We know it’s been awhile since we’ve connected, the main reasons for that are the health concerns that have plagued the members of our Leadership Council (LC). One of our beloved members, Beatrice “Bea” Stroud, has passed on after a challenging battle with cancer. She is survived by her partner and fellow LC member, Gary Stroud, her children, and her grandchildren.
Bea has been a fearless leader in the fight against privatization of public housing through the RAD program, and a friend and beloved member of our RTHA community. We have been blessed to share some great years with Bea as leaders in the fight for housing justice, but also as friends and family sharing holidays, cookouts, weddings, and birthday parties. She will be greatly missed for her sharp wit, laughter, gigantic heart, and fierce spirit.
As you know Right To Housing Alliance is led by people directly impacted by the ill effects of housing commodification; slumlords, biased courts, racist code enforcement etc. In other words, our members are barely making ends meet and the cost of a proper funeral is far beyond their means.
Bea and her husband, Gary, have donated so much of their time and energy to helping others, even as they faced their own challenges and struggles. We feel that it’s time to give back to them.
If you’re able, please donate to the Beatrice Stroud Funeral Fund today. Any donation, large or small, will help.