Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mayoral Candidate Andy Shallal Takes a "Peace Walk"

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Mayoral Candidate Andy Shallal Takes a "Peace Walk"

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Iraqi-born social entrepreneur Andy Shallal hit the ground running after his Nov. 8 announcement that he'd run for mayor of the nation's capital. Shallal is the founder of Busboys & Poets (which now has four locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area) and Eatonville Restaurant. He says he was motivated to create a restaurant with a space where "racial and cultural connections would be uplifted, a place where arts, culture, and politics would indeed come together and collide...A place that people would come to, and take a deliberate pause, and feed their mind, body, and soul."

He has worked to change parts of DC, and now he's hoping voters will help him change the city itself.

"I found out I really love campaigning," Shallal told the Washington Report. "I simply love being on the streets of DC talking to people."

Thanks to his network of high-profile long-time activist friends, Shallal also has many celebrities endorsing his campaign. "Lethal Weapon" star and fellow activist Danny Glover joined Shallal on Jan. 11 for a fund-raiser and public forum. At a Jan. 14 fund-raiser, bestselling author George Pelecanos, writer/producer of HBO hits "The Wire" and "Treme," read excerpts from his latest crime novel, The Cut. Folk musician Peter Yarrow, of the trio Peter, Paul and Mary, promised to perform at a Jan. 30 fund-raiser.

Shallal attended Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Sunday Jan. 19 at All Souls Church, where the pastor, Rev. …

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