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Undermining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala

The Mining Justice Action Committee and the Victoria Central America Support Committee

invite you to an evening with Guatemalan activists on:

Undermining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala

Nov. 18th, at 7 PM Cadboro Bay United Church 2625 Arbutus Rd.


Luis Fernando García Monroy was shot outside the mine when he was participating in a peaceful protest in 2013 and was a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources that just finished; he works as a paralegal/community organizer with the Xinka Parliament now)

Ellen Moore’s path to extractive industry work began in Guatemala with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. 2015, Ellen joined the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

All Welcome: Admission by donation

Cafe simpatico Oct. 25: Adventures in activism

Local internationalist and long time CASC member Kevin Neish will
give an illustrated talk and lead a discussion about his 30 years of work as a human rights defender in Guatemala, El Salvador, Colombia, Palestine, theUnist’ot’en Camp and four Freedom Flotillas to Gaza. In particular he will talk about the use and abuse of “white/class privilege” in solidarity work.

Music by Grupo Raices

The roots of Latin American music with musical director, composer and guitarist Diego Barrientos; Alberto Callo on percussion and vocals; and Chrissie Forster on vocals, flute and guitar.

7pm – doors open
7:30pm – music
8pm – presentation

1625 Fernwood Road
Fernwood Community Association

Admission by donation
Refreshments and fair trade organic coffee

Cooperativa: la Lucha sigue (Cooperative: The struggle continues)

Cafe Simpatico,
Friday September 27, 2019

Coffee farmer on the cooperative in Nicaragua

World Community and Cafe Etico Journey to several organic coffee farms in the jungle highlands of Nicaragua (the source of World Community Coffee and Cafe Etico.) Farmers discuss how their fair trade arrangements with the co-ops have brought some security to their families. The film also follows the process of both cacao and milk production of what is considered the poorest country in Central America.

The film will be followed by discussion with Steve Stewart of CoDev of Vancouver.

Admission by donation.

Doors at 7pm
Music at 7:30pm
Presentation at 8pm

Refreshments and Nicaraguan Fair Trade Coffee available
Presented by: The Victoria Central America Support Committee

Cafe simpatico may 31, 2019

You are invited to a special film showing at Café Simpatico

Mujer. Se va la vida, compañera

(Spanish with English sub-titles)

The first showing in Canada of this film from Mexico, the fascinating story of three women activists in Mexico City woven together by the songs and music of a beloved folksinger.

Directora: Mariana X. Rivera  

Música: León Chávez Teixeiro

Friday, May 31

1923 Fernwood Road          

Doors open 7 pm Music 7:30 pm    Film at 8 pm

Sponsored by Victoria Central America Support Committee and Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation.

All welcome: Admission by donation

Refreshments and Fair Trade Coffee

The photos were taken at the opening of a Women’s Film Festival in Mexico in March 2019

Cafe Simpatico: Friday April 26

Tourism in the Peruvian Andes: Marketing Spirituality and Romance

An illustrated talk by Dr. Karoline Guelke, University of Victoria, Department of Anthropology

Based on her fieldwork, Karoline will address the problems of inequality, cultural appropriation, and more, associated with tourism in Latin America. Benefits of tourism, as expressed by local people, will also be discussed. The presentation will be accompanied by slides from Dr Guelke’s travels.

1923 Fernwood Road. Victoria BC

Doors open at 7 pm 

Music at 7:30 pm

Presentation at 8 pm

All welcome

Admission by donation

Refreshments: Fair Trade coffee

Cafe Simpatico Friday, March 29

You are invited to a presentation and discussion with

Steve Stewart on Canadian foreign policy in Latin America with Venezuela, Honduras and beyond

The Canadian government’s inflammatory position regarding Venezuela has been in the news recently, but much more is happening that does not make headlines in Canada. Steve will present on the impacts of Canadian foreign policy in Venezuela, Honduras and elsewhere in Latin America.

Steve Stewart is CoDev’s Executive Director, and a former journalist.  He covered the civil wars and land, labour and human rights struggles during the 1990s in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador for the CERIGUA news agency. He was the Co-Chair of the Americas Policy Group from April 2016-March, 2019 and is active with BC CASA/Cafe Justicia and the Mining Justice Alliance. CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev) is a Vancouver-based NGO that builds partnerships between organizations in Canada and Latin America to support women’s, workers and human rights and sustainable development.

1923 Fernwood Road

Doors open at 7 pm: Music at 7:30 p, Presentation at 8:0 pm

All welcome: Admission by donation

Refreshments: Fair Trade coffee

Report on the premiere of “STORIES FROM THE WALLED-OFF HOTEL” A play by Theresa Wolfwood

Cafe Simpatico hosted the premiere of this play at a reading on Feb. 22. 2019/ It was well received and was followed by an engaged discussion.  The audience was given these background notes to help understand the context of the play. We hope you will find them of interest before you view the video and after you will find the resources helpful for action.

Background notes:  Stories from the Walled-off Hotel                                     

The play is set in a hotel recently conceived by the British artist, Banksy in order to encourage tourism in Bethlehem. It is in a dangerous area of Bethlehem, close to the Israeli-constructed wall, near the gate and check point of entry to an Israeli military presence. It is near several refugee camps that have been there since 1948 as a result of the ‘Nakba’. Israeli soldiers often come through the gate and enter these camps, spraying tear gas and harassing and detaining residents.

All the characters portrayed in the play are fictitious. The events and background stories are based on reality; people were buried alive in Nablus; homes and whole villages are continually being bulldozed and destroyed; residents are driven out by force. More than 1.5 million trees have been destroyed by the Israeli occupiers; replanting olive trees and harvesting from orchards are dangerous activities; people including children are killed during these times; others are detained, jailed or injured.

People are killed by the Israeli military during peaceful demonstrations. Israel often takes the bodies of their victims if they can. Roads and checkpoints are closed at the whim of the occupier.

Yes, some Israelis call Palestinians ‘cockroaches’.

This play conveys the strong resistance that Palestinians integrate into their daily life, as they have for more than seventy years. Palestinians believe that living a full, normal and culturally rich life is an essential part of their resistance.

The One Democratic State movement is gaining support among Israelis and Palestinians. They call for a one secular, democratic state with an equal vote for all and with the right of return for the seven million Palestinians living in exile around the world. At this time almost two million Palestinians live as 2nd class citizens within Israel and more than 700,000 Israelis live in illegal settlements with special services and access within the West Bank of Palestine.

The pay is dedicated to all those thousands of Palestinians who have died in the struggle for freedom and independence of their country. The four people named are; Nizin Jamjoum, a fourteen year old girl, shot while standing on the balcony of her family home in Hebron; Ziad Abu Ain a[i][i]senior, minister in in the Palestine Authority government; Aisha al-Rawbi, a woman who was stoned to death by settlers while a passenger in a car driven by her husband; Hassan Iyad Shalaby, a teen-aged boy killed by an Israeli sniper in Gaza.

The play presents Palestinians as human beings with personalities, stories, lives and loves. Palestinians are sumud, steadfast, in their struggle for their rights.

We can support them by telling our government to respect the right Palestinians and to stop profiting from the Israeli occupation/ war on Palestinians.  We can raise awareness among friends and take part in public events as well as respecting the call for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel.

To view the video of the play see:

Resources for PALESTINE


Arab Group for the Protection of Nature

Palestine Farmers’ Union        

Palestine Museum of Natural History

Addameer   ADDAMEER (Arabic for conscience) Prisoner Support & H.R. Association works for child prisoners. Also:

Press for Conversion: 2 special magazine issues:

The Promise -a 4 part compelling drama made by UK Channel 4 available on YouTube

Canadian BDS Coalition:

BDS Movement

BDS In Jordan    E magazine current issues in Palestine

BOYCOTT Hewlett-Packard electronics and Hyundai vehicles: both used by Israeli government to enforce occupation, detention, demolition. See:

Preserving culture: TIRAZ museum:  

Ways to support Palestine and its people:


The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine:

Pappe, Ilan. THE ETHNIC CLEANSING OF PALESTINE. 2007. Oneworld, Oxford UK.

Popular Resistance in Palestine

Married to another man in-palestine-pluto-press-london-uk-isbn-978-0-7453-2065-6/

Canada and Israel: Building apartheid

The Battle for Justice in Palestine or-justice-in-palestine-2014-haymarket-book-chicago-usa-isbn-978-1-60846-324-4/

The Last Earth (and other books) by Ramzy Baroud. Pluto Books


Here We Shall Stay by Tawfiq Zayyad

It’s also Fine by Mourid Barghouti  from:  Midnight and other poems

Hearts:  by Theresa Wolfwood  from:  Love and Resistance.

News sources: 

Cafe simpatico: lucia morales Celestino

CASC  is fortunate to host this outstanding speaker  Monday March 18, at Fernwood Community Association, 1923 Fernwood Road. Doors open at 7 pm  Presentation at 7:30 pm  

Lucia’s talk will centre on the general political context in Mexico and the challenges faced by indigenous movements.

Lucia Morales Celestino

Lucia is an Indigenous Nahuatl, from the central zone of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, a teacher of indigenous education since 2002. She has actively participated in the foundation of the Democratic Movement of Teachers in Veracruz – MMPV-  and is currently a political leader collective “Totlahtol Yoltok”.

Lucia’s talk will centre on the general political context in Mexico and the challenges faced by indigenous movements. Lucia is an Indigenous Nahuatl, from the central zone of the state of Veracruz, Mexico, a teacher of indigenous education since 2002. She has actively participated in the foundation of the Democratic Movement of Teachers in Veracruz – MMPV-  and is currently a political leader collective “Totlahtol Yoltok”.

Refreshments, Fair Trade Coffee  Admission by donation


Mark the date for our first cafe of 2019 on January 25!

1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7
Live Music at 7:30 pm
Presentation at 8 pm


Slide show and panel lead by Eric Doherty with other speakers, Followed by ample time for discussion and action ideas. Climate change is affecting the lives of many Central Americans as well as Canadians and has widespread global consequences. We can be part of the solution!

Refreshments: Fair Trade Organic Coffee from Nicaragua

Admission by donation   All welcome!

Sponsored by the Victoria Central America Support Committee