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    Dear Oakland Teenagers who want to make a change in gun violence in the community.

    We are writing to you because we want you to know about gun violence in Oakland. We hope that after reading this letter you

    Gun violence

    Dear Oakland Teenagers who want to make a change in gun violence in the community. We are writing to you because we want you to know about gun violence in Oakland. We hope that after reading this letter you help...

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    • Dear, Robert i am touched by this and all your data. I know gun violence can be frustrating and sad. I love how you took the effort to make a post about it and your thoughts on this. You did good. I look forward to seeing your future posts.

    • Dear, Robert I agree with you that gun violence needs to stoo in Oakland and nationwide. You also put some very valid graphs that show gun violence has been going up in numbers. It looks like you were really into this topic. I am looking forward for your next helpful posts.

      Sincerely Gerardo

    • Dear Robert :
      I am disappointed on the way your city handles gun violence because they could be doing a better job preventing gun owners to cause harm to others. One way they could do this is do an extensive background check on the person who is owning the weapon.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “The second problem is the community does not have enough programs to stop gun violence. ” I think this is disappointing because they could do random checks on the owner making sure their gun is locked and in safe place. These checks could be monthly to ensure the gun owner is not breaking any laws or mishandling the gun. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I look forward to you showing more of the data collected around your town. This shows you want gun violence to change by showing how your community feels about gun violence.
      Victor Vasquez

    • I enjoyed reading your article on gun violence. I understand the problem in your town of Oakland but it is everywhere else. You are not alone in this situation or your community. I personally never been in this certain situation but I do see you point. Most of these programs are taken for granted and take this information into their own hands. Mishandling is something that has to do with children, young adults, or even adults being able to get hands on a gun doing others harm. Maybe the state or government needs to have more restrictions or little production for the public being sold. We wouldn’t know when it will stop until everyone is satisfied.

    • Dear Robert,
      I get where you’re going with gun violence is out of control. I agree that owning a gun should be for self defense and nothing more. Not only in Oakland is gun violence bad, but as well as around the world. Safer restrictions should be put in place because everyday someone dies by a gunshot. Some go out in fear with the mindset there might be a chance they might not make it another day.

    • Dear Robert, I agree with you that we should have more stricter gun policy laws. The reason to this is because many teens have not developed you and still have bad habits. This could be a serious problem, we need to set a stricter program to teach those who are yet not developed and prevent them from causing serious problems. We should have programs that teaching young teens or even adults about preventing violence from happening.

    • Dear Robert
      Your story really touched me. I am very disappointed with the people in your city how they handle gun violence because they could be doing a better job preventing gun problems. I believe a step towards stopping gun violence would be by making a law where you could have it at a specific age. Young people shouldn’t use guns noradults. I believe only the ones with a clean record could use it and also people that use for a good purpose. I love how you took your time to add your thoughts on this. You did awesome in sharing with us. I look forward to seeing your future posts.
      Sincerely, Rosa Zavala

    • Dear Robert,
      I can agree with you by enforcing a strict law towards guns because there has been so many incidents about innocent people being killed by guns. I also agree that it should be a lot harder to be able to own a gun. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me is “I say we should make a law where if you own a gun you could only use it if it’s a life or death situation. Or if we could only have it at certain age.” I think this is true because this implies to school shooters that are in the ages between middle school and high school. This shows that they have very easy access to be able to have a gun. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because I find it interesting.

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    According to Church Angels’ directory, there are over 313 Churches in Oakland (ChruchAngel.com).this source is credible because Churches are building used for public Christian worship. can help people feel more s

    Churches In Oakland

    According to Church Angels’ directory, there are over 313 Churches in Oakland (ChruchAngel.com).this source is credible because Churches are building used for public Christian worship. can help people feel more safe or more positive. Based on article research about...

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    • Roberto,

      I agree that churches help bring together the community and help people realize the diversity in the different churches. Also that you don’t have to be a certain race to believe in a certain religion. One sentence you wrote that stood out for me was: “These events are Jubilant for the community because since it helps bring people come together by singing, praying, and talking.” You also mentioned acceptance and how the church accepting the differences of different people in their religion creates a strong bond towards the church and the people. Another sentence that stood out for me was: “Churches can help people feel less depressed and feel more empathy.” Churches help the people feel better and uplift themselves and making them feel like a better person. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next!

    • Dear Roberto,

      I feel like you’re wrong about your post. One sentence that stood out to me was “Churches can help people feel less depressed and feel more empathy.” This stood out to me because it is true that it helps with depressed people and give them reasons why it’s okay to be that way sometimes. However, one thing I disagree with was that how you said churches bring communities together. I disagree with this because many people decide to not go to church because they have no time or other reasons. Have you ever thought about if people don’t go to church? How would church bring people together if some people decide not to go to church?

    • Dear Roberto,

      I feel intrigued about your post “Churches in Oakland” One sentence that stood out to me was, “To illustrate, Skyline United Church of Christ discusses how everyone is welcome inside the church and how they are not going to be judged.” This stood out because you are really putting churches in a good light and that really helps your argument. However one thing I disagree with is the idea that churches are inclusive to all, I acknowledge that you realized most catholic churches do no accept LGBTQ people, but I still think that this detail really puts a dent in your argument and is hard to cover up or still have your argument be strong. Have you thought about better explaining why some people would not be welcomed in churches.

    • Dear Roberto, first of all it is really cool that you have actually put your work into this blog and i want to agree on the fact that catholic churches accept all people no matter what and that brings joy to those who actually feel negative and to pray to god for a better future. Also that those who are feeling down and damaged by others, they may need someone to talk to about it and to recuperate from it.

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    The objects in this Shadow Box represent Dominant Narratives. When people see me they see a drug dealer, alcoholic, and fugitive. While these Dominant Narratives may be seen everywhere on people It’s not true. I

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    The objects in this Shadow Box represent Dominant Narratives. When people see me they see a drug dealer, alcoholic, and fugitive. While these Dominant Narratives may be seen everywhere on people It's not true. I chose these objects in...

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    • I am surprised for your work is so beautiful. My favorite thing is your photos.

    • Hi Roberto! My names Briana Estrada, I’m a college student at San Jose State University. I really enjoyed reading your Shadow Box! I think this was a great project to express yourself and let your peers get a look into your life. I’m also hispanic so I could relate to some of the things you were talking about. I understand some people view hispanics in a negative perspective but as a community we should shine light on our culture. Also, you should be very proud you are bilingual! It will be very useful once you get to college. I’m glad you shared personal aspects of your life for someone like me to view. Thank you Roberto!

    • Hey Roberto, I am a college student at SJSU.
      I enjoy reading about your shadow box because you are showing and explaining who you are as a person and not what other people seem to think. I enjoy learning about you, such as how you include a skateboard, legos, and Pokemon cards, to show that you are unique. I found that you added how some people would view you as someone with more power because you are male and a bilingual. Another thing that I like was that you included how the objects in your shadow box represent parts of how you struggled and how you learned from those struggles.

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