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Todays Agenda – Fall Birth Justice Forum 2013

Today’s Agenda



11am         Opening

11:30        Film: The Circumcision Question

12:00       Lunch available for purchase

12:30      Speaker: Hida Viloria Surgeries and our children’s sexuality

2:00         Panel: “Sexual surgeries and our children, what parents should know.”

Hida Viloria, Lloyd Schofield, Jonathan Conte, Tora Spigner.

Moderator: Samsarah Morgan

3:30       ClosureFor Speaker and panelist biographies, please visit :



Fall Forum Panelist Spotllight – Lloyd Schofield

I was raised in West Hartford CT and attended college at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, but have been a long time San Francisco Resident.  Active intactivist and independent researcher for several years, I’ve been gaining knowledge and experience in order to become effective in the fight against forced genital mutilation for ALL children, male, female and intersex. This is something I’ve known to be wrong my entire life and it’s very rewarding to be able to coordinate with organized groups and individuals from extremely diverse religious, educational and professional backgrounds in working to eradicate this barbaric practice.The proponent of the San Francisco MGM Bill in 2011, I work, and have worked on every level, from personal outreach to appearing in and on, local, national and international print, radio and television media to educate.

Public appearances and debates include: Fox News “America Live with Megan Kelly”, CNN TV debate with Rabbi Smuely Biotech (he previously debated Christopher Hitchens), Canadian Radio broadcasting debate with Mark Stern, losing attorney in the Oregon Supreme Court Case Boldt v Boldt concerning forced circumcision of a 12 year old male minor, KQED Forum debating Dr. Laurence Baskin,  Chief of Pediatric Urology for Benioff Children’s Hospital and most recently appeared on Al Jazerra’s “Consider This” live nationally broadcast television show.

I will continue working on banning forced genital mutilation whenever and wherever the opportunity exists.


Fall forum vendor spotlight – Needa , The Lumpia Lady!

We are overjoyed that Needa is providing the tasty treats for our luncheon!

Her menu is filled with wholesome and home cooked foods, she provides vegetarian options and her menu price ranges from 1.00- 10.00 per item 🙂


FAll 2013 Forum Key Note Speaker – Hida Viloria

Hida Viloria is Chairperson of OII, the world’s largest intersex advocacy organizationn and Director of OII-USA ( She has consulted the International Olympic Committee and the United Nations’ Human Rights Office about intersex human rights, and spoken on numerous television shows including 20/20 and Oprah. She has also written about intersex in The Advocate, Ms., The Global Herald,, the American Journal of Bioethics, and others. You can follow her blog, Intersex and Out, on Tumblr.


Fall Forum Panelist Moderator Spotlight – Samsarah Morgan, DD, Cht

Dr. L. Samsarah Morgan, DD. Dr. Morgan is an Interfaith Minister and Counselor, Apprentice Midwife, Family Life Coach, Doula and Hypnotherapist. She is the founder of Nia Center for birth and family life.  She is a birth and postpartum caregiver and childbirth and parenting educator, and is this year celebrating 30 years as a birth worker and trainer

As the mother of 5 grown sons and the grandmother of two!

She is the director of Nia: A family life practice, as well as Birth Professionals of the Bay Area and her private practice has offered counseling and healing sessions as well as workshops, seminars and retreats for individuals, couples, and families since 1991.She is an apprentice of Midwife Selena Green, CPM of the Sacred Birth Place Center for childbirth and wellness in Oakland, Ca.

She is a contributing writer for several on line magazines, including Weigh loss solutions 360 magazine, Every Little Thing, Birth babies and Beyond , and The Occupy Oakland Media Collective.She is member of the board for the Sacred Birth Angels Foundation, as well as the Founding Member of The Oakland Better Birth Foundation, and The Decolonize (Occupy) Pregnancy Birth and Parenting Caucus of Occupy Oakland.She is also  on the board of KPFA radio.websites:www.niahealingcenter.orgwww.doulasamsarah.wordpress.comwww.theprofessionaldoula.comwww.bayareabirthjusticefair.wordpress.comwww.urbannana.comwww.sacredbirthangels.com yellow back ground you!



Fall Forum Panelist Spotlight – Tora Spigner, RN

Bio: Tora Spigner is an RN, Doula, Mother and Educator.
She got her BS from Michigan State University in Medical Technology, a Master of Liberal Studies with a concentration in Public and Health Administration from Eastern Michigan University before moving to California in 1990. She got her Master of Science in Nursing from San Francisco State University and has worked as an RN in obstetrics since 1994, when she had her daughter, Christa. She had a son, Evan in 1998 and supports breastfeeding, vegetarianism, intactivism and natural and home births.
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