Trump and the Constitution, Year Two

Professor Martin Carcieri

June 10, 2018

On January 7, 2018, Prof. Martin Carcieri spoke and answered questions at a Forum entitled “Trump and the Constitution”. (See http://www.humanists.org/blog/2018-01-07/)

In this new talk, Prof. Carcieri will continue his discussion of constitutional issues the Trump presidency has raised, this time focusing on 2018 events.

Martin D. Carcieri is Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, specializing in Public Law and Political Theory. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Cal State Los Angeles, a J.D. from UC Hastings, and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Carcieri teaches undergraduate courses in Judicial Process, American Political Thought, Legal Issues, Constitutional Law, and Jurisprudence, as well as graduate seminars on the First Amendment, Separation of Powers, Judicial Process, the U.S. Drug War, and John Rawls. He has won four teaching awards, and his work has been cited in amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in five landmark cases. His second book, “Applying Rawls in the 21st Century: Race, Gender, the Drug War, and the Right to Die,” was published in 2015 by Palgrave MacMillan.

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Rewiring Religion: How Nones are Reshaping American Religion

Prof. Elizabeth Drescher

June 3, 2018

The portion of the American population who report that they are not identified or affiliated with an institutional religion continues to grow. Among all adults, more than a quarter identify as Nones; among adults under age 30, some 40 percent are unaffiliated. This is a dramatic sea change for American religion, as Nones rewire American religious practice and reshape the religious landscape.

Santa Clara University professor Elizabeth Drescher, author of Choosing Our Religion: The Spiritual Lives of America’s Nones (Oxford 2016), will discuss patterns of religious and nonreligious practice that Nones are bringing to contemporary American culture.

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Making the Future of The Humanist Community in Silicon Valley

A Discussion with the Board of Directors

May 27, 2018

This is the opportunity for all of us to discuss and participate in determining the future of our Community – where we are and what we want to become. Our Board of Directors will be making a report on our current status and plans for our future. Come with your critiques, and your hopes and dreams for our Community.

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Mini Law School – Religious Free Exercise In A Secular Society

Leland Chan

May 20, 2018

Religious believers are becoming more convinced that their constitutional rights are being violated – from the barring of public prayers and religious monuments, “gagging” political speech in churches, to “coerced” acceptance of gay marriage. What do the US Constitution and the Supreme Court say about free exercise of religion? Join in this discussion which will focus on the case in which the Court will decide whether a Colorado baker violated the state’s anti-discrimination law when he refused to bake a cake to celebrate a gay couple’s union. Perhaps even more significant than the free exercise issue, the case introduces another argument that splits First Amendment advocates: whether enforcement of the law violates the baker’s free speech rights.

Leland Chan is a lawyer who follows religious free exercise and establishment clause issues.

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The June 5th Calif. Ballot Props – Pros/Cons/Supporters/Opponents/Money

The Social Action Committee

May 13, 2018

This Forum will be presented by the Social Action Committee, as listed below, along with short proposition summaries.

Proposition 68 – Issues $4 billion in bonds for parks, environmental protection, and water infrastructure (Cherie Long)

Proposition 69 – Requires certain tax and fee revenue related to transportation be used for transportation purposes (Helen Athey)

Proposition 70 – Requires a one-time two-thirds vote to use revenue from the cap and trade program for specific projects reducing global warming and air pollution (Jim Naylor)

Proposition 71 – Changes the date for when voter-approved ballot measures take effect (Bernice Onuoha)

Proposition 72 – Excludes rainwater capture systems from property tax assessments (Alex Havasy)

San Jose Evergreen Senior Housing Initiative and other local ballot measures (Kakoli Banerjee)

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