I recently shared in this infographic some background information on people who filled out my Reproductive Justice training/toolkit survey, particularly what they struggle with related to integrating RJ in their programs, services, and community campaigns.
Today, let’s take a look some additional information that uncovers insight into what’s important to people in embracing RJ.
In the infographic I shared the various identities of the respondents (students, nonprofit professionals, community volunteers, etc.), but what I didn’t share was where respondents were located.
Out of 77 respondents,
- The majority (77%) live in the Northeast region of the United States (New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, etc.)
- Ten percent live in the Southeast (Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, etc.)
- Six percent live on the West Coast or in the Pacific Northwest (Oregon, California, Washington, etc.)
- Five percent live in the Midwest (Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, etc.)
- Two percent live in the Southwest (Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, etc.)
This information is important because it highlights a key component in developing a program or service: Where you are plays a vital role in how successful and adaptable a program, service, or campaign will be. Success is subjective, but being able to create a program, service or campaign that can be easily adaptable to the community it’s placed in is important.
I’ve lived in New York City since 2008. I’m originally from Georgia. When it comes to real estate, the job market, social services and more, New York and Georgia are two totally different worlds. Making $100,000 a year in Georgia looks completely different from making that annual income in New York. Likewise, getting funding for programs and services may look differently in New York compared to Georgia. More importantly, what prevents a community from fully achieving Reproductive Justice is dependent on where that community is located. While some things may be similar, there are aspects unique to a community, city, or state that can add to or detract from achieving Reproductive Justice.
Let’s take a look at some of the responses to the question “In your opinion, what barriers do you/your community face in achieving Reproductive Justice?”, broken down by region: