Women United, an affinity group of the United Way of Monongalia and Preston Counties, recently offered a Zoom presentation and discussion called "Advocacy in Action: Bringing a Mountain State Voice to a National Platform," featuring Amy Jo Hutchison. The was moderated by Women United's Nikki Bowman-Mills, founding publisher/editor of New South Media Inc.
Amy Jo Hutchison is a born and raised West Virginian. She began organizing in poor and marginalized communities across the state in 2017, using her lived experience of poverty to connect with people who share the same experience.
In February 2020, Amy Jo spoke to the United States House Committee on Oversight and Reform regarding the poverty level in Washington D.C. Her testimony went viral and has provided the opportunity to discuss poverty on a much broader stage.
She is building a movement grounded in West Virginia, Rattle the Windows, with folks impacted by the issues, focused on economic justice. In October of 2021, she appeared in episode 3 of "The Problem with Jon Stewart," "The Economy," in which she discussed the issues affecting the working poor.
This is the first in a series of events titled Women United Presents. Information about future events will be coming later.