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

  • 2015 Intention

    Rooted in the Wisdom of the Old Ones, we Re-member our place in the Timeless Dance and step into Action once more.

  • Admission

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

    Get your Early Bird tickets till September 30, 2015:
    Admission is sliding scale $20 to $150+. Elders (60+)/Disabled/Youth (12 to 17) $10+. 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 receive an email response to confirm the purchase and number of tickets. Your tickets will be held at Will Call under your name.

    For local tickets: You can now get your Spiral Dance tickets at Sacred Well, Ancient Ways, Milk and Honey, and Scarlet Sage. Just stop by any of these local retailers to purchase your paper ticket.

  • 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