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: Greenbelt’s Co-op Grocery offers a vegan meal in support of Reel and Meal’s mission. Cost is $7.99 for participants. Phone in your pre-order to the deli at 301-474-0522 by 1:00pm on the day of the film for pick-up between 4:00pm and 7:00pm at the deli. Depending on demand, there may be dinners on a walk-in basis, if not pre-ordered.
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.

June 16, 2014

Dirty Wars

Promotional photo

Dirty Wars is an expose of covert U.S. military operations uncovered by independent journalist Jeremy Scahill. The film looks into the heart of America’s covert wars, from Afghanistan to Yemen, Somalia and beyond, by investigating the secretive and powerful Joint Special Operations Command. It gathers evidence from generals, CIA agents, U.S.- backed warlords, executors of “kill lists” – and also tells the stories of the survivors of raids and drone strikes. Journalist Scahill was well-known as the author of Blackwater before he wrote the book of the same title as this film. Produced by Anthony Arnove, the 2013 release won the cinematography prize at the Sundance Festival.

The film reveals appalling actions done in the name of U.S. citizens without their knowledge or opportunity to debate. It raises the question, what can we do to change that farflung entrenched situation?

Discussion after the film will be led by Katherine Philipson. She works with Friends Committee on National Legislation as a national organizer of grassroots advocacy for more peaceful and just U.S. policies.

This month’s program was planned as a Greenbelt Peace Month event by Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition. The other series sponsors are Beaverdam Creek Watershed Watch Group and Green Vegan Networking. For more about this program, contact or Lucy Duff at 301-577-2350.