Category Archives: Café Simpatico

REPORT of Café Simpatico, February 2020: ARPILLERAS and CHILEAN RESISTANCE

Café Simpatico presented an exhibition of Arpilleras, textiles that tell the story of life in Chile from the time of the Pinochet dictatorship to the present time of social uprising and the demand for a new constitution and enshrined human rights. Much of the current activism has been suppressed by the government in 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This report tells the story of the development and role of the art of arpilleras and the continuing resistance in Chile to inequality and injustice. To see the Café Simpatico exhibition of the arpilleras, links to videos and discussion of current dissent as well as poetry and music, please click on:  http://bbcf.bbcf.ca/2020/03/17/arpilleras-chilean-art-of-resistance-by-theresa-wolfwood

Virtual Cafe Simpatico: Sept 25

Nicaragua
Sandino Vive! Delegation, Sept 25, 2020
Presented By: Kay Gimbel
Cooperatives, campesinos and the coup. In search of the truth about a much-maligned people.      
This Zoom presentation will start at 7:30 PM PDT

To Participate send e-mail to: kaygimbel933@gmail.com

Co-sponsored by:
Central America Support Committee
Mining Justice Action Committee

Cafe Simpatico: march 27

Nicaragua Sandino Vive: Delegation

by Kay Gimbel

Cooperatives, campesinos and the coup. In search of the truth about a much-maligned people.

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

All welcome
Admission by donation
Refreshments: Fair Trade Organic Coffee

cafe simpatico feb. 28

ARPILLERAS: Textiles of Resistance from Chile

Exhibition of arpilleras and arpillera-inspired textiles of resistance; film, slides, discussion of art of resistance and current developments in Chile.

If you have arpilleras you are willing to lend for this event please contact Terry at 250 595-7519  Gracias!

Doors open at 7 pm
7:30 pm:  Music with Nedjo Rogers including songs of Victor Jarre
8 pm Presentation
Refreshments with  great cookies by Susan
Fair trade Nicaraguan coffee

All welcome – by donation

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CafÉ Simpatico Jan 31

EL PORVENIR : A SELF-SUSTAINABLE VISION FOR ORGANIC FOOD SECURITY

an illustrated presentation by Álvaro Moreno

Learn how small organic producers are securing self-sustainability and food security for their region. Alvaro will also discuss the impact of the peace accords in community development in Colombia. “El Porvenir” is a Spanish term that has no translation into English. It basically means “The way forward” or “A vision for the future”.

In May 2019, Álvaro completed a one-year placement in Colombia with Cuso International. He worked as an Organizational Development Advisor for Fruandes, a small, fair trade, organic enterprise exporting dried fruit to the US, Canada, and Europe. Álvaro also helped Fruandes develop a strategic plan, and assisted a small cooperative of organic farmers start an inspiring agro-eco-tourism plan to promote self-sustainability and food security.

Doors open 7 pm
Live music 7:30 pm  
Presentation  8 pm

1923 Fernwood Road
All welcome – donations appreciated
Refreshments
Fair trade organic coffee

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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