Category Archives: Café Simpatico

Cafe Simpatico: Feb. 26

Western Canadian Premiere
“Life is Waiting: Referendum and Resistance in Western Sahara”

The Saharawi people under occupation and the lessons of Saharawi nonviolent resistance.


1923 Fernwood Road

Doors 7pm 
Music 7:30pm
Film at 8pm 

Refreshments: fair trade coffee by the cup and by the pound.

Admission by donation.

Café Simpatico is presented by the Central America Support Committee and this event is cosponsored by: the Mining Justice Action Committee, Friends of Western Sahara & the Barnard-Boecker Centre Foundation.

See the trailer:

WS film  poster

Café Simpatico presents

COP 21:
A Fossil Fuel Vision or a Global Vision?

Victoria Activist and former Green Party Leader, Joan Russow was in Paris for the recent U.N. Conference on climate change.

Joan will present her observations and give her analysis of the final agreement.

Friday, January 29th – 8pm
1923 Fernwood Rd.
Admission by donation * refreshments available * 250-598-7690
*Music by Art Farquarson 7:30 – 8pm

Cafe Simpatico: Friday, November 27th

The Rolling Justice Bus Tour

1923 Fernwood Rd.
7:30 – Music by Grace Timney
8:00 – Presentation
Truth and reconciliation, environmental and Indigenous land rights, and basic justice were all parts of the Kairos lead bus tour through the B.C. interior this past August. Participants connected with numerous First Nations leaders and activists, frontline workers, agricultural landowners, and environmentalists. Several of the tour members will be on hand to describe their momentous trip.

Admission by donation * refreshments available * 250-598-7690

CAFE SIMPATICO – FRIDAY OCTOBER 30 at 1923 Fernwood Road

Doors open for music at 7:30 pm   Speaker at 8 pm

Historian and activist Larry Hannant describes the context of the Spanish Civil War, the outpouring of anti-fascist international solidarity it evoked, and the lessons of that struggle for today.

Larry teaches at Camosun College and is the author of several books. This is a longer version of his brilliant presentation in June at the Cumberland Miners’ Memorial .

Admission by donation:
Refreshments: Fair Trade Organic Coffee for sale


CAFÉ SIMPATICO Friday, September 25

“Focus on Guatemala”

Wendy Mendez will give an overview of the present situation in Guatemala &An update on HIJOS and its projects. Wendy founded the organization, HIJOS (sons and daughters of the disappeared) in 1999 with others who were children when their parents were disappeared or massacred and during the civil conflict. HIOS believes that the best way to bring honour and glory to their mothers and fathers, to all the victims of genocide in Guatemala, is to continue the struggle for social justice and democracy.

1923 Fernwood Road
Doors: 7:30 pm with live music.
Presentation: 8pm

Admission by donation:
Fair trade organic coffee for sale
All welcome!

Cafe Simpatico

The last cafe until September!

Friday June 26

Doors open at 5:30 pm……….Potluck dinner at 6 pm

1923 Fernwood Road


Music by our own Nedjo, Glenys, Ardeo & Grace with special guests Sharon Hazel wood & Alan O’Dean!

Reports on CASC’s working groups with action suggestions for summer homework.



Come with your favourite dish  & bring friends & enjoy socializing & singing along with like-minded activists on a summer evening!

If you can help with set-up & we need some tablecloths as well- please call Terry at 250 595-7519


As always we will be serving & selling by the pound our own Cafe Simpatico fair trade organic coffee from Nicaragua.

Cafe Simpation Presents: Ayotzinapa

Mexico’s Missing 43 Students, Human Rights, The War on Drugs, & NAFTA
including information about mining exploitation in Mexico

Friday, Feb 27th, 1923 Fernwood Rd.
7:30pm – Singalong
8:00pm – Films and Speaker

Join us for an important film of this tragic case*. CASC member Tim Boultbee will provide an update and field questions.

*The subject matter and images in this film may be disturbing to some people.

Admission by donation

Refreshments & Fair Trade Coffee available.


Love and Resistance: A book launch and poetry reading by Theresa Wolfwood

Special musical guests: Sharon Hazelwood and Alan O’Dean

Textile Art Exhibition
Updates and news from CASC
Refreshments & Fair trade organic coffee
Book sales and author signing ($15, cash or cheque)


1923 Fernwood Road
Doors open at 7:15 pm
7:30 pm Sing-a-long with Nedjo and friends
8 pm Program & poetry
All welcome

Communities in Resistance Art Opening and Poetry Night

The October 24th Cafe Simpatico was a moving and beautiful event
combining visual art, poetry, and song.

Sponsored by the Victoria-based Mining Justice Action Committee,
“Communities in Resistance” was a project to honour and recognize
communities impacted worldwide by the operations of Canadian-based
mining companies.

Outgoing Victoria Poet Laureate Janet Rogers opened the evening with
riveting readings from her most recent book, Peace in Duress.

Local poet and CASC member Terry Wolfwood read two pieces about
community leaders targeted for their resistance to Canadian mining in El

The event was also an opening for a two-week art show at the Little
Fernwood Gallery adjoining the Paul Phillips Hall where Cafe Simpatico
is held. Several of the artists were on hand to answer questions about
the moving pieces they produced.

Images from the event on the MJAC website,
and in a YouTube video by the
ExibitVic project.

Oro by Charlotte Bell