brunch and sewing cafe

March 22nd, 2016 by nós

Hangover Sharing

University of Colour Decolonial School

February 28th, 2016 by nós

—- Welcome to the University of Colour Decolonial School —–

On this event page you will receive updates on the content of the University of Colour Decolonial School. The University of Colour Decolonial School will take place once a week from the first week of March til the first week of June (see schedule below). The school is open for everyone to attend (students and non students). Make sure you do not forget to subscribe for the Waiting list if you aim to participate (we have reached our capacity at the moment, but some places are expected to become available).

For more info click here:
To subscribe for waiting list click here:

The program aims to:
o Build a larger and more sustainable activist community
o Provide its members a basic understanding of intersectional decolonization

The program is meant for those who are interested in being part of social movements, activism and want to participate in the ongoing global struggle that aims to decolonize not just the University, but also the imperialist white-supremacist capitalist ableist hetero-patriarchy. We also aim to adapt the program in such a way that it suits people’s specific needs and abilities.

During the cycle you will be able to attend:
o Workshops, lectures and receive a (not mandatory) reading list.
o Chill events that are meant to get to know each other better and learn more about the different forms of oppression.
o Healing events to help you deal with the imperialist white-supremacist capitalist ableist hetero-patriarchy.

The program concludes with a brainstorm session in which project families are formed that are going to work on their own projects. These project families will organize an event or project as a working group for the University of Colour. Groups can organize various events and/or projects, ranging from an occupation or squat to organizing a lecture, starting a blog/website or do a movie screening.

After attending the 3 month program you will receive a University of Colour Decolonial School certificate. This certificate indicates you have been involved with activism, social justice organizing and have gained a basic understanding of (intersectional) decolonization from the University of Colour program. You will be meeting likeminded people and given the chance to develop/find your unique set of skills. Lastly, the program also gives you a chance to connect and meet with a larger network of activist groups and civil society.

Program Agenda
(events are always from 7:30pm till 10:00pm, with possibility to chill afterwards).

Thursday 3rd of March: Introduction Event.
By University of Colour
Accompanied by Mercedes Zandwijken.

Thursday 10th of March: Workshop/Lecture Event
Spirituality and Social Movements
By Lucas Johnson

Thursday 17th of March: Chill Event.
‘The Oral Tradition’
by Manjit Kaur

Saturday 26th of March: Party
One year anniversary of the UoC

Thuesday 29th of March
Panel on Neo-Colonialism
With Saskia Bonjour.

Thursday 7th of April: Healing Event.
To be announced

Thursday 14th of April
‘Introducing the Decolonial Option’.
by Rolando Vazquez

Thursday 21st of April: Chill Event
to be announced.

Tuesday 26th of April: Workshop / Lecture
Panel on Border Imperialism.
with Joke Kaviaar, We Are Here and Abul-Hassan.

Thursday 5th of May: Healing Event
to be announced.

Thursday 12th of May: Workshop/Lecture.
Decolonizing embodiment
By University of Colour and Rosalba Icaza

Thursday 19th of May:
Healing or Chill event

Thursday 26th of May: Workshop/ Lecture
By Gloria Wekker.

Thursday 2th of June: Closing event
Brainstorm and group/familiy formation.

Note: A more detailed description of the agenda and specific events will become available around February 15th on and the event page.

For questions about the program mail:

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Reciklaonica:: 5 godina otpora :: b-day party

February 8th, 2016 by nós

These are the times when squats and autonomous spaces all around the world are experiencing a big fall due to governmental opression, strict housing laws, fascist attacks, lower and lower number of people who still have the passion and interest for this form of the struggle – so it’s of a huge importance to participate and support on your local level!

Reciklaonica is a political squat and collective based in Zagreb. Aside from it being a home for dozens of people, dogs and cats, it also gave birth to projects such as a bar/club, rehersal room, tool workshop, bike workshop, Free shop, anarcha infoshop, antifa gym, diy screeen printing lab, a permacultural garden etc. which all function on principals of solidarity without which this (or any) squat/project wouldn’t exist.

On February 11th we’ll be celebrating the 5th year of our existence:) and it wouldn’t be possible without our friends from all around the world who helped in keeping this place alive! *the part when we get all emotional haha*

We want to invite you to participate in Reciklaonica with your heart, with your skills, with your ideas… the same as we want to motivate you to squat&create something in your area.

WE WANT TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR B-DAY PARTY ON 13TH OF FEBRUARY which can also be a meeting point for some further actions. (and partyhardin’)
See ya!
Reciklaonica collective

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Feb. 20: Jaka Bolič expo//Closing party

January 8th, 2016 by nós


Your last opportunity to see Jaka’s book/movie related drawings at the Basement.

We will have cocktails and vegan pancakes as usual.

February 20 @ 4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Basement, jodenbreestraat 24
Amsterdam, Netherlands

more info click here.

Feb. 13: Sex toys workshop

January 8th, 2016 by nós


A Valentine’s day Special of the sewing cafe.
Come with your significant other, or make a present for them or for yourself. There is no better place to be the day before Valentine’s day. Get inspired and learn about cheap/upcycled alternatives to leather!

February 13 @ 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
The Basement, jodenbreestraat 24
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Dec. 21: Film presentation on Brazil’s social politics

December 17th, 2015 by nós


Screening of three different documentary programs that show the current political and social situation in Brazil.

Het Spinhuis
Singel 165a, 1012 VK Amesterdão

19:00 – Soup
20:00 – Films/Debate

by Doctela (24 min)

“Who killed Eloá?” is a critical analysis of the spectacularization of violence and television’s approach in cases of violence against women, revealing one of the reasons why Brazil has the fifth highest rate of murders of women in the world.
In 2009, Lindemberg Alves, 22 years old, broke into the apartment of his ex-girlfriend Eloá Pimentel, 15 years old, with a gun, keeping her hostage for five days. The crime was widely broadcast by TV channels that vied for audience attention exploiting the ‘pain of love’ of Lindemberg and covered the kidnapping as if it was a live soap opera.

by Alice Dalgalarrondo (24 min)

In the words of Bishop Macedo in his book Power Plan, God has a political plan for the faithful of the UCKG (Universal Church of the Kingdom of God) and for its evangelical allies: to rule Brazil. This project intend to depict Brazil in 2030.Starting from the idea of a dystopian future given by the fateful unfolding on the current political power framework that the Evangelical Church plays at the moment, the video, created with found footage of real absurdities, tells the history of the ES (former Brazil) and how the power plan, devised by Bishop Macedo, came to materialize.

by Jornalistas Livres (10 min)

In 2015, the government of the brazilian state of São Paulo imposed a new measure to the education system, planning to shut down 94 schools and split the education levels (elementary, middle and high school) in another 800, affecting about 300 thousand children. Students protested, but with no visibility to their cause they begun the occupying movement that changed the education experience and raised political consciousness.

Sewing Cafe @Basement

November 8th, 2015 by nós

Saturdays – 14-18h

There we are again! Some unfinished projects? Reparations, plans for new things? Come to the basement and use our skills and sewing machines! Bring your project and scissors, pins and needed stuff and use the space to make your dreams come true!

bell hooks reading group

October 28th, 2015 by nós

Wednesday, Dec. 16th, 2015 / 18-20h


The last bell hooks reading group meeting of the year!

**Bring some thoughts written down to make a Zine**
Bring some texts to print/type. Photo Ideas; we have a printer available.
If you cannot attend, but would like to submit a text/photo for the zine just send it to me here! (

For this meeting we are reading the 4th chapter of:

-Feminist Theory from margin to center (PDF here

or as much as you want of:

-Feminism is for everybody (PDF Here


-Some bell hooks talk/lecture/Interview of your choice.

all of the material is available at
See you then!

Jodenbreestraat 24, Amsterdam

Typewriter Society

October 28th, 2015 by nós

Wednesdays (2-6h) at The Basement

Come check out our Digital Zine Archive.

Print the ones you are interested in.

You can come use typewriters to make your own zine,

and add it to the archive.

Or help us translate zines.


You can sell, buy, fix and use typewriters with us.

by Thoughts and Tools

Jodenbreestraat 24, Amsterdam


Sep. 27: Sewing Cafe #3

September 21st, 2015 by nós


Learn or teach how to sew or crochet. You can bring old clothes for repair, upgrades or exchange! By learning how to do things ourselves we can consume less and upcycle materials available around us.

Every 4th Sunday of the month we will meet at Basta and make our creative thoughts come true by reusing materials that we find around us using all kinds of tools or so called ultimate weapons against the fashion industry.

Come by any time between 2 and 8pm and join the fun!

You can bring your own tools and materials. If you don’t have it that’s ok, we have some to share (such as sewing machine, sewing tools, crocheting needles, yarn, fabrics etc.)

There will be at least one sewing machine (maybe two) ready to use.

You can bring old clothes for an exchange, repair, upgrades and so on (so many options). This time there will be some clothes available for exchange.

Let’s share our thoughts and skills and inspire each other in fabric creation.

There will be tea, coffee and some snacks.

No entrance fee – We happily accept donations for materials, snacks and drink