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What It’s Like to Be A Pro-Choice Activist in an Anti-Abortion State

Glamour Magazine

October 19, 2016

Kierra Johnson is also frustrated at the way red states get written off in conversations about abortion. Johnson, who is originally from Georgia, is the Executive Director of Urge, an organization that gets young people involved with activism around reproductive and gender justice, particularly in Midwestern and Southern states.

“Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative misconceptions about who Southerners are: We need to be saved, we are somehow backwards, we are a lost cause,” Johnson said. “The reality is that the South has a long history of powerful organizing. We need people who do this work not despite where they are from, but precisely because of where they are from.”