • Promoting discussion and disseminating information about critical emerging issues;
  • Empowering local youth groups and grassroots organisations via trainings, joint projects, and knowledge sharing;
  • Establishing partnerships between various organisations and groups worldwide and facilitating international cooperation and networking;
  • Preparing projects from the ASEED Europe office and working with local grassroots organisations.

More about ASEEDs goals you can read in our Mission Statement. There is as well a page with official information about the organisation.

Vrije Bond

The Vrije Bond (Free Union) is a group of people who are trying to build a different society: a society without hierarchies, without oppression and without exploitation of humans, animals and the environment; an anarchist society in which we deal with each other on a basis of equality. The members of the Vrije Bond are all working in their own way, in their own city, neighborhood, job or action group, to create such a society. They are doing this through direct action, by organizing discussions, writing articles or supplying information. The Vrije Bond serves as a platform to meet each other, to exchange experiences, to develop theory and strategies, but also to organize activities and to support them.

Anarchism

A better world, that’s what anarchism stands for: a world without domination and exploitation, based on cooperation and solidarity. A world wherein everybody can decide for him or herself how to shape their lives, based on the principle of equality and the freedom of speech and action. This is a fantastic idea, but it’s not easy to build this world. For such changes we cannot rely on representative democracy. The revolution that is necessary for such a world can only be reached through cooperation and organization from the bottom up. That’s why it is important that we anarchists organize ourselves, because together we stand strong.

Self organization

The Vrije Bond strives to a society wherein all political and economic power from above is replaced by structures of free forms of cooperation. In these relationships political and economic life will be organized collectively and all decisions will be taken collectively.

The Vrije Bond is such a form of cooperation: an anarchist self-organization. This means that we work together when necessary but that affiliated groups and individuals keep their autonomy. By having regular (open) meetings, direct actions, and campaigns, a solidarity fund, a website and the magazine ‘Buiten de Orde’ the Vrije Bond as an organizational structure wants to support and strengthen the anarchist movement.

‘Buiten de Orde’

The Vrije Bond publishes the quarterly magazine ‘Buiten de Orde’ (Outside the Order). It’s filled with information, interviews, and discussions about, amongst others, anarchism, self-management, workers’ struggles, human rights, anti-fascism, anti-militarism, environmental actions, resistance and independent culture. The magazine is free for members of the Vrije Bond, and for sale for everyone else.

Solidarity Fund

Another important activity of the Vrije Bond is the Solidarity Fund. Through this fund the members of the Vrije Bond support each other’s actions and activities, such as (direct) actions by the groups within the Vrije Bond, such as picket lines, civilian inspections and action camps. Initiatives such as an anarchist library or info shop are also supported. Sister organizations abroad or non-members can also make use of this fund.

Join the Vrije Bond!

The Vrije Bond is growing, so join now! Sign up and help us building a strong anarchist movement in the Netherlands and Belgium.

Book-Café The Barricade

The Barricade is a volunteer-run public library with a focus on anarchism and leftist politics. In our permanent collection, we have a variety of materials (books, journals, zines) on feminism, marxism, decolonialism, environmentalism, veganism, squatting and DIY culture. This collection consists of both classic and contemporary texts in English and Dutch. Becoming a member and borrowing books is free. 

We believe that self-education is a crucial element in the struggle for social change and therefore we aim to provide a space for collective learning. We organize discussions, reading groups and workshops that are free and open to anyone who is interested. 

We are open every Sunday from 4pm to 11pm. At 7pm vegan food is offered for donation by the Barriccoons Kitchen, an Utrecht-based anti-food waste collective inspired by raccoons. 

opening times: 

Every Sunday from 16:00 to 23:00

Anarchist Group Amsterdam

The anarchist group Amsterdam is a working group of the international anarchist network and union the Vrije Bond.

We are a group of people that meet every two weeks to organize solidarity, actions, discussions, benefits and exchange ideas, information and gossip. We run a library, open every Saturday (for over 12 years now), where you can read and borrow books and where you meet us if there is something you would like to discuss. This is also where we host many of our discussions, film nights and events. We are a mixed group and many of the events we organize are in English. For an overview click on ‘English part of this site‘ under categories and all our postings (that are also) in English should come up.

Address for the Anarchist Library:
Every Saturday 14:00-18:00
Eerste Schinkelstraat 14-16, Amsterdam

If you’d like to be informed of some of our activities mail us at aga@agamsterdam.org to say you would like to be on our mailing list (We promise we won’t spam you. And not every mail will be in English.) You can also like us on facecrack. Anarchistische groep Amsterdam2

We are looking for people!

Are not really into just walking around and collecting books, zines, t-shirts and other stuff? Do you like helping the organisation or do you just want to help?

We are still looking for people who want to help out on the day itself! It is about tasks like a bar shift, helping with the cooking, washing dishes, cleaning, door shift.

If we do it together, these are small and easy tasks 🙂

 

Paper Jam Print Collective

How did we start?

A group of friends and comrades came together out of various movements, dissatisfied with the lack of infrastructure in the revolutionary movement. We know from experience, nothing is as annoying as having ideas but no resources or networks of mutual aid to make things happen. For instance, sneakily printing flyers to overthrow your boss after work hours desperately trying to not get caught, getting yelled at by professors in the university because you’re using ‘their printer’ or paying extortionate amounts of money in a printshop while only getting paper jams.

We started out mainly catering to a close group of activists and friends, students etc. We’ve been slowly reaching out to more organizations and are very excited of what the future holds. We saw the need for a more infrastructurally oriented way of movement building, well, here we are. Help us out! We’re just comrades who want to help comrades. [vegan] Cheesy? It’s true though. Without your ideas we’re nothing, no mutual aid without the mutual. What we hope to do is connect different struggles. There are loads and loads of amazing people and organisations working on loads of different small projects, without much relation or communication between them. We want to be a nexus within the movement, connecting peoples, linking struggles and building the revolution. We all have different capabilities, different resources. We need to start working together, there’s a very clear enemy out there. Let’s break down their world and start building our own. We think that collectively we can make the world a beautiful place. Let’s start by postering everything, on everything. Non-commercially? No! We’re bloody anticapitalist! That’s why we are flexible with our asked donations, that’s why you can call us at six in the morning for your demonstration

Since the Paper Jam collective seeks to perform an infrastructural task and support revolutionary struggle, we are always looking for input from people. If there are services that you would like us to provide (that we currently are not), please let us know. We exist to support and strengthen struggle, so we also want to be guided by the needs of those in the struggle. We are for instance trying to look into printing stickers and are momentarily working on fixing an A0-printer. Yes, A0. We know. But anyways, if you have any ideas let us know!

How can you help?

By ordering all your propaganda and revolutionary paraphernalia with us, by inviting us to your event so we can distribute our collection of radical zines, stickers and buttons. We are also working on translating texts (mainly English to Dutch and Dutch to English) if you want to help out with that, please let us know, because that would be amazing. A final thing: If you are or know of someone who knows about mechanics (the more relevant to printers the better) we would love to hear from you, since we run into technical problems from time to time and can always use a helping hand/mind.

We are Paper jam.
Pleased to meet you.

Help us!

In preparing for November 10th and the next anarchist bookfair in Amsterdam, we are looking for people who are willing to spread the flyers and posters in their own neighbourhood.

If you want to help out with spreading the flyers and posters, let us know in an e-mail! We can digitally send you the posters and flyers, but we can also – if you pay for sendingcosts – send us a package with paper posters and flyers. Specify in your e-mail how you want us to send you the materials. If you want the flyers and posters on paper, please also specify how many you want of each.

We have an English flyer and poster, but also ofcourse a Dutch version of both.

Autonomen Brabant

Getting straight to the autonomous, anticapitalist and anti-authoritarian point: we want a different world, and we are fighting for it. We want a different world, because in this world profit, manipulation and force are in charge, with all the misery that implies. The search for profits destroys life, manipulation turns human beings into things, force keeps us under control, violence makes us obey and helps the rich keeping and even augmenting their riches – at our expense and at the expense of each other, through competition and war.

It is a cruel and disgusting way of running a society. It is also completely unnecessary to do it that way. It can be done very differently. Where state governance, capital and the search of profit keep us voiceless and subjected, we call for stateless self-rule, a communal life of free and equal people. Anticapitalist and anti-authoritarian aspirations go hand in hand.

Human beings would be better off if they could take their own lives in their own hands, if they do that together, and if, while doing this, they treat the planet and all that lives on it with respect. We need personal freedom and autonomy. We need cooperation and solidarity, on the basis of the recognition of each other’s equality. We need to value life around us – a life of which we are a part of and which we cannot live without. Individual and collective self-determination in a sustainable world in which other living beings have an equal right to exist as human beings. Let that be the starting point.

 

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