• Dear Chief of the Oakland Police Department:

    We think it’s best to let everyone in the police department know that it isn’t okay for the police to think their supercilious towards people. The people of color a

    • Thank you for your post! I appreciate your insight about upstanders… You wrote, “In order to become an upstander, our plan is to make posters and put them up in the school so this will show people can see what’s going on to the community by the police officers. By putting up our posters it demonstrates that people need to know this information about police brutality and what they’ve become like nonconformists.” While I think that putting up posters at school is a GREAT start, I’m wondering what’s next. Many people at our school are informed about police brutality. In fact, many students have seen / experienced it in one way or another. So, how can you reach out beyond our walls?

      Thank you for your activism!

      Sincerely,
      Eva O.

    • I’ve witnessed this everywhere i go honestly all over social media and in the news thank you for making this issue be heard and hopefully one day we stop this.

    • Dear Briceida, Gildardo, and Angel,

      I appreciate you guys speaking about this issue because it is very important. My family has experienced discrimination by police, so I believe that police brutality has to stop and cops should bring safety to all people instead of fear. A question I have for you guys is how do you think us, students, can bring change to this topic?

      Sincerely,
      Elia Urias

    • This is important because the police hurt always the african american during arrest or protest, Eric Garner who was an african american he was chocked to death by the NYPD for selling cigarettes but in the other hand a white 18 year old high school student in Florida Nikolas Cruz killed 17 high school students but the police when they arrested him they didn’t do a single thing to hurt him but if your african american and you sell cigarettes you get chocked to death but killing at least 17 people they won’t do nothing to hurt you only if your white of course.

    • Hey Briceida, Gildardo and Angel,
      My name is Dejuan Jones and I’m a junior at BOYCP and I’m actually working in a project right now about this topic of police brutality. Throughout the years in the city of Chicago the amount of homicides keep increasing everyday and the police officers have actually helped increase these homicides. I want to let the CPD and many more police departments/ centers that you are suppose to serve and protect the people in the community not help increase the amount of innocent homicides in the community. Also I want to the criminal justice system to be more fair with the punishments for police officers crimes. For example: Laquan MCcdonald he was shot 17 times and officer got charged 1st degree murder while a women beat her baby to death and got the death penalty. Officers who commit very large harsh crimes deserve to get the proper amount of crime.

  • Thank you for reading my post i appreciate it that you think my sources are helpful for readers to understand that its cruelty to test on animals.

  • Dear Nacia,
    I really like how u give two perspectives on how they should test on animals and shouldn’t because it can give the audience a little bit more to think about this situation. You give good facts and ideas to the two topics and its good to have that because the information you explain can be helpful. I also posted a blog about Animal…[Read more]

  • Dear Takeo,
    Im glad about your post,”Should Henrietta Lacks or her family be treated in any different way?” because you give your opinion on this and that matters I think its fair that everyone should be equally treated the same no matter the color or anything. I Like how you explain that everyone should be treated equally so they can all be…[Read more]

  • Dear Kevin,
    I really like your post because I can understand and agree with it because I wrote about this as well. I really like how you argued with this topic thoughtfully because its wrong to test animals because its cruel and you show that examples from other sources that are well known experts about animal rights. The very top of the blog…[Read more]

  • Animal experimentation is the same thing as animal cruelty because even though their experimented on they still get harmed like burned, shocked, poisoned, isolated, starved, drowned, addicted to drugs, and

    • Dear Briceida,

      I totally agree with you that animal testing should be banned, after all about 90% of the treatments that work on animals, don’t work on humans. So its not worth killing so many animals for such a low success rate. It was great how you connected humans and animals in the way they are treated, and highlighting the fact that they get different medication than humans. I also wrote a post about animal cruelty, if you would like to check it out. Thank you for sharing your voice.

    • Thank you for reading my post i appreciate it that you think my sources are helpful for readers to understand that its cruelty to test on animals.

  • Dear Esme,
    I’m grateful for your post “why am i helpful as hell” because it’s a good thing that you help and its grateful for the people your also helping. It gives them an opportunity so they can trust you and give you something in return. A sentence that really stood out to me was “ Growing up, I was always told by my parents,“si tienes…[Read more]

  • Dear Andrea,

    I am grateful about your post ¨Reflecting on the Significance of My Name 2018¨ because you explain about yourself and who we truly are. You also find ways to connect with people you love and u may or not be close to. One sentence that stood out to me is ¨ I am named after my grandmother. I am not really close to my grandmother be…[Read more]

  • Thank you Cesario, I really appreciate that my post woke you up. And yes i really care about human trafficking it’s really important especially in this community because so much things in Oakland happen with people so this crime is one of them. Its hard to be seeing and knowing someone being trafficked. And the hard part is they do it for a reason…[Read more]

  • Dear Fernando,

    I am grateful by your blog “ Families Affected by Gangs” because you can explain what happens to families in gangs and what they've been through. You give really good pieces of evidence and seem to know the right people to interview about this. A sentence that stood out to me was when u said “When losing a young one, what happe…[Read more]

  •  

    Human Trafficking

          Briceida Vega

    What can Oakland do about human trafficking? Human trafficking is a form of modern slavery—a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that denies freedom to 20.9 mil

    • Dear Briceida,
      I am impressed by your post, ¨Oakland’s Human trafficking”because your post is very different from others. Also I never really thought about human trafficking and your post really woke me up to learn and read more about this.
      One sentence that really stand out to me is:¨The goal is to educate, create public awareness, conduct outreach to the community, and work with victims of human trafficking. To achieve this goal, we will collect and analyze information on human trafficking, host community events to prevent trafficking.¨ I think this is important because people should be taught that human trafficking is happening and people should wake up. Also they should learn like I did, this really made me feel like I am a bad because I never thought that human trafficking is a big problem.Another quote that I liked was:¨This is showing that the city can help people from traffickers because most of children also are being in risk of human trafficking so their making this stop.¨ This quote really made me believe that we can stop human trafficking. Also it made me patient about human trafficking. I do agree with you because human trafficking is big and should not happen, because I see a lot of women selling their bodys where I live and it makes me feel bad for then. Another reason I agree is because people don’t like being sold and raped.Thanks for writing. I look forward to seeing what else you have to write, because you make people and me realize there’s problems in the world that isn’t talked about. Also I can tell you really worry about human trafficking.

    • Thank you Cesario, I really appreciate that my post woke you up. And yes i really care about human trafficking it’s really important especially in this community because so much things in Oakland happen with people so this crime is one of them. Its hard to be seeing and knowing someone being trafficked. And the hard part is they do it for a reason you know? like they have personal problems so you cant imagen what’s going on with them.

    • Dear Briceida Vega :

      I am so moved, about, your post on trafficking, “Oakland’s Human trafficking” because you really talk about the harshness of the situation. You make it apparent that the only way to fix human trafficking is if we all help.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “In conclusion Oakland should do something about human trafficking. They should make websites or hold groups together because of human trafficking. The website will help people learn, understand, and raise public awareness about human trafficking.” I think this is important because you give people a way to help people in need.

      Another sentence that I read was: “ And no matter where you live, chances are it’s happening nearby. From the girl forced into prostitution at a truck stop, to the man discovered in a restaurant kitchen, stripped of his passport and held against his will.” This stood out for me because human trafficking can happen to any person not only young girls.

      Your post “Oakland’s Human trafficking” reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I was at an airport and my mother had told me to look out for anyone young child who might look lost because its easy for them to kidnapped. MY dad had turned to us and told me its important to look out for anyone not only little kids, adults are trafficked too.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I appreciate the effort you put into trying to solve human trafficking.

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    Artist Statement

      Briceida Vega

    My theme is violence can continue like a cycle and lead to death if not broken. I decided to make a movie poster to represent what is going on in Oakland right now. My mo

  • Dear surako
    I am grateful about your post “Critical Conversations About Domestic Violence” I think it’s very sad and nasty that millions of men would abusive women in every different way. Such as physical, emotional, financial, digital, spiritual, sexual and verbal. This really stands out to me because my mother was in abusive relationship and…[Read more]

  • Dear Jennifer,
    I appreciate how you like my post about my shadow box it enlightens me that u think my box is unique for u. And I did a hard job for this box to show that i know the difference about dominant narrative and counter narrative. Thank you again Jennifer.

  • Dear jennifer,
    I appreciate you liking my my post about my shadow box

  • Briceida wrote a new post, My Shadow Box 2 years ago

     Artist statement

     Briceida Vega

    For my shadow box I had put the Oakland tree, 8 images of me and my family, a thought bubble, a garden with a trail, and beads of the color of the Mexico flag (minus the w

    • Dear Briceida,
      I really like your shadow box! I can also relate to you when you said that others think you are Muslim but you are actually Mexican- American. Just like me where people think that I am Mexican but I’m actually Salvadoran. It’s really good that you know the difference between dominant narrative and counter narrative. Also it’s good that you know your dominant narratives because that’s how others see you and counter narrative is your point of view of yourself. I really like your box it’s very unique.

      • Dear jennifer,
        I appreciate you liking my my post about my shadow box

      • Dear Jennifer,
        I appreciate how you like my post about my shadow box it enlightens me that u think my box is unique for u. And I did a hard job for this box to show that i know the difference about dominant narrative and counter narrative. Thank you again Jennifer.

    • Dear Briceida,
      I liked the way you set up your shadowbox and the details you added like the Oakland Tree.I liked how you were unique and you put your pictures in a different way than the other kids that did a shadowbox.You did a really great job.I have some questions for you, Why did you decide to set up your shadowbox this way? , How long did this project take you finish?. I really liked the things you wrote because it really tells people who you are.I also did a shadowbox similar to yours but I did mines at Fremont High School.

      -Evelyn Diaz

    • Dear Jennifer,
      I just want to tell you that your shawbox looks really good, and i just have a question why the people thinks that you are from muslim? .You did well putting the flag that represents where you are really from and so that other people can see and not get concussed with your Ethnicity .I also did a shadowbox similar to yours but i did mines at fremont high school.

      -Maria pablo

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