Bay Area Birth Justice Fair Summer 2014. Breastfeeding, A gift for Life!

Urban Montessori Charter School 5328 Brann Street, Oakland, CA 94619

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Planning meeting for Spring 2013 , Bay Area Birth Justice Fair!!! Call for Vendors and Sponsors!



Well its time begin the labor process on a second, Birth Justice Fair.

A core group has met and decided our theme is : Natural Birth is a human right and saves lives!

we will be raising funds to assist a member of our community Sister Jessica (Bella) Hollie and her family in their struggle to pay for a birth a the Sacred Birth Place! As well as hold a major food drive to other expectant families in our community!

We will need many hands,hearts, and visions!

Our last fair was incredibly beautiful – I am in the process of finding video which I will post her for all to see!

Please bring food to share!

See you then!

We plan to live stream the meeting for those who can’t attend – but only those there in person can vote, or have direct feed back.

Children are most welcome!


We are looking for sponsors!!! If your business or groups would like to sponsor a table at our event, please email Samsarah at 510-393-7380 or
Love and blessings!


The Uhuru Movement – history

The Uhuru Movement was formed by and is led by Omali Yeshitela, Chairman of the African People’s Socialist Party and is based on the principles of African Internationalism.

Omali Yeshitela’s theory of African Internationalism is based on an understanding of capitalism as a “parasitic system that was born from the enslavement of African people and the oppression of colonized peoples worldwide.”

Yeshitela defines African Internationalism as a revolutionary theory through which political movements struggling to promote African liberation can understand society and social life.

African Internationalism offers a revolutionary theory that “unites the African people of the world in a revolutionary process to liberate Africa under the leadership of African workers and poor peasants.”

This concept links revolutionary movements in the continent of Africa and political movements that emerged “from within the colonized African population in the U.S.”

The Uhuru Movement is made up of several organizations that are working on diverse political fronts for the liberation of all African people everywhere. These organizations include the International People’s Democratic Uhuru Movement, the All African People’s Development and Empowerment Project and the African People’s Education and Defense Fund.


Committee member highlight – Wendy Snyder


Wendy Snyder is a member of the African People’s Solidarity Committee
The African People’s Solidarity Committee (APSC) was formed and is led by the African People’s Socialist Party, which leads the Uhuru Movement working for the liberation of African people inside the U.S. and around the world. Based on the strategy and campaigns of the African People’s Socialist Party, APSC organizes in the white community to unite white people with our true human interest in overturning the pedestal of the white world and parasitic capitalism, that was founded on the enslavement of African people and the genocide of the indigenous peoples.

Wendy Snyder joined the Uhuru Movement in 1992, the same year that African people in Los Angeles rose up in rebellion following the all-white jury verdict acquitting the 12 LAPD in the beating of Rodney King. She is the National Coordinator of Sustainable Membership for the Uhuru Solidarity Movement and invites white allies and others to join the mass organization coordinated by APSC that provides an expression of white solidarity and unity with reparations to the African community and a principled relationship with the struggle of African people to overturn 500 years of oppression. She believes that the philosophy of the Uhuru Movement, called African Internationalism, is one that explains the world in order to change it for all humanity.

Committee Member Highlight – Kara Rupt

Kara Rupf CMT is a Holistic Massage Therapist and Doula, specializing in pregnant Mamas,(pre-natal, laboring, post-natal),and infant massage. Therapeutic touch in pregnancy, provides the developing baby with stimulating and nurturing input. It also encourages a healthy labor, eases muscular tension, increases hip flexibility and reduces swelling and other discomforts. Working with expectant Mothers, you become part of their journey. It’s a blessing and honor. Kara provides a safe space where her clients can let go, express their fears/concerns, acknowledge what may be coming up in their body and walk away feeling loved and supported.

She completed her training at The World School of Massage in Pleasanton and San Francisco and has continued on to train in Non-Violent Communitcation, Holistic Health and Living, Breakthroughs, Womens Empowerment, I.N.O.K.A. working with women of Domestic Violence, and various nutritional modalities. She is certified through CAMTC and is an active member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. As a doula she works with families starting at 36 weeks of pregnancy, developing a relationship with them, looking for where the needs are and creating a plan for the families ideal birth experience. Postpartum support is also available.

This home-birth Mother of four is available for flex. hours as she knows how complicated Mommy Life can be. Whether in her massage practice or in her doula work, whe understands the vulnerability, fears and sometimes misconceptions about pregnancy and birth, come with your questions, your lower back pain and swelling and she will do all she can to lighten your load.

Kara has a space in Pleasanton right off of 580 and also Oakland, 45th and Broadway area.


Bountiful Thanks!!!!

The following organizations have helped us to spread the word about our event!  Thank you so much and we look forward to working with you again!

Bay Area Birth Justice Fair Committee

How did they help? By helping us advertise: radio interviews, global events calendar, blogs, forums, facebook groups

Russ Tanner at   Politicized-Activist Health Information Network

Josh at Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood:

Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) is a national coalitionof health care professionals, educators, advocacy groups, parents, and individuals who care about children. CCFC is the only national organization devoted to limiting the impact of commercial culture on children.  CCFC’s staffand Steering Committeeare activists, authors, and leading experts on the impact of media and marketing on children.  Most of us are also parents.

Leo Cashman at DAMS, Research-Based Politicized-Activist Health Information Network

Mamas Resource Network:

Shona Q. Baum, LCSW
Director of Programs

Homeless Prenatal Program

2500 18th Street SFCA 94110 phone: 415-546-6756 X358  fax: 415-546-6778

Bioron, maker of homeopathic remedies, has offerd a gift for our silent auction!

About Bioron;
Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines, is best known for its top-selling flu medicine, Oscillococcinum®, its Chestal® cough syrup, and its Arnicare® line of pain relievers.
To stimulate the evolution of healthcare by promoting scientific homeopathy as a more compassionate, more ecological and more comprehensive approach to medicine and to allow every physician to know homeopathy and integrate it into their daily practice.
Company Overview
Boiron, world leader in homeopathic medicines, is a $730 million public company with 4,000 employees in more than 80 countries. It is best known for its top-selling flu medicine, Oscillococcinum®, its Chestal® cough syrup, and its Arnicare® line of pain relievers. For nearly 80 years, Boiron has been committed to funding scientific research and educating the public and healthcare professionals on homeopathic medicines. As a pharmaceutical company, Boiron maintains the highest standards in manufacturing, complying with U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulations, the Homeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States and drug Good Manufacturing Practices. Image

Mothering Magazine has graciously offered advertising to the Bay Area Birth Justice Fair!

About Mothering Magazine:
Mothering is the premier community for naturally minded parents. Founded as a magazine in 1976, Mothering today hosts the most active forums for parents online.
Mothering celebrates the experience of parenthood as worthy of one’s best efforts and fosters awareness of the immense importance and value of parenthood and family life in the development of the full human potential. As a readers’ magazine, we recognize parents as the experts and wish to provide truly helpful information upon which parents can base informed choices.

Mothering is like no other publication. We are an original. Born in 1976 out of the need for the natural family community to learn about raising healthy children, Mothering was the birthplace of the natural family lifestyle.
Company Overview
Read in more than 65 countries, Mothering is the only independently owned, family living magazine in the world. We address contemporary health, personal, environmental, medical, and lifestyle issues in an upbeat, intelligent, compassionate, and courageous way.

Each issue contains philosophical inspiration and practical advice about family living. Topics are as diverse as circumcision, vaccination…s, organic foods, childhood illnesses, homebirth, parenting teens, midwifery and homeopathy.

Mothering is a family. We have an independent editorial spirit unmatched in the industry and a readership that is unmatched in responsiveness. Readers of Mothering share many of the same values. Nowhere else will you find such proactive, passionate and highly educated readers. In the pages of Mothering you will find an environment of credibility, trust, and authority.


Kent Craig Musician and Educator supports the Birth Justice Fair!

Kent Craig will offer a certificate for guitar lessons for our  silent auction as well as provide an offering of music to close out our event!  Thank you Kent!

Kent Craig

510 773 6698

Committee Member Highlight – Dr. Samsarah Morgan

L. Samsarah Morgan is a birth and postpartum doula, as well as an apprentice midwife working under the supervision of Licensed Midwife Selena Green of the Sacred Birth Place, in Oakland,

She is the Director of Birth Professionals of the Bay Area which offers training and certification to birth workers .

She is also the Director of Nia Center for Birth and family life, which offers the birth services and education as well as individual, couples and family counseling and couching and hypnotherapy.

Samsarah is proud to say that she is a member of occupy/decolonize Oakland.  She is one of the founding members of Occupy Oakland Children’s Village as well as the founding member of the Decolonize pregnancy birth and parenting caucus of Occupy Oakland.


Committee Member Highlight – Cara Judea Alhadeff

Committee member Highlight – Cara Judea Alhadeff

Cara Judea Alhadeff began teaching in 1998 and soon after completed the Advanced Studies Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute. Her background in cultural anthropology, Hindu mythology, Buddhist psychology and human physiology enhance both how she teaches and how she learns. Her injury-prevention approach to yoga combines body awareness of weight, energy, and strength distribution. Internationally, she teaches yoga workshops andand trains yoga teachers in Seoul, South Korea. Cara Judea has written extensively on the connection between Iyengar yoga and the visual arts. Her teaching specialties range from yoga for athletes/dancers to clients with neurological disorders to restorative yoga. Through a practice of playful self-inquiry, she hopes to help students both challenge and respect the possibility of moving beyond mental and physical limitations. Her teaching has been deeply influenced by Dean Lerner and by Judith Lasater’s research on the therapeutic aspects of Yoga and psycho-anatomy.

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