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INTERVIEW

SHELEY SECREST’S FIGHT AGAINST GENTRIFICATION SEATTLE NAACP LEADER VOWS TO KEEP COMMUNITY VOICES HEARD WRITER / JACOB UITTI

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eattle’s Sheley Secrest, a 42-year-old mother, lawyer and activist (she’s the VP of both the state and local chapters of the NAACP), is running for a seat on the Seattle City Council. Secrest bolstered the visibility of her campaign on April 20th, 2016, when she protested a new recreational cannabis shop. Uncle Ike’s is located on the corner of 23rd and Union in the city’s Central District, a historically black neighborhood that’s recently undergone major—and potentially unwelcomed—gentrification.

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