Community activist Jose Cruz said the annual Dia de los Muertos procession was "changing same as the neighborhood," and wants the Latino community to "take our traditions back."

Mission Local walks the streets of the Mission to capture portraits of its residents. This is part of an ongoing photo series on the people of the Mission.

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Greta Mart is a Bay Area-based newspaper reporter and freelance writer, and currently a student at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. From 2005 to 2012 she was a staff reporter at two community newspapers in WA and CA, and has contributed to several Bay Area and Seattle area newspapers, as well as Pacific Yachting and Italy's Gulliver and La Republicca's D magazines. Greta holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts at Boston and studied history at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland. She lives aboard her sailboat at the Berkeley Marina.

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  1. I like the way you not only capture the diversity of the Mission in this series of portraits, but also the lively colors and the art. As a lifelong Oakland, Calif. resident when I think of the Mission district I think of murals, street art, diversity in terms of food, people and businesses; but also in the authenticity of the diverse cultures represented in the district. I look forward to seeing more of your portraits.