Category Archives: Café Simpatico

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

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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

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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

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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       

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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

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Café Simpatico Nov 30: The Zapatista Movement in Chiapas

The Zapatista Movement in Chiapas
“¡Zapata vive, la lucha sigue!”
(Zapata lives, the struggle continues!)

In 1994, the day the NAFTA agreement became operational, threatening the survival of Mexican campesinos, the Zapatista National Liberation Army staged a 12-day-long uprising. Mexican society shook to its core.

After 24 years of resistance, the Zapatistas remain well organized and continue to protect their Indigenous culture, their right to land and their autonomy.

Music by: Héctor Vázquez, classical musician from Mexico and PhD candidate at UVic.

Café Simpatico
1923 Fernwood Road
November 30
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Music at 7:30 pm
Presentation at 8:00 pm

Admission by donation
Refreshments served
Nicaraguan Fair Trade Organic Coffee for sale

Sponsored by: Victoria Central America Support Committee
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Cafe Simpatico: Oct. 26

Real life super heroes and the quest for mining justice in Canada and Guatemala

Cafe Simpatico Oct 26 PosterActivist and MJAC member Kay Gimbel will talk about his trip with Rights Action in June. This was Kay’s second trip to Guatemala and he will discuss the ongoing social justice issues introduced by Canadian mining activities.

Presented by the Mining Justice Action Committee and the Central America Support Committee.

1923 Fernwood Road

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

Cafe Simpatico: Sept 28

Sirocco: Winds of Resistance

The BC premier of a wonderful Canadian film about western Sahara with the story of two women and their grandmothers, refugees from Africa’s only colony. The film also explains Canada’s role in the colonization of Western Sahara.

Poster: Sirocco Film

1923 Fernwood Road
September 28
Doors: 7pm
Music: 7:30pm
Film: 8pm

Café Simpatico June 27

Doors open at 7 pm
We welcome back Nedjo Rogers as our musician for this evening at 7:30 pm
1923 Fernwood Road
Presentation at 8 pm:

SIN MIEDO (Fearless)
A documentary film by Claudio Zulian

About Guatemala’s military diaries and popular resistance with the filmmaker on tour in Canada
Made in 2017: 75 minutes long. Spanish & English sub-titles. Discussion to follow.

Refreshments: Admission by donation
The Victoria Central America Support Committee
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