• Dear Wendy,
    Your blog is super important and necessary for everyone to read. I like how you emphasized the need to end stigma around depression and suicide but also the pros and cons of counseling. Maybe you could have included some alternatives to counseling. Also, you mentioned that a student of color won’t be able to connect with a white c…[Read more]

  • Dear Calvin,
    I really enjoyed reading your blog because your argument was clear. I agree with what you said about how Oakland’s diversity represents its history. That was extremely well written and hella true. Another part I really liked was your ending where you wrote, “The gentrifiers are causing people to be evicted, rent prices to become ast…[Read more]

  • Dear Chris,
    I agree with your argument because it is well written. I especially agree with the fact that the lunch is getting better but it needs more improvements. You express this fact well by including evidence from students, the people in the cafeteria, and from articles. I also agree with your argument that if school lunches were healthier…[Read more]

  • Does inclusion lead to safety? Oakland is filled with all types of people but the classrooms don’t always embody that diversity. One can see that there are voices missing in Oakland schools whether it’s thr

    • Wendy replied 1 week ago

      I agree with your statement that we need “inclusion and safety in OUSD” that way everyone feels safe and comfortable with who they are. I didn’t really think about this topic but you made it relevant and that is really important because these aren’t easy topics to talk about for tennagers. A line that stood out to me from your writing was when you said “Queer youth don’t deserve to receive antipathy towards their identities because soon, that hate can become internalized.” this stood out to me because it made me think of my fellow peers who are part of the LGBTQ community and how they are treated at our school and how safe they feel. I think that OUSD needs to be inclusive for everyone. You are a great writer thanks for writing and posting I look forward to seeing what you write next because you talk about important topics going on good job:).

    • Victor replied 1 week ago

      Dear, Judith

      I was really amazed with your writing specially the topics you chose because not a lot of people write about this and people need to know about topic. One part that stand out to me was when “More inclusion in OUSD matters and leads to safety because it allows youth to explore the beauty of the diversity not only within their communities but within themselves as well. Because they feel safe to explore the complexity of their identities”. This line stand out to me because if they do that they can make everyone feel and specially the LGBTQ comminity.

  • Judith commented on the post, Poem 1 month, 1 week ago

    Dear Calvin,
    I love your poem! It’s simple but yet says so much in the words you chose to use. You chose an interesting topic and the way you chose to describe it, with the metaphor of the strings and marionettes, is smart and amazing. It is clear how emotions taking control of actions connects to Romeo and Juliet. You took a cool i…[Read more]

  • Dear Cece,
    I loved how real your poem was. It shows some of the struggles many LGBTQ+ youth have to go through and because of it, I’m sure many people will be able to relate to your poem and feel not as alone. I like how you connected the topic of love from Shakespeare and turned it into something poignant and vulnerable. Because of this, my f…[Read more]

  • Dear Wendy,
    Your poem was amazing. I loved your metaphors of flowers because it just made your writing sound so beautiful. It shows how love can be a great thing but also has its consequences. You did a good job on connecting the topic of love to your life. My favorite lines were in your ending where you wrote,
    “And like the flowers
    our broken h…[Read more]

  • Judith commented on the post, Love is tragic 1 month, 1 week ago

    Dear Kalani,
    I love how your poem talked about the topics of love, violence, pain, and drugs because it shows how they constantly intertwine. You did a good job on connecting how Romeo and Juliet see love and how you see it. I am confident many will find it relatable. The line that stood out to me right away and made me think the most is, “The f…[Read more]

  • For this poem I had to connect a topic from Shakespear to my own life. I chose to write about my mom because my topic is about love. I look forward to reading your comments!


    The Universe Within Us


    • Dear Judith

      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was “Trying to drive out the darkness that surrounds you,

      Trying to close up on you

      Just like all the other borders

      orbiting around you.” because it really described how Trump is separating families and taking away kids.

      A connection I made to your poem was close to an movie I saw.

      Your poem also reminded me of a beautiful description of a love movie.

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


    • Dear Judith, I think your poem is really interesting because it’s crazy to think that people have had to go through these experiences. I really like how you included a lot of metaphors into your poem as well, it’s really creative and meaningful. My favorite line was “Trying to get ahold of the world
      That was taken from your hands
      By hateful eyes,” because it made me think about how we really have this problem in the world right now. The hate part is also true and I like how you put in the word “eyes” because they don’t see some people as human.

    • Dear Judith

      I am very touched by your poem, “The Universe Within Us”, because the relationship that you show in your poem of you and your mom is beautifully shown with all the metaphors that you use of the universe. One part of your poem that stands for me is where you wrote, “And the stars that decorate the universe with the light you believe I deserve to feel instead”. This stood out to me because I can tell that you really put a lot of effort into this poem. Also, I like how the title of your poem matches the poem really nicely. Another part that I stood out to me is the last six lines. This stood out to me because I think it really brings out your topic. Thanks for your poem. I look forward to what you make next because this poem was amazing.

  • Judith commented on the post, Yasmin’s Shadow box 3 months ago

    Dear Yasmin,
    I am proud of you and your shadow box because of how awesome it came out. It’s beautiful and the effort you put in it is noticeable. I also really enjoyed reading your statement. One of my favorite sections was when you explained why you didn’t include your nationality. It was relatable and cool. I also loved reading what you had to…[Read more]

  • Judith commented on the post, My Shadow Box 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dear Wendy,
    I love how you decorated your box and I loved your reasoning behind the black rose. It was cool and I hadn’t thought about it like that before. However, I wonder how the black rose connects to your identity.

    I also liked reading what you wrote about your award and your hoops. Your hoops are the coolest and you look the coolest w…[Read more]

  • Dear Anthony,
    I really like your shadow box and artist statement. I like the way you wrote it and a lot of what you said was pretty relatable. I also learned a lot about you which is cool because we don’t really talk like that. I also like the reasoning on why you included those colors on your shadow box. But, I don’t understand why you cho…[Read more]

  • When people look at me, they are only seeing what the stereotypes created by the dominant narrative taught them to see. They see a young Latina who is expected to stay silent and stay down. This isn’t true which i

  • Dear Alison,
    I learned a lot through looking at your shadow box and reading your artist statement. Something that stood out to me was the writing you included on the outside. I noticed that you included one of Rupi Kaur’s poem which was really cool because I love her poetry as well. Something I learned about you after reading your statement was…[Read more]

  • Dear Kamyiah,

    I am enlightened about your shadow box because I learned new information about you that I didn’t know before. You also have a lot of objects that have multiple representations and meanings.
    One part that stands out to me is the flags you included. This stood out to me because I didn’t know you are Native American but it’s very…[Read more]

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