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Ritual at Site of Mario Gonzalez' Death
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
On May 15, bereaved community members attended an event to honor the many killed at the hands of police. They erected a shrine honoring recent victim Mario Gonzalez.
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Photos by Bruce Lescher, ProBonoPhoto.org. Please credit the photographer.

Mario Gonzalez was murdered by Alameda police in a small public park on April 9th at the corner of Otis Drive and Park Street in Alameda. At that very location on May 15, TeleJaguar and the Oakland Brown Berets held a vigil filled with ritual to remember his life.

The Brown Berets in their signature uniforms helped erect a shrine filled with flowers, photos, and candles. Group members also provided security on the perimeter of the ceremony. Aztec dancers marked the observance with prayers and incense lighting.

§Neighbors Observe
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Listening to Speakers
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Amongst the speakers was this member of Poor Magazine Collective
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Closeup of the Shrine
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Aztec Dancers Formed a Circle
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Concentration
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Members of Tha Hood Squad roll up with pet goat
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Neighborhood Family
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§This family was on a bike ride, stopped to pay respects
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Incense
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Closeup, dancer lights incense
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Dancer
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Noteworthy: Mask and Headdress
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§The People Support Mario
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Members of the Brown Berets Provided Security on the Perimeter
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Art for Mario
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Ancestral Song
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§Sharing Prayers and Stories at the End of the Event
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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§The Artist
by Observance in Alameda
Wednesday May 19th, 2021 12:30 AM
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The artist known as Urban Rez Life, at right, displaying artwork he created in honor of Mario
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