Category Archives: Café Simpatico

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 &

Cafe Simpatico: Honduras Today

April 27, 2018
1923 Fernwood Road
7:00pm Doors
7:30pm Music by Peach Guevara
8:00pm Speakers


Kay Gimbel, CASC and MJAC activist who wen to Honduras on a Rights Action delegation and presented his findings at Cafe Simpatico in 2017.

Bill Feyrer, lives in Victoria and he will have just returned from one of many trips to Honduras where he works with market women and micro-economies.

Phil Little: Nanaimo activist who since 2013 has been traveling to Honduras to accompany Fr. Melo, director of a radio station and a human rights centre.

Refreshments: Fair Trade organic coffee
Admission by donation, all welcome.

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

Cafe Simpatico March 23, 2018

The Prophetic Legacy of Oscar Romero
With special guest speaker
Remi de Roo
Retired bishop of Victoria

Music: Alvaro Moreno and Enrique Rivas
Oscar Romero smiling

Copies of “The Death of a Saint” written by last year’s speaker, Matt Eisenbrandt, will be available.

Book cover: Assasination of a Saint

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

Refreshments: Fair Trade coffee

Admission by donation

Presented by the Victoria Central America Support Committee


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 ( 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

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: )
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