• The topic of my trifold was about prevention on diabetes which was to spread awareness to the communities of Oakland about why learning and getting educated about this topic can make people be aware of being

  • Dear Julia,

    I agree about how we should help others to have the necessary medications to save money and help their loved ones who are not doing well. My Grandpa was diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 and my mom and uncle (my mom’s younger brother) were sending money to help their family and father to have affordable medications to be healthy but s…[Read more]

  • Dear CM,

    I am sorry to hear that one of your students have diabetes and that student is fighting back to lower the costs of insulin. We are trying to help people to learn about this topic of rising costs of medication by educating the community and telling the truth about it, too! If you want to help your student and our group and the community,…[Read more]

  • From: Life Academy Of Health and Bioscience2101 35th Ave,Oakland, CA 94601  To: American Diabetes Association2451 Crystal Drive, Suite 900Arlington, VA 22202April 26, 2019

    Dear American Diabetes

    • Edwin,

      I completely support your stance on the inflation regarding diabetic medication. Your “Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education” post is incredibly insightful and your use of current statistics portray the relevance of the diabetes epidemic today. One sentence I found particularly powerful was “This is an outrageous cost to pay for life-saving medication” because it resonates with so may other medications (contraceptives, chemotherapy, radiation, etc.) that are ridiculously overpriced but is burden many Americans must bear in order to live. My father was lucky enough to be a veteran, so his chemotherapy treatments were covered, but so many in this country are not so lucky. I remember thinking each night that, even though my father had his treatments paid for, it was unfair that there were other fathers, mothers, daughters and sons who were going through the same thing I was, but had to pay out of pocket, or not do it at all due to the outrageous cost. It’s a decision no one should have to make.

      This was an excellent post and it furthered my resolve to go out into my community and do my part in stopping the spread of diet related diseases.

      • Dear Julia,

        I agree about how we should help others to have the necessary medications to save money and help their loved ones who are not doing well. My Grandpa was diagnosed with diabetes in 2012 and my mom and uncle (my mom’s younger brother) were sending money to help their family and father to have affordable medications to be healthy but sadly he passed away in October by having kidney failure in the hospital. If you want help our campaign to lower the medication costs please sign the petition @https://makeinsulinaffordable.org/petition/

    • Dear CM,

      I am sorry to hear that one of your students have diabetes and that student is fighting back to lower the costs of insulin. We are trying to help people to learn about this topic of rising costs of medication by educating the community and telling the truth about it, too! If you want to help your student and our group and the community, go to this link to sign the petition of lowering the cost of insulin https://makeinsulinaffordable.org/petition/ Thank you for your time.

      Calvin, Christina, and Edwin

    • Lina replied 2 months ago

      Dear Edwin:
      I am in complete agreement with your post, “Stopping the Diabetes Epidemic with Education,” because I find that your post discusses topics that I also am in support of. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ from 2016 to now prices per vial have gone up to $540 (Alltucker). The amoral companies that are profiting off the diabetic community are against making insulin cheaper because they are generating huge amounts of revenue… This is an outrageous cost to pay for life-saving medication. ” I think this is highly problematic because in the recent years insulin prices have become so overly expensive. Diabetic patients who were unable to afford insulin turn to rationing, which puts their life in great danger. I also believe that the very first step we have to take in order to change these problematic issues is by educating our society on ways to recognize the symptoms of diabetes early on, so that the spiking growth of diabetes will hopefully plummet. Another sentence that was striking for me is: “. However, in California, the price of insulin has skyrocketed recently. From 2012 to 2016; prices have gone from $35 to $234 per vial which is an increase of over 500%.” This stood out for me because insulin is a life-saving-drug. The high prices of insulin just goes to show how corrupt and greedy insulin manufacture companies are. Insulin should be something that is easily accessible and affordable for those with diabetes, since their lives depend on it. Insulin, a life saving drug that is extremely costly is basically asking money in exchange with a person’s life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I am in support of what you are trying to speak out against the skyrocketing prices of insulin. In addition, you are also bringing awareness towards having to educate people on the topic of diabetes. I am concern about the same problem, you could see the same concern on my blog https://insulinforall.wordpress.com/

  • Dear Julian,

    I like how you used a speech from an activist like MLK JR. and use the I HAVE A DREAM speech to transform it into a poem that is based on the speech by using some key words and show a message to people around the society and community. You should improve more so that when you do your own poetry and speeches, you can use your…[Read more]

  • Dear Steven Dinh,

    Thank you for your very thoughtful feedback on my blog based on police brutality. I really work on this very hard and researched a lot of supporting evidence to my claims of how it impacts the community and how to solve it with the city. The questions that you told me to think about are true because how can the states and the…[Read more]

  • Dear Evelin,
    Thank you for your specific,thoughtful comment and the reason why I added schools are affected by police brutality and misconduct is that there are more police and police cruisers near a school filled of colored/low or mid level students in other states. I know we don’t have problems with our school security guard but there are…[Read more]

  • Dear Greg,

    I like how use evidence clearly to show how the Salvation Army help people with homelessness, drug/alcohol, and more! While you should have more analysis, you still did great in your essay by showing evidence, reasons, and having a great argument to argue. Also, you should explain more about why the Salvation Army is 100% Epic.

    Edwin M,

  • Dear Marleni,

    I like how you used 2 interviews and 2 sources to show that Immigrants create a better future with more diversity in the communities, bringing culture in Oakland, and having more ways to have a good life. BUT you should’ve talk more about your argument to expand your thinking and have more reasons why Immigrants show more…[Read more]

  • Bias, Racism, and Death in U.S. Communities

    Why is Police Brutality causing death? “It could have a lot to do with racism and just their bias about African-Americans”, says Kareem Marshal, Life Academy Middle Sch

    • Dear Edwin,
      I enjoyed reading your Blog called “Bias, Racism, and Death in U.S. Communities” because your showing about the everyday racism. I agreed with your about discrimination on colour people since slavery. One part that stood out to me was your quote “ “A Latina woman sits with her boyfriend outside his parents’ house in San Jose, California. Two police officers approach the car and explain that there had been multiple car thefts in the neighborhood and the couple were suspects. While the boyfriend shows one officer his ID, the other comes to the woman and asks her to step out of the car. He then unlocks the door from the inside and handcuffs her. He pulls her out of the car, unzips her jacket and touches her breasts claiming he is looking for weapons. When more officers arrive on the scene, the original officer bashes her head into the hood of the car when she does not fully cooperate” from Faust And Peacore. This stood out to me because they arrested her with no proof about the cars that were stolen. One part I slightly disagree with you or quite not understand how racism or discrimination affected students in school who has security guards. I personally like that there is a security in my school and we haven’t had a problem.
      Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next because I see you can write really strong arguments!

    • Dear Evelin,
      Thank you for your specific,thoughtful comment and the reason why I added schools are affected by police brutality and misconduct is that there are more police and police cruisers near a school filled of colored/low or mid level students in other states. I know we don’t have problems with our school security guard but there are schools in other states that have problems involving misconduct on colored students. Thank you for your time.

      Edwin M.

    • Dear Steven Dinh,

      Thank you for your very thoughtful feedback on my blog based on police brutality. I really work on this very hard and researched a lot of supporting evidence to my claims of how it impacts the community and how to solve it with the city. The questions that you told me to think about are true because how can the states and the federal government can bring justice and how can we prove that there’s police malpractice in a community. But, We will just think about it more during 2019. Overall, thank you for reading my hard work and I hope you would respond back. Have a good day and thank you for your time.

      Edwin M.

    • Hi Edwin,

      I enjoyed reading your post. I like how you incorporated history of important protests in your description of the topic. The events you discussed had an effect on society. All the subtopics you discussed were interesting. I really like the quote you provided from Cruz. I agree that police departments should make sure each person is trained and “culturally competent enough.” Overall, I agree that this is a huge problem in today’s society, and I hope solutions will be found to benefit the entire country.

    • Check out my blog as well http://racialprofiling95.home.blog

  • Dear Oscar,

    Hi it’s Edwin and I wanted to say that I like how you connect your poem to Shakespeare and to the community of Oakland and the world at the same time! Its very understandable when reading it because it relates to many moments that happened this year which were based on violence and war. Also I wanted to ask you that why did you made t…[Read more]

  • This is a poem about connecting Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare to our lives in Oakland, California. I am taking about the Poverty in the U.S., The Midterm Election of this year, and The Government of the

    • Dear Edwin ,
      Your poem was really cool. It showed the truth and made me notice the pain people that go through poverty go through. I can tell how much effort yu put into this poem which made me think that you’re great writer ! You did great and I liked the poem :). I got 2 questions for you.
      Does this topic get to you or make you feel some type of way ?
      Do you think that you should write more about this type of topics. If so , why ?

  • Dear Diego
    I like how you add a model of a Nintendo Switch and a Fire powered Mario toy to show that you are a big fan of nintendo and its games and you are a very big nerd of nintendo for god’s sake. But I like how you add the american flag to show your nationality but why didn’t you put a mexican flag for your ethnicity and race? Also I like how…[Read more]

  • Edwin commented on the post, My shadow box 9 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Yasmin,
    I did add a picture of my cat. It just very blurry to see but its on the left with my family pictures. But thank you for you positive feedback on my shadow box and hope you have a great day. Bye!

    Edwin

  • This shadow box represents my parts of my personal identity from a counter narrative, which are being a Oaklander, a Latino, a fan of sports, and the oldest son and brother to the family. In the outside of the box

    • Edwin, I appreciate how you are proud of where you are from regardless of negative stereotypes that people have about your city. I think that is great to be yourself and not worry about what people stereotype you as.

    • Dear Edwin

      I really liked how you explained some of the main things that are important to your life. For example being a oaklander, latino, fan of sports, and the oldest son. I liked how you explained some of the stereotypes people think of you. Like how people think that you or latinos are criminals and drug dealers which is the dominant narrative. And your side was that you don’t follow these stereotypes because they aren’t true. I also have a question why didn’t you add cats because don’t you love cats so much? -Yasmin

      • Dear Yasmin,
        I did add a picture of my cat. It just very blurry to see but its on the left with my family pictures. But thank you for you positive feedback on my shadow box and hope you have a great day. Bye!

        Edwin

    • hi Edwin, my mane is robert and i am a Fremont HS student and i really like the way you format your shadow box because it is unique and it is the first time i have seen one like that. plus i see that you have a raiders symbol that is cool.

    • Dear Edwin,
      I can clearly hear the passion in your voice when you speak about your family and your future goals in life which I respect. It’s hard being the first generation as you are the milestone to your family with many expectations and obstacles. With the dedication you have to set a good path for yourself and your family, I believe you can go far! Best of luck in your future endeavors, and out of curiosity, is there a particular reason that inspired you to become doctor? – Audrey Marie

  • Dear Jil,
    I am stand out about how you care about your family and your religion and culture in your artist statement of your project, “Jildardo’s True Identity” because you were thoughtful and metacognitively of adding your family in your shadow box. Also, you added your love of football and how you want to be a football player in college. Another…[Read more]

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