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Suzette Shaw
Grassroots Advocate, Skid Row from a Woman's Perspective


Suzette Shaw is a Skid Row resident who writes, talks and advocates Skid Row From A Woman’s Perspective. Skid Row is a contained community in Downtown Los Angeles which tracks with the highest homeless population in these United States of America. Predominantly Black, with Black middle aged to elderly women the number one demographic decade after decade. Suzette says her pain fueled her testimony and her testimony has now fueled her advocacy. Expressing herself through poetry, Suzette paints a broad stroke, painting hues of pain and purpose in her healing journey where she advocates for a shift in the paradigm towards the dismantling of systemic policies and practices which have perpetuated the trauma of the oppressed, which too often look like her.