Reel and Meal at the New Deal

Reel and Meal is a monthly film series at the New Deal Cafe exploring vital environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues. Admission to the film is always free, sponsored by several Greenbelt community organizations. Contributions are gladly accepted to cover each month’s donation to a non-profit organization.

Reel and Meal events are in-person (limited seating) and online via Zoom.  Each month registration links will be posted here.  You can also reach out to Reel and Meal at

Date: Third Monday of every month
Time: The free film starts at 7pm.
Dinner: Dinners are available at the café after 4pm with several plant-based options.
Carryout: The Co-Op Supermarket Meatless Monday meals can be picked up from the “grab and go” for Zoom at-home viewing after 11am.
Location: Online or at the New Deal Cafe – 113 Centerway in historic Greenbelt, MD
Public transportation: The cafe is accessible by Metro Buses G12, 13, 14 and 16 from the Greenbelt Metro station.

February 18, 2019

Power to Heal

February’s film will be shown at 7:45pm at the Greenbelt Theater at 129 Centerway (directly across the plaza from the cafe). Kindly RVSP at

Power to Heal is an hour-long public television documentary that tells a poignant chapter in the historic struggle to secure equal and adequate access to healthcare for all Americans.

Come learn how the twin struggles of racial justice and health care intersect. By threatening to withhold federal funding from any hospital that practiced racial discrimination, the implementation of Medicare in 1965 helped desegregate 2000 American hospitals virtually overnight. Lyndon Johnson sent 1,000 inspectors south who determined that half of southern hospitals remained segregated and would lose funding because of it. Medicare is an important civil rights achievement.

A panel-led discussion about inequality in healthcare today and the movement for universal health care follows the film.

Co-sponsored by Health Care is a Human Right and the Peace & Justice Coalition.