• My groups topic was about LGBTQ+ rights and healths. This issue has gotten bigger throughout the years. It first started as a small movement but now more people are aware about it and now they want to create a

  • Imelda commented on the post, Are you an Ally? 3 weeks, 1 day ago

    Thank you for your taking your time to leave us a comment. One of our action of changes was to do a Middle School presentation and we successfully finished one on Tuesday and we have 2 more left. During our presentation we talked about GSA’s and how they could create one. We gave them information about the GSA that we have in our Highschool.…[Read more]

  • April 26th, 2019,

    Dear Middle Schoolers:

    We are writing to you because as high schoolers, we understand how difficult and sometimes overwhelming it can be to be our authentic selves at school. School is one

    • Judith and Imelda,

      I really enjoyed your post because I think that being an ally for the LGBTQ+ community is extremely important. One side that I think you need to address is the religious aspect. I know people who would never say anything bad about a person who identified as LGBTQ+, but who are very uncomfortable with the subject due to a religious objection. Middle schoolers are unlikely to actually cite their religious beliefs or the religious beliefs of their family as the reason that they are bullying or being unkind to an LGBTQ+ youth, but it maybe an underlying factor. I would suggest adding something to your proposed presentation about reconciling certain religious faiths and caring for and supporting LGBTQ+ people. I might cite powerful figures from major religions who have spoken out positively on the subject, but there are many other options too.

      But again, really nice work and clear layout of your ideas!
      Gwen

  • Imelda wrote a new post, Are you an Ally? 4 weeks ago

    April 26th, 2019,

    Dear Middle Schoolers:

    We are writing to you because as high schoolers, we understand how difficult and sometimes overwhelming it can be to be our authentic selves at school. School is one

    • Thank you for your taking your time to leave us a comment. One of our action of changes was to do a Middle School presentation and we successfully finished one on Tuesday and we have 2 more left. During our presentation we talked about GSA’s and how they could create one. We gave them information about the GSA that we have in our Highschool. Allies can support the LGBTQ+ community by attending a GSA. Our school GSA is open to EVERYONE and when an ally walks in it shows their support towards the LGBTQ+ community. If you would like to see more of our actions and what we’ve accomplished you can follow us on Instagram @everythingrainbowoakland_. We would really appreciate it! – Imelda.

  • Dear Geno,

    I am amazed with your poem “ It’s better than nothing ” because the words you used in the poem are really powerful. The way you decided to line up each phrase is outstanding. When I write poems it’s confusing on how to line up the phrases I get so confused and that leads me to give up but you the way you setup your poem was very cl…[Read more]

  • Hey Mr. Ogaz thank you for taking the time out of your own personal life to comment on my post. Sorry I wasn’t very explicit I tried talking about the celebrations that I went to but I think it all got messed up. The 2 main focuses I wanted to point out were the 5 de Mayo celebrations and The Day Of The Dead celebrations. Yes I have gone to the l…[Read more]

  • Thank you for taking your time out of your day to comment on my post. Choosing this topic to talk about was a great decision because now I see how many people relate to the Oakland cultural celebrations. I’m so happy you made a new friend while being at the celebration and it’s amazing to see how you’re both still in contact. I also made a new f…[Read more]

  • Thank you for taking your time out to comment on my post I really appreciate it. I really enjoyed writing about this topic because when the season of celebrations come around you see many commercials on TV about how fun they are and they really are. Many people have kept this tradition going on for so many years. Oakland is also a diverse…[Read more]

  • Dear Valerie,
    Your blog was amazing! You really brought out your own opinions on this topic. I agree with the OUSD raising awareness because some of our parents don’t know about this and if they advertised families taht school lunch is a problem it could have kids having a school day w/o being hungry. Thank you for writing this! Good job.
    S…[Read more]

  • Imelda commented on the post, OUSD Budget 4 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Janie,
    Your topic is a relevant topic right now. Teachers aren’t getting payed the minimum, money is overused in unnecessary supplies. Money should be spent the correct way because everyone deserves opportunities and if we don’t have opportunities is it really helping us? Your analysis is really good and it really gave us another side to wha…[Read more]

  • Dear Ivy,
    You covered an important topic in your blog and this clearly shows your understanding of the immigration topic. One of my favorite lines was when you said in your analysis “ICE clearly used their dominant, institutional power, to oppress a family of color”. You’re using words that really make…[Read more]

  • Cultural Celebrations In Oakland

    All cities have celebrations, but what makes the celebrations in Oakland so joyful, special, and inclusive? Oakland is a diverse city that shows off many cultures from around the

    • Dear Imelda,

      I am proud of your work about “Cultural Celebrations in Oakland”, because you explain how these celebrations help out the community be together as one. One sentence you wrote that stands out to me is , “Oakland Celebrations are so special because everyone is welcomed and they can learn about each other”. I agree with you when you pointed out that Oakland Cultural Festival help out bring community together as one. Thanks, for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because talking about the topic of Oakland is really important for our community. We need to stand out for each other and create a supportive community

      Sincerely,
      Ashley

      • Thank you for taking your time out to comment on my post I really appreciate it. I really enjoyed writing about this topic because when the season of celebrations come around you see many commercials on TV about how fun they are and they really are. Many people have kept this tradition going on for so many years. Oakland is also a diverse city/community that brings in many cultures and it’s so beautiful. Once again thank you for writing a generous comment under my post!

    • Dear Imelda,
      I really admire how you choose a topic that interested you. While reading your paragraph I agree with many things you had to say about how Oakland has empathy for all races. I really like when you say “ When the entire community comes as one it’s so beautiful because people come in as strangers but leave with many new friends. Many families are smiling, eating, dancing, and playing” I agree with this because while I was at a parade I made new friends with the people around me because we were bonding with each other and we were at a festival we both really enjoyed being at and I still talk to her till this day. Many things can come out of a cultural festival. I also admire how you speaked in very clear detail about this topic and your article was very interesting to read.

      • Thank you for taking your time out of your day to comment on my post. Choosing this topic to talk about was a great decision because now I see how many people relate to the Oakland cultural celebrations. I’m so happy you made a new friend while being at the celebration and it’s amazing to see how you’re both still in contact. I also made a new friend but the thing was that we lost contact and that isn’t a good thing since now I can’t talk to her. Making friends can honestly be hard but when you find a person with the same interests as you and you bond you can call it a friendship. Once again thank you for leaving a comment under my post!

    • Hey Mr. Ogaz thank you for taking the time out of your own personal life to comment on my post. Sorry I wasn’t very explicit I tried talking about the celebrations that I went to but I think it all got messed up. The 2 main focuses I wanted to point out were the 5 de Mayo celebrations and The Day Of The Dead celebrations. Yes I have gone to the latest celebrations! The recent celebration that happened in Oakland was the Day Of The Dead that happened around November and I decided to go. These celebrations are so beautiful like I mentioned in my blog you see many people come together as one. I did saw a good amount of cultures out. For example the food is all different. You go on one corner you have Mexican food. The other corner has Salvadorian food. Then you see Guatemalan food, etc. Not only the food but the music and the rhythm. While walking around you see the altars and those are honestly my favorite. They’re my favorite because people go out and decorate the altars with the objects their loved one enjoyed. These celebration really unite many others. Have you ever gone to any celebrations like these? If so I would love to hear back from your experience!

      Sincerely,
      Imelda Pablo

    • Hi Imelda,

      I found your post to be very relatable! I love how passionate you are about how important it is for celebrations to be held! I am Mexican-American and am from San Jose where it is very diverse so I could definitely relate to your post. I agree that traditional celebrations are very important to be held as they bring people together! It is apart of our culture and practicing it also keeps out culture and traditions alive. These celebrations are of positivity yet I also think it is sad how Fox News is taking this opportunity to enhance stereotypes. I’m glad the celebrations are ongoing no matter what kind of feedback it gets.

  • Dear Kelly,
    Your poem is beautiful. I really likes your last line “But the ultimate tragedy was their agony”. That last line was powerful and it rhymed. Looks like you put two topics in and made it all one. I also liked how you used exact lines from the book/film of R&J. Your use of metaphors is really strong and good. Overall your poem is…[Read more]

  • Imelda commented on the post, My Community 5 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Kenya,
    Amazing poem you have! Community is a big topic because in those communities we have a thing called home. I liked how you used “A plague Plague of both houses?Nah a plague on the people who created this“Street Disturbance” this part is outstanding. Usually we think about problems breaking out because of two households but it’s…[Read more]

  • My poem is about love and how it doesn’t always end as a happy ending. I feel like some people go through these type of heartbroken days. I just wanted to take my time and write about  this because I went through

    • Dear Imelda,

      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was “I looked at you and I thought you were mine
      I looked at your pupil the size of a dime
      Tryna make you mine but there was no time ”
      ,because of the use of rhyming combined with your feelings.

      A connection I made to your poem is the feeling of finding out about someone not actually caring for you.
      Your poem also reminded me of happiness that can happen when someone does love you and care for you.

      Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.

      Sincerely,
      Paxton

    • Dear Imelda,
      I really love your poem. I think many people can relate to your poem. I think your claim about how love doesn’t always end up being happy is really good and understandable. I really the part when you say,”Falling in love is like a Ferris wheel it’s going all good until it stops in the middle you don’t know what’s wrong but you gotta be strong”. This line stood out to me because of the simile you used and because you say you gotta stay strong. Overall your poem was so amazing, I hope you write more in the future because you are a really good writer.
      -Tania

    • Imelda

      I love your poem because it has times and sounds of typing and that is a great detail you have added and the way your poem was written was amazing i really enjoyed reading your poem. Your poem feels real and i like the way you ended the poem. You are a great writer and hope to see more of your amazing poems.
      Irvin

    • Dear Imelda, I just love the fact that you wrote the poem about the one person although he hurt you alot and it speaks a lot to me. I like how you added a lot of details like sounds the time and how you will feel about talking to him. The line that i really like of your poem was “Falling in love is like a Ferris wheel it’s going all good until it stops” because i could imagine in my head what’s happening. I hope you find someones that loves you like you could love someone because you deserve it, you a great person.

    • Dear Imelda,

      I think your poem is amazing and very detailed. One part I like is that you put ¨typing¨ to make it seem like someone was actually typing. I like that your poem is relatable. ¨Falling in love is like a Ferris wheel it’s going all good until it stops in the middle you don’t know what’s wrong but you gotta stay strong¨, is one of my favorite lines from your poem because it totally relates to the struggles of love. You should keep writing and keep expressing your feelings because I think you will do great.

      Sincerely, Kelly

  • Imelda commented on the post, Imelda’s Life 7 months ago

    Thank you Janie and o=you already know I appreciate my culture so much! Thank you for your comment!

  • Imelda commented on the post, Imelda’s Life 7 months ago

    Thank you so much and culture is something very important in my family! 🙂

  • Imelda commented on the post, Imelda’s Life 7 months ago

    I really appreciate your comment and honesty!

  • Dear Valerie,
    Your shadow box is amazing! I saw the effort you put in it when we worked on our shadow boxes. I like how you explained the dominant narratives. The last sentence was so powerful just like Ms.Portugal says “ Words Have Power “. The baby pictures you included are so cute! Just like you ;). Overall your shadow box is ama…[Read more]

  • Dear Ingrid,
    Your artist statement is so clear. Your shadow box is so colorful. You explained in detail what you included in your box. I like the quote you chose. I also like what you said about the quote that one day everything will pay off. Overall your artist statement goes well with your box! I really liked it!…[Read more]

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