Hear from nationally prominent West Virginia economic justice activist Amy Jo Hutchison in an in-depth Zoom interview on March 30.
Remember back in February 2020, when Wheeling, West Virginia, native Amy Jo Hutchison told lawmakers in Washington what it’s really like for the working poor? Hutchison spoke from her lived experience as a single mother, and her powerful testimony ignited a deeper and more honest national conversation about poverty. Watch her brief statement, or watch it again, for a real gut punch of inspiration.
A devoted activist, Hutchison is now building a national movement for economic justice grounded in West Virginia that she calls Rattle the Windows. You can hear her current thinking on poverty and power from noon to 1 p.m. on March 30 in Advocacy in Action: Bringing a Mountain State Voice to a National Platform. The in-depth Zoom interview and discussion will be moderated by Nikki Bowman Mills of New South Media, is free to attend, and is hosted by Women United, an affinity group of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties (UWMPC).
We caught up with Women United Co-Chair Sabrina Cave to learn what we can expect from this conversation.
Q: Why did Women United decide to showcase Amy Jo Hutchison?
Sabrina Cave: Amy Jo has an inspiring story of resilience. Growing up in poverty, she decided to connect people who share the same experience. She challenges others to change. Women United wants to also connect people, specifically women, to support each other through community service, philanthropy, and outreach.
Q: Which of Rattle the Windows’ issues resonate most for the UWMPC?
SC: Food insecurity is a national issue but a local issue as well here in Monongalia and Preston counties. Our Helpful Harvest food program and the mobile food pantries we support are so important for our community.
Q: Who should set time aside to watch this interview?
SC: Everyone! Amy Jo grew up in West Virginia and her story will resonate with many.
Q: What do you hope it will inspire?
SC: I hope it will inspire change. I hope that listening to Amy Jo will inspire others to think about how they can make a difference in their communities. Whether it is volunteering at Helpful Harvest or raising money for local agencies that serve our community, it is important to give back.
Mark your calendar, and pre-register to attend Advocacy in Action.