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.

October 21, 2019

The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons

The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons focuses on how some 120 nations came to agree on the 2017 UN Treaty to Prohibit Nuclear Weapons. It includes background on the development of the atomic bomb, the impact of its use on Hiroshima, and progress over decades of anti-nuclear activism.

This June 2019 documentary is a collaboration of Spaniard Alvaro Orus, long a maker of films on nonviolence, and Briton Tony Robinson, co-director of Pressenza International Press Agency. Pressenza was a partner of the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize for promoting the ban treaty. It shows how stagnation after the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty led to a new chance, the “humanitarian initiative” which resulted in the ban treaty. The film’s title refers to the Nobel Laureate speech made by Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow. One of the many other activists interviewed dismantles arguments used to support the theory of nuclear deterrence.

Discussion after the screening will cover how local citizens can participate in the current US “Back from the Brink” campaign for federal policy changes to help prevent nuclear war. The discussion leader will be Gwen DuBois, president of Chesapeake Physicians for Social Responsibility and co-founder of Prevent Nuclear War Maryland.

This program is planned by Prince George’s County Peace & Justice Coalition; contact or call Lucy Duff at 202-549-5574.