Category Archives: Café Simpatico

Review: September 2014 Cafe Simpatico

CASC honoured our elders and long-time activists for solidarity at September’s cafe. John Hillian thanked Andree Scott for years of service on our board, translation and hospitality; Bev Wood for many years of working and organizing volunteers & refreshments at Cafe; Bill and Gudrun Doherty for their unflagging quiet work, hospitality and generosity. John presented them with lovely scrolls made by Nancy and then Andree cut the cake for all. Recently Bill & Gudrun have moved into the Cridge Centre and they welcome visors to their new home there. They donated the proceeds of their moving sale on Saturday to CASC, many of us were able to help at the sale & many CASC supporters bought some of Doherty’s treasures. The proceeds were more than $1000 and we again thank them for their generosity and support.

Communities in Resistance and the Art of Solidarity

Mining Justice Action Committee presents
Communities in Resistance
and the Art of Solidarity
Spoken word/music
evening and art reception
October 24, 2014 7:30 pm
Co-hosted by CASC Cafe Simpatico
Art show
October 16 – November 6, 2014
Both at Little Fernwood Gallery/Hall
1923 Fernwood Road, Victoria, BC
For more information: or

Sept. Cafe Simpatico: The Art of Resistance

Where: Fernwood Community Assoc. 1923 Fernwood Rd.

7:30pm Singalong with Nedjo Rogers & friends
8:00pm: Slide presentation by Theresa Wolfwood

What: A vivid portrayal of how people the world over have used their creative power to resist war, violence & injustice, including in Latin America & here on Vancouver Island

Refreshments served: Nicaraguan Fair Trade coffee
All welcome: admission by donation



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CASC presented an illustrated talk by Theresa Wolfwood, recently returned from Western Sahara refugee camps, entitled:

BEYOND the VEIL of SAND: The Saharawi people in exile & under occupation.

This little-known land is known as Spain’s last colony and as Africa’s only remaining colony. Theresa gave the historical background to the present state of injustice, exile and repression.

Spain occupied Western Sahara for nearly 100 years. When it pulled out in 1975, Morocco invaded and settled thousands of Moroccan colonists in the country. Morocco militarily drove out thousands of Saharawi civilians, who fled across the desert to Algeria, where they have lived in exile for thirty-nine years. The remaining population in Western Sahara is subjected to the brutal regime of Moroccan occupation.

For the complete story with photos, references and action suggestions please see:


This photo shows the sand wall, the berm that Morocco built to separate its occupied Western Sahara from a small liberated Saharawi strip and Algerian. It is heavily fortified and is seeded with 10 million landmines.


Aminatou Haider lives in occupied Western Sahara. She has been nominated for the Nobel Peace prize for her leadership in non-violent resistance; she has been beaten, tortured and jailed.

Girls in refugee camp celebrate the 38th anniversary of the founding of the nation. Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Revolutionary Poster Exhibition


The Central America Support Committee with assistance from the Community Arts Council of Greater Victoria are putting on a Revolutionary Poster Exhibition at 2 locations at the end of May.

The main exhibition will be held at the Café Gallery at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre, 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. beginning May 28th and showing until June 11th. The other

location is the Bruce Hutchinson Library at Saanich Commonwealth Place, May 30th to July 11th.

There will also be 3 separate events during the exhibition.

  1. The opening of the Café Gallery exhibit will be Friday, May 30th from 7 – 9pm at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre 3220 Cedar Hill Rd. This will include a short program of speeches and  music. Refreshments will be available including CASC’s own Café Simpatico.
  2. Also at the Café Gallery, An Evening of Music and Solidarity will be hosted by Nedjo Rogers on June 6th from 7 to 9pm. Refreshments will also be available for this event.
  3. Also at the Cedar Hill Recreation Centre Terry Wolfwood will present a power point presentation on The Art of Resistance, Sunday, June 8th from 2 to 4 pm.

The purpose of this exhibition is:

  1. to celebrate the history and the struggles of the people of Central America and Latin America as depicted in the various campaigns that the posters describe.
  2. to let the general public know about that history and the current work of CASC.

We look forward to seeing you at one or more of these events.

Beyond the Veil of Sand

CAFE SIMPATICO: April 25, Friday. 1923 Fernwood Road. Doors open at 7 pm. Live Music at 7:30 pm Presentation at 8 pm.
Presentation by Theresa Wolfwood

Beyond the Veil of Sand:
The Life of the Saharawi people in exile & under occupation
followed by discussion and action suggestions.

Theresa Wolfwood has recently returned from the Saharawi refugee camps in the desert of Algeria where she attended the 38th anniversary of the founding of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic.

Admission by donation – refreshments available – organic fair trade coffee–
Information: bbcf(at)bbcf(dot)ca

Memory, Truth, and Justice in Guatemala

When: Friday, March 28, 2014, 7:30 PM

Where: 1923 Fernwood Dr., Victoria


Learn about historical memory and the struggles of today with Wendy Mendez, founding member of HIJOS, sons and daughters of the disappeared in Guatemala.


Wendy came to Canada as a refugee after her mother was disappeared by the Guatemalan military, then returned to spend the last nine years working for truth and justice in Guatemala.


Wendy will share her own story and experiences with HIJOS in the trial of ex-dictator Rios Montt and trace connections between past repression/genocide and the neo-liberal economic interests of today, including mining projects.


El Salvador vencera!

CASC invites you to our monthly Cafe Simpatico coffee house at 1923 Fernwood Road
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………El Salvador vencera!
A report from Victoria election observers in El Salvador. They will report on the exciting close race for President with Salvador Sanchez Ceren winning 49,5% of votes cast.
Our speakers will also report on their visits to projects and places CASC has supported for several years including El Milagro.
We offer REFRESHMENTS & CAFE SIMPATICO organic fair trade coffee.
And on March 28 we will hear from Wendy Mendez of HIJOS Guatemala—Sons and Daughters for Identity and Justice Against Forgetting and Silence

Trois Riveres Tale

Special performance fundraiser at Cafe Simpatico: The Trois-Rivières Tales

On January 31 Cafe Simpatico features performance artist social activist Nedjo Rogers in a one of a kind performance piece: the Trois-Rivières Tales!

Join the wild ride as Nedjo leads you on a cross-Canada road trip story telling contest. Modelled (loosely!) on the Canterbury Tales, this rollicking mock epic features drunken car thieves, Greek gods, an ode to Saskatchewan, and prophetic activist visions–all in rhyming couplets.

Special performance fundraiser at Cafe Simpatico: The Trois-Rivières Tal
WhenFriday, January 31, 2014, 7:30 pm
Where: 1923 Fernwood Rd. (Little Fernwood Hall).

Doors open at 7:00. Come early for coffee, tea, and cookies.
Starts 7:30. We will start on time, so please be seated by 7:30.
Length: 90 minutes.
Please stay for refreshments and mingling following the show.
More info:

A benefit for Central America Support Committee and Mining Justice Action Committee.

Suggested donation: $7 unwaged/$10 waged.

The Sound of Solidarity: a benefit concert for Philippines typhoon relief

Come hear some great local music, enjoy desserts in a coffeehouse atmosphere, and help raise funds for disaster relief in the Philippines.

When: Friday, Nov. 29th, 7:30 PM – 10 PM.
Where: Fernwood Community Association hall, 1923 Fernwood in Victoria.

by donation

We’ve got a great lineup of local musical groups and singer-songwriters. Come out to hear Filipino and Latin America folk songs as well as multi-part harmonies and singalong favourites.

Also, an up to the minute report on how impacted communities are coping on the ground.

All donations will go to the Canadian chapter of the Philippine organization Sagip Migrante for financial support of victims of typhoon Yolanda.

Sponsored by Victoria Philippines Solidarity Group and Central America Support Committee.