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  • Oakland, California, USA
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    Dear Teens and Parents,

    Have you seen someone drowning? I have and it was horrible to see because the little kid was very scared. For that reason I have decided to write to you today to let you know how

    Stop Drownings

    Dear Teens and Parents, Have you seen someone drowning? I have and it was horrible to see because the little kid was very scared. For that reason I have decided to write to you today to let you know how...

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    Immigration Struggle

    What do immigrants have to go through? Based on what I see happening in my community, Oakland, and others has made me think how some immigrants have had to deal with a lot of stress and

    Immigrant Struggle

    Immigration Struggle What do immigrants have to go through? Based on what I see happening in my community, Oakland, and others has made me think how some immigrants have had to deal with a lot of stress and worries because...

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    • Dear America, I feel through this article you care for immigrants and their rights being taken away from them. Being seperated from your family can really change a person, and not in a good way. I see Trump is making racist decisions and isnt thinking about how these families are being treated and how they feel about it. People in the government should make rights that are equal for everyone. I also have a questoin for you, Have you asked yourself why Trump is targeting latinos?

      • Dear Yadira, Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address your question I have not really asked myself why Trump is targeting latinos but when I though about this question the first thing that came to my mind was “because he is a racist” and I don’t really think that he values other peoples lives except his own race. But I would really like to know what you think?

        • Hey America,
          I enjoyed reading your article about immigrants and how they have been impacted. I really loved how you talked about immigrant struggles and how trump made everything worse for immigrant families. You also involved a lot about the protests that people have done to help out these families that are being attacked by trump. I can see you put in a lot of time into this article because of how empathetic you are for immigrant families and how much research was put in. I was just wondering one thing that you can include as a topic, why do people decide to come to the U.S? It can help you out because it would tell us as readers why it is so important for immigrant families to stay in the U.S.

          Sincerely,
          Jesus Ramirez

          • Dear Jesus, thank you so much for reading my blog. I appreciate the time and thought you put in while reading my work and I also appreciate the opinions you put so that I can become a better writer. Thank you once again and I hope to see your thoughts here more often.

            • Dear America, I feel surprised about your article I love the way you talk about the immigrant struggle how they have been impact one sentence that stood out to me was Immigrants care about each other and their families like everyone else, and these new policies are degrading. This stood out because they care about other people and I see on TV that Donald Trump has affected immigrants that he says that immigrants bring drug in the United States but it not true what he says about immigrants.

              • Dear Remigia, I really appreciate the time you took out of your day to read and respond to my blog. It is great that you were able to take something away from my work I hope to continue to write and see you thoughts.

                • Dear America,
                  I think your post was really interesting and thoughtful because of how you explained that immigrants have to go through a lot of struggles and how Trump is only making it harder for them to succeed. A line that stood out to me was “Immigrants care about each other and their families like everyone else, and these new policies are degrading” because it’s true that they are just like anyone else and they have feelings. This also connects to what I have wrote about because it talks about wage theft which is one of many struggles that immigrants have to face. Thanks for writing, you are a very skilled and powerful writer and keep it up.

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                Who I Really Am

                By:America Torres

                Hi, I have done this shadow box to show the Dominant Narratives (what people think of me) and my Counter Narratives (my truths/the real me). In my shadow box I have added

                Shadow Box

                Who I Really Am By:America Torres Hi, I have done this shadow box to show the Dominant Narratives (what people think of me) and my Counter Narratives (my truths/the real me). In my shadow box I have added two flags one...

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                • As a Mexican American just like you, I can relate to some of society expectations. I definitely related to the expectation to be Catholic. I loved how confident you are with yourself and how you turned any negative assumption into something good. I found it interesting how you deflected the term “girly”. I don’t think being “girly” is something bad and or something you should be ashamed of, but I understand if you do not want to be associated with that term. If you enjoy being with animals, you should for sure looking becoming a veterinarian. The items in your shadow box really reflected what you talked about, the dangling beads were a nice touch. Good Job!

                • Dear America,

                  I am currently a student at San Jose State University. I have to say that im truly amazed at your work. You showed passion for it and you expressed yourself in a way many can’t. I love the fact that you don’t let what people say about you reflect how you see yourself. People often judge what the see on the outside but don’t take the time to actually get to know the person that we truly are. When it comes to school, I try my best as well, I know the struggle parents go through to give their family the best life they can and it’s on us to make their efforts and struggles worth it. I’m sure your parents are really proud of the person you’ve become so far, of the things you’ve done and what you will accomplish in the future. Keep being confident, “girly” and never stop being you. Thank you for showing your shadow box and sharing a part of life, I hope more people can connect to it like I did.

                  Sincerely,
                  Anya Padilla

                • Hi America!

                  My name is Xhitlali and I am currently a student at San Jose State University. I really love your box idea and how you chose certain items to symbolize aspects of yourself! In particular I love that you put both the Mexican and American flags and that you included the Virgencita in the middle as I know she is a big part of Mexican identity. A statement that stood out to me was, “…people believe that I’m lazy, girly, and that because my family is Mexican I have to be part of the Catholic religion. Some even tell me that I’m privileged…” The last portion about privilege in particular really caught my attention because I feel that “privilege” is an aspect people often project onto the children of immigrants, especially towards first generation students like myself (and perhaps you as well). I have been told by my peers and even friends that I am “lucky” to get certain scholarships based off my first generation status and that I’m “lucky” to be able to get through college that way. This is a belief that gets normalized and as you mentioned, people often think we’re “lazy”. I think you’re very bright to counteract that by stating that you are, in fact, an extremely hard worker and I admire that you have such confidence in yourself and your abilities and that you are shutting out those negative stigmas- so props to you!

                  Great job on your box and your post! I really enjoyed learning more about you!

                  Thank you for the insightful post,

                  Xhitlali Perez

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