• Hello there,

    Nice to see you guys again. In this article, I will be connecting a novel I have recently read, “Fahrenheit 451” By Ray Bradbury, to 2017. “Fahrenheit 451” is a novel that explains how the citizens

    • Dear Gerardo

      I really enjoyed your post “The Book and The Real World.” A line that really stood out to me was when you questioned the society’s ideological beliefs: “A book is as dangerous as a loaded gun.” Why do you think in the book, books are considered this dangerous. In our society today so you think there is something that is as dangerous as a loaded gun that our government or the people in power would like to burn and eradicate? I would love to hear more about your thoughts on this.

      Keep Writing!

  • Dear Fili,

    Thank you for you’re reply. I like how you told me that you had a personal experience with something similar to the topic. If you don’t mind, can you tell a little bit more about your experience? Did anyone get shot? Were you or your brother hurt? How long did it take for the men to leave? Please tell me more.

  • Dear Hector,

    I am impressed about your article, “Do Drugs Affect Your Body” because all of what you typed is very interesting. I liked the picture you chose for your paper, it’s really good. Besides that, I respectfully disagree about a couple of things you said. One sentence that you typed that I respectfully disagree about is, “Drugs can…[Read more]

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    Why do people join gangs? What happens in that gang? What is so special about being in a gang? Through research, it is clear that the biggest predictor to gang involvement is all of the “positives” that come

    • Dear Gerardo

      I am impressed with your post “why join Gangs” because You actually pointed out what people that don’t live in Oakland think about Oakland Gangs, I also like how you interviewed a lot of adults on their thoughts about helping gang members.

      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is, “If I could do something about the gangs, I would collaborate with men (specifically people of color) who come from poverty to be given a job so that they stay off the streets” I think that this quote significant because he directly pointed out to help “specifically color of people” because they are most likely to join a gang because they come from poor neighbourhoods and also how Mr.Hisham came up with a very good idea on how to teenagers from getting into gangs by providing them with job opportunities which will prevent them from getting into gangs.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing more of your writings.

    • Dear, Gerado
      I am touched by your piece of work, “Why Join Gangs” because it shows a lot of gangs in gangs. Also i really liked how you explained why people need to or want to be in a gang.
      One sentence that really stood out for me is “Nothing should be done about the gangs because people protect themselves by joining gangs” I think this is diffrent because people really do join gangs for protection and other reasons why too. I think this city can d do way better than other cities. Another sentence that really stood out to me was “If I could do something about the gangs, I would collaborate with men (specifically people of color) who come from poverty to be given a job so that they stay off the streets” because of threats from gang members or fear but because they do not trust police. The police officers are known to be racist towards brown and black people by using excessive force or unjust brutality, and maybe this impacts people’s decisions to ask them for help.Thank you for writing. I look forward to reading your next post because I really like the perspective you put on gangs and why people join. It makes other people think about why gang members are really a part of the life they lead.

      Best, Vernajah

    • Dear Gerado, I am in a disagreement with the person that you interviewed because not only people of color are in gangs or get easy access to drugs / guns white people also. People of color sometimes get in gangs because they think that it is cool but so do white people too

    • Dear gerardo

      I am interested in, when you people join gang think they could leave.I don’t want people to move into Oakland and just start having negative emotions/thoughts about this city.This quote is interesting because in real life so many people ask me is oakland dangerous?

      One thing you said that stands out for me is:She replied with, “Nothing should be done about the gangs because people protect themselves by joining gangs”.I think this is sad, because we have the police to protect us citizens.

      Your essay reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i was with my twin brother and older brother we was driving to the liquor store in oakland.This was around 9:36 pm @night on a saturday.So a black Escalade pulled up close to us and two black male got out the car and me and my twin brother was looking at them.They got closer to the car and they pulled out their guns and start it shooting at the store.
      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it was a good writing and you might change people lives in oakland or any area that has gangs in it.

      • Dear Fili,

        Thank you for you’re reply. I like how you told me that you had a personal experience with something similar to the topic. If you don’t mind, can you tell a little bit more about your experience? Did anyone get shot? Were you or your brother hurt? How long did it take for the men to leave? Please tell me more.

    • Hi Gerardo,
      In your post “Why Join Gangs” I learned the reasons why young people are inclined to join gangs in Oakland. I found your post creative and informative. Some of the perks that you listed maybe related to questionable activities and may get young people in trouble but I also understand that is part of the life they chose to follow. I like the interview questions and the way that you incorporated them throughout your essay.

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