• Dear awesome 9th graders,

    Thank you for writing about this important topic and working against it. Do you think that there can be a world without police? Police brutality affects my life — I’ve been pulled over and unfairly jailed, my brother is often harassed — and I just feel that it’s hard to imagine a world with police without brutality.…[Read more]

  • Our plan will take us into trying to have the event of where the Oakland police and Oakland community can bond with one another at least once a year but if we can then we would want to have the event once a month every year. Step one will influence our completed plan because it will set the tone that we know what our objective is and what we want…[Read more]

  • Dear Mayor Schaaf:

    We are choosing to write to you, the mayor because you have the most power in the city of Oakland and can help us with our issue. You have helped the citizens of Oakland unite when you told

    • Our plan will take us into trying to have the event of where the Oakland police and Oakland community can bond with one another at least once a year but if we can then we would want to have the event once a month every year. Step one will influence our completed plan because it will set the tone that we know what our objective is and what we want to accomplish. This could also be the first step to something that could prevent further police brutality.

    • Dear awesome 9th graders,

      Thank you for writing about this important topic and working against it. Do you think that there can be a world without police? Police brutality affects my life — I’ve been pulled over and unfairly jailed, my brother is often harassed — and I just feel that it’s hard to imagine a world with police without brutality. Instead, I want a world where police do not exist.

      In solidarity,
      Ms. Lisa Kelly

    • I feel like most of the time it isn’t the police fault.
      sometimes people are unjustfuly killed or jailed.
      the judicial system isn’t fair.
      life isn’t fair.

    • This is a very important topic that people should be aware of and I’m glad you guys choose this to write about. It shows you guys want to take action and make a difference which I believe is great. And have you sent any letter to the mayor yet ?

    • I really liked the connection with police brutality cases and schools. The reason some kids drop out is because the school doesn’t have enough resources to aid the students and provide them with what they need to become successful. this lack of resources is due to the lack of tax money that the government fails to provide since they keep getting sued for police brutality cases.

    • Dear Alberto, Alejandro and Aaron

      This is a great topic to talk about, I liked how you guys connected all the cases and also ICE since most of our community is immigrant. I liked how you guys focused in Oakland and give statistics, also how you guys used pathos and ethos. But sometimes the Police doesn’t have a choice but I get that violence most of the time it’s not the solution, also the justice it’s not fair most of the time. But the question that I have it’s, Did the mayor have read this yet?

      Sincerely,

      Andrea Fonseca

    • Hello my name is Flavio Ayon and i’m a student at Unity High in Oakland. After reading your blog post I have to strongly agree with the part of the passage where you say “Our allies are people of color, politicians against police brutality, you, and Caucasians who want police brutality to never exist. Our opponents are people that think and act like Trump, racist corrupted cops, and society”. The reason I strongly agree with this part is most people believe a certain race is being targeted or is the one targeting other races but in fact all races have different people with different opinions. A question I have for you is do you think police officers should be punished equally like civilians or have a lesser consequence.

    • I really think talking about this topic is super super important especially in Oakland because you always see police brutality online and most of the time targeting people of color. P.s. Hey Beto 😉

  • Dear Alison,
    I am really blown out of the water by your post it was just so detailed and you analysis was just great. You are probably one of the best writers in the school keep writing great work like this.

  • Dear Ying,
    I just wanted to say that your article was really outstanding and everything in you article or post was touching. I hope you keep posting more amazing work like this.

  • Hey Manuel,
    I just wanted to say you had a great post about the Nazi experiments but you had some errors. I was really amazed by your post it was just really breathtaking and touching. Hope you keep publishing more awesome work like this.

  • Back in the early 1930’s the U.S. Public Health Service teamed up with the Tuskegee University to study the STD Syphilis. Syphilis is a sexually transmitted disease that has three different signs. First, there a

    • Dear Beto,
      While Reading your work I had an interested feeling. Your work keeps me on because of the good facts and opinions you’re giving us readers. You have cool writing. One sentence that stood out to me was, “Not only should the men and their families get compensated but also free health insurance because the men were used as guinea pigs, they were treated as just a test subject to know the long term effects of Syphilis.”. This sentence stood out to me because I completely get what your trying to say. The victims of the Tuskegee Study were put down as just a test subject and that was completely wrong. Another sentence I saw was, “In this quote is also shows that just being compensated is just not enough because of embarrassment that they faced for being educated and poor. It was an act of cruelty and dehumanization. “ This was a really powerful sentence and I enjoyed reading it. I agree that they were embarrassed and it was an act of cruelty, yet I do admit I don’t really see the dehumanization in this situation. But hey, that’s okay we have different opinions. This next sentence I don’t disagree or agree with it but I just wanted to comment on it. It states, “But others may say that no the men were also used to prove that all people no matter what skin color are human and if that were true why didn’t they use White people”. I wanted to tell you that they actually did the experiment to show that Black people were just the same as humans and weren’t any different in that matter. Ofcourse it is peculiar to me that they didn’t try to get any white people but I do understand what they were trying to do in those times of segregation and such. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your work is really informingI really appreciate getting a chance to read your work. If you’d like please reply.

  • Dear Nina
    I am amazed by your memoir ニーナ Nina ប្រាំបួន because you shared some personal information. I am glad you did this memoir because now I was able to learn more about you so I can get to know you a little better. One sentence yo wrote tat stands out for me is, “My name proves that love is real That I have diversity running through my vein…[Read more]

  • Dear Enrique/Chito
    I am inspired by your memoir The Light In The Dark because not only does it have motivating parts for people but it is a deep piece of work that is really good. This memoir was really detailed especially when you talked about receiving chills in your body when your name is called. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is…[Read more]

  • Hey Nina thanks for commenting and I am glad that you like the poem. In all honesty the poem was do in a little amount of time and I had messed up so I made what I could as fast as I could. So I felt that I did mention them but thanks to you I am not as positive that I did mention them or related to them. It was unintentional.

  • Hey Dae’Len thanks for commenting. I love 2k its like the best thing out other than Fortnite. Have you played in a AAU team yet. The bird represents the eagle from the Mexican flag. Respond as fast as possible so we can keep in touch.

  • Hey Carmen what do you mean by representing my roots? Thanks for commenting respond as fast as you can.GOOOO RAIDERS!!!!

  • Hey Adham the drawing in the box is the eagle from the Mexican flag, my uncle drew it for me. What made me love basketball was the energy and adrenaline that the game gave me. Also I was just really good at the game.

  • Dear Maria,
    I am amazed by your blog, “Art Classes In Oakland”, because not only did it teach me something new but it made me realize how important art is. I really enjoyed that you used the evidence where student who took Art classes where 1.5 times more likely to meet and pass the ACT composite score. One sentence you wrote that stands out for…[Read more]

  • Dear Maria,
    I am amazed by your blog, “Art Classes In Oakland”, because not only did it teach me something new but it made me realize how important art is. I really enjoyed that you used the evidence where student who took Art classes where 1.5 times more likely to meet and pass the ACT composite score. One sentence you wrote that stands out for…[Read more]

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    Oakland’s Police Department Untold Side

     

    “Did you know that African-Americans are 2.5 times more likely to be shot and killed by a Police officer than a White American?”(Nodjimbadem). Over the years there h

  • Power And Privilege …..Who’s?

    11/27/17

    By: Alberto Martinez

     

    Power huh..

    Wonder what that feels like

    There was a time we were heard

    A time when we had power

    But just because they didn’t

    They was je

    • Dear Alberto,
      I want to appreciate the strategies you used to compose this poem about power and privilege. I like how you use different writing techniques to talk to an audience as well as talk about one. It is interesting to see that as you stated, “So when you complain, Remember you got two things we don’t, Power and Privilege”, hold a very strong and emotional effect to your piece. I noticed that in your statement you add in a connection to Romeo and Juliet, but the book or a mention of it is not present in the poem. Was that intentional?

      • Hey Nina thanks for commenting and I am glad that you like the poem. In all honesty the poem was do in a little amount of time and I had messed up so I made what I could as fast as I could. So I felt that I did mention them but thanks to you I am not as positive that I did mention them or related to them. It was unintentional.

  • Dear Javier,
    I am not really a skater, but a cruiser. The difference is that a cruiser rides a skateboard for fun and a skater does tricks and all. Do you skate? To answer your second question I always find a way through the challenge and get over it. In my mind set there is always a way out. For your last question I don’ t think I will be able…[Read more]

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