• What does it truly mean to be an upstander? Well, I’ve been learning how to be one for the past three weeks and I have been an upstander as well in the process. In English class we were given an assignment k

  • April 26, 2019

    Dear National Rifle Association,
    We are writing to your association because you are advocating for more gun rights. This is not good because a lot of universities and high school accidents

    • Your news article, Lupita, is very well written and informative. The amount of passion put into the article is extraordinary—an observation that many people can most likely identify. The relevance that the topic has on society is undeniable.

    • I really enjoyed reading about this issue in particular because it is relevant among high school students today. You stated that the NRA advocating for more gun rights leads to more school shootings, but you don’t necessarily dive into how that could happen. You make a conclusion, but don’t use information to back up that claim. You say guns are bad and lead to school shootings, but you don’t refer back to your audience (the NRA) saying that, because guns are bad, you shouldn’t push for more gun rights. You also state what the government is doing to prevent school shootings. If I was the NRA I would ask, “Why would should there be gun control laws if there are other policies that can prevent school shootings?” Another question I would ask if I was the NRA is that “this issue seems to be rooted in bullying, why can’t schools focus on preventing bullying and therefore prevent school shootings?” This post was very informative and it was interesting reading up on the current issue of gun rights.

    • Hi Lupita, I wanted to let you know that your post was really interesting to read. You have made some really good points about the use of guns and how dangerous it can be if people would get a hold of it. It is unfortunate that these things happen and you are right ! We should all take a stand and march for anti-gun violence. Your post is so powerful and I hope many people can read this and pass on the message.

    • Hi Lupita, I thought your piece was very well written but I would have to disagree with you. One point is that making something illegal or “banning” it doesn’t make it disappear all together. For example several drugs are illegal to obtain but people still get them. How? The black market. If guns were to be banned people would still be able to obtain them. Just not people with good intentions. What I mean by that is people who choose to own guns for their own protection and hunting would be punished the most and the people who have bad intentions, such as carrying out a school shooting, could still obtain them. The concept of having stricter gun laws seems great in theory but it doesn’t work in practice. For instance, Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws but has some of the highest death rates from gun related violence in the country. My father is a legal gun owner and I feel safer at night knowing if someone broke into our house and had a firearm we would have some sort of protection. Taking guns away or making them harder to obtain would lead to people like me (people who use guns for protection) to be punished, not the people who commit school shootings. See, if someone really wanted to commit a shooting it wouldn’t be that hard for them to obtain a gun from the Silk roads on the dark web, the worlds largest black market. Thats ultimately why I disagree with your point.

    • The issues concerning gun violence are especially prevalent regarding school safety. Your thoughts have a lot of relevancy because this is a huge ongoing issue. A question I have for your specific audience is: Regarding gun safety, What does the word safe mean to you? This topic can mean many different things to specific individuals. By asking certain questions, one can understand the other perspectives in our society of gun violence. Thank you for sharing!

    • This topic was very interesting because I did not know their was people out their that advocate for gun rights even after everything that has happen in the U.S. The writers had very good points that they brought up on why people should not advocate for gun rights. They brought up all the school shootings that has happen in all level of schools which included elementary, middle, high schools and also university’s. The point that I thought that was really great one to use was the Sandy Hook example. The reason I say that is because it could bring out emotion in those parents that have kids in elementary or even heading into it or parents that have kids in general. I feel mad because a lot of people are for gun rights even after all the shootings that have happend. I am glad that I read this so now I know that their is people out their that really did not care what happend to those kids that were involved in the school shootings. The thing that I believe that you guys could have included was some more examples of the school shooting not just the one that happend at Sandy Hook.
      I really appreciate you writing this I learned a lot after reading this
      Sincerely,Sebastian Lira

  • Lupita commented on the post, Continue On 2 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dear Anna Merk,

    I am extremely intrigued by your poem,”Continue On” because I can really relate to some of the struggles that you mention in your poem. Not only that but you were inclusive with the problems you mentioned because you added problems that people from all ages can be going through, therefore, you are reaching many different gro…[Read more]

  • Dear Samantha,

    Thank you for taking time out of your day and responding to my blog. To answer your questions, the politicians aren’t 100% at fault but they are the people that are in control of where certain money goes and they oversee what happens in their community. So, since they haven’t fully tried to address this problem they are sli…[Read more]

  • Dear Kassandra,
    Thank you for taking time out of your day and deciding to read my poem. Thank you for all the great feedback.

  • Dear Christina,

    Thank you very for reading my poem and I am very happy to see that you were able to connect to it because that was one of my goals while writing this poem. Hopefully in my future post you can connect to them as well.

  • Dear Janie,
    Thank you so much for reading my blog. Thank you for all the positive feedback that you gave me now I will know what to keep going on in my future post.

  • Dear Jessica,

    I loved your article “Littering in Oakland” because it really pointed out why people litter and why they think that it is okay to do. I also, really liked how you thought about how cleaning up litter came make us look better as a city. One sentence that you wrote that really stood out to me is, “. She thinks that the gover…[Read more]

  • Dear Bryan,

    I am caught by your blog ¨Soccer Is Life Right?¨ because it truly brings out the reasons why soccer is overlooked in the U.S. and brings out the true positives of soccer that would benefit us all. I also liked how you truly know your soccer knowledge and know where America’s team has fallen short. One sentence that truly caught my att…[Read more]

  • Homelessness: Are Politicians Doing Enough?

    “I would just say to the politicians, what if it was you? What would you want, in the terms that you were homeless, what kind of care would you want? Because I’m sur

    • Dear Lupita,
      I really like how you explained a way that we can help solve homelessness. I also like how you explain why some people are homeless because of how house rent is rising up. I really like how your paragraph actually shows how you care about how there alot of homeless people around the bay area and you showed a lot of empathy while you were writing your paragraph. I like how your ideas show how much empathy you have and what we should do to support the homeless community and help them get a new start. It really showed your thinking when you used the graph people the graph shows me how the amount of homelessness is decreasing.

      • Dear Janie,
        Thank you so much for reading my blog. Thank you for all the positive feedback that you gave me now I will know what to keep going on in my future post.

    • Dear Samantha,

      Thank you for taking time out of your day and responding to my blog. To answer your questions, the politicians aren’t 100% at fault but they are the people that are in control of where certain money goes and they oversee what happens in their community. So, since they haven’t fully tried to address this problem they are slightly only contributing to worsening it because they haven’t taken action to make it better for the homeless. To answer your question about how the community could help is they could give some canned food because it can be preserved for a long time. But to support the housing they can give food or supplies/furniture that they don’t need, that way the city provides the housing but the community provides the sense to feel at home. Hopefully I have fully answered your questions. One question that I have for you is, if you were in the shoes of a politician what changes would you make to your community to support homeless people? I hope you have a great day!:)

  • Dear Maria,

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful poem. I love how you compare love to delicate yet beautiful things but then you also slightly connect this to a bit of the violence that is happening around us. One of my favorite lines from your poem is “Love is so pure that’s you Have to learn how to take care of As a baby when is born Lea…[Read more]

  • This is a poem about the violence that goes on in Oakland. This poem connects to the story of Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare and how they felt like they were stuck in the middle of a fight that they didn’t

    • Dear Lupita,
      I love your poem, I think it really explains the claim your trying to explain, which is violence. Your poem is really good because you rhyme, and that’s a good thing to do when writing poems. A line that stood out to me was,” This is Oakland, and I should be able to just be me, without the fear of a gun, I should be able to have simple fun, and not be on alert and ready to run, not having to fear anyone, I cannot wait until this war is finally done, but I fear it has only begun”. I think those lines are really strong because at the end it’s like wow, such a great ending. Overall you did amazing with your poem, I hope you post more on here, because you are a really great writer.
      -Tania

    • Dear Lupita
      Your poem is so good. I think it’s clear that you are trying to show how Oakland has a lot of violence. I really like your poem because your expressing the violence and I really like how u relate it to the Montagues and Capulets and how society is the capulets and whe are the montagues. I liked how at the end you said “but I fear it only begun” i really like how you ended your poem because it shows that you feel like violence will keep on getting worse going on in the future.

    • 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 wording of everything is great! I also feel the same way, that when we’re home, or anywhere, there’s no sure way to say that we’re safe. Keep up the amazing work of your poetry!
      Sincerely,
      Kassandra

      • Dear Kassandra,
        Thank you for taking time out of your day and deciding to read my poem. Thank you for all the great feedback.

    • Dear Lupita,
      I LOVED your poem. I can visualize the way Oakland is with your poem and how our youth is exposed to hate. I also like the way you used the feuds with oakland to compare with Romeo and Juliet. Something i connected to is when you said, “And I should be able to just be me, Without the fear of a gun”. This connected to me because i feel like whenever i going somewhere i’m not same because guns have become a big problem today and almost everyone has one and knowing that doesn’t make me feel safe. Overall your poem was really moving and I really enjoyed it. I hope you keep writing. – Christina

      • Dear Christina,

        Thank you very for reading my poem and I am very happy to see that you were able to connect to it because that was one of my goals while writing this poem. Hopefully in my future post you can connect to them as well.

  • Lupita commented on the post, Lupita´s Shadow Box 8 months ago

    Dear Maria,

    Thank you for looking at my shadow box and helping me see what I should do again if a project like this were to rise again. I hope that you truly took something away from my writing. I took a look at your great shabox box and it is beautiful and empowering. You are a very powerful and moving person. Once again, thank you for leaving…[Read more]

  • Lupita commented on the post, My Shadow Box 8 months, 1 week ago

    Dear Jessica,

    I am astonished by your shadow box. I love how in your artist statement you explain how many people may see you as one ethnicity but the truth is you’re not. You are a proud Guatemalan and that is truly shown in your shadow box.One part of your artist statement/shadow box that I loved was that you showed how people may believe that…[Read more]

  • 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.…[Read more]

  • This shadow box represents how my life is a counter narrative toward all of the horrible dominant narratives out in the world. My shadow box is divided into two parts, the outside is the dominant narratives of my

    • Lupita, thank you for giving me insight into your life. I found it so inspiring how you were able to recognize the difference between who you truly are and who other expect you to be (narratives and counter narratives as you called them). I really related to some of the stereotypical ideals you pointed out that people have against women. For example when you said, “… all females love the color pink, women can be persuaded by diamonds, and that all women must wear dresses to look beautiful for all the men in the world,” it made me realize how important it is to define yourself. I also related to how you show pride in your heritage. I am Greek and Lebanese and I also have equal pride in both. Thanks for sharing! -Anna

    • Dear Lupita,
      I really like your shadow box I like the fact how you divide your shadow box into a salvadorian, mexican and american. I also really like your pictures that you share in your shadow box. I really related to some of the stereotypical ideals you pointed out that people have against women. I have feel that what you talk is really strong but is really important to people too know about it.

      • Dear Maria,

        Thank you for looking at my shadow box and helping me see what I should do again if a project like this were to rise again. I hope that you truly took something away from my writing. I took a look at your great shabox box and it is beautiful and empowering. You are a very powerful and moving person. Once again, thank you for leaving me a comment and taking a look at my work.

        Sincerely,
        Lupita M.C.

    • Lupita, I enjoyed reading about your shadowbox. You share a very strong image about how you fit in today’s society. Color choices, Images presented, and even using a peso to represent culture is very unique. The message about women empowerment is great, that you can accomplish anything on your own and do not need to impress a man with just looks. It is important to embrace your cultures and not forget about your roots. Continue to stay happy!

    • Hey Lupita,

      Your shadow box overall was very telling and I enjoyed the symbolism you used to represent what you believed in. You were able to convey your messages uniquely and show that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. I myself am a Mexican American however, when people see me they assume I am from Mexico but when they hear me speak its a different story. The colors you used to represent certain aspects relating to your own life was also terrific because you were able to portray messages without the use of words. Lastly, the topic of religion you brought up really got me thinking because I also identify as catholic. As a person I have a right to change my mind even when my religion disagrees with certain values I have, it is certainly a new perspective for me Lupita. Overall your post was really symbolic, eloquent and thought provoking, keep it up!

  • Dear Aaron Torres,

    I am flabbergasted by your shadow box because by having a black background in your box in made all of your images pop out and my eye was drawn to all of them. Also, I like how you put baby pictures and that truly showed how you were always a great kid. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “. They have affected my l…[Read more]

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