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Randiesia Fletcher, winner of the 2017/2018 Tucson Public Voices Fellowship is an author, educator, and public speaker, but on the streets, she’s heralded as an "urban missionary." Her passion is fueled by helping the under-served populations society often ignores.
Fletcher grew up in L.A.’s Skid Row slums—reared by drug-addicted parents. Her childhood was plagued with abuse, neglect, and homelessness, so as a teen, she enlisted into the USMC. It proved to have its own challenges of racism and sexism and was subsequently retired as a Disabled Veteran.
Not defeated, Fletcher completed a Bachelors of Arts in Creative Writing/ Anthropology—University of Arizona, and a Master's of Arts in Education—University of Phoenix. She completed research abroad in Women’s Occupations in the Republic of Fiji. To highlight her struggle, she published Scratches, Needles, and the Glass Pipe: Coping with Rejection, Hurt, and Abandonment and Social Mindfulness: Child Soldiers: Stories 1-3. Dedicated to volunteering, she founded I Can Do All Things, Inc., a nonprofit organization, to help alleviate generational poverty through teaching Sustainability Education, and she co-created the nonprofit organization, Refugee Resource Center, to advocate for refugees, asylees, and others victimized by poverty and sexual assault. In 2018, she and her husband started Harris-Fletcher Enterprises, a Social-Enterprises geared at helping American Descendants of Slaves (ADOS) and Black Indigenous People of Color BIPOC who experience housing, food, and financial insecurities become socially responsible by providing affordable housing located on an urban food forest through life and social mindfulness training through art and other mediums. The wife and mother of three, continues to write her own story.