“Since 1996, more than 75,000 migrant deaths have been recorded globally,” (MIGRATION DATA PORTAL)
That means that 75,000 people who look for a better life have been killed. However, not all migrant deaths happen at the border but happen in Oakland and our neighborhoods too. For instance, the case of Alma Vasquez and her 6-year-old son Angel Garcia who tragically died in a hit n run on April 13, 2019. Because they are immigrants, many people ignored this tragic death, everyone was very nonchalant about it. This is a crime and a problem.
Based on the research the Oakland community should focus on its recent deaths and why specifically the deaths are happening to immigrants. It is a problem because the crime that involves immigrants affects the majority of the Latinx community, especially in Fruitvale, which causes trauma to the whole community and immigrants to be unfairly stereotyped.
As a result, the community was left with some trauma, not only parents and teachers but the students who also attended Angel’s school. Think about when the kids found out about the incident and didn’t see him at school the next morning. The community was greatly impacted by this and not a lot of people knew about it so it was a big impact that the community had dealt with this. For instance in this trauma sheet that I found it was mentioning the symptoms and how someone can develop having trauma and It connects to what could’ve happened or what has already happened to the community.“The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study, an observational study of the relationship between trauma in early childhood and morbidity, disability, and mortality in the United States, demonstrated that trauma and other adverse experiences are associated with lifelong problems in behavioral health and general health.”(Understanding, Preventing and Healing Traumadoc) To add on, our peers could suffer from really dangerous mental health because of this situation. It was so unexpected, And it doesn’t show but a lot of people were affected by this incident. “They said they need to do studies, but what do they want?” Guevara says. “These are the data points right here. Two people have been lost. Their lives are gone. That’s your data point. Do something.” (WIRTSCHAFTER t) Words of one of the neighbors who saw the incident happen. One can realize even more that the community wasn’t going to feel the same anymore.
In no disrespect to the family or any of their friends but in a way this incident helped the community know that there was something that had to be done. However, other people weren’t even aware of the woman and her son passing and it was a really big deal in the community. Yeah, it was on the news but now who listens to the news? Oakland personally had to find out through social media a couple of days after the incident because we never listen to the news. Other people who were informed of the incident helped the community a lot. For instance, the principals of the school Angel Attended to were trying to collect signatures so that there could be a traffic light and there to be no more accident “The principal at Angel’s school, Eleanor Alderman, and Laura Guevara at the laundromat have been collecting signatures for a traffic light at Foothill and 26th(WIRTSCHAFTER )”.This made no changes! To this day there aren’t any traffic lights. There are only cones placed in the middle of the road to indicate that other people are crossing, but even now people have knocked them down and ignored them.
To conclude, to this day no one has made any differences in this incident. It’s almost as If the whole Oakland community forgot about this case; the community feels apathetic towards the family and their friends. The school where the child had attended to hasn’t mentioned anything about their family and forgot. The Oakland community should have put more interest in the incident but in this case, what can our community do? In a few more months this case would just be history.
Aviles, Johana, and Claudia Martinez. “Immigration Interview.” 11 Nov. 2019.
In the interview with Claudia Martinez, together we discussed about the incident. She had a lot to say; she was very familiar with the topic because it had affected her. Claudia basically said that she was familiar with Alma and that she was familiar with her family because she would go in to her job a lot. She also mentioned that one of her sons attended schools with one of her daughters, and that when everyone who worked at her job found out about the incident they were all devastated. She had also mentioned that she was shocked to realize that she hadn’t been one of the first people to find out about the incident.
Wirtschafter, Eli. “A 6-Year-Old and His Mom Were Killed Crossing the Street. This Oakland Community Wants Safety.” KALW, 14 May 2019, www.kalw.org/post/6-year-old-and-his-mom-were-killed-crossing-street-oakland-community-wants-safety#stream/0.
This resource is credible because it immediately gives me the information I was looking for. It’s credible because it answered all of my questions and doubts about my topic. It also comes from a news page so It legally has to be accurate. This information was also very accurate and it informed me way more than what I was initially looking for. The reason this source exists is because it’s a news article and it had to inform us about what has been going on in our Oakland community.
“Global Migration Data Portal.” Migration Data Portal, migrationdataportal.org/.
This information is constant; and it is updated very daily because informs me about the recent deaths on immigrants and it has to be updated constantly. This information is important because I needed to know how recent were the deaths of immigrants therefore this source was very useful. This information is also accurate because it has been updated to this date and it informs me everything I need to know on immigrants for instance were they come from and all the different types of immigrants exist. The information is accurate because it’s a map globally to were immigrants were located when they died. I believe this source exists because it wants to inform others like me that is using acceptable the amount of innocent people that have been dying for a long time.
Image: 9-year-old Eduardo Pina-Gonzalez with his sign. “Justice means being caring,” says Eduardo. ELI WIRTSCHAFTER / KALW
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