• Dear Oakland Community:

    Did you know that ethnicity and race are related to domestic violence? Oakland is a diverse community which means that there is a high probability of domestic violence. This needs to

  • Dear Victor, I think your post was very relatable because my family also struggled with housing so I understand this topic and relate to it well. A line that stood out to me was “housing for immigrants is hard because people talk unacceptable about Immigrants and landlords are making an impediment so they don’t rent to immigrants”. This line stood…[Read more]

  • Melissa commented on the post, Immigrants 6 months ago

    Dear Remigia, I feel that this is a very controversial topic. A line that stood out to me was when you stated, “ They are not stealing jobs but finding opportunities”. This stood out to me because lots of people think that immigrants come here to “steal jobs” and that’s a very common misunderstanding, and although I agree with most of your points,…[Read more]

  • Dear Edith, I agree with your blog, “Undocumented People Mark Their Spot In The USA” because you mentioned that the U.S. is called the “land of the free” but, immigrants aren’t free, they are controlled and constantly told what they can and can’t do. You also mentioned “The US is a land of immigrants but we treat immigrants like the other”. These…[Read more]

  • Did you know that from 2014 to 2018 rents have increased by 35%? This all has to do with construction bringing in higher class people/families. Oakland is a beautiful diverse community and lots of community

    • Melissa,

      Thanks for writing this insightful article about rental rates in Oakland. While doing your research for this article, did you discover what impact platforms like Airbnb are having on the rental markets? I am use Airbnb and host short term rentals. I wondering in the long term is Airbnb making it more difficult for rent affordability ?

      Educator U School

  • Did you know that from 2014 to 2018 rents have increased by 35%? This all has to do with construction bringing in higher class people/families. Oakland is a beautiful diverse community and lots of community

    • Dear Melissa, I really like the fact that you decided to talk about one of the main issues and also that you really used excellent pieces of information. However, gentrification may not be the only reason I believe. Also that we live in oakland and from my experience here, there is a plethora of violence and homelessness and for some people, they may not feel safe. Overall, great job on your blog, based on you research and interview, I learned some new information from your blog.

    • Dear Melissa, I think that your post was interesting because of the relevance it has towards Oakland to this day. A line that stood out to me was, “Oakland should benefit ALL of Oakland and it’s community members whether they’re low, middle or high income people/households the city of Oakland shouldn’t exclude people because we are all apart of the same community”. This line stood out because you really address how Oakland should care more about it’s community that is not as wealthy as the rich people who are moving in, I agree with your point about having the Oakland community congregate in order to cause change because it has been seen so many times in history that when a group of people who share solidarity group up and fight against something, they can make a change. Thanks for writing and keep it up.

    • John replied 3 months ago

      Hi Melissa,
      I am a student from SJSU.
      I feel that your post has a good amount of detail on construction and its effect on rent in Oakland.
      When you say, “This all has to do with construction bringing in higher class people/families,” I feel that you should talk about a solution to this in your conclusion, in order to make a bigger impact. You should also rephrase it as construction “targeting” higher class people.
      You can talk about the before and after construction; give details on the upgrades. For example, the Blue Shield’s office will have more light and air, and also has floor-to-ceiling windows, a gym and a roof deck.
      Thanks for writing!

  • Melissa commented on the post, Shadow Box 8 months, 3 weeks ago

    Dear Jose,
    One sentence that stood out to me was, “Although there are many struggles im still going to be successful by just being me.” It stood out to me because you have lots of confidence in your future and your success. I am proud of your shadowbox because it has lots of meaning and at first glance it looks simple but once you read the mea…[Read more]

  • This shadow box represents my identity and what I want to show others. The inside of my box are my counter narratives, the items  that choose to represent myself as. In this box I added a venus symbol,

    • Dear Melissa Luis

      I am surprised on your work of art “melissa luis shadow box because of the way it looks, and the design of the sides. Also the pictures you added on it . One part that stood out to me was when you wrote your name at the bottom because it’s something i never realized and it unique.

    • I am surprised on your work, me gusta todo lo que le pusiste a tu box lo de tu cultura y como lo decoraste.

    • Dear Mellisa,
      I am very proud of your shadow box because you are representing your true self. Also I really liked the colors and designs you have on and in your box. Additionally on the letter you wrote was really inspiring and how you show who you really are and you arn’t afraid to show it. One thing that stood out to me from your letter was that you said “I could have chosen to not follow Catholicism but I did and I’m happy that I made such a big decision. ” and I’m happy that your happy your religion. Another thing that stood to me from your shadow box is the yellow paper inside your shadow box, and why did you choose yellow?

    • Hello Melissa, I am a college student at SJSU and I just wanted to say your shadow box was really neat and I really enjoyed how proud you are of your heritage. I myself my family is from Mexico and I love embracing my heritage as well. It is very vibrant and I love the effort you have in the flowers. The rosery was also a wonderful touch and made it very heartfelt to see your connection to God and your religion.

  • Melissa became a registered member 9 months, 4 weeks ago