Building Resistance/Alternat­ives to the Administration’s Plan for America

Richard Hobbs

August 27, 2017

This operational blueprint for a radical new economy and society will be anchored not only in participatory democracy but in participatory human need fulfilling activity, from self and family care to necessary labor with reduced working hours to the time and space for self-realization. Don’t miss this holistic systemic transformational approach to reshaping the future of the United States.

Richard Hobbs is the Executive Director of Human Agenda, a national board member of Take Back Your Time, an immigration attorney and member of the legal collective CLARO (Colectivo Legal Accesible Razonable y Organizado), and member of the newly forming South Bay Progressive Alliance.

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Eyewitness to Central America

Barby Ulmer

August 20, 2017

Barby Ulmer with husband Vic (now deceased) were the founders and co-directors of Our Developing World. Formed in 1982, the non-profit organization strives to raise awareness of the struggles and triumphs occurring in developing countries by creating resources for teachers, hosting events, and leading educational trips to various countries in Central America, Southeast Asia and Africa.

She will focus in this talk (which will include slides) on Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, and will discuss the historical background of similarities of U.S. policy toward these countries and exploitation by U.S. & Canadian corporations, recent struggles and victories there, and what can be done. She will end with a discussion of the Mayan System of Justice, which the speaker finds inspiring.

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Community Building and Resilience via Transition/Permaculture

Marilyn Barry

August 13, 2017

Permaculture is a creative design process based on whole-systems thinking informed by ethics and design principles that are featured on the following website: www.permacultureprinciples.com. This approach guides us to mimic the patterns and relationships we can find in nature and can be applied to all aspects of human habitation, from agriculture to ecological building, from appropriate technology to education and even economics.

By adopting the ethics and applying these principles in our daily life we can make the transition from being dependent consumers to becoming responsible producers. This journey builds skills and resilience at home and in our local communities that will help us prepare for an uncertain future with less available energy.

The techniques and strategies used to apply these principles vary widely depending on the location, climatic conditions and resources that are available. The methods may differ, but the foundations to this holistic approach remain constant. By learning these principles you can acquire valuable thinking tools that help you become more resilient in an era of change.

Marilyn Barry is Business Consultant & Administrative Manager for Barry Consulting. Among other things, she provides business project support for small non-profit and private organizations.

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The LGBTQ Youth Space

A panel of LGBTQ+ youth

August 6, 2017

The LGBTQ Youth Space (see www.youthspace.org) is a program of Family & Children Services of Silicon Valley and Caminar for Mental Health. The program provides a safe and confidential drop-in center, as well as counseling services, for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, and all youth and young adults ages 13-25, living in Santa Clara County.

At today’s forum we welcome a panel of LGBTQ+ youth who will each speak about how their gender identities and sexual orientation have impacted different aspects of their lives such as family dynamics, school, work, community, culture, and relationships.

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A Scientific Explanation of Spirituality

Dr. Frank Heile

July 30, 2017

Dr. Frank Heile, who has physics degrees from Stanford and MIT, will be discussing his upcoming book, “Spirituality Explained – A Model of Consciousness and Spirituality” (https://spiritualityexplained.com/). This explanation of spirituality is completely compatible with the currently known laws of physics and science; thus, there are no “spirits” in this explanation of spirituality!

Humanist Community Forum (2017-07-30): A Scientific Explanation of Spirituality (Dr. Frank Heile) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.


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