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.


May 21, 2012

Poisoned Waters

Poisoned Waters movie image, courtesy of PBS

Three decades after the Clean Water Act, American waterways like the Chesapeake Bay are in perilous condition and facing new sources of contamination. In Poisoned Waters, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Hedrick Smith reveals that some of today’s greatest pollution threats stem from urban sprawl and overdevelopment, as new housing and commercial developments create more impervious surfaces and send contaminated stormwater into rivers and bays, polluting local drinking-water supplies.

Poisoned Waters highlights several cases in which grassroots citizen’s groups succeeded in effecting environmental change. Reversing decades of pollution and preventing the irreversible annihilation of the nation’s waterways, however, will require a seismic shift in the way Americans live their lives and use natural resources, experts say.

Discussion will focus on how citizens can respond to the problem of stormwater pollution in Prince George’s County, and positively impact clean water regulation as the County Council develops its Clean Water Plan, which includes as a central aspect stormwater management. Claudia Friedetzky,Conservation Representative for the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club will lead the discussion. Contact for information.

Co-sponsored by The Greenbelt Watershed Groups, CCRIC, BCWWG, FOSCr, and the Maryland Chapter of the Sierra Club.