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    

CafÉ Simpatico Jan 31


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
Fair trade organic coffee

Café Simpatico Friday Nov. 29

Taking a Stand

Filmmaker Pamela Vivian presents film and discussion about the story of the BC volunteers of the legendary International Brigade in the Spanish Civil War.

1923 Fernwood Road Victoria BC
Doors open at 7 pm
Music with Wayward Sirens 7:30 pm
Presentation 8 pm

Presented by the Victoria Central America Support Committee
All welcome
Admission by donation
Refreshments and Fair Trade Organic Coffee

Undermining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala

The Mining Justice Action Committee and the Victoria Central America Support Committee

invite you to an evening with Guatemalan activists on:

Undermining Indigenous Rights: Pan American Silver in Guatemala

Nov. 18th, at 7 PM Cadboro Bay United Church 2625 Arbutus Rd.


Luis Fernando García Monroy was shot outside the mine when he was participating in a peaceful protest in 2013 and was a plaintiff in the lawsuit against Tahoe Resources that just finished; he works as a paralegal/community organizer with the Xinka Parliament now)

Ellen Moore’s path to extractive industry work began in Guatemala with the Network in Solidarity with the People of Guatemala. 2015, Ellen joined the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada.

All Welcome: Admission by donation

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

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

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

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

Cafe Simpatico Friday, March 29

You are invited to a presentation and discussion with

Steve Stewart on Canadian foreign policy in Latin America with Venezuela, Honduras and beyond

The Canadian government’s inflammatory position regarding Venezuela has been in the news recently, but much more is happening that does not make headlines in Canada. Steve will present on the impacts of Canadian foreign policy in Venezuela, Honduras and elsewhere in Latin America.

Steve Stewart is CoDev’s Executive Director, and a former journalist.  He covered the civil wars and land, labour and human rights struggles during the 1990s in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador for the CERIGUA news agency. He was the Co-Chair of the Americas Policy Group from April 2016-March, 2019 and is active with BC CASA/Cafe Justicia and the Mining Justice Alliance. CoDevelopment Canada (CoDev) is a Vancouver-based NGO that builds partnerships between organizations in Canada and Latin America to support women’s, workers and human rights and sustainable development.

1923 Fernwood Road

Doors open at 7 pm: Music at 7:30 p, Presentation at 8:0 pm

All welcome: Admission by donation

Refreshments: Fair Trade coffee