• Dear Kevin,

    I am amazed by your writing, “This matters because the actions of one person caused an entire community to fall short of what they need” because it’s true, the superintendent that ran off with the money caused everyone else in the district to go on a budget. What amazed me was when you wrote “community” because you opened my eyes into…[Read more]

  • Bleeding From Love

    By: Arlette Morales

    Something so powerful it can destroy any war.
    Something so powerful it can destroy one’s self.
    East Oakland,
    Where two households alike i

    • YO Arlette,
      that poem was amazing, and i’m glad that you think that way and deep thinking about life is always something that makes us realize what we have and that really got to me. And i like your shadow box too, raiders baby! and i really love black so it was beautiful.

    • Dear Arlette,
      I am surprised with your poem. One sentence that stands out for me is “Something so powerful it can destroy one’s self”. I never thought of it that way. Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Dear advisee,
      Your poem is so deep and powerful. I loved it since the second I started reading it because I could identify when you started talking about love. I felt what you said and I totally connected with it. You’re such a natural at writing, keep up the dope work.

  • When people see me, they see a female that’s weak and that’s only good for serving men. They see a Mexican who robs and is illegal. When people see me, they see that I’m a gang member because I’m from Oakland

    • Dear Arlette,
      I really like the symbolism you used with the variety of objects. You did a really good job at explaining the picture of the eyes with the rose and the representation of the lights is really cool. One of my favorite things from this post was when you said “you see I’m a female but that doesn’t mean I’m weak” because I am also a latina and I know what it feels like to be portrayed as weak just because of my gender, this is a really cool post and great way to empower you and other girls who have to deal with those stereotypes. To further your thinking I would like to ask some questions, Do you think the dominant culture benefits from stereotyping others? Do you think there are good stereotypes? where do stereotypes come from?

    • Hi Arlette,
      I enjoyed your art piece because you personalized it to make sure it represents who you are. I also like how you use it to give yourself a voice, like when you explained that you’re proud of where you come from. My favorite part of your art piece is the light that represents who you are its like a good thing to wrap it up.

  • Arlette became a registered member 2 years, 10 months ago

    • Dear Arlette,

      Thank you for sharing your work. My name is sharifa and I am a student at Fremont High School.
      Something I liked about your work was your shadow box and how you have the raiders
      Something I have a question about is what gave you your love for the Oakland Raiders . Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address…[Read more]