Creating the Burke-Gilman Trail

Jim Todd

11 a.m., April 11, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Jim Todd will discuss “Creating the Burke-Gilman Trail”.

Jim Todd was a resident of Seattle and lived only three doors from the railroad right-of-way at its midpoint in Seattle. He was also on the faculty of the Political Science Department of the University of Washington and his office on campus was immediately adjacent to the railroad right-of-way. He would get to and from the campus than bicycling down a trail on the abandoned railroad right-of-way! Jim says that he likes to think that he was fundamentally motivated by the larger public interest to convert the right-of-way into a public hiking and biking trail, but he feels a need to disclose his personal interest as well.

Jim Todd will discuss how the Burke-Gilman Trail came to be. In the fall of 1970 the Burlington Northern Railroad announced that it planned to abandon its right-of-way running through Seattle and into suburbs north and east of the city. The right-of-way closely follows the shorelines of two lakes and links a dazzling array of major attractions including several large city parks, a major shopping center, and the University of Washington campus. Its conversion to a public hiking and biking trail promised to offer a route to a variety of destinations, as well as recreational and commuting benefits.

Despite the obvious attractiveness of the idea of converting the about to be abandoned railroad right-of-way to a hiking and biking trail, it almost immediately became clear that the idea would not implement itself, that opposition to the idea would emerge, that the BN had its own plans, and that other ideas about how the right-of-way should be used would be proposed. The City of Seattle and King County each had jurisdiction over different portions of the right-of-way. They would inevitably have a major say on what would become of the right-of-way. They had planning and development capabilities as well as funding abilities and limitations to consider. They also had to take into consideration the politics of choosing whatever course of action they might decide to take.

Jim will describe how all of these factors played out and ultimately resulted in the creation of the Burke-Gilman Trail.

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Videos and Discussion – How to Fix a Democracy

Facilitated by Alex Havasy

11 a.m., April 4, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Alex Havasy will host as we watch and discuss 4 short videos on ways to make a government more democratic. After the videos, we’ll discuss what you believe would improve democracy and what you think might make it worse.

The videos are: The Rule that Broke American Politics, a 6 minute YouTube video on the history of the filibuster; An Election System that Puts Voters (Not Politicians) First, a 10:19 minute TED Talk by Amber McReynolds on voting in the U.S.; 3 Ways to Upgrade Democracy for the 21st Century, a 14 minute TED talk by Max Rashbrooke about novel governing precedures that have empowered citizens; and What If We Replaced Politicians with Randomly Selected People?, a 19:20 minute TED Talk by Bret Hannig.

You can view the videos at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gt4jHLteXag

https://www.ted.com/talks/amber_mcreynolds_an_election_system_that_puts_voters_not_politicians_first

https://www.ted.com/talks/max_rashbrooke_3_ways_to_upgrade_democracy_for_the_21st_century#t-14130

and

https://www.ted.com/talks/brett_hennig_what_if_we_replaced_politicians_with_randomly_selected_people#t-238746

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Recycling

Louise Bruce

11 a.m., March 28, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Louise Bruce will discuss “Recycling”.

Each year Californians discard and landfill 38 million tons of garbage. Meanwhile, more than 200,000 young Californians will experience homelessness this year and unemployment is growing to record highs. One organization, the San Jose Conservation Corps (SJCC), seeks to simultaneously foster a healthier environment while building economic opportunity for Silicon Valley’s young adults experiencing barriers to employment by providing innovative job training. At our upcoming meeting, Louise Bruce, SJCC’s Director of Zero Waste and Recycling will share how their organization is capturing value and resources from our local waste stream and training the next generation of zero waste professionals.

Louise Bruce joined the San Jose Conservation Corps as Zero Waste & Recycling Director in October 2019. She devoted her early career to advancing composting and organic waste recycling in New York City, as a key climate change intervention. Louise oversaw the NYC Department of Sanitation’s (DSNY) organics programs, including the implementation of the nation’s largest municipal food and yard waste recycling program, which now serves 3.5 million residents. During her tenure with DSNY, she also created and implemented the inaugural NYC Food Waste Fair, developed an updated curriculum for the NYC Master Composter Program and grew the City’s community composting and food scrap drop-off operations. Louise earned a Master of Urban Planning degree from New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service and Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University. In 2016, she was awarded The University of California Global Food Initiative’s 30 Under 30 distinction.

To learn more about Louise and her previous work in New York City, check out this 2017 interview with FoodPrint: https://foodprint.org/blog/louise-bruce-empowers-nyc-communities-by-advocating-for-citywide-composting/.

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Recycling – Louise Bruce from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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HR 1 – the “For the People Act” (video and discussion)

Hosted by Alex Havasy and Carl Angotti

11 a.m., March 21, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, a video about HR 1 – the “For the People Act” will be shown, and then discussed by audience members.

The video shows Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD) discussing HR 1, the “For the People Act”, which will implement voting reform for all national elections. The bill is designed to prevent voter suppression, and simplify voting and registering to vote. His discussion constitutes most of the video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jW3QZWUVTM.

After watching the video, Alex Havasy and Carl Angotti will open discussion on details of the bill, the difficulties in passing it, and what concerns we may have about it.

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The Poor People’s Campaign

Rev. Rowan Fairgrove & Masen Ewald

11 a.m., March 14, 2021

At this Sunday’s Humanist Forum, Rev. Rowan Fairgrove and Masen Ewald will discuss “The Poor People’s Campaign” – its past, its present, and how to get involved with the modern Campaign.

In 1968 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King launched the Poor People’s Campaign. After his assassination, a gathering in Washington DC drew over 50,000 people. But with Dr. King’s death and the death of campaign supporter Sen. Robert Kennedy, the movement fizzled.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber. Jr., and Rev. Dr Liz Theoharis and others have revived a Modern Poor People’s Campaign. Dr. Barber says, “You cannot separate systemic racism from systemic poverty from ecological devastation from the war economy from the distorted moral narrative of Christian nationalism…”. With bus tours, demonstrations and civil disobedience and working on a moral vision based on the constitution and world religious values they have campaign committees in 47 states and are fighting to bring their intersectional, fusion agenda to the country. Come and learn about the Campaign (past and present) and how to get involved.

Rev. Rowan Fairgrove, EPs, has been volunteering with the Poor People’s Campaign since 2018. She attended the PPC National Congress in Washington DC in 2019. She helped with the M.O.R.E. tour stop in San Francisco of December 2019 and is part of the Bay Area PPC Faith Leaders Outreach Working Group.

Masen Ewald supports individuals and organizations in realizing the magnitude of our profound societal crises and actualizing their own commitment to joyful service. Masen is a social entrepreneur, compassion facilitator, and consultant. He serves as Executive Director of A New Republic of the Heart, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that educates and empowers change-agents and spiritual practitioners to engage in social transformation. He is also a certified Ambassador of Compassion via Stanford University’s CCARE, Co-Creator of the State of Emergence podcast, and a member of Poor People’s Campaign California.

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The Poor People’s Campaign – Rev. Rowan Fairgrove & Masen Ewald from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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