Operation Marriage

Cynthia Chin-Lee

June 24, 2012

Cynthia Chin-Lee

  Cynthia Chin-Lee will discuss her new children’s book, “Operation Marriage” (see www.reachandteach.com/s/operation_marriage), which was created with illustrator Lea Lyon, and published by publishing company Reach And Teach, co-founded by Craig Wiesner and Derrick Kikuchi. The book is based on a true story about two Bay Area children who convince their moms to get married during the months leading up to the 2008 election, when Proposition 8 put marriage equality on hold. The “moms” the book was based on, and the book’s publishers, may also be in attendance and say a few words about this wonderful story.  Other web sites she mentioned were http://www.familyequality.org/ and Equality California.


Humanist Community Forum (2012-06-24): Operation Marriage (Cynthia Chin-Lee) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.


Surviving the Holocaust in Bulgaria

Lily Robins

June 17, 2012

Lily Robins

Lily Robins will speak from personal experience on how the Jews in Bulgaria survived the Holocaust with the help of the king, the Orthodox church, and their neighbors.


  Lily shared this note with us.  The star is now in the Taube Holocaust Library on Post Street in San Francisco.  Emi is Lily’s cousin.

Humanist Community Members Present

June 10, 2012

Marie and Jon Stephens will be facilitating a collection of mini-presentations by HC members to inform us of a variety of issues and activities.  Ann Hardy will demonstrate the new website and talk about what we hope it will do. We will hear Martin Squibbs and Peng Zhang talk about the nature of humanism and the possibility of a new study group. We will take a look at the community’s financial status with a report from the Treasurer (Marie) and Carl Angotti. We will hear about the Sharing Circle, a premeeting discussion group, from Rick Coccaro, and nuclear disarmament from Bob Gauntt. We welcome questions and comments from the group.

We would also appreciate comments and suggestions for the web site sent to:

Planet Earth: the Most Colorful Thing We Know

Aram Harijan

June 3, 2012

In the known Universe, the Earth is the most complex object. It is also the most colorful thing that we have seen – Blue, White, Green and Red. Each of these colors have an intimate connection to the history of Earth. In this presentation, Earth’s formation is given in the sequence in which the four primary colors of the planet came to exist. The Red came with iron. The White from frozen water. The Blue from liquid water. The Green from life – photosynthesis. By exploring the primary colors of our planet, the principle characteristic and process of life-bearing planets are appreciated. The surprising conclusion? Mars is Red and White for the same causes that made Earth Red and White. Aram Harijan will present striking viewgraphs while he discusses this topic.


Humanist Community Forum (2012-06-03): Planet Earth – the Most Colorful Thing We Know (Aram Harijan) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.