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    Dear Oakland teens and adults,

    Do you really believe that not paying attention to an important topic is gonna make it go away? Do you enjoy seeing teens and children  get kidnapped and explloited into sex

    Prevent Child Sex Trafficking

    Dear Oakland teens and adults, Do you really believe that not paying attention to an important topic is gonna make it go away? Do you enjoy seeing teens and children  get kidnapped and explloited into sex trafficking? What would you...

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  • Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address what you said when “People who have moved here to escape poverty or injustice in their own country shouldn’t have to risk their lives and then be put in even more danger in the place they dreamed of escaping to.” The reason is that I want more people to know about this i…

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    “Since 1996, more than 75,000 migrant deaths have been recorded globally,” (MIGRATION DATA PORTAL)

    That means that 75,000 people who look for a better life have been killed. However, not all migrant deaths hap

    Justice For Immigrants

    “Since 1996, more than 75,000 migrant deaths have been recorded globally,” (MIGRATION DATA PORTAL) That means that 75,000 people who look for a better life have been killed. However, not all migrant deaths happen at the border but happen in...

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    • I think that what you are saying here is very important, after all our country wouldn’t be here without immigrants and we owe so much to them. People who have moved here to escape poverty or injustice in their own country shouldn’t have to risk their lives and then be put in even more danger in the place they dreamed of escaping to. Just because someone is different than you does not mean that their life matters any less than yours and should be treated fairly. Here is another article you should read that is talking about the same things you are and wanting to make difference in all our communities, https://justiceforimmigrants.org

      • Thank you so much for reading my blog. I wanted to address what you said when “People who have moved here to escape poverty or injustice in their own country shouldn’t have to risk their lives and then be put in even more danger in the place they dreamed of escaping to.” The reason is that I want more people to know about this incident so we can prevent these things.

        • Dear Johanna,
          I think your post was captivating important things that happen in Oakland because you are stating facts like how people just ignore what’s going on in their community. A line that stood out to me was”this incident helped the community know that there was something that had to be done” because people only want to accept something bad is happening when something terrible happens. I agree with your point because the community has to make sure that terrible things aren’t happening to the community. Thank you for writing your blog, I think if people read it then would stand up and have justice

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              My True Self

        By: Johana Aviles

        This shadow box represents my own identity, and my true self. The objects in my shadow box represent my assigned identities. When people look at me,they see a yo

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              My True Self By: Johana Aviles This shadow box represents my own identity, and my true self. The objects in my shadow box represent my assigned identities. When people look at me,they see a young girl with black...

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        • Dear Johana, I absolutely love your art that you have created. Thank you for realizing that you are so much more than what people see at first glance. The symbolism of the wall is very meaningful, and I think it was a great way to demonstrate your home and your appreciation for your parents and for the opportunities America has provided. The three flags on your box are a wonderful representation of who you are, and shows that you can be proud of all your cultures. The cross was also very creative, and I am glad you don’t feel that you have to stick to a certain religion just because it may be common in your culture. Just by your shadow box, I can see that you are a very hard worker, you’re dedicated, and you believe in the empowerment of women. You will go very far in life, always believe in yourself!

        • Dear Johana

          You did a good job explaining how you don’t fit all the dominant narratives. I really like how you put the wall around the shadow box to represent your parents struggle. I didn’t know what the clouds represented until your explicit explaining
          Helped me understand what it was for. Overall you did great in your shadow box and u enjoyed reading what you had to say about it.

          Sincerely Yadira

        • Dear Johana,

          I am a student at San Jose State University and I enjoyed learning about your personality! I love your determination to defy the odds, and not adhere to stereotypes, which prove to me a large issue in today’s society. I love that you see yourself “as a young female who is able to pursue anything that comes to [your] mind.” I relate to our parents having to work hard to have us be standing where we are now, and that means a lot to me. Thank you for sharing your ideologies and please continue to live by your own values!

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