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Earth Day vigil at site of police shooting

The Stolen Lives Project

San Francisco, April 24, 2004

Photos by Luke Hauser, 2004 Reclaiming Quarterly.

The Stolen Lives Project is a grassroots effort collecting names and information about people killed by law enforcement officials in the U.S. The project is based in New York City, and has chapters in others cities.

San Francisco Witches from Reclaiming joined community activists to commemorate the death of Idriss Stelley, shot by police as he stood alone in the Metreon Theater. On April 24, the Metreon hosted a corporate "Earth Day" in its lobby. Outside, vigilers set up an altar with live plants and a backdrop of photos of people killed by local police in recent years.

The greenery is a new development in street actions. Activists connected with Reclaiming, the Mission Garden project, and Reclaim the Commons have been working this Spring to propagate hardy plants that can be used for sidewalk gardens and as part of street activism.

Contact the Stolen Lives Project, (888) 662-7882, the Idriss Stelley Foundation, (415) 595-8251, and Reclaiming, (415) 255-7623

This article and photo-spread appear in the Summer issue of Reclaiming Quarterly magazine -- check out our archives of past articles.

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Photos by Luke Hauser, 2004 Reclaiming Quarterly. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, or mutilate these photos without written permission. Thanks!

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