An Introduction to Modern Monetary Theory

Carl Angotti and Greg Alexander

11 a.m., August 30, 2020

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This online Forum will be on the topic of:

“An Introduction to Modern Monetary Theory”

and will be presented by longtime HCSV members Carl Angotti and Greg Alexander.

This presentation is based on the concepts discussed in the book “The Deficit Myth: Modern Monetary Theory and the Birth of the People’s Economy” by Stepanie Kelton, several of her online videos and another video that explains the concept of money – “Modern Money Theory for Beginners”, by L. Randall Wray. It is important for Progressives to understand this concept that is becoming more mainstream in the recent past.

In Stephanie Kelton’s book she describes 8 myths about deficient spending by the Federal Government. During this presentation, we will touch on a few of the most important of these myths.

For Example:

Does the Federal Government Need to Balance Its Budget?
Does increased Government Spending always lead to inflation?
How important is the National Debt?

Some of the other areas we will also cover are:

What money is, how it comes into being.
What is a “Fiat” currency?
Are there restraints on “printing money”?
Are there counter opinions to the theory?

As such, this presentation introduces these important questions and concepts to our Humanist Community and the general public.

Bios:

Carl Angotti is a longtime member of the Humanist Community. He is trained and worked as an Electronic Engineering Product Development Consultant in Silicon Valley for many years. He holds an BS from Carnegie-Mellon University and MS from USC in Electrical Engineering, and an MBA in Business from SJSU. His interest in Monetary Theory stems from his interest in the Stock Market and how it is impacted by Economics.

He is intrigued by the concept of Modern Monetary Theory and how it operates in the real world.

Greg Alexander is a longtime member of the Humanist Community, a member of the board since 2015, and our current Treasurer. He has a BS in Chemical Engineering and an MS in Chemical Engineering Practice from MIT, a PhD in Chemical Engineering from UC Berkeley, and a Certificate in Object Oriented Programming from UC Santa Cruz Extension. He became enthusiastic about Modern Monetary Theory upon reading “The Deficit Myth” and discovering how MMT challenges myths about federal fiscal policies and removes some of the barriers to meeting the needs of the American people.

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Safe Bystander Engagement

Jennifer Bedania and Erica Wiley

11 a.m., July 19, 2020

Because of the coronavirus situation, this Forum will be held online.

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This online Forum will be on the topic of:

“Safe Bystander Engagement”

Our speakers, Jennifer Bedania and Erica Wiley, work with the Social Justice Program of the YWCA of Silicon Valley (https://ywca-sv.org/).  This talk will describe when and how to safely interact when you see inappropriate or threatening behaviors in others.

The YWCA of Silicon Valley offers prevention education services and community awareness workshops to increase knowledge about sexual assault, domestic violence and human trafficking. Their programs focus on dispelling myths about gender-based violence, connecting survivors to resources, promoting healthy relationships, and encouraging safe bystander engagement.

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Review of HCSV in 2019

The HCSV Board of Directors

11 a.m., February 16, 2020

The Board of Directors of the Humanist Community in Silicon Valley will discuss the events of note for HCSV in 2019.

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Develop Your Speaking Skills

Dennis Dawson & Brendan Murphy

11 a.m., October 6, 2019

Toastmasters International is an organization that provides a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth. There are 16,800 Toastmasters clubs serving 357,000 members in 143 countries around the world.

Dennis Dawson is a Distinguished Toastmaster, Past District Governor, and Brand Ambassador for Toastmasters. He will present an overview of the Toastmasters educational program, demonstrate some of the activities typical of a Toastmasters meeting, and answer any questions afterward. He will be joined by Brendan Murphy, DTM, a member of Toastmasters for over two decades who is a prize-winning speaker, trainer, and mentor within and beyond Toastmasters.

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A Conversation About Sex in 2019

Liz Figueroa & Courtney Macavinta

11 a.m., September 29, 2019

Think you know everything there is to know about sex ed and sexual health in 2019? Come hear about the most recent “facts of life” with two leaders from Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), former California State Senator Liz Figueroa, and the CEO and Co-Founder of The Respect Institute, Courtney Macavinta.

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Sen. Liz Figueroa (ret.) was an award-winning California legislator for 12 years before becoming Vice President for External Affairs of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM), the largest Planned Parenthood affiliate in the country, headquartered in San Jose, California.

Since Ms. Figueroa began her tenure with PPMM in 2011, she has been instrumental in advocating for legislation that has significantly improved access to essential reproductive health care for tens of thousands of women, men and teens in the affiliate’s mid-California and Northern Nevada service region.

Most recently, Ms. Figueroa supervised the PPMM advocacy team in both California and Nevada that sponsored landmark bills to increase state funding for family planning services. Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak and California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed this legislation in 2018.

Among the dozens of awards and honors Ms. Figueroa has received throughout her career, she is particularly proud to have been named one of the Top Ten Latinas in the United States by numerous health and Hispanic publications.

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Courtney Macavinta is the visionary who started The Respect Institute’s mission more than a decade ago. She is a domestic violence survivor whose multi-racial family struggled for respect amid issues like substance abuse, incarceration, high-school dropout and teen pregnancy. As a young adult, her mission became to create a world where “respect for all” is the status quo. A nationally recognized youth development expert and award-winning journalist, Courtney is co-author of the best-selling book, RESPECT, and led the creation of groundbreaking self-respect building tools, such as The Respect Basics, used by more than 50,000 youth and their influencers in schools, jails, and prevention/intervention programs around the globe for the past decade. She’s been featured by CNN, ABC, National Public Radio, USA Today, Teen Vogue and tapped as a resource by the White House and the Clinton Global Initiative. In 2015, she was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Commission for Santa Clara County, California. Courtney has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and is a certified professional co-active coach (CPCC).

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