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
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
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
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
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 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”.
Trade Coffee Admission by donation
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.
1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7:00 pm
Music at 7:30 pm
Presentation at 8:00 pm
Admission by donation
Nicaraguan Fair Trade Organic Coffee for sale
Sponsored by: Victoria Central America Support Committee
Real life super heroes and the quest for mining justice in Canada and Guatemala
Activist 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.
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.