Review of the November 2020 California State Propositions

Alex Havasy

11 a.m., October 11, 2020

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At this Sunday’s Humanist (Online) Forum, Humanist Community member Alex Havasy will present summaries of the 2020 California State Propositions that will be on the November ballot.

This will be a short (1 hour) Forum so that people can take part in the California Freethought Day 2020 online Meetup event at noon.

Due to the short schedule we may not have time to cover all the propositions in detail. But bring your questions and concerns about specific propositions so that we can discuss them.

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Review of the November 2020 California State Propositions – Alex Havasy from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Why Kitzmiller v Dover should be remembered 15 years later

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

11 a.m., October 4, 2020

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Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D., will be presenting this online Forum on the topic of:

“Why Kitzmiller v Dover should be remembered 15 years later”

Kitzmiller vs Dover was a federal district court trial in 2005 over the legality of a small Pennsylvania town’s requirement of the teaching of “intelligent design theory” (ID). The judge ruled that ID was a form of creationism, violated the First Amendment, and was therefore illegal to advocate in the public school classroom. Had the decision gone the other way, the consequences would have been profound. That creationism lost in Dover means that many battles over legislation, state science standards, and local and state educational policies were very different during the last 15 years. Unfortunately, the politicization of science education continues.

Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D.

Dr. Eugenie C. Scott is the former Executive Director of the National Center for Science Education, Inc., a not for profit membership organization of scientists, teachers, and others that works to improve the teaching of science as a way of knowing, the teaching of evolution, and the teaching of climate change. A former college professor, Dr. Scott is an internationally-known expert on the creationism and evolution controversy and science denialism, and is called upon by the press and other media to explain science to the general public. The author of Evolution vs Creationism: An Introduction and co-editor with Glenn Branch of Not in Our Classrooms: Why Intelligent Design is Wrong for our Schools, she is the recipient of numerous awards from scientists and educators, and has been awarded ten honorary degrees. Asteroid 249540 Eugeniescott was named for her in 2014.

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Why Kitzmiller v Dover Should Be Remembered 15 Years Later – Eugenie C. Scott, Ph.D. from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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Can a Divided America Heal?

A video of Jonathan Haidt, and an audience discussion

11 a.m., September 27, 2020

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This Sunday’s online Forum will show, and have an audience discussion of, a video of a TED Talk by Jonathan Haidt entitled “Can a Divided America Heal?”.

The political divide in America has become very serious. We find ourselves wondering whether there will be a peaceful transfer of power if Trump loses, or if our social progress will be undone if he wins. Most of all, we wonder what people on the other side of the political spectrum could possibly be thinking.

This 20 minute TED Talk (see https://www.ted.com/talks/jonathan_haidt_can_a_divided_america_heal) was recorded in November 2016, but Jonathan Haidt’s clear analysis still gives us a lot to think about and a lot to discuss.

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Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism

A video and audience discussion

11 a.m., September 20, 2020

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This Sunday’s online Forum will show, and have an audience discussion of, a video of Katherine Stewart discussing her new book:

“The Power Worshipers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism”

This video is from the American Humanist Association’s speaker series.

Stewart will expose a network of think tanks, advocacy groups, and pastoral organizations embedded in a rapidly expanding community of international alliances and united not by any central command but by a shared, anti-democratic vision and a common will to power. In her deeply reported investigation, Katherine Stewart reveals a disturbing truth: this is a political movement that seeks to gain power and to impose its vision on all of society. America’s religious nationalists aren’t just fighting a culture war, they are waging a political war on the norms and institutions of American democracy.

This fascinating and informative video runs 53 minutes and can be seen at https://www.facebook.com/americanhumanist/videos/1121321928211408. An audience discussion will follow the showing of the video.

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Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag

Dr. Sharat G. Lin

11 a.m., September 13, 2020

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This online Forum will be on the topic of:

“Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag”

The mass protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd are the culmination of years of police killings of unarmed black and brown people caught on video progressively etching new levels of consciousness about the problems of institutionalized racism, militarized policing, punitive incarceration, and the immigration detention system. This is the U.S. norm, but it is not normal around the world. Dr. Sharat G. Lin discusses other models of criminal justice, how we got here, what needs to change, and his own arrest.

Dr. Lin is with the San José Peace and Justice Center, Human Agenda, Initiative for Equality, and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Committee. He writes and lectures on global political economy, labor migration, social movements, and public health. He was responsible for successfully pressuring the San José Police Department to abolish its arbitrary checkpoints solely during Cinco de Mayo. He has observed different police practices around the world.

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Race, Police, and Prisons: The American Gulag – Dr. Sharat G. Lin from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

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