In February, 2020, before COVID-
19 pointed out all of our country’s
fragilities, Amy Jo testified to
members of the United States
Congress in the House Committee
of Oversight and Reform about the
struggles of the working poor in
America. Within hours, hundreds
of people had reached out to her
from across the U.S. to share their
stories of struggle and resilience.
#RattleTheWindows, a line from
her speech, became a battle cry
across social media.
And a movement was born.
Amy Jo Hutchison is a lifelong resident of West Virginia. Her lived experience is centered around poverty and raising her children alone.
She has been working as a community organizer since 2017, but, as she says, organizing isn’t her job, it’s her life. “I was organizing long before I knew it had a name and people did it for a living. I was just a mom who wanted better for my kids and the kids in my community and fought like hell to get it.”
Amy Jo’s testimony