How many times have you been part of the handwringing conversation lamenting the lack of involvement in the fight for reproductive rights by a particular group of people –Â Â the â€œwhy donâ€™t _____ careâ€ conversation?Â (Fill in the blank with whomever you want: young people, college students, young professionals.)
But isnâ€™t that assuming itâ€™sÂ theirÂ fault, not ours? Maybe thatâ€™s wrong. Maybe we havenâ€™t been thinking outside of our own little boxes.
The newspapers are full of articles about the decrease in the number of people who identify as â€œpro-choice,â€ but not in the number who believe a woman should have access to full comprehensive reproductive rights.
So, just maybe, we need to involve people where they are, not where we are.
Choice Matters has decided to take on that challenge — of reaching out and involving theÂ pro-choiceÂ public that does notÂ come out to marches and rallies, which results in them stayingÂ under the radar.
Choice Matters isÂ hostingÂ Cardio Dance for Choice with Zumba Fitness,Â on Saturday April 6thÂ at the YWCA.
Why? Because people really do want to have a fun, andÂ Zumba is the rage across the country, with women of all ages and demographics.
I invite you to look at our facebook pageÂ Cardio Dance for Choice with Zumba Fitness.Â Most of the people registered so far would never think of going to an event to hear a speaker or attend a rally.
We are focusing on where people areÂ and they happen to be doing something thatâ€™s both fun and good for their health. Maybe thatâ€™s the key. After all, isnâ€™tÂ reproductive rights about healthcare and being able to make safe healthy choices?
But it wonâ€™t work without you!
We are the broke relative, the one willing to do the heavy lifting but without the funds to do so.
If everyone who reads this email contributed $25 we can make it!
If this event is as successful as it looks like itâ€™ll be, we could do a Salsa dancing event later this summer, or a networking event at the new fondue restaurant in White Plains. Weâ€™re open to suggestions.
All I know is that if we are going to capture those that believe a woman should have access to full comprehensive reproductive rights, but donâ€™t call themselves â€˜pro-choiceâ€™, we must start thinking outside the box!