Stolen Lives Altar

Copyright © Michael Rauner

Copyright © Michael Rauner

The Stolen Lives Altar celebrates the lives of our Loved Ones killed at the hands of Law Enforcement.

Mesha Monge-Irizarry, whose only child, Idriss Stelley was killed by SFPD in June 2001 during a pychiatric intervention at the SF Sony Metreon Complex, has been setting up the Altar with our help for the past 4 years.

Our Spiral Dance participants get the opportunity to hear the stories of “Stolen Lives”,  are encouraged to celebrate their lives and transmit loving messages to the grieving Families and Friends of People killed by law enforcement..

Mesha heads the SF_Chapter of Education Not Incarceration, and Idriss Stelley Action & Resource Center, agencies that are not “anti-law enforcement”. but pro-compliance with PD policies and procedures, monitoring racially biased policing, and bringing Healing between Poor and People of Color Communities and Police departments under increased scrutiny regarding misconduct.

Mesha is a City Commissioner on SF MOOC, Marijuana Offenses Oversight Committee, monitoring and enforcing the SF Lowest Priority Ordinance.

Bilingual Spanish Hotline 415-595-8251

  • 2014 Intention

    With the help of Ancestors, Descendants, and the great powers of Nature, we weave Magic and Action to save our Home!

  • Admission

    This ritual is Bay Area Reclaiming’s largest fundraiser for the year, and supports many of our other activities, courses, ritual, and resources.

    Thanks to all who bought Early Bird tickets!
    Admission now is sliding scale $25 to $150+. Elders (60+)/Disabled/Youth (12 to 17) $15+. Children 11 & under: free. Click here: BrownPaperTickets

    You may also obtain tickets through Paypal – just click the Donate button below and indicate the amount and for how many tickets you are getting or send money to

    For Online tickets:You should have received an email response to confirm the purchase and number of tickets. Be assured! Your tickets will be held at Will Call under your name.

  • When and where

    755 Stanyan Street
    Here's a map

    Doors open at 6 PM for Altar viewing, Prelude music, and Listening Meditation of the Reading of the Names of the Beloved Dead.
    Ritual begins at 7:30 PM

    Apologies: Bathrooms are not wheelchair accessible.

  • Photography on this site

    Clicking on photographs will bring up a larger version. Please do not use the images you find on this site without permission. We are grateful to the amazing photographers who have allowed us to use their work here, please visit them online at:

    Richard Man, ImageCraft

    Michael Rauner Photography

    Michael Starkman Photography