Samsarah Morgan: Oakland Green Party, Occupy Oakland Activist, writer on birth, health and family
In brief: I come by the decision on to run because many people in my community asked me to. As I researched the issues and concerns of KPFA I began to understand why.
One of my most valuable skills is the ability to relate positively with a wide variety of people, as well as to create bridges between people who would ordinarily not relate to one another at all. Every aspect of the work I do for the families and children of the Bay Are focuses on healing and healthy communication, on the levels of mind, body and soul.
If I am elected, my focus will not be backward but forward. I am completely disinterested either in taking sides, nor re-visiting past conflicts. My focus will be to do my utmost to be one of the stewards of a most precious resource: our communities’ public radio station.
More about Samsarah: I am a mother, a grandmother and a resident of Oakland for 24 years. I love this city and have always grieved the reality of the chronic misgovernance of Oakland – and how this consistently threatens to render this city an unsafe and unappealing place to raise children.
I am an holistic health provider and community midwife. I am focused on serving in any way that creates not only the possibility of financial prosperity for the citizens of Oakland – but emotional, spiritual, and psychological prosperity as well. Healthy and happy adults result in a greater possibility for safety and the flowering well being of children.
I am a skilled mediator and counselor – a gift which has stood me in good stead in many environments.
I have, since last year, been deeply involved with the Occupy Movement in Oakland and, in that capacity, have been the founder of two committees, and sit on three others. I am one of the founders of Occupy Oakland Children’s Village, the area for children’s and families that existed as part of the Oakland encampment. Occupy Oakland was the first of our national encampments that had a program or space for families to come and find out about the movement. Our children had as safe a space as could be provided in the face of the illegal and criminal policies and decisions of our government.
I would like to assist KPFA in any way possible. I am aware that the organization has long standing challenges which have plagued it over recent years. And although I have certainly heard bits and pieces of the various facts and opinions about this – I have largely remained out of the fray. This, I feel, is an asset of my candidacy.
My focus will be in what serves the community served by their public radio station. My work in the natural birth community as well as the Occupy movement has well educated me in how very important it is to have the free and unedited flow of information to the people. It is a tragedy for that flow to be hindered by infighting of any kind.
My focus and desire is also to educate and welcome people of color, women and younger people, and provide mentorship for KPFA membership and service in the future.
I would like to do what I can to reach out to those who are tempted to check out of what is perceived by them to be mainstream processes altogether and prevent the loss of the energy of such individuals.
Bottom line, I look forward to bringing a fresh set of eyes to KPFA and a strong desire for community service as well as a commitment to sow the seeds for continued community engagement into the future.
Thank you for reading this and considering me. I look forward to working with you for the betterment of the organization, as well as all who are served by KPFA.
L. Samsarah Morgan