California’s Criminal Justice Realignment

Novella Coleman

July 15, 2012

Novella Coleman


Novella Coleman, Criminal Justice and Drug Policy Fellow, ACLU Foundation of Northern California will compare and contrast the drug policies of the Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties.

The slides for her excellent presentation are now available.


Humanist Community Forum (2012-07-15): California's Criminal Justice Realignment (Novella Coleman) from Humanist Community-SiliconValley on Vimeo.


HCSV Members’ Report on the 2012 AHA Annual Conference

July 8, 2012

Arthur, Paul, Sena, Alex and Hilton

Five of the eight HCSV members who attended this Conference  reported on what they saw and what impressed them: Paul Gilbert, Alex Havasy, Hilton Brown, Sena Havasy, Arthur Jackson.

The exceptionally good conference included presentations by Gloria Steinem, Anthony Pinn, Barbara Forrest, Marshall Brain and our own Arthur Jackson.


Operation Marriage

Cynthia Chin-Lee

June 24, 2012

Cynthia Chin-Lee

  Cynthia Chin-Lee will discuss her new children’s book, “Operation Marriage” (see, 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 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.