Category Archives: Café Simpatico

Cafe Simpatico January 26: Postponed until February

The Victoria Central America Support Committee has decided to postpone our January 26 Cafe Simpatico.

On January 26 and 27, 2018, Victoria will be hosting the Site C Summit (www.sitecsummit.ca). We encourage everyone to register to attend this important event. Solidarity is both local and global!

Please join us at the February Cafe:
Cafe Simpatico – February 23

The Persistent Struggle for Justice in Guatemala Today — A situational analysis of the social and legal actions to bring down impunity.

Presentation by Wendy Mendez, human rights activist, petitioner in the Military Diary case, co-founder of HIJOS Guatemala (sons and daughters of the disappeared), and popular educator.

1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7 pm/ music at 7:30 pm/ presentation at 8 pm.
Fair trade coffee for sale, refreshments, admission by donations.

Cafe Simpatico: Digging Spanish Earth

New documentary film screening and discussion by filmmaker Tom Shandel
Friday, November 24
1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7 pm  Music 7:30 pm, Presentation at 8 pm 
“In 1937, Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens, together with Ernest Hemingway, traveled to Spain to make a film supporting the democratic Republican Government against the nationalist/fascist revolt led by Generalissimo Francisco Franco, the events which would open the way to the Second World War.  The Ivens film, titled El Tierra Español, is considered a cinematic masterpiece, the first consciously propaganda documentary, attempting to get America to give food and munitions to the beleaguered partisans fighting for their democratic survival.Digging the Spanish Earth explores the original masterpiece and the consequences still evident in Spain today. 

 

Presented by the Victoria Central America Support Committee (CASC)
Refreshments served-Fair Trade organic coffee for sale-admission by donation

Café Simpatico Oct 27

From The Thrift Store to the Tianguis:
Unraveling the Fabric of the U.S.-Mexico Border

with Melissa Guthier

Melissa Gauthier will speak about the international second-hand clothing trade and discuss how gifts of unwanted garments are commodified by charity collectors and commercial recyclers of worn clothing in the Global North and become a resource for developing local livelihoods in the Global South. She will share insights from her research into used clothing markets along the U.S.-Mexico border in an attempt to unravel the moral complexities of this trade characterised by increasing social and economic inequalities both within and between trading states. Melissa is a cultural anthropologist and a member of the Anthropology Department at the University of Victoria.
Used clothes for sale.
1923 Fernwood Road.
Doors open at 7 pm
Music at 7:30 pm
Presentation at 8 pm
Admission by donation

Presented by the Victoria Central America Support Committee
Refreshments served and fair trade organic coffee for sale

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Café Simpatico, Friday, September 29

Pension Plans and Social Justice with Kay Gimbel

1923 Fernwood Road: Doors open at 7 pm
7:30 pm: Music with Sharon Hazelwood and Alan O’Dane
8 pm Presentation

Kay will speak about the Canadian Pension Investments and some startling examples of how our money funds injustice globally – from mining to nuclear arms. He will enlighten us about other pension  plans with a more ethical investment strategy. Promises to be a stimulating evening with discussion and action suggestions.

Kay worked for BC Ferries and was the BC Ferries Union representative on the Public Service Pension Plan Advisory Committee for five years, Kay is active in the Mining Justice Action
Committee and gave a talk to Café Simpatico last year on his experiences as a delegate of Rights Action; to Honduras in 2016. Recently retired Kay will soon receive his first Canada
Pension Plan cheque.

Refreshments served (if you’d like to donate goodies please coordinate with Susan: 4susan@telus.net )
Our own fair trade, organic Nicaraguan coffee beans for sale: freshly roasted: still $13/ 454 g./ 1 pound

Presented by Victoria Central America Support committee: Admission by donation: Information 250 595 7519

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Cuba in Transformation: New Openings, New Challenges

Cafe Simpatico
Friday, April 28, 8pm
1923 Fernwood Road.

Event Poster: Cuba in Transofrmation

Our speaker, Alexandrine Boudreault-Fournier is Assistant Professor in Anthropology at UVic. Since 2000, she has conducted ethnographic research in Cuba about youth, popular culture, music, media, and infrastructure.

Many things have happened since December 17, 2014, the day that Barak Obama and Raul Castro announced the beginning of the process of normalizing the relationship between Cuba and the United States. This talk will discuss the current and near future changes occurring in Cuba due to this opening, with a specific focus on economic, political, and cultural implications.

Admission by donation

Refreshments available

 

CAFÉ SIMPATICO Friday Feb. 24

Music 7:30pm  with Nedjo Rogers Presentation:  8pm

Palestine in my heart:

a journey into a land of olives and occupation

with Terry WolfwoodTerry reports with a slide presentation on her recent journey to Palestine and Jordan where she met with teachers, students, farmers, activists, artists, writers and local officials to learn about their struggles for justice in their occupied country. She also participated in the olive harvest, help plant olive trees to replace those destroyed by the occupier; olives and olive oil are the main source of income in Palestine. Discussion & action ideas to follow.  Free admission

Special Palestinian refreshments served

1923 Fernwood Road

Cafe Simpatico Nov. 25: Fractured Land and the Fight to Stop the Site C Dam

Come and view this excellent new film on the impact that resource extraction is having in B.C.’s northeast. After the film we will have an update on the movement to stop the site C Dam with members of the Kairos Rolling Justice Bus trip that visited the area last summer.

 

Friday, November 25th 8pm *

1923 Fernwood Rd.

*Music by Art Farquarson 7:30pm*

Admission by donation * refreshments available * 250-598- 7690

Cafe Simpatico Highlights: October 2016

Thanks to Jane Brett for this review of October’s Cafe Simpatico with Dr Bill Carroll.

I am thrilled to be able to share some highlights from last night’s Cafe Simpatico organized by the amazing Central American Support Committee:

Diana Lindley’s Love-a-lution” song is up on the UN site.

Dr. Bill Carroll’s short videos about a world in crisis and the political possibilities for a better future are up on his YouTube channel. We saw the following four which made for an excellent discussion afterwards:

Details of the
“Corporate Mapping Project”
which Bill is involved with are also available online.