This is an invitation to an action after the transnational camp of Rhythms of Resistance in Amsterdam.
You have probably heard us playing during demonstrations and actions. Rhythms of Resistance-Amsterdam is part of an international network of action-samba bands. Once every year the RoR bands from all over Europe and beyond come together for a meeting to discuss our politics and share our skills. This year, with RoR Amsterdam we are organising the meeting here. We will have a week of skill sharing and discussing, and want to finish with a massive samba supported action.
This means there will be around 60-70 activist sambistas from different locations ready and willing to support our local struggles. RoR Amsterdam together with other local activist took the initiative to start developing a frame work of action. On Monday 4th of July we will gather at 11:00 at “De Dokwerker”, Jonas Daniël Meijerplein and form a march to an undisclosed location. While making music and dancing through the city we want to draw attention to serious local issues.
The overarching theme is that money and consumption are closing up public space in Amsterdam. Alternative sounds are oppressed by the monoculture of budgeted projects and whoever does not consume is suspicious and unwelcome. But the city is not a theme park. With different groups we want to show that we are still here and we will not allow our space to be taken away. We will march through the city and stop at different symbolic places. Places that show that our priority is not money, but free spaces, democratic universities, social housing and refugee rights! Let’s march, dance and make music together!