• Upstander Reflection

    What was our project about?

    For our upstander project we had to create a movement that would be effective in raising awareness for children who have been sex trafficked before. As a

  • Dear Sam,

    Thank you so much for taking time to read our proposal? We greatly appreciate your comment and the feedback you have given us. We have not yet looked into an app that can locate the traffickers but now that you mention this method would very beneficial for the Oakland community.

  • April 22, 2019

    Yasmin, Marleni, and Estefani

    Dear MISSSEY Organization:  

    Child sex trafficking has become a worldwide issue that needs to come to an end. In Oakland, approximately 1 in 4 victims of

    • Dear Yasmin, Marleni, and Estefani,
      I am amazed by your groups post, “We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!,” because child sex trafficking does happen every single day. It’s good to know that there is an organization in Oakland try to make a difference and helping those who have become victims of these horrible actions. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “In Oakland, approximately 1 in 4 victims of human sex trafficking are children” I think this is horrifying because this happening so frequent that you don’t hear about as much. The hardest thing to take in is that their targets are minority children that may come from low income families. Another sentence that I chose was “Child sex trafficking is not a “secret” and they still don’t do abundant about this issue because there are still out there, children that are missing and are being sold into prostitution.” This stood out for me because its true, it’s not a secret, everyone knows about it but they turn their head the other way when its happening to them or to their community. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what your group writes next, because all of you are aware what happens to your community and are spoken about it. I am proud to know that your group is donating to an organization that helps those in need because there is something that everyone can contribute to help diminish child sex trafficking.

    • Dear Yasmin, Marleni, and Estefani,

      Thank you for your advocacy. It is clear from your letter that you are knowledgeable , informed and passionate about this immoral issue of child sex trafficking.

      It is great that you are going to raise money for this important cause. Did you consider other ways people can help? Are there any apps that could be developed to help “track the traffickers”? I look forward to learning more about your youth advocacy and action plans.

      • Dear Sam,

        Thank you so much for taking time to read our proposal? We greatly appreciate your comment and the feedback you have given us. We have not yet looked into an app that can locate the traffickers but now that you mention this method would very beneficial for the Oakland community.

    • Dear Ilse
      Thank you so much for commenting on our post and writing everything that you thought of. We also agree with you when you “they turn their head the other way” because many people don’t realize how important this issue is. We are hoping that you keep up with us and see what we post next.

    • Dear Marleni :
      I am completely agreeing about your post, “<We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
      ,” because… the writers are trying to do all that they could to spread awareness to other organizations. Also this has been such a big problem from a long time ago.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The issue is that children are being taken away from their mothers and fathers, and are abused and forced into prostitution. ” I think this is true because most of the children who has been sex trafficked before probably will never look at anyone the same again.It’s sad that once you are taken from your family, you will never mentally come back.

      Another sentence that I agree with was: “Trafficking organization are our allies because they support children who have been sex trafficked and donate money to them and want to put an end to this. Parents are also our allies because they don’t want their children or and other children to go through this because as a parent they also suffer/deteriorate because they wake up not able to see their child in the eyes everyday.” This stood out for me because, there are other organizations made to stop this problem but we don’t use this to our advantage. This is why sex trafficking is still continuing.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… your post can open up a lot of people’s eyes, and expose them to the dangers of sex trafficking. I also look forward to all the other facts you will present next time.
      I am doing sex trafficking as a project for my school. Hopefully you can check out my blog. http://stopsextrafficking.home.blog

    • I am completely agreeing about your post, “We are Against Child Sex Trafficking!
      ,” because… the writers are trying to do all that they could to spread awareness to other organizations. Also this has been such a big problem from a long time ago.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The issue is that children are being taken away from their mothers and fathers, and are abused and forced into prostitution. ” I think this is true because most of the children who has been sex trafficked before probably will never look at anyone the same again.It’s sad that once you are taken from your family, you will never mentally come back.

      Another sentence that I agree with was: “Trafficking organization are our allies because they support children who have been sex trafficked and donate money to them and want to put an end to this. Parents are also our allies because they don’t want their children or and other children to go through this because as a parent they also suffer/deteriorate because they wake up not able to see their child in the eyes everyday.” This stood out for me because, there are other organizations made to stop this problem but we don’t use this to our advantage. This is why sex trafficking is still continuing.

      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because… your post can open up a lot of people’s eyes, and expose them to the dangers of sex trafficking. I also look forward to all the other facts you will present next time.
      I am doing sex trafficking as a project for my school. Hopefully you can check out my blog. http://stopsextrafficking.home.blog

    • After reading your article, I have learned that the Oakland community has began to come together to bring awareness and trying to put an end to their fear. I feel that at home as well in our community we should never have to worry whether or not our children or family members and friends are at risk of never returning home. Or the fear of what something like sex trafficking does not only mentally, but also physically and emotionally. Something I wish you would have included more in your essay is perhaps a victim and their story to use as an example.

  • Marleni commented on the post, Shut Up 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Dear Elijah,
    I am very happy with your poem, shut up because I agree with you how Donald Trump should just shut up since most things he says are riduculous anyways. To me the main message of your poem is how Donald Trump is an oppressive degrading person. I know this because of how you mentioned that he sexually assulted a woman. One line that…[Read more]

  • Dear Yasmin,
    I am so happy that I got to read your amazing and informative blog because you used real life situations to help support your writing which made your blog so much stronger!
    One sentence you wrote that stood out for me was: “This affects the young community because they will always have that thought in there mind that it could be t…[Read more]

  • Dear Valerie
    I am very thankful for you contributing to the youth voices community with your great blog!
    Your writing really stood out to me because you wrote some very convincing arguments that I also agree with. For example, one sentence you wrote that stood out for me is, “This is clearly showing that not only is it affecting the students but i…[Read more]

  • Marleni posted an update 3 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for reading my blog. The Part of your comment that stood out to me was “it was super interesting and it was very clear as well”. A question I have for you is what was your favorite part of my blog? Look forward to back!

      •                                                                     Immigrants Create A Better Community

         

        “I think they’re great, they are what keep Oakland from turning into a “white- washed” community. Immi

        • Dear Marleni

          I agree with the first quote started “I think they’re great, they are what keep Oakland from turning into a “white- washed” community. Immigrants bring the culture to Oakland”. I agree with this because without immigrants it wouldn’t be the same. One sentence that stands out to me is how you said “Immigration allows there to be more opportunities for Americans, they get a chance to interact with more people who come from different countries and who speak different languages.” because its VERY TRUE people can meet new people and not be use to the same people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your work is very amazing.

        • Dear Marleni,

          I like how you used 2 interviews and 2 sources to show that Immigrants create a better future with more diversity in the communities, bringing culture in Oakland, and having more ways to have a good life. BUT you should’ve talk more about your argument to expand your thinking and have more reasons why Immigrants show more opportunities!

          Edwin M.

        • Dear Marleni,

          First of Marleni I want to say good job on completing your Blog. Good job on your interviews you asked very good questions ad got good answers to make your blog stronger. Also I like when you said, “Many people assume the worst of immigrants just because they move from one country to another” because it’s very true immigrants are stereotyped and face stigma due to the fact that they’re moving to a different country to have a better future for themselves and their family. Continue to work hard you been doing good.

        • Dear Marleni,
          I like the fact that you added 2 interview and your own perspective on what you think what will be better for oakland like bringing culture back. I want to say good job for completing your blog it talks about good topic and it seem that you put a lot of work on it. I agree with your main point that immigrant just come to america to have a better future.

        • Marleni

          I liked reading your blog because it was super interesting and it was very clear as well to what you want to change or bring awareness to. I like the quote you used in the beginning because it tells us what what it’s going to be about. I really liked the strong interviews you had and the pieces of evidence that you had because it made your argument very strong. I think your work is strong and keep doing good.

        • Jason replied 1 month ago

          Dear Marleni,
          I agree with your comment ” Immigrants don’t come to America to commit crimes, they come for a better future.” I agree with your notion that immigrants are beneficial for the US and that they do good. This was a very good post and I agree how you think that immigrants are needed for diversity and to bring econoical fortune in oakland.

        • Devon replied 1 month ago

          Hi Marleni,

          I really enjoyed reading your post about “Immigrants create a better community”! I can relate to the things you said in your first paragraph because where I grew up my schools were very diverse. You made a lot of great points about communities increasing their language capacity also how immigrants allow there to be more diversity and a lot of different people with their own stories. I really liked this one quote: Sreedhar writes, “Thanks to immigrants, America is able to increase its language capacity. Diversity of cultures also fosters diversity of thinking and overall tolerance, especially because immigrants mesh their cultural practices with American customs”(Sreedhar). Where I grew up there was always a huge diverse community and as i’ve grown up it just continued to grow and I would say it benefited me at the end of the day.

          Devon

      • Marleni commented on the post, Alcoholism 5 months, 2 weeks ago

        Dear Oswaldo,
        Your poem is a very personal story and I really appreciate you sharing it with our class. I like how you connected love to an addiction that will cause you to do crazy things. I could really see where you used the different literary devices! One thing you could work on is being more concise at times I felt as if you were telling the…[Read more]

      •  

        In this Poem I connected Oakland to Romeo and Juliet’s story!

        Taught to hate

        Brought them their fate

         

        Racism rooted in the past

        Two Oakland star crossed lovers don’t last

         

        “Forbidden” love created

        • Dear Marleni

          Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was ” They sacrifice everything for their Devotion Not knowing …It would end their rose from growing” because I really liked how you represented their love as a rose.¨ A connection I made to your poem is how much backlash people in biracial relationships get. Your poem also really reminded me of Romeo and Juliet with a little twist which I really enjoyed. Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.

      • Marleni commented on the post, My shadow box 7 months ago

        Dear Tania,

        Your shadow box is really beautiful. I like how you incorporated many pictures and objects to express your counter narratives. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “On the outside I had also put red paper to represent how society thinks we are part of a gang” That sentence stood out to me because it is good to bre…[Read more]

      • Marleni commented on the post, My Shadow box 7 months, 1 week ago

        Dear Kenya,

        Your shadow box is really beautiful. I like how you incorporated many pictures and objects to express your counter narratives. One sentence that you wrote that stood out to me was, “I choose to try my hardest and never give up.” That sentence stood out to me because it is good to have that in mind. Also, its better to have a gro…[Read more]

      • This is my shadow box. My shadow box is showing the difference between my counter and dominant narratives. A dominant narrative is a part of my story told by oppressors with power and privilege. This box is also

        • Dear Marleni,
          I am very happy for you because your box came out very beautiful and detailed! Your box really stood out to me because its very colorful and its shows so much about you. For example the Salvadorian Flag that clearly shows a part of your culture and it extremely beautiful. Good Job on you shadow box!
          Thank you!
          Kenya Sanchez

        • Dear,

          Marleni I really like how you added lots of detail and I like everything about it. I see that you added la rosa de guadalupe and I like that.

          Miguel Pablo

        • Hello Marleni,
          Your shadow box really stood out to me because it really represents you through the beautiful details you provided such as in color and pictures. Each of the items and pictures you presented in this box really shows aspects of your culture which is so beautiful. Overall, I really enjoyed reading and seeing how you incorporated your story into this box.

          Thank you,
          Destinee Garcia

      • Dear Natalie,

        I am very surprised on how beautiful your box is because I love all the color you incorporated into it. I like the fact that each symbol means something to you and who you are.

        from,
        Marleni.

      • Marleni became a registered member 9 months ago