Who We Are & What We Do

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Mission

Organizing at the intersections of racial, economic, and reproductive justice, Holler Health Justice builds power with Appalachian communities and individuals most disproportionately affected by health inequities, including people of color, those in rural areas, those with low income, and LGBTQIA+ folk.

Vision

We envision an Appalachia where all people have power, access, and resources to be healthy and have agency over their lives.

Values

We value accountability, autonomy, community, joy, mutual aid, pleasure, transparency, and trust.

 

Our History & Work

Holler Health Justice (HHJ) was founded by a group of young reproductive health, rights, and justice activists looking to meet the substantial need of funding and practical support for West Virginians seeking abortion care. With guidance from the National Network of Abortion Funds and our kin at Kentucky Health Justice Network, HHJ launched in August 2018 to become the first and only financial and practical abortion support fund in West Virginia.

Led by a majority POC, queer, and low-income board of directors, HHJ believes that those directly impacted by an issue are best positioned to design and lead solutions. HHJ expanded its scope of work in 2019 to meet additional health equity needs of West Virginians and Appalachians by providing free emergency contraception, harm reduction materials and services, and ID obtainment.

As of 2022, HHJ offers the following programs and services throughout West Virginia and Appalachia:

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Highlights from 2019...

From 2019 to 2021...

We've provided $354,175 in abortion funding & practical support to West Virginians, Appalachians & others.

We've dispersed  
19,741 units
of free emergency contraception across West Virginia.

We've helped
1,230 people obtain abortions throughout primarily Appalachia & the South.

We've moved $38,489 in mutual aid & rapid response funds to Black communities in West Virginia.

Our Co-Directors

 
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Chela Barajas

Chela (they/them) is a founding co-director of HHJ.

Residing in Fayette County, West Virginia, Chela is a self-described "mexi-billy," with parents from both Mexico and rural West Virginia.

Specializing in rural grassroots organizing, Chela has worked on numerous political campaigns and with advocacy and social justice organizations across the country—from local city council and U.S. congressional races to Greenpeace International and the Sierra Club

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Peshka Calloway

Peshka (she/her) is a co-director and prior board member of HHJ.

 

Peshka is a U.S. Army Veteran, single mother, and Afrolachian artist from Parkersburg, West Virginia.

 

As an abortion storyteller, Peshka has shared her story on national television and traveled across the country, speaking with elected leaders and presidential candidates to encourage them to stand with reproductive rights. She was recognized for her work in reproductive health access as a 2017 Mary J. Blige honoree at the ESSENCE Festival, and previously served on the board of Planned Parenthood Votes! South Atlantic.

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Caitlin Gaffin

Caitlin (she/they) is a founding co-director of HHJ.

 

Hailing from the southern coal fields of West Virginia, Caitlin is a granddaughter of both Mexican immigrants and Devil Anse Hatfield.

Caitlin's writing on reproductive and economic justice in Appalachia has been featured in HuffPost, VICE, and more. In 2021, they were named a Rockwood Leadership Institute Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice fellow.

 

Caitlin is the COO of Prism, an independent, nonprofit newsroom led by journalists of color.

We're Union!

In 2020, Holler Health Justice became the first nonprofit in West Virginia to be unionized under the West Virginia state chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW WV). 

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