A great variety of colourful and dense altars line the walls beneath rows of papel picado, with full meals, bread, fruit, or candy placed out front, flanked by orange paper flowers and candles. In their remembrance of those who have passed away, the dedications made are varied and include the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921, Amnesty International, HIV/AIDS prevention, the 2016 Orlando Pulse shooting, as well as issues local to Seattle and directly personal to the people who have built these altars, such as the level of pollution and noise in Beacon Hill, the Washington Coalition to Stop the New Nuclear Arms Race, and Somos Seattle, an LGBTQ Latino organization. The altars concern themselves with the remembrance of the past, who and what has been lost, as well as the continued struggles of the present and the potential for a more equitable and peaceful future.
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