Pamela Rush was a good mother and a caring neighbor.

She was also a poor woman in rural Alabama, fighting a predatory lender who was fleecing her over the broken, dangerous trailer she and her children lived in. As part of the Poor People’s Campaign, Pamela gave heartbreaking testimony before Congress in 2018 on behalf of roughly 140 million poor and low-income Americans.

Life wasn’t easy for this 43 percent of the American public before the pandemic, and it’s gotten harder now. Despite her fighting spirit, Pamela tragically perished from COVID-19 this summer.

Read the full article at The Progressive.

Karen Dolan directs the Criminalization of Race and Poverty Project at the Institute for Policy Studies. Follow her on Twitter @KarenDolan.

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