FUREE (Families United for Racial and Economic Equality)
Key Topics: Public housing (NYCHA), Leadership development, Accountable development/affordable housing/anti-displacement, Community engagement/outreach, Environmental resiliency and food sovereignty, Building POC leadership, Youth development
Bio: Shatia Strother (who prefers to be addressed as Tia) is a Bed-Stuy native and resident whose life passion is maintaining the history and culture of communities of color through activism in social, food and environmental justice issues. Her role as mother and wife has lead her towards a path of intentional radicalism and self determination with the hopes that she can raise her children and encourage communities to champion the causes they find important to them. In 2012, Shatia co-founded the 462 Halsey Community Garden with the mission to develop a safe, inclusive green-space for residents to create and strengthen community bonds through growing food, sharing resources and addressing both social and food justice issues.
In 2014 she was hired as the Lead Organizer and sole paid staff of FUREE- member-led organization comprised of mostly low-income women of color fighting systems of oppression that threaten housing security, economic stability and democratic participation. She currently serves as Program Coordinator supervising 2 organizing staff members (F/T Lead Organizer and one P/T Youth Organizer).
In this capacity she has been successful in resurrecting FUREE’s FUREEous Youth Program (and the more recently formed sub-program ‘FUREEous Youth Arts House- FYAH’), among other significant community engagement and organizing projects such as the annual F.I.R.E.D. UP Leadership Academy workshop series (running each Spring/Summer).
Along with many other hobby projects, Shatia is a member of the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement (MXGM) as well as active volunteer at her son Sean’s school (serving as grade-rep linking parents directly to school information and resources). Her interests include gardening, scrapbooking/albumin, sewing, camping/hiking, a growing collection of dead animals and any adventurous activity that worries her husband and involves potential dangers. Shatia loves to travel and share stories, is an avid baker and experimenter in the kitchen as well as a dabbler in the art of homemade jam.
Selected Speaking Experience
- Just Food Conference- Panelist
- IOBY’s Equity, the Deep (grass) Roots and Community Led Change Conference-Guest Speaker & Garden Tour Guide
- Brooklyn Deep Podcast- Guest
- Columbia University- Guest Speaker & Presenter
- Brooklyn for Peace: The People Or Trump Teach- In Conference- Panelist
- ANHD’s 7th Annual Community Development Conference- Panelist
- CUNYTV Short Doc Web Series ‘Walking with FUREE’- Interview
- WBAI 99.5 Jordan Journal Talk Show- Guest