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Shatia Strother 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.

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