A year for community: The Weekly looks back at photographs that defined 2014


This year, 2014, was a time when people drew together. In groups large and small, with the young and the old, they gathered to celebrate, commemorate and agitate. They came together to be community.

In solidarity, teens at Gunn High School rose in support of their peers, letting them know through impromptu notes posted throughout their campus that no one is truly alone and that it's OK to not be OK. There were also protests: against the possible closure of Palo Alto's only mobile-home park, Buena Vista, the sexual assault of women at Stanford University and police brutality throughout the nation.

People came together to celebrate the human spirit, from the Big Hope Little Rodeo in East Palo Alto to the art of dance with Menlowe Ballet.

The religious gathered to bring to life a new mosque in south Palo Alto. And as part of the cycle of life, the city's firefighters and police officers, together with community members, paused to remember those who have lost their lives.

But Palo Alto is not a city in isolation, and its members not only reached in, they also reached out. More than once, people aided those in need both at home and abroad. Once strangers, they affirmed their shared humanity through actions that brought hope and inspiration to everyone involved.

Here, then, is a look back at 2014, as seen through the lens of Palo Alto Weekly photographer Veronica Weber, Almanac photographer Michelle Le and photo intern Ciera Pasturel.

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A slideshow of these and many more photos from 2014 has been posted on the Weekly's YouTube channel.

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