Dear ADM newsletter receivers: at last, a newsletter from the ADM. Many of you have been following ADM news and updates through Farcebook but here is our one and only independent home made newsletter on October 12th 2018, the 21st ADM' birthday. We've enjoyed a sensational three day Viva ADM-festival in September. This week we were honored with a historic 21 year anniversary surprise concert by members of the world famous Concertgebouw Orchestra on the terrain, which finished with everyone singing happy birthday for the ADM.
1 ADM GENERAL UPDATE
2 ADM SUPPORT
3 ADM goes EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS COURT
4 ADM is CULTURAL HERITAGE
5 ADM in THE GUARDIAN
6 ADM CLIMATE CALL
7 ADM meets ZAD
8 ADM on FUTURE PLAY
9 WHAT ARE THE POLITICIANS DOING?
1 ADM GENERAL UPDATE
Another Amsterdam' city council committee meeting FEZ (Finance & Economy) took place on October 3rd, with the ADM terrain on the agenda. (You can watch our speeches and the debate here). To most councilors it is obvious that no shipyard will be started, which is the only activity that is legally allowed on the ADM terrain and the only planned activity that could formally justify an eviction. In spite of the controversy and contradictory expertise, Udo Kock, the alderman insisted that he does not have a choice but to evict the ADM because of the law and verdicts of previous legal procedures. (You can watch his answers here). Some would think respecting the law would mean waiting until the legal fight against the permission for an asbestos removal company to start on the ADM terrain is over. There is no date set for this appeal, and our Green Left council accepts that eviction comes first and getting our right as citizens is of minor importance.
To ease the pain, the council offered individual ADMrs contracts to participate in a 2 ha piece of industrial wasteland ('the sludge fields') beside the A10 motorway in the north of Amsterdam, for the duration of just two years. This terrain comes with many other restrictions on cultural events, very little space to work and no communal or public spaces allowed. But there is not enough room for even half the ADMrs, and where are all the ships supposed to go? Were do the ADM monumental art installations fit? Needless to say that the ADM forest, habitat for wild animals and rare species will not be relocated... The ADM is expected to abandon everything that has been developed in 21 years and pack up in a few weeks time.
ADMrs have also proposed additional and more suitable locations, but nothing concrete has come out so far or is likely to be realized before the 25th of December, the date that everyone on the ADM terrain is expected to have moved out voluntarily. To date the best practical option is to keep what is already here.
Why evict anyway for some bogus plans that does not even fit the restrictions of the perpetual clause that is attached to the ADM terrain, only to be able to get rid of the entire ADM community? The real reason is that without the restrictions, or with a local authority that is not bothered to ensure that the restrictions are respected, the terrain will increase five times in value. The ONLY people that will benefit from an eviction are the Chidda's (The heirs of Bertus Lüske), who are jumping on this chance to multiply their fortune. A fortune that was made with public money, since the council paid the family millions to give up their property in town, in order to clear the inner city of money laundering, thuggery and intimidation associated with the family business. Money that was then used to buy the ADM terrain.
The ADMrs have put in a massive effort to look for realistic alternatives for the ADM terrain, to continue to keep every option open while trying to convince the council of the value of the current ADM, fitting exactly into the brand new coalition priorities. But to no avail so far. It is now up to all of us, to all of Amsterdam and to the worldwide community that is connected to the ADM to put a stop to this madness and create a better future for the ADM and the rest of Amsterdam.
2 ADM SUPPORT
An overwhelming number of people have asked us how to support the ADM:
Help us get the message out to your community: use your own media, mailing lists and publications. Get connected and help the ADM to connect to your initiative.
Keep in mind it is not just the ADMrs that will suffer from eviction, all of us risk losing a very important meeting place for Amsterdam and international free culture. If we let them take the ADM, the pressure on the next collective housing/work project or independent venue will only increase, as the value of real estate in this city booms. Look at what is happening to social housing and small businesses. In short, Amsterdam is becoming too expensive and too boring for ordinary and extraordinary people.
So, first of all: Come to the ADEV street parade on Saturday October 20th and dress up, bring banners, painted umbrella's, good spirits, and make our BIG presence felt. The theme of this year's parade is FREE SPACES NOW. Starting point: Stopera (town hall), Amsterdam. Start debate: 12.00h. Demo start:13.00h.
Soon after ADEV there will be a meeting of grass-roots organisations and free space defenders from around town to discuss how to best defend ADM and our shared interests.
The ADM support group meets a few times a week and has a long to do list: we need help with writing and translating updates and stories, designing art work, gathering radio content, cooking, decor making for ADEV, banner fixing, distributing, poster sticking around town etc. etc. etc. Get in touch with the ADM support group: email@example.com
- We re designing new ADM posters and stickers but send us your own designs too. Or just go ahead and print and distribute them. Posters for the ADEV can be picked up at Fort van Sjakoo
- Make a banner and hang it on your building or on other strategic sites. It's also possible to order a banner through our website: https://adm.amsterdam/support/banners You can also join our banner hanging team
- We are planning a big X-mas market this autumn and will need event volunteers.
- We are planning several other street protest actions, but cannot be too specific yet, check our website for latest info. Please do not hesitate to organise your own solidarity action.
- ADM will open a 'pop up consulate' in town.
- Sign our petition that asks the mayor of Amsterdam to save the ADM: https://adm.amsterdam/petition
- And if none of the above appeals to you then send us your money: https://adm.amsterdam/donate
ADM TOO BIG TO FAIL -- I Amsterdam We ADM -- FREE SPACE NOW -- YOUR SLOGAN
3 ADM goes EUROPEAN HUMAN RIGHTS COURT:
With the help of Electra Leda Koutra, our Greek human rights lawyer and ADM supporter, we are starting up a court case at The Human Rights Court in Strasbourg, since the Dutch court failed in safeguarding the rights of the peoples that are living at ADM. The case is focused on :
- the right for a fair trial
- the right to live in the way people have chosen to
- the right of preserving the cultural and artistic heritage of the ADM
A 21 year old established living culture and community like the ADM is entitled to protection under European Human Rights law. These cases take on average 5 years, so our lawyer will apply for a 'temporary measure', in order to postpone the eviction date of December 25th. 2018
4 ADM is CULTURAL HERITAGE
The ADM has applied at the Knowledge Center for Intangible Heritage of the Netherlands to obtain official recognition, and visited their regional meet-up last week to talk about the application in progress.
View our submission here
5 ADM in THE GUARDIAN
View / read that article here (or click on the picture above)
6 ADM CLIMATE CALL
This summer we made a climate call to the Amsterdam council to protect the ADM forest and wildlife. The call was endorsed by environmental organisations such as URGENDA, Dwars (the Green Left Youth organisation), ASEED etc. If your organisation wants to co-sign the call, drop us a line firstname.lastname@example.org. READ the CLIMATE CALL: https://adm.amsterdam/article/klimaatoproep-red-de-adm-biotoop
Local political party AmsterdamBij1 fully endorses the call, but the rest of the councilors kept quiet so far. We followed up this week with a reminder, after the latest UN report climate alarm. On October 8 Urgenda won a major court victory against the Dutch state, which is now legally obliged to cut greenhouse gas emissions according to international agreements. Interestingly the only fast way to cut national carbon emissions is by shutting down the huge old Hemweg coal power plant opposite the ADM. This adds a major new dimension and perspective to the port/industrial zone around the ADM.
7 ADM meets ZAD (in Paradiso)
On Wednesday October 10 an ADM participated in a public event with members of ZAD (Zone A Defendre) in France. ZAD is a large occupied area, where the farmers and other occupants won a long battle to stop the development of an airport in a beautiful rural area close to Nantes, in spite of all the odds. They effectively resisted eviction and have built up nationwide support by continuing to share their message of sustainable farming and living on common land. They shared their experience of unity in diversity and inclusion of every type of activism, from lobby work to blockades by 30.000 supporters. A very inspiring evening for all present. The evening was broadcast 'live' on Radio Papillon
8 ADM at FUTURE PLAY
On the 30th birthday of the Nieuw & Meer collective in the South of Amsterdam a new map was presented of the Culturele Stelling van Amsterdam, a string of independent cultural centers and collectives - most of which started as big squat centers - and this includes the ADM. The presentation was followed by talks about what kind of future lies ahead for independent culture, how to organize community and how to reinforce strong networks and communities since squatting is criminalized.
9 WHAT ARE THE POLITICIANS DOING?
A dedicated ADM lobby group has devoted itself to influencing local politicians. Although the previous council missed every chance to prevent the current situation with the ADM terrain, new expectations arose after the Green Left won the local elections this year: Amsterdam now has a Green Left council majority and a Green Left Mayor. In a final bid to convince the councilors of what this city stands to lose if the ADM is lost, ADMrs have compiled dozens and dozens of statements and presented them in beautifully crafted treasure boxes for each aldermen and the mayor. Up till now the ADM received not a single response to the theatrical presentation and impressive content. Impression of boxes and content will be on our website soon.
The municipality could buy the ADM property back and could cash the increased value of the land in stead of a private company. Why not decide to keep the ADM terrain with the priceless treasure of the ADM community in place - or at least keep it there until a comparable location is realized. Left-wing councilors are asking for an economic survey into this option, which the economics alderman Udo Kock refuses to produce - but he could be pushed to do this by a council vote. At the same time the alderman tried to wipe out the agreement made in 2017 stating that The City Board can't take any steps related to ADM that would be irreversible without first consulting the entire council. His attempt was blocked by council members The ADM will speak on the meeting of the council Committee of Culture on October 17th covering Art, Diversity and Improved Democracy as outlined by the Green Left Party intentions. There will be two more council committee meetings where the ADM will be discussed: Oct 18th and Nov 1st, with ADM speakers. Two more council meetings are planned before the 25th of December, on November 7th and 8th. Let's get the ADM message to the new council out, loud and clear now:
YOU'RE WANTING WHAT WE'RE ALREADY DOING!
Every Sunday: yoga + food + 'live' music + ADMradio Papillon broadcast (in and around the ADM bar)
Every Tuesday evening: ADM support group meet up: email for details (email@example.com)
October 17th: ADM in city council committee meeting for Culture (13.30h. Stopera)
October 18th: ADM in city council committee meeting for Finance & Economics (19.30h. Stopera)
October 18th: Info night for residents living near the sludge fields. Organisation: Municipality of Amsterdam (19.00h. Burgerzaal Stadsdeelkantoor Amsterdam Noord, Buikslotermeerplein 2000)
October 20th : ADEV street parade, Amsterdam in defense of ADM and Free Spaces. Starting point: Stopera (town hall), Amsterdam. Start debate: 12.00h. Demo start:13.00h.
October 24th: Free Zone grassroots organisations meeting (19.30h. Zaal-100)
November 7th: Premiere of the new ADM documentary 'An Autonomous Life' (20.30h. Filmhuis Cavia, Amsterdam)
December 4th: public debate Free Experimental Zones - Pakhuis de Zwijger, organised by ADM, 15.00h. with experts, politicians, scientists on zones with minimal regulations, artists, architects etc.
December 21st: start Christmas market
December 31st: New Years Eve party