• Hi my name is Oscar, I am a 9th grader at life academy. For the last 3 weeks we worked on an upstander project where we choose a topic and had to figure out ways to be an upstander for that topic. My teams topic

    • Dear Oscar, I find it really amazing all the work you are putting into this project of yours at school. Immigration is defiantly a topic that needs to be discussed more, and changes need to be made especially during times like this. Being an up-stander is something that I think is important for people to know about, so that they can use this information later on if they ever happen to be in a situation like that. Being a 9th grader and trying to get your voice heard when there are so many adults who are over-looking all of us students because they feel we don’t know enough can be really frustrating. I think that working in groups and having the support of other students at your school can be helpful though when it comes to spreading the word about your topic and it defiantly helps improve social skills and experience working in groups. At my school we are also doing group projects about topics we are passionate about. Me and my group also happened to chose immigration because we all found that it affected our lives in one way or another, and we don’t want other people to have to ever worry about losing family members, or even worrying about our own safety in the United States. We have a blog all about how to help keep New York a Sanctuary City so that immigrants can come here to seek safety and shelter without having to worry about being deported. Please go visit our blog and check out our post (https://wordpress.com/view/nycasafehaven.home.blog)! Thank you! I loved your post and being able to learn about what you were able to learn.

  • Oscar commented on the post, Immigration 5 months, 2 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for reading our letter. We have been working really hard to be Upstanders and raising awareness about how people treat immigrants in this country. We appreciate you taking your time to read our letter. If you want to know more about the actions that we did to be upstanders follow us on instagram: @immigrants_r_people_too

  • Dear,

    Ronald D. Vitiello, Matthew T. Albence and Thomas Blank

    We are writing to the three of you today because of your role at homeland security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Firstly, we are

    • Your targeted audience is a great place to start, your going directly to the source. The two body paragraphs you have really capture your message and get it across. Including direct quotes also helps bring about your message. You could include stories from immigrant families or those who know immigrant families. Also, your way of raising awareness if creative and effective. Has the awareness been working?

    • Thank you so much for reading our letter. We have been working really hard to be Upstanders and raising awareness about how people treat immigrants in this country. We appreciate you taking your time to read our letter. If you want to know more about the actions that we did to be upstanders follow us on instagram: @immigrants_r_people_too

    • Dear Oscar, I am amazed by your letter, “Immigration”, because it is moving to see that our younger generations are becoming more aware of this issue and the extent on how hurtful it can be to immigrant families. I get extremely happy to see that you are taking advantage of your right to be listened by these people in office, this may seem like a small act, but the awareness you are spreading on this topic is huge to many immigrants. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “ Also since Donald Trump is a person that has a lot of power and people listen to what he has to say and follow what he does and says to the world.” I think this is remarkable because for someone so young to understand that words can be powerful, means that our generations to come may be more well-founded, in comparison to the people that support these comments that just create more hatred. Being able to think critically and to analyze allows for more comprehension of the root of the problem instead of having media or powerful leaders decide what is right or wrong. Another sentence that moved me was: “these are stereotypes that harm the immigrant community and can lead to hatred and racism towards them.” This stood out for me because of how much truth your words have, stereotypes and prejudice have played a big role on many tragedies. Do you think stereotypes will ever stop existing? Your letter reminds me of my very own immigrant family. My parents are from Mexico and they have gone through some discrimination, but what impacts me more is that this did not stop them from doing the best they could for their children. My parents are some the most diligent people I know as well as many other immigrant people. I believe that the hardships they have had in their life just pushes them to do more. Immigrant people are defying stereotypes along with the newer generations who are not staying quiet on this issue.

    • Dear Oscar,
      Your post on immigration has really impressed me. Reading through this shows much you care for this situation that is going on. I loved how you specifically addressed people and gave so many examples of how the ‘zero tolerance’ order, separation of families, and the injustices that the Latino community receives. I suggest looking at both sides of the situation. You did mention ow this all affects the Latin community. But play Devil’s Advocate. What problems or issues arise when there are people trying to get across the border? Looking at both sides of this issue could help make your claim/point much stronger. But overall, I think you did a really good job. I recently did a whole research project on children and undocumented parents and this post really just tied in and made me think more upon my own research and analysis that I came up with
      Good job!

  • Dear Chiara
    I am very impressed by your poem, “I’d Still Be Breathing,” because you really showed how she feels lonely and how sexism really affects her in a negative way. This poes really showed me how sexism is a big problem in the world and how we need to address it. To me the main message of your poem is how she feels lonely and affec…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much for reading my blog! I appreciate all of the feedback that you gave me, I will consider looking in more depth about what you suggested. Just to clarify the ¨wealthy people¨ people that I meansion is the people who live in the hills of Oakland, I do not know exactly how much they make but I´d say no minimum than 100,000 per ye…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was the fact that you were surprised about the fact that I showed and I thought I did a good job. A question I have for you, Do you agree with my solutions that will make Oakland a better place? Look forward to hearing back!

  • Oscar commented on the post, More Parks for Oakland! 9 months ago

    Dear Victor,

    I surprised on how you are saying that we should have more parks in Oakland because they bring our community more together. Also I really like how you said that kids and adults can be more involved with their community if we have more parks in Oakland. The fact that you showed evidence showing that parks make Oakland a better and…[Read more]

  • Oakland Let’s Talk About Health DIsparities

     

    Did you know that, “An African-American born in West Oakland can expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a White person born in the Oakland Hills”(Schell). This

    • Dear, Oscar

      I really like your topics because it really connects to Oakland and what is happening in the world. Also a line that stood out to me was when you said “An African-American born in West Oakland can expect to die almost 15 years earlier than a White person born in the Oakland Hills”(Schell). This line really stood out to me because I didn’t know that fact and it really surprises me that is happening in the world.

      • Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was the fact that you were surprised about the fact that I showed and I thought I did a good job. A question I have for you, Do you agree with my solutions that will make Oakland a better place? Look forward to hearing back!

    • Thank you so much for reading my blog! I appreciate all of the feedback that you gave me, I will consider looking in more depth about what you suggested. Just to clarify the ¨wealthy people¨ people that I meansion is the people who live in the hills of Oakland, I do not know exactly how much they make but I´d say no minimum than 100,000 per year. I love how you included how I should include access to grocery stores and access to fast food chains I think that is a great idea. Although those ideas are great I don´t really understand SES (socioeconomics status). I hope you can explain to me in more depth about it because I am really interested. I hope to you can comment in order so we can talk more. Thank you so much.

    • Dear Oscar,

      I am satisfied with your post because you offer great solutions to poverty and lack of healthcare and food.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is: “First, every single citizen in Oakland should receive free health care because somebody’s health is very important in their life. If Oakland offered free healthcare for every citizen that people in Oakland will have a better and healthier life for themselves” I think this is intelligent because if people were given free healthcare they wouldn’t have to worry about paying for their health needs and can access it when needed.

      Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time i had a debate talking about healthcare rights and i was on the negative side which was extremely difficult to argue. Your points strengthen the argument that everyone should have free healthcare.

      Thanks for your project. I look forward to seeing what you write next because your writing provided a lot of different solutions that would help people in need and this is a great issue to advocate for.

      Check out my blog in which I talk about how to alleviate poverty:
      peopleoverpoverty.home.blog

    • Dear Oscar:
      I am impressed by, your article “Oakland Let’s Talk About Health Disparities ” because you were able to demonstrate clearly how unfair living conditions are towards those with lower wages or live in poverty.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There is a tremendous disparity in residents’ access to grocery stores—in Oakland’s poorer “flatland” neighborhoods there is 1 supermarket for every 93,216 residents, compared to the more affluent “hills” communities which have 1 supermarket per 13,778 residents”(Youth Uprising).” I think this is great evidence because it truly emphasized the injustices many people face not just in Oakland but throughout the entire nation and the world. You were able to explain it well and as someone who does not live in Oakland it is quite shocking to learn that many residents have to be confined to such conditions.
      Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because as someone who takes part in a blog page declared to the bringing awareness of poverty, I was able to grasp the concept on a more wider scale.
      Please do also check out our blog page!
      We advocate the values of human rights over their economic status just as you mentioned in your writing
      Thank you!!

      https://peopleoverpoverty.home.blog/

    • Dear Oscar,

      I was intrigued by your post because of your examples of unfair living conditions throughout the post. When you wrote “This clearly emphasizes how Oakland residents that live in the “flats” of Oakland or low-income places have a hard time accessing food meanwhile the people who live in the “hills” of Oakland have easier access to food due to high class residents” I was reminded of the residential issues in New York City in terms of the “poorer” and wealthier areas. Many people throughout the city must travel on the bus and train for hours just to get some groceries.

      Another one of your quotes I found interesting was “Low-income communities in Oakland have a hard time accessing preventative health activities but people who are wealthy have the opportunity to access those preventative health activities. At first preventative health might seem really confusing but to break it down, preventative health can be like exercising, sleeping well, eating well, and taking medications”. This also reminded me of many of the people living in the city. Most working class people don’t have the time to take care of their basic needs as they are always working.

      Thank you for your writing. I look forward to reading your next post because you help me to create connections between poverty in New York City and other communities, such as Oakland.

      Also, please check out my blog at https://lowerpovertyratesnyc.home.blog/ where I advocate for the poor and raise awareness for a decrease in poverty rates in New York City.

  • Dear Doraneli,

    I thought your poem was great and I love the way you connected Romeo and Juliet to your own personal life. I really like how you included the beginning of Romeo and Juliet in your poem to show your story. I think the part that stood out to me the most is, ¨ Can you hear us? Do you feel it? Have you seen us? Have you lived it?” I th…[Read more]

  • Hi my name is Oscar, I’m a 9th grader and I wrote this poem about war and violence and how it does not help our planet at all. I wrote this poem and connected back to Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare because it was

    • Dear Oscar,

      Hi it’s Edwin and I wanted to say that I like how you connect your poem to Shakespeare and to the community of Oakland and the world at the same time! Its very understandable when reading it because it relates to many moments that happened this year which were based on violence and war. Also I wanted to ask you that why did you made this poem based on violence and war and what was its purpose? Thank you for your time. Have a great day!

      Edwin M.

  • Oscar posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Dear Anthony,

    I am shocked to see how you did your shadow box because I like how you put different things that you like and different colors on it too. I notice that you really like UC Berkeley which tells me that you really want to go to that school. I can see that you are religious which is a cool thing and shows you care. One part of your…[Read more]

  • Oscar posted a new activity comment 1 year ago

    Dear Jai’kari,

    I am super fascinated on your work because you showed what you love doing and showed what you mostly do in your life which is awesome. I think that it is cool that you show 3 things that you love doing. One thing I am confused about is what are some things that you identify as like ethnicity.

  • This shadow box represents the person that I am and the way people see me as a person. This shadow box shows my dominant narratives that society puts on me. Also this shadow box shows my counter narratives that

    • I really enjoyed reading your post but I noticed that you said, “Many people assume I am uneducated, bad, dangerous, and stupid person and they see me as lesser than them or a human being who is just wrong in all the parts.” I was wondering why you would think that people assume that of you if you don’t mind me asking?

    • Hi Oscar,
      Great post, I got excited as soon as I saw the Guatemalan flag on your shadow box, because I am half Guatemalan. That is amazing that you visit Guatemala, I have not visited since I was 5 years old but it is somewhere I wish to go to soon. I was curious as to why you believe that others have those negative assumptions about you, and if you think others have those assumptions about you because of your gender or ethnicity? I think it is really important that you noted the way in which you see yourself, because there are many aspects of ourselves that make us unique. It was very kind of you for adding in your gratitude towards your parents. I also enjoy your positive outlook on just being yourself and not minding what others think, its an important reminder so thank you. Keep on smiling
      -Jessica

  • Dear Guadalupe,

    I am very interested in your shadow box because it is very colorful and I can learn a lot of things about yourself. I can notice that you put a lot of time into your shadow box in order to make it shine and be good. I can notice that you love life academy and its community and I do too. One part of your shadow box that stands out…[Read more]

  • As a human, I have a human question for you. Why did she almost die?

  • This was a good article! 6 out of 5 stars!

  • Oscar commented on the post, Debbie Sterling 1 year, 5 months ago

    What is this ‘spinning machine’ you speak of?

  • Oscar commented on the post, Rousey’s Life 1 year, 5 months ago

    She is inspiring. I feel inspired now.

  • I did not know that Jane Goodall existed and now I do know. Thank you.

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