Loretta Ross, Women's rights and human rights leader
Robin Lim, 2011 CNN Hero of the Year
Katsi Cook, Aboriginal Midwife
Dr. Michel Odent, Primal Health Research Centre
Loretta Ross is an expert on women’s issues, racism, and human rights. Her work emphasizes the intersectionality of social justice issues and how this transforms social change.
Ross is a nationally-recognized women's rights and human rights leader. She was a co-founder and the National Coordinator, from 2005 to 2012, of the SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, a network of women of color and allied organizations that organize women of color in the reproductive justice movement.
‘Woman is the first environment. In pregnancy, our bodies sustain life. At the breast of women, the generations are nourished. From the bodies of women flows the relationship of those generations both to society and the natural world. In this way the earth is our mother, the old people said. In this way, we are women are earth.’ ~Katsi Cook~
The T-shirt asks, "Why is the USA ranked 50th in the world for infant mortality?"
In 2014, the USA was ranked 55th ~ perhaps the worst of all other highly industrialized countries in spite of spending the most on health care.
A Birthkeeper guards our most precious birthright-being born healthy
and loved into a flourishing and just world. We respect and protect
the relationships that support the life-giving capabilities of our mothers
who are birthing the future generations of happy, thriving humans,
and our Mother Earth who sustains and nourishes all life.
Motto: Healing Birth is Healing our Earth
Archetype/model of living: MotherBaby MotherEarth
is our primary, immutable relationship.
At the first BirthKeeper Summit, 2015, we will learn the essential work needed to change the current harmful societal paradigm. We will hear from visionaries, elders and young activists on what steps we can take to move forward to a better world of care and compassion. We will be inspired by the confluence of grassroots movements from diverse segments of our society--rights activists, environmental health proponents, social justice advocates, spiritual leaders, wellness promoters, and birth activists… all understanding the connections we hold together and the responsibility we have to support and love our precious babies and the future of our beloved MotherBaby MotherEarth.
Location: Berkeley City College, 2050 Center Street, Berkeley, CA
a state of the art public commons - self-contained building with lecture hall, breakout rooms, central sunny atrium for gathering and exhibitors. In the heart of Berkeley,
1 block from UC Berkeley and 1 block from BART. Mingle with the students, explore Berkeley- the bustling, diverse, social and intellectual center of the San Francisco Bay Area.
Purpose of BirthKeeper Summit
Calling out to unify with others who resonate with the role of BirthKeeper. Inviting already existing, acting and self-described BirthKeepers to help build this movement as well as offer education and support for what is needed to build it locally and globally. Convening of aligned groups and social activists. Inform about our world’s current situation. Inspire change. Train and launch actions. Create community.
Join us on Facebook : BirthKeepers Group
All are invited to our 2x monthly gatherings on the first and third Saturdays of the month through April, 2015, 1 pm- 3 pm at Yogalayam,1717 Alcatraz, Berkeley, CA, to become involved with this growing social, grassroots movement and work towards a ground-breaking first Summit of BirthKeepers.
The BirthKeeper Summit was inspired by the Institute of Feminine Arts and Sciences and Jeannine Parvati Baker and a portion of its profits will go to training future midwives.
Speakers Subject to Change