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.


February 19, 2018

Walking While Black

Walking While Black movie title

Walking While Black: L.O.V.E. is the Answer is a documentary about improving police-community relations as a way of addressing the tragic consequences of racial profiling. The acronym “L.O.V.E.,” coined by filmmaker A.J. Ali, is to encourage people to “learn about others in their community, open their heart to them, volunteer to be part of the solution in their life, and empower others to do the same.”

The film features nearly 30 interviews with members of communities across the country. Current and retired law enforcement members — including Baltimore Police Chief Melvin T. Russell, commander of the department’s community collaboration division — appear along with community leaders, social workers and psychologists who discuss the effects of racial profiling on American communities, and describe instances of healing reconciliation and transformative justice.

Following the film, representatives of the Greenbelt Police Department will explain their approach to ensuring racial justice in their policies and procedures and day-to-day actions. The discussion will be moderated by P.J. Andrews and the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions. P.J. Andrews is the Race Discourse Officer at the Baha’i Office of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C.

 The February Reel and Meal program is presented by the Baha’i Community of Greenbelt in partnership with Green Vegan Networking to promote community dialogue related to the oneness of humanity. For more information on this month’s program contact Nancy Joy Allchin at .

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