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Febuary / March 2010
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Spring spring spring = Frühling Frühling Frühling! The snow has finally melted on the streets of Berlin. The pavements are drying up and the dog shit from last December is being revealed. And how we have waited! This Bulletin brings news of not only spring, but a brand new book AND a brand new website. The Assembly Meeting in Den Bosch is also coming up and will most certainly bring us strength to get rid of the last of the dog droppings. People of Loesje; it is time to fall in love! Enjoy! Jessica and Tara and Hranush
Loesje Visitor’s address: Karl-Kunger-Straße 55, Berlin Alt-Treptow Post address: P.O.Box 910138 12413 Berlin, Germany tel: +49-30-97882577 www.loesje.org email@example.com Members only Page: www.loesje.org/members Login: member Password: IntMem#&
Jessica has been working non-stop for two weeks to get things going on our new creative common cyberspace! The whole office has been involved in the process. Writing the texts, giving input on the menu-structure, posing
Index: Cover - Monthly featured street art
The new web site is basically a collection of Loesje’s friends from all over
2 - Dear Bulletin
law, history, the ongoing projects and the great poster library in a new
3 - Website
presentation, there is room for YOU to create content! If you have new
4 - Assembly
posters you can upload them. If your local group doesn’t have a web site
6 - Members Weekend
you can create a group on www.loesje.org and use as a communication
7 - Sparkling Workshops in England
the world. Besides finding general information about Loesje, sticking
base. The bulletin has finally entered the digital era (about five years after
9 - Summer Camp
everyone else, but anyway) and is available every month as an online
10 - Passport Book
reading feature and also as downloadable pdf.
12 - Sexually Free 14 - Does Loesje have Solidarity?
for the new web-shop and hearing numerous curse words being muttered.
The web-shop is stocked with t-shirts, whacky tags and books. Go get them! Some things remain to be done. Especially when it comes to the interactive
17 - New Poster Series from Sweden
online features under “JOIN!” and with the web-shop payments. So be
19 - Agenda
grand for Loesje and her friends.
patient, bear with us and you’ll see that the cyber-future is going to be
You could also note that 's-Hertogenbosch
be. Don’t cross the bridge! Then you have
is 10 minutes by direct train from Eindhoven
gone too far. Call, if you are in trouble:
Airport and 1 hour by direct train from
Amsterdam Airport and 1,5 hour by indirect
You can still influence the program for the
train from Rotterdam Airport. In case you
assembly by mailing your suggestions to
plan to come by plane...
Will you come to the assembly (formerly known as Boardmeeting) 18th-21st of March?
The program so far will include:
unfortunately not working anymore. The
route description and mini tour through
it’s result, the book “What borders do you
cross to be free”
From the station. Walk in the direction of
the city centre. Pass and greet the golden
poster in Berlin”
dragon on a pillar. Walk straight on. Pass
a bridge and the old defense works (on
by printing it ourselves)
your right). Walk straight on. At the end of
the street turn right (towards McDonalds).
series and Bulletins of the last 6 months
Walk on until you reach the medieval
new international plans & ideas
Market Square. Cross the Market Square,
workshop on the identity of Loesje
stay on the left. Take the street next to
/Loesje’s international team
the McDonalds and the unicorn pharmacy.
evaluating the passport project and
presenting the new project “Put up a brainstorm on money making (no, not evaluating the international poster
This is the Hinthamerstraat. Walk on. Cross the crossing. On the left you see a white The assembly is your chance to meet other active Loesje members from different countries, influence the future plans of Loesje and help to evaluate the past. Everyone joins on their own costs, we cook together and lodge and have workshops in a few rooms rented in an old (and very comfortable)
building (the library) on the right you see St. Johns Cathedrale. Take the second street on your right hand, the Clarastraat. Walk on. This street becomes Papenhulst. The second big building on the left has a red door, that's number 24! The place to
squat in den Bosch/'s-Hertogenbosch in the south of the Netherlands. You should bring a sleeping bag and sleeping mattress. If you are coming, please tell us so we know how many people to expect, by mailing firstname.lastname@example.org Please note that the official name of den Bosch is 's-Hertogenbosch. That's important in case you want to book a train ticket. Also to make sure you will get off the train in 's-Hertogenbosch instead of
See you at the Assembly!
waiting for den Bosch. (That can take a while... :-)
It's a bit confusing but hey...
Sparkling workshops in England Loesje's members weekend in Buren, The Netherlands.
One Foggy Friday evening some people went on their way to a little village to spend some time together in a house which looked like it had seen a lot of boy scouts during the years. They came together to discuss and think about how Loesje sees the world, how she would like it to be, has she maybe changed her mind on some matters. Is she confused or is it more the people who surround her and sign posters with her signature that have to question some things more often to become clear themselves. Of course Loesje is in all the office people, members and friends therefore she is very diverse because everybody sees her a little bit different. Some think she is an anarchist and some that she's not. It might be because the definitions of anarchism may differ and vary in peoples heads depending on their own experiences or the influence of society's opinion, backround or who knows. Often it seems that anarchism is connected with riots, rebellion and noisy punks drinking on the streets. Well, Loesje is not about riots (at least not the violent ones), that's what we all know. In Meindert's word Loesje believes in a society where everybody is of equal worth but not equal. She believes
everybody should have the same chance. What more came out of discussions was what Loesje thinks about change. As far as I personally understand she is for change, but not because of change itself, but more to make people see, that if they don't like something they themselves can do something about it, which leads us to the next point...Loesje is anti-authoritarian, she doesn't take nor need orders from anyone from an â€œupper positionâ€?, she's perfectly capable of making up her own mind and she doesn't believe that leaders or politicians should exist, just because they have been existing for a long time and therefore they're good. Although, sometimes, younger Loesje's need some guidance and then they can turn to older Loesje's and it seems that in some cases older Loesje's opinions are more trusted, merely because they have more experience to speak on behalf of Loesje's personality/identity. As said this works as a guide to the younger ones into the amazing world of Loesje. Just like that Loesje was once again opened a bit and closed again(till next time) with more clarity in everyone's minds. Or perhaps raised more interesting questions.....?
There was a special magic in the air last weekend. The weekends workshops coincided with the end of the 'Showzam' festival; a festival celebrating circus, magic and variety and International Mother Tongue Day. Loesje introduced herself to a new range of eager friends all keen to unleash their collective creativity. Exploring a range of themes from Magic and Entertainment to Language and Culture we produced a new set of posters that have now been put up around Blackpool alongside a series of stickers with corresponding wordings.
/ Rick email@example.com
I HAVE THE GI GG L ES
IF I EAT TOO MUCH FAIRTRADE CHOCOLATE
WILL MY TEETH GO TO HEAVEN
DO YOU WANT SOME
The Summercamp of 2010 will take place in Betzdorf, Germany from the 14th-23rd of July. To check out the place you can go to: WE NEED HUMAN CHANGE
www.cvjm-betzdorf.de/ www.loesje.org firstname.lastname@example.org
ID CARDS SO THE GOVERNMENT CAN KEEP ME UPDATED ON MY DEVELOPMENTS MOANING SHOULD BE KEPT TO THE BEDROOM
More info, as well as the signing up form, you will be able to find on the Members page of the new website a bit later in spring. But already now book the dates in your calendar!
You will have probably heard about Loesje’s passport and its travels, collecting stories about experiences of border crossing from people from different cultures and countries around the world. Well, it’s here, it’s finally out! The book contains diary entries, emails, action reports, notes from friends, drawings and of course posters! It makes for very interesting reading so if you or your local cafe/library/club don’t yet have a copy then you can email email@example.com telling us your name, address and phone number. The books come in quantities of 10, 25 or 50. Along with the book, there is also a travelling exhibition, if you are interested in hosting this exhibition then please email Freja@loesje.org. Hope you enjoy the book!
Initiative, Solidarity, Anti-Authoritarian Sexually Free, Decisive, A-Religious and Independent
xts sexuall y te r e h e r a , e e st ll y fr Is Loesje sexuaanis ation sexuall y free and ela free, is the orgare her friends sexuall y fre ? but not least, Sexually free doesn’t have that much to do with sex, at least not to me. It has everything to do with gender. Sexually free to me means not being judged or criticized on the basis of your gender, but on the basis of what you do as a person. Gender is not an aspect in this judgement. Ideally speaking..To clarify this I’ll give you some examples. Sexually free means that you expect a woman to do the maintenance of her own computer. That man, without external motivation, clean the toilet. Sexually free means that you dare to ask whomever how they are doing and that when a man is nicely dressed, you don’t feel weird telling him so. That you ask a woman what she thought of the football game, or when the Formula 1 race starts. Well, that would truly be an ideal situation. So, here’s reality. Most people I know do show sexually predictable behaviour. I mainly know women that like to bake cakes, men that talk about football all the time, women that fancy men an men that are attracted by women. Remarkable, because I myself believe to be amongst
pretty liberal people. Perhaps, we’re not as emancipated as we think. Perhaps, we don’t really want to be. Gender gives us clarification, we know what to say to one another, and what to expect from them in return. To what extent is your behaviour unintentionally coloured by gender? Women that are waiting for men to take the initiative, men that do not cry when they’re in pain, women listening to problems, men that don’t want to talk about them. Because it is the rule. Because you’ve learned that throughout your upbringing. Because it makes sense, a lot of times. Because girls play with dolls and boys play with cars. Why do we try to be sexually free; do we try to think sexually free for all, or do we try that for the exceptions. For the boys that like Hello Kitty, the girls that climb mountains, the guys that wear make-up, the bigmouthed girls? Do we think this way in order to not discriminate gays, to give equal opportunity and to develop interests? To allow guys to become nurses and cleaners and girls carpenters or CEO’s?
e e r f y l ual x e lt. s u g c i n f i Think emely dif r is ext The gender of the other is normally one of the first and most dominant characteristics we see. Try to turn that off. Perhaps it’s easier to not expect anything from someone else. But that does not simplify daily communication. How about Loesje, are her texts sexually free? I don’t think so. Auntie Rita bakes the cookies, Cousin Carl does tough guy stuff, Loesje is (overall) heterosexual and her kidbrother loves the girls. Is the organisation sexually free? In theory, I would say yes, but in practice, no not really. Even though there is a lot of space within the organisation, to do whatever one likes, there are stereotypical roles to which we adapt. When we talk about small things like watering the plants, paying the bills, driving the car, being chairperson, buying sweets, and of course cleaning, Loesje’s friends are not sexually free. But they are more sexually free than the average person. The guys show their emotions and the women can be dominant. The guys spend hours in the kitchen cooking, the girls ignore the dust balls and walk around the mess. Most of Loesjes friends are heterosexual, the girls check out the guys, the guys stare at the girls. A good example of sexually influenced behaviour is toughness. Most people within Loesje are rather tough. Well, you have to be tough if you’re going to stick posters on the streets. But this toughness shows differently in girls than in guys. The girls are independent, always have an answer and aren’t easily scared away.
The guys talk about their achievements, or footballers goals, make witty remarks and drink and party quite a bit more than the girls do. You might want to prove me wrong, and I’ll give you plenty of opportunity to do so. We’ll be talking about the questions in the first paragraph at the Dutch members Saturday, the 6th of March, but all of you who cannot make it there, please send in your replies and reactions to the bulletin, so we can have a lively discussion for all to follow. Do we want to be known as a sexually free organization, do you find it important, necessary. Or is it just a bunch of idealistical bullshit. Do you agree, or disagree with the statements mentioned before? After all, they’re just my thoughts, and I can’t wait to hear yours.
Greetings, Geertje (NL)
Initiative, Solidarity, Anti-Authoritarian Sexually Free, Decisive, A-Religious and Independent
ur insurance. However, when you fall sick there still is money to pay the hospital bills, because everybody else also paid their fares. The system works, but we do not necessarily recognize the solidarity in this construction.
People at s ee solidarity use the th c o n tr a b ecom es obli argum ent thaats aasn emotional ac tion longer is a co gatory, as with thissoon as solidarity b en efi t from thnscious ac tion, to p insurance, it no burden. We lo e s am e system, bu ay so we can all for on e anoth ose the idea that t another monthly reimbursem e er and people wilwe are doing this of equali ty, th nts to keep costs dol star t to cut on e foundation o w he principle f solidarnit.yT , thus is lo st. During the members weekend in the Netherlands we had a discussion on one of the Loesje key values – Solidarity. Here is a small report from that discussion. With the Dutch weather being unpredictable as always, we gathered in the cosy area of the office to reheat ourselves with some discussion. Most of us did agree that Loesje is solidarity, and will stay that way. The true heart of the discussion evolved around the definition of solidarity, if solidarity should have a compulsory character, and the border between solidarity and philanthropy.
One can be so lidarity for vari guilt, move ou y ideals, o asons; ecause stand up fodr b r out of dsisre th a greemeb e responsibility b underdog, fight inju nt. You caonf stice, take ut also defend up your your own intere sts. Sometimes you can only be solidarity if you have something left over, that you don’t need yourself, for instance money. But knowledge can also be the fuel of your solidarity. Quite often, you’re solidarity with a social group that stands lower on a socio-economic scale. Having solidarity can also be a group process, think of the unions and working class leagues. Solidarity can be a one way process, you are having solidarity with a minority group, or a two way process, in which you have solidarity with a group or person because they show the same commitment towards you. So, this we now know. Someone makes some fresh coffee, the cookies go round and we are starting to get warmer. Next question; do we have solidarity, and if so, with who and why? With whom you have solidarity, depends on how you yourself value certain issues, and moreover, what you rank higher and that what you see as less important. Some people see solidarity as an emotional action, others use their ratio. They are the ones that see solidarity with a compulsory character. Solidarity has to be structured in a central way, according to them. An example of this compulsory solidarity is the Dutch health insurance system, in which having a basic health insurance is obligatory. We pay a set amount each month, knowing it might be very unlikely that we’ll need othat we have with one another.
But, one says, solidarity without obligation is equal to philanthropy. People that support minorities out of free will, with food, money, knowledge. The main difference with solidarity however, is that solidarity can be a wish, a feeling, an expression of willpower. Philanthropy always is an action, a donation. The blackboard is wiped again. More words are scrabbled on the surface. We feel that there is a certain direction in this discussion, and with that to back us up, we know start to explore the solidarity within Loesje. We recognize solidarity in certain aspects of Loesje; in the topics that we write about, the texts we publish and the discussions. Solidarity can show in the topics we touch upon, but also in our lifestyle. We buy organic foods, fair trade coffee and we recycle. And in the way that we publish our posters, on the street, for everybody there to see free of cost. Last but not least, when we get workshop requests from small but nice organisations, that might not have the means to pay the full price. We make sure that they as well can enjoy writing with us by giving them cheaper or free workshops. Of course the last example is mainly visible in the Netherlands. But overall, we don’t want people to miss out just because they don’t have a lot of money. For members too, we give travel reimbursements for activities and if someone is not able to pay for a member’s weekend, we find constructions for that too. That all is solidarity.
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We should be social Avant-Garde. Loesje should also be initiating change, not only supporting it. What remains important is the cause. We have to feel connected to the cause and its beneficiaries. Every member of Loesje decides that for themselves; if they want to be solidarity with studying mums, the farmers or squatters. But, solidarity may not become too dominant within our actions. Our actions cannot be driven on empathy. It does however often lead to themed series that can be found on the website. We feel that solidarity is strongly connected to time. As a value, it disappeared from society for a while and changed to a feeling strongly connected to the third world. Now our own societies are on a downwards slope, we recognize it again in initiatives like the food bank, where people and families in need can get food. Politicians have also been spotted again using words as solidarity. Within Loesje we feel it is more static. After 26 years, there is not one person doubting if
solidarity and Loesje go together or not. We still feel the urge to improve, but the dynamics of our solidarity can be found in whom we support and where we support them. I don’t want to put a definite conclusion here, because what I started to realize here, writing the summary of our discussion, is that solidarity takes up a special spot within Dutch society. It started years ago with the welfare state, and continues on today. Perhaps people from former Soviet states don’t feel the same about compulsory solidarity, and people from southern countries might see solidarity as something more private. I would like to invite you all to tell me if I just touched upon some stereotypes, if you feel that solidarity is still necessary and if you feel that solidarity is something connected to Loesje. Also, if you have the feeling that solidarity is something completely different, share your thoughts. In solidarity, as some may say ;)
Hi! Here comes some brand new posters from Sweden! Some of them are from a workshop we had in Stockholm, and some of them from the workshop we had in Luleå, commissioned by Norrbottens läns landsting. The texts are written by two high school classes and the themes are Future and Multitude. All posters are from January 2010 Have a nice day!
Agenda Bosch, bly in den m e s s A h arc 18th-21st, M s d cism Netherlan and anti ra r e d n e G ay 8th - 15th M tzdort, exch ange ercamp, Be m m u S ly Ju 14th - 23rd Germany
Fuck morals go with the feeling If it’s illegal to open other peoples letters why is it legal to read my mail
International contact list Loesje in Armenia firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje in Austria www.loesje.at email@example.com Loesje in Belarus http://loesje05.at.tut.by firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje in Belgium http://www.loesje.org/belgie email@example.com Loesje in Cameroun firstname.lastname@example.org
You don’t need money if you’re rich
Loesje in England email@example.com www.loesje.co.uk Loesje in Estonia www.loesje.ee firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome! Here everyone is accepted, except those who are different
Buy one pay for two
Loesje in Germany www.loesje.de email@example.com
Loesje in Portugal www.loesje.org/portugal firstname.lastname@example.org
Loesje Georgia www.loesje.ge
Loesje in Russia www.loesje.ru email@example.com
Loesje in Greece firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje on Iceland email@example.com Loesje in Latvia www.lv.loesje.org firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje in Lithuania email@example.com Loesje in Nepal firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje in the Netherlands www.loesje.nl email@example.com
Loesje in Finland www.loesje.fi firstname.lastname@example.org
Loesje in Macedonia email@example.com
Loesje in France http://www.loesje.org/france firstname.lastname@example.org
Loesje in Poland email@example.com http://www.loesje.pl
Loesje in Scotland firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje Hungary www.hvsf.hu email@example.com Loesje in Serbia firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje in Slovenia email@example.com Loesje in Spain firstname.lastname@example.org Loesje in Sweden www.loesje.se email@example.com Loesje in the USA firstname.lastname@example.org International Loesje projects www.loesje.org/passport www.creativeacts.org