THIS WEEK IN SOUTH SEATTLE — Close the Camps & Lights for Liberty, Last Black Man in San Francisco, Undocumented Tales, and More!

by Emerald Staff

**Immigrant Detention and Family Separation Protest & Solidarity Actions Planned for July 11, 12, and 13:

Thurs., July 11, 5–7 p.m. @ Westlake Park: Close the concentration camps now!

Fri., July 12, 7 p.m.: Lights for Liberty (at *Your Location):
“Lights For Liberty will be holding Friday night vigils around the country from 7–9 pm to show that we stand in solidarity with immigrants who are under attack by the Trump administration.
*South Seattle location: Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Park

Sat Jul 13th, 12:30 p.m. Community Engagement: Lights on Detained People NWDC Northwest Detention Center (1623 E. J St, Tacoma)

Thurs., July 11:

Close the concentration camps now!

“Over the past months we have witnessed the brutality that refugees and the displaced have faced at the hands of this administration. We have seen and heard the reports of children sleeping on concrete floors, locked in cages and denied basic human rights. This is not a protest about political issues but one about moral responsibilities. The severe overcrowding and denial of basic needs like food, beds, soap, showers and medical care are unacceptable.

“Today hundreds of children are still waiting to be reunited with their families. They are living in detention centers facing psychological and physical trauma. Since Trump took office we have lost 24 people including 6 children and many more injustices. This not the world we want to live in!!? What side of history do we want to stand on? Follow us @El Comite, get informed about what is happening and teach, share, protest ACT. We are asking that all of the people who care to come out and join us this Thursday at 5pm at Westlake Park.

Time: 5–7 p.m.
Where: Westlake Park — 401 Pine St
Cost: Free to attend

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OPINION: Neighborcare Union an Inspiring, Positive Change

by Valentina Warner, MD

For the past 20 years, I have worked as a physician at Neighborcare’s Rainier Beach clinic. I went into community health because I wanted to use my education to provide high quality medical care to those in my community, particularly those who are often treated as second class citizens. I wanted to find a place where, when people are facing hard times and medical problems come up, there is an open door for them, regardless of their insurance, immigration status, or financial situation. I came to Neighborcare because it was committed to the same values.

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A 10-Year Marination Makes for a Meaty Anniversary Celebration

by Rosalind Brazel

On June 19, Marination Mobile celebrated its 10th anniversary with a few hundred of its closest friends. The packed parking lot full of revelers outside of Columbia City’s Super Six was treated to Marination’s well-crafted sliders and tacos.

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Students From 17 High Schools, 18 Middle Schools Celebrate at Black Graduation

by Susan Fried

On Sunday June 30, 17 high school and 18 middle school graduates and their families from all over the greater Seattle area celebrated their educational achievements at the 4th Annual Black Graduation for Middle School and High School students at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute.

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Meet the District 2 Candidates: Mark Solomon

South Seattle Emerald contributors met with candidates running for Seattle City Council’s District 2 seat. Incumbent Bruce Harrell announced in January he would not run, and seven candidates filed to take over his vacant seat. This week the Emerald will publish interviews the candidates talking about their campaigns in their own words. Today, Emerald contributor Carolyn Bick speaks with Christopher Peguero. Click here to read all of the candidate interviews published so far.

by Natalie Barry

Mark Solomon is a crime prevention coordinator with the Seattle City Council and is running for the Seattle City Council’s District 2 position, which encompasses Southeast Seattle and the International District.

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