The Race for District 7: Deeqo Jibril

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March 28, 2017 – Deeqo Jibril practices her speech before a campaign kickoff event at Roxbury’s Hibernian Hall in Boston on Tuesday. Jibril joins a crowded field of candidates vying for the District 7 City Council seat that will be vacated by mayoral contender Tito Jackson. “Am I making I contact?” Jibril asked her campaign assistants, as she worked over difficult passages. Photo by Ian Coss
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March 28, 2017 – A pair of local Somali musicians provides entertainment before Deeqo Jibril’s campaign kickoff party at Roxbury’s Hibernian Hall in Boston on Tuesday. Jibril, who is running for the District 7 City Council seat, came to Boston as a refugee from Somalia, and founded the Somali Community and Cultural Association (SCCA). Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 28, 2017 – Imam Taalib Mahdee delivers the Muslim call to prayer during a kickoff event for Deeqo Jibril’s City Council bid in Boston on Tuesday. Speaking to the crowd after prayer, Mahdee dismissed doubts about the campaign’s viability, focusing instead on its symbolic value for the city and nation: “We have already won.” Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 28, 2017 – Deeqo Jibril addresses the crowd at a kickoff event for her City Council campaign in Boston on Tuesday, while her daughter looks on in the front row. In her speech, Jibril noted: “I also know what my candidacy means for other women and girls who look like me.” Photo by Ian Coss.
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March 28, 2017 – Deeqo Jibril speaks at a kickoff event for her City Council campaign in Boston on Tuesday, while a translator relays each line for the largely Somali crowd. Even though Jibril highlighted her experience as an immigrant and English-language learner, she presented her self as a leader for all residents of Boston’s ethnically District 7. Photo by Ian Coss.
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