coalition sign-on letter
We, the undersigned organizations, wish to express our support for MarketShare and their mission to create community spaces that incubate and celebrate immigrant entrepreneurship through food. Of particular interest to our leadership and the diverse people we serve is the Campaign for King Street, MarketShare’s grassroots effort to encourage the creation of an international food market to be located on the Jackson Street level of the King Street Station redevelopment. The purpose of this food market would be to incubate food business startups operated by low-income immigrant and refugee entrepreneurs, and provide our entire community with a civic touchstone built upon sharing food and culture.
Our organizations, while varied in our missions, structures, history, and people served, are connected by common values embodied in MarketShare’s vision for King Street Station. We all support sharing economic opportunity with marginalized populations to support asset-based and equitable community development. We all support purposeful initiatives to build cultural infrastructure for underrepresented groups that allows for the expression of their arts and cultures, so that our entire society can be strengthened and enriched. We all support the creation of space where everyone can afford to enjoy all the flavors of our community, and the flavors of our world.
At a time when words and facts are sometimes insufficient foundations for civil discourse, food and its power to transcend boundaries has become an even more important tool for unification and healing. Beyond our support, MarketShare has asked for our groups to be collaborators in the creation and utilization of the public market at King Street Station, so that it becomes a platform and stage where all of our various community-based efforts can find sanctuary, a voice and a home.
“A New Market Concept Puts Two Immigrants at the Forefront”
Seattle Weekly, February 2015
“Local Nonprofit Launching First Two Mobile Food Businesses”
Seattle Mag, February 2015
“MarketShare providing opportunities”
Northwest Asian Weekly, January 2015
“MarketShare Is Helping Local Immigrants Launch Filipino and Kenyan Food Projects”
Eater Seattle, December 2014
“Do you dream of an indoor street food market in Seattle?”
Seattle Refined, November 2014
"One Man's Plan to Turn King Street Station Into an Immigrant Culinary Hub"
Seattle Weekly, November 2016
“Food Entrepreneur Looks to Make Seattle Home of International Cuisine”
South Seattle Emerald, March 2016
“Taste the Future”
City Arts Magazine, September 2015
“Local non-profit empowers immigrant communities through food”
International Examiner, June 2015
“Immigrant food entrepreneurs get support from new nonprofit”
The Seattle Globalist, June 2015
“MarketShare’s New Filipino and Kenyan Food Stalls Debut Around Town”
Eater Seattle, May 2015
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