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    Oakland has always been filled with violence in its neighborhoods and streets. According to Forbes in 2018, Oakland is ranked the third most violence city in the US (Forbes). This has been going on for a long. So

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    Oakland has always been filled with violence in its neighborhoods and streets. According to Forbes in 2018, Oakland is ranked the third most violence city in the US (Forbes). This has been going on for a long. So how...

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    • Dear Alex L,
      I am moved by your post ¨Violence Vs Oakland¨ because I see the crime and violence in Oakland everyday and know how it can get. This is real problem because it affects many. One sentence you had that stood out to me was,¨The rate of violent crime in Oakland peaked in 1992, after which it began a sharp decline and reached a low in the year 2000, which was a 52% decrease over an eight-year period. After several years of relative stability, Oakland’s violent crime rate has generally been increasing again since 2005¨. This surprised me because it is interesting to see how the crime rate went down and them how it went back up. I wonder what could have caused it. Another sentence you wrote that stood out to me was, ¨more than 30,000 residents living below the poverty line¨ this stood out because i see this in the city a lot and i see how this affects others. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you make good points and you have an amazing writing style.

    • Dear Alex L,
      Your idea of hiring more policeman on duty is questioning because how will it really make a difference? I understand it is to provide more jobs for the people but not many people are qualified for this position. Because who would be hiring these officers and ensuring we hire “good officers” other than “bad officers”. It is just an idea for you to think about to come up with alternatives, maybe proving programs that give people what they need such as food, clothing, and job opportunities so they wont turn to stealing, violent actions or sell drugs for money. Because imputing police officers into the streets of Oakland you wont know if they are officers that will kill another person in cold blood or actually help the community. I am pleased that you wrote a topic on a current important issue.

    • Dear Alex,
      Your work makes me happy. I’m really happy that someone decided to do a blog post on the violence in Oakland. I feel like the violence in Oakland should definitely be highlighted, because the violence is so important and can be many different types of violence. Your work actually reminded me of my own work because I did my blog on Police Brutality in Oakland (you should check it out). A quote that stood out to me was, “Those issue can also lead to violence for example, when someone lose their job and they need money so then they rob so they can get money and then it will cause violence and harm other people.”, this quote stood out to me because I feel that this is true. Sometimes in Oakland and even other places, people cause violence because they need something Oakland obviously couldn’t provide so they act out. Another quote that stood out to me was, “Oakland now is “better” then it was before but I think there is less violence.” This quote stood out to me because I agree and don’t agree with you about this. The part that I don’t agree with is that you think Oakland has gotten better then it was before. I feel like Oakland has a series of problems and like the gentrification and ICE one we’re having now are as bad as the police brutality issue a couple of years ago. Oakland isn’t better because us as people haven’t united yet, which sucks. But I do agree that there is less violence now, there used to be times of the drug war and when police would highly abuse their power. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because your work is agreeable on some accounts. I really appreciate getting a chance to read your work. If you’d like please reply.

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    In my project, I decided to do a book jacket and it is going to represent Romeo and Juliet in my world. I was born in Oakland so that’s why I have Oakland as my title. Oakland h

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    Artist Statement Alex Lopez In my project, I decided to do a book jacket and it is going to represent Romeo and Juliet in my world. I was born in Oakland so that’s why I have Oakland as my title....

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    • Alex,
      I’m sorry to hear that your home has so much violence going on, and the fact that it can be related to Romeo and Juliet. I am, however, impressed that you have taken this and learned from it. I think that it shows how strong this environment has made you. I can’t say that I know what your going through, because I live somewhere where violence isn’t common, so the best I can do is read about it. I am glad that the groups have gone away from the violence because that shows that they have at least started to find a solution against the violence. But I think that there are many thing that our generation can do to end this violence, and maybe live in a world of peace (or at least I hope we can). Right now the biggest trend for ending violence is that against women. This trend shows that the more it is talked about the stronger the effect it has. Here is an article about how fighting this violence has brought people together to fight: https://reliefweb.int/report/world/life-without-threat-violence-everyone-leave-no-one-behind. Thank you and I hope to read more from you in the future.

    • I like your drawing cause it describes Oakland in a picture.

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    Dear Gildardo,
    I am interested in your shadow box because you are showing what you like or admire in your life. You show your love in the sport soccer and that Cristiano Ronaldo is your favorite soccer player. You have a headband to keep your hair back so when you are in a soccer match, your hair don’t get in your way. I think this shadow box is…Read More

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