• Our project was about making a change with actions, such as putting up flyers and making an instagram account to spread awareness about our issue. The actions we chose to do is hang up flyers around the school to

  • Dear Alondra,

    Thank you for the support and follow! We appreciate you for following our instagram account. I agree that it is upsetting that there aren’t places youth can go to for help. It’s even more upsetting that the ‘program’ that should be helping youth with drug addictions just keep them as ‘slaves’ to beg for money, and smoke drugs. What…[Read more]

  • Kassandra commented on the post, I am From 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dear Zane,
    I’m very happy that I read your poem because even though it was short, it said a lot about you. Something I learned about you in your poem is that you play basketball, and you live in a big house in Berkeley with a red spiral staircase. One line that stands out to me is,”I’m from Berkeley and Europe, Thai food and pizza, From the anc…[Read more]

  • Dear Ali,
    Thank you so much for the feedback! I was researching statistics on homelessness in Los Angeles, and I stumbled upon, https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html which explained,” The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% — to…[Read more]

  • Dear Christy,
    Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog. A question I have for you is If this rent situation is affecting you or your family? I look forward to hearing back!
    Sincerely, Kassandra

  • Dear Diego,
    Thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment! A question I have for you is what part if my concluding paragraph made you think more?
    Sincerely, Kassandra

  • Sorry, *Dear Jessica

  • Dear Lupita,

    I do agree with you that littering is a problem Oakland has. It is a problem that my street / block has, because people just dump trash anywhere, and think its ok. It was pretty interesting when you added the quote from Richard James, where he said,”The rain rinses the smog, plastic, cigarette butts, urine, oil, feces and all m…[Read more]

  • Dear Dustin,

    I really enjoyed reading your blog because it was really interesting. I agree with you when you said,¨while a person plays fortnite players can play with multiple people such as, friends, family or a stranger they have never met before¨. I agree with you on this because my brother was talking to a stranger and my dad got worried, s…[Read more]

  • Why are people Moving in and out?

     

    Why are people that have lived in Oakland all their lives suddenly moving out? Why are other people suddenly moving into Oakland? Based on the research, people are moving in

    • Dear kassandra,

      I really like your blog about why people are moving out of their home. I like how this blog is divided in 3 parts so that we have more info on this topic. I like your concluding paragraph and it makes me think more about this topic and it makes me think that there is more to be done. Great blog, keep it up.

      Sincerly diego rivera.

      • Dear Diego,
        Thank you for reading my blog and leaving a comment! A question I have for you is what part if my concluding paragraph made you think more?
        Sincerely, Kassandra

    • Dear Kassandra,
      You did a great job explaining One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is,”This proves that people are moving out of Oakland because she’s considered moving out since she can’t afford to live there.” This sentence stood out to me because it shows the perspective on what Maria Santillan thinks and it shows a mother’s struggle especially with 3 kids. “There are families that need money for personal needs, besides rent, but most landlords don’t see that, and just make the rent higher.” I also really like this quote because it shows how families struggles with not only rent but by providing what they need for their family.
      Sincerely, Christy V

      • Dear Christy,
        Thank you so much for reading and commenting on my blog. A question I have for you is If this rent situation is affecting you or your family? I look forward to hearing back!
        Sincerely, Kassandra

    • Dear Ali,
      Thank you so much for the feedback! I was researching statistics on homelessness in Los Angeles, and I stumbled upon, https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-homeless-how-we-got-here-20180201-story.html which explained,” The number of those living in the streets and shelters of the city of L.A. and most of the county surged 75% — to roughly 55,000 from about 32,000 — in the last six years. (Including Glendale, Pasadena and Long Beach, which conduct their own homeless counts, the total is nearly 58,000.)” And I thought it was pretty interesting. But for homelessness in Oakland, I found that,” Oakland’s homeless population is conservatively estimated at 2,761. Over 300 of the homeless people counted last year during a county census were children, and 68 percent of the city’s homeless are Black. Most of the homeless have chronic health problems. Some are employed but can no longer afford the cost of housing in the Bay Area” from https://www.eastbayexpress.com/SevenDays/archives/2018/01/21/united-nations-expert-describes-oakland-and-californias-homeless-crisis-as-cruel. I can tell homelessness is growing in my city because I see tents everywhere in the Bay. Do you or anyone you know struggle with homelessness, or struggle having a home? I look forward to hearing your response!
      Sincerely,
      Kassandra

  • Dear Jessica,
    I loved reading your poem! I liked the rhymes you put in, and about how you said that you“can’t put out fire with fire”; It’s great! I mainly loved when you said,
    “For what?
    Why?
    Because two communities can’t learn how to pacify?
    Peace and love is a gate
    To stop this hate.
    Hate VS Hate
    A lot of communities can relate.
    We all have th…[Read more]

  • Dear Lupita,

    Thank you for sharing your amazing poem! I enjoyed reading every word in it. I love when you said
    “This is Oakland
    And I should be able to just be me
    Without the fear of a gun
    I should just be able to have simple fun
    And not be on alert and be ready to run
    Not having to fear anyone”
    That was very strong, and the rhyming and the wor…[Read more]

  • This poem is about my mothers home town, La Ruana. The first part of this are fun memories I had when I was last there. I hope you enjoy this poem, It Was Fun:

     

    6 years old

    Love and fun

    That small little

    • Dear Kassandra,

      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was ” The fun was everywhere and anywhere you can see” because it was a very uplifting line .

      A connection I made to your poem is being with my family and having fun.

      Your poem also reminded me of going to visit my family that live in a different place .

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

      Katelyn

    • Dear Kassandra,
      I am very touched by your poem because it made me realize to not take the little things for granted. I felt very sad about how you explain violence takes away from you visiting your mother’s hometown because violence is a very powerful feeling that has severe consequences. One part of your poem that stands out for rme is where wrote “one day I will be with my family again”. I think that this is very vital because it shows hope in your writing. Even though many people are suffering, people shouldn’t give up. Thanks for writing this wonderful poem. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because the poem made me understand a lot of about world problems.

  • Thank you for this nice comment! Reading how much you enjoyed my shadow box warms my heart.

  • Thank you for this comment and thanks for your time to read this! I’m glad that you liked my shadow box and that you agree that not everyone is perfect, and that’s fine.

  • Kassandra posted a new activity comment 9 months ago

    Dear Christy Vong,
    Thank you for your comment! I appreciate that you took the time to read this, thank your for your support. I really appreciate it!

  • Kassandra commented on the post, Shadowbox 9 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dear Jose Rivas,

    I am glad about your shadow box because it looks very nice. You did a great job on this. A sentence that stood out to me is ¨When people look at they would usually think I’m a Mexican but I’m a Guatemalan mixed with Salvadoran.Many people assume that I’m an immigrant,even though I’m American¨, because your saying the dominant…[Read more]

  • Dear, Ariana,

    I am happy about how your shadow box turned out. I know you didn’t have a lot of time to work on it, but you still worked hard and made your shadow box looked fantastic. I appreciate the work you put into that. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is ¨I see myself as a young independent person who is HONORED to be a Latina fe…[Read more]

  • My Shadow Box

    By: Kassandra Santillan

    (Outside of box) On the outside, it has images like people holding guns because since I’m from Oakland, “I must be violent; I must be in a gang”. There’s also an image o

    • I really love this project! You did very well on this. Stereotypes are pushed on us in the worst ways. As a woman, I understand the ones with the “perfect body” and a “slim waist”. I’ve always struggled with my self image due to the way society portrays us. You were very brave to share that information with us. I love seeing that you are completely different than how people see you. Love this!

    • Kassandra, thank you for sharing so much about yourself. The way you examined stereotypes and who you are at your core was admirable. The modern world holds us to high standards, and it’s often difficult to push past them and realize our individual worth. If you continue to focus on the good in yourself rather than the unreachable standards of society, you’ll find ultimate happiness. Thank you again!

    • Kassandra,
      I relate to your stereotypes presented about being a woman. I too feel like there is unnecessary pressure to conform when I can just do what I want. It is admirable how much you shared about yourself and I applaud you for being so vulnerable! By sharing your stereotypes that you feel, I feel more comfortable with myself. It is awesome how we feel the same things sometimes yet we are different in a lot of ways too!

    • Dear Kassandra.

      I am mesmerized by your eye catching shadow box. I love how you connected the outside quote “Eat Pretty” to your inside quote “EAT LIKE A GROWN UP”. This shows how you can find a counter narrative for every dominant narrative out in the world and prove those dominant narratives as simply a stereotype that doesn’t need to be true. Your cut out pieces of magazines are my favorite part of your shadow box because you took parts of things that look at daily at made it represent you and your beliefs. Your shadow truly represents what all women should see themselves as on a daily basis and it really warmed my heart to see those things on your shadow box. Thank you for writing about your powerful perspective on your life. Keep writing because it will bring a powerful life changing perspective to our world.

      Sincerely,
      Lupita Morales-Cordova=)

      • Thank you for this nice comment! Reading how much you enjoyed my shadow box warms my heart.

    • Dear Kassandra,

      I am impressed with your shadow box because I love how you put in pictures from magazines showing the Dominant Narrative that women need to be skinny when that’s not true. I think that you made a really good point when you explained it in detail in showing the counter narrative. One sentence you wrote that stood out to me is when you wrote“ EAT LIKE A GROWN UP” is also a counter narrative to “Eat pretty”, because I can eat however I want,” I like this quote because you broke the Dominant narrative of how women are supposed to eat and said your counter narrative of that stereotype. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next! =)

    • Dear Kassandra

      I am proud of your work because it look like you put a lot of effort into your box. One sentence that stood out for me is “There’s also an image of a lady with a slim waist, with text saying “Firm Flat Abs Tight curvy butt No more jiggle!” kind of saying girls MUST be skinny to have a “perfect body”. There are texts like “Eat pretty” and “Make dinner” and an image of a lady taking care of a baby, like the expectations of a girl / woman” this is so true many girls they have to follow these expectations of what society thinks but no everyone is perfect the way they are. Something else I really liked about your shadow box is how it had a lot of details that represent you.

      Sincerely
      Janie Otero

      • Thank you for this comment and thanks for your time to read this! I’m glad that you liked my shadow box and that you agree that not everyone is perfect, and that’s fine.

    • Dear Kassandra,

      My name is Ana and I am a student at Fremont High School. Something I liked about your work was its very creative and there a lot of images in your shadow box. Your shadow box really stands out and you did a very good work. Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. You’re welcome.

    • Kassandra, it was really touching to read about your shadow box, I myself can relate to growing up in a city were there was a lot of society categorization. Like you I felt like people would automatically categorize you to a certain group. Where I grew up there was lot’s of violence and gang activity on a daily basis. Outsiders had no idea that there was nice people living in my city too. I’m also glad you shared our ethnicity because I can relate, I am Latina myself. In your post you mentioned examples of “women” expectations, I feel like now those expectations can be a little bit different, with rent being so high in our communities both women and men are really expected to contribute to household work and other “women” duties. Having to work more may mean busy schedules which leads to more cooperative household help. As a women you sound really confident and I’m telling you keep that up, it’l take you places when you stand up for yourself! #SJSU

    • Hi Kassandra your shadow box was really impressive. It not only showed your personality but it reflected on where you grew up and it shows how important you consider it in your upbringing. I was really inspired by your shadow box. I feel like it shows that Oakland isn’t just what people believe it to be there is another side to it that only those raised there can relate too.

  • Dear, Adrian Kelly:

    I am happy about your paragraph, My True Identity: Adrian Kelly / shadow box, because It looks very pretty. I like the drawings you have there; You’re a good artist. It’s also pretty cool how you made your flags. You’re paragraph, also holds a lot of information about yourself, but it’s not too much. It’s simple so it’ll mak…[Read more]

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