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 2011, 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 for 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. Through her hard work, Tia was promoted to Program Coordinator to develop and oversee all of FUREE’s campaigns and programs. In this capacity she has been successful in resurrecting FUREE’s FUREEous Youth Program, among other significant projects. Along with many other projects, Shatia is currently part of a group of Central Brooklyn residents in partnership with the Brooklyn Movement Center (BMC) to develop a members owned Food Cooperative. Her interests include gardening, 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, panalist
- IOBY’s Equity, the Deep (grass) Roots and Community Led Change Conference, guest speaker
- Brooklyn Deep Podcast, guest
- Columbia University, guest speaker