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    My project was about homelessness in the bay area. The action that we did to create awareness was make posters to hang them up on the walls. Also, we created canned food drive for homeless people in the bay which

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    My project was about homelessness in the bay area. The action that we did to create awareness was make posters to hang them up on the walls. Also, we created canned food drive for homeless people in the bay...

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    • I don’t think that the issue of homelessness needs more awareness, I think it just needs more understanding. I personally live in Utah and people can be very harsh against the homeless population and I know that this is the case in California. It is common to hear someone say that they are on the streets because of drugs and if they stop taking drugs, they will not be on the streets anymore. People act like getting off drugs will just magically help homeless populations and allow for them to find jobs, but this is not the case. America has developed and the need for jobs drop down with no replacement jobs in the sectors that are there. This just means that a lot of these homeless people have no real chance at getting the jobs that they once had and that the only real solutions are what you proposed with a food drive.

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    April 22nd, 2019

    Dear Mayors Libby Schaaf and London Breed:

    We are writing to you about the issue on homelessness and the absurdly high rent prices in the cities of Oakland and San Francisco. We believe

    A letter to the mayors.

    April 22nd, 2019 Dear Mayors Libby Schaaf and London Breed: We are writing to you about the issue on homelessness and the absurdly high rent prices in the cities of Oakland and San Francisco. We believe that the reason there's so...

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    • Dear Mathew and Martha,

      I am so impressed with your letter, “A letter to the mayors”, because it is very rare for young individuals to advocate for a change by writing letters to public officials. One sentence you guys wrote that stands out for me is “This problem is at an institutional level and it shows how the government wants to protect the 1%’s money yet they don’t care for the people trying to live in such a harsh environment, which also shows how the homeless constantly have to move from place to place because they’re a inconvenience to the public.” I think this is crucial for readers to understand because people do not realize how their decisions to destruct areas to build skyscrapers can displace many homeless people. As a result of the government ignoring the homeless, the homelessness population has skyrocketed because they are not being provided the resources that they need to start fresh create better lives for themselves. Thank for your writing. I look forward to seeing what the two of you write next because you are both very ambitious and put a lot of thought and research into your writing.

    • This letter is so profound and informative. I truly enjoyed reading it and was compelled by the points you guys made. I also really liked how you cited different reasons for homelessness and connected the dots to show the roots of the cities’ issues. I think you have given a really comprehensive overview of homelessness ans some of the reasons it continues to occur. However, I think you guys could demand change a little more. You are asking the majors to put more money into programs that fight homelessness, but you don’t suggest where that money could come from. You guys have such an expansive look at the issue, I think you could go even deeper. Give them practical ways they could help clean up the streets. List some inexpensive options that have worked in other cities or countries. Also, explain exactly how you’re going to raise awareness with the Instagram account and maybe even provide incentives for people that spread the word, and you could even ask people to donate prizes and do giveaways. Get creative! You guys definitely have a passion for this and I think you could be more adamant about the specifics of the change you want.

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    Martha commented on the post, Why Not?

    Dear Naveen,
    I am impressed by your poem, “why not?,” because it features your opinions on why it is ok to just spend money on a game because it is allowing you to have fun. I believe this is a strong paragraph because you are showing how it is reasonable to spend money on a game. To me the main message of your poem is that it is reasonable to…Read More

  • Your welcome!!! keep up the great work!

  • Thank you, I know my poem is great heheheheheheheheheheh but thank you for reading and I just knew that it would be great in poem jsut read your poem and yours was creative and awesome 5 STARS! your great!

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