Cori Bush, a Democratic congressional candidate for Missouri’s first district, was in a negative place in her life — struggling to pay bills with her minimum-wage job, putting in 40-50 hour weeks and still worrying when her next meal would come — when she realized she had to do something for her community.

“All of those things really affected me. But I started to realize this is not just happening to me. So how can I be selfish and work for myself without thinking about others?” Cori Bush said at TheWrap’s Power Women Summit on Thursday evening. “It was like, I can’t just work on what’s happening in my house. What about someone else’s?”

This revelation crystallized further when protests emerged in nearby Ferguson, Missouri, following the fatal shooting of Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer. “I couldn’t turn my back,” Cori Bush told Sophia Bush, the actress and activist, at the summit. “I had to stay with my people.”

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