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Community photo of the week: Peace altar

on March 13, 2013

Every week, Oakland North will publish a photo submitted by one of our readers. This week’s photo is by Saleem Shakir and it was taken during the March 1 First Friday arts event.

He writes, “This altar was being built in the middle of the street at First Fridays. I watched as people added flowers. I called it a peace altar because that was the sense I got from the intentions within the space. For me, it honored those who have been killed in our streets; so we put peace in the streets. I snapped the photo.”

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If you’d like to contribute to “community photo of the week,” just send a favorite photograph taken in Oakland to with the subject: PHOTO. Please make all photographs large-sized and in jpeg format. Oakland North cannot pay for community photos, except in gratitude and local love.

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