Born in El Paso, Texas in 1976, Shere was the oldest of two kids. Alcoholism and instability would force Shere and her younger brother to foster care by the age of five. At age seven, her mother gained custody of the two children only to be in a near death car accident months later that would force the state of Texas to remove both children permenantly. Shere and her brother moved to Houston in 1986 where she attended Durham elementary then attended FM Black middle school. In her 6th grade year, her adoptive family fell apart which forced her out of the home and into the home of her pastor, his wife and their kids. Shere continued her education by attending a Baptist private school until attending Scarborough high school in 9th grade. She played volleyball and basketball. She was a Student Council rep and began her passion in politics, injustices and more. Her 9th grade History teacher had a heavy influence on her, allowing students to freely grasp the understanding of true American History. That was also the year Clinton and Bush were running for President which played a role in an assignment for class that would allow her a better perspective of politics and the division in her own family. Shere’s family were hard core Southern Baptists who were ultra conservative and hated Bill Clinton however Shere liked Clinton. Having to hide her support for the Democratic Party was easy but biting her tongue when family members belted out their petty disgust of Clinton proved to be difficult as she got older. By 10th and 11th grade, Shere took a strong interest in protest, fighting for what was right. When it was rumored that a strict new principal was going to be hired, forcing students to a more military way of life, Shere was one of the organizers in conducting a walk-out in protest to the new principal. Later it was learned that the new principal would have no authority to enact her ideas on students without approval from the school board. When school lunches were cut by 10 minutes, Shere designed a petition which was signed by 60% of classmates before the office received word and negotiated only cutting back by 5 minutes instead of 10. Shere went onto to University of Houston obtaining a BA in accounting and continued her career in corporate America. It was in 2011 that Troy Davis was put to death that Shere felt she had enough of the obvious biases in the legal system concerning minorities and decided to become an active member of the community, fighting for others, fighting against corruption. October 6, 2011 allowed her a platform which to learn and participate in changing the status quo by joining Occupy Houston. Shortly after, Shere witnessed police officers and their treatment towards activists and the homeless community. That gave her the will to fight passionately for the homeless. By December 2011 Shere joined Food Not Bombs Houston who served the homeless a hot meal four nights a week and has been participating since then. After the split with Occupy Houston, Shere continued to fight for the homeless community. In 2014 a homeless veteran picked up a donut bag out of the trash to eat the remaining donuts in the bag. Word has it that an individual would purposely leave donut holes on top of the trash while on the way to their office. The homeless veteran received a ticket from Houston police which was quickly picked up by Shere and Houston Civil Rigts Attorney, Randall Kallinen. It was because of that fight with the city that they were not only able to get his ticket dismissed but the law forbidding any homeless person from digging in a public trash can was reversed. Years continued with similar fights with the city, ensuring the city understands that homeless have rights too. Shere also aligned with Black Lives Matter Houston activist Ashton P Woods in fighting locally for Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice, Mike Brown, Eric Garner, Houston’s own Jordan Baker, Ashtian Barnes, Alva Braziel, Sandra Bland. BLM Houston was blamed for the death of Officer Goforth who was murdered while his mistress sat in his patrol car with him. Harris Co District Attorney Devin Anderson and Harris Co Sheriff Ron Hickman held a press conference which each specifically blamed BLM for the death of Goforth. It was later proven that BLM had nothing to do with his death however the damage was done. BLM Houston activists began their #ByeDevon and #RonGone campaigns, pushing for these two to be voted out of office during that election year. Their works would prove to be fruitful and each were dethroned. Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker facilitated and passed a law making it illegal for citizens to feed the homeless without city permission. Food Not Bombs Houston was instrumental along with local attorney Kallinen in submitting 33,000 signatures in a petition to the Mayor herself expressing their distaste for the new law. FNBH was allowed to serve the homeless community without permission from the city however several times, volunteers were met with police harassment from time to time. Mayor Turner was elected after Parker termed out and that began a war on the homeless for merely placing a bag on a sidewalk, sitting on a sidewalk, continued harassment for sitting on city park benches, utilizing any kind of encampment. In 2017 Shere worked with the ACLU of Texas which filed a lawsuit against the city concerning the encampment ordinance the Mayor passed in April 2017. To date, legal challenges still stand.
“I’d like to think it is because of the hardships I faced as a child growing up in why I fight for others. I wished someone would have fought for me in the mistakes the State made in my adoption case. While I would have preferred to not go through those hardships, in many ways I am grateful because I was never truly in one specific home long enough to be brainwashed and trained to be biased towards others. By the time I had reached my last and final family, I had already designed myself and my own way of thinking. As stubborn as I was, nothing was going to change that.”
Today her work continues with the homeless, BLM, FNBH, police violence and fighting misc issues that arise in the community.