Move to Amend

David Cobb

Feb. 12, 2012

David Cobb, the 2004 presidential candidate of the Green Party, will discuss the Move to Amend movement (see www.movetoamend.org), whose credo is: We, the People of the United States of America, reject the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Citizens United, and move to amend our Constitution to firmly establish that money is not speech, and that human beings, not corporations, are persons entitled to constitutional rights. The Supreme Court is misguided in principle, and wrong on the law. In a democracy, the people rule. We Move to Amend.

 

Humanist Community Forum (2012-02-12): Move to Amend (David Cobb) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

 

The Evolutionary Pageant – What Miss USA Can Teach Us About Evolution

Josh Rosenau

Feb. 5, 2012

Josh Rosenau, a Public Information Project Director at the National Center for Science Education (NCSE) since 2007 will discuss the answers Miss USA contestants gave when asked for their views on evolution education. Josh is a Doctoral candidate, University of Kansas (Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), and works with grassroots groups from Florida to Texas, testifying before school boards, meeting with legislators, and speaking with journalists across the country. (See www.ncse.com) (This will be our only offering related to Darwin Day this year.)

 

Humanist Community Forum (2012-02-05): The Evolutionary Pageant – What Miss USA Can Teach Us About Evolution (Josh Rosenau) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

 

SAFE California: The Campaign to Replace the Death Penalty

Ashley Morris

Jan. 22, 2012

Ashley Morris of the SAFE California Campaign will speak on the SAFE California Act, a California State Initiative that would replace California’s dysfunctional death penalty with life without the possibility of parole, saving $1 billion over the next five years. SAFE CA creates the SAFE California Fund which invests $100 million of the savings into the budgets of local law enforcement in order to solve more rape and murder cases. As long as we have the death penalty, we will always risk executing an innocent person. For example, experts now say that Cameron Todd Willingham was innocent when he was executed for a fire that killed his three children, and in California this past March, Franky Carrillo, age 37, was freed from prison after 20 years of incarceration for a crime he did not commit. (See http://www.safecalifornia.org/)

 

Humanist Community Forum (2012-01-22): SAFE California – The Campaign to Replace the Death Penalty (Ashley Morris) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.

 

The US Monetary System and the Present Financial State of our Economy

Martin Squibbs

Jan. 15, 2012

Martin Squibbs

Humanist Community member Martin Squibbs recaps (from his Nov. 13, 2011 Forum talk) his discussion of money as a measure of exchanged human value and an estimate of real wealth.  He will then seek to explain as simply as possible how the U.S. economy operates, based upon its fiat banking system, and review some of its 20th century history, in order to put its highly unbalanced state today in an historical perspective. Finally, he will consider the possible future paths it may follow to regain its balance, and some precautions we may ourselves consider in order to be prepared for such possibilities.

 

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