• Valerie Rodriguez

    Our project was to be an upstander for different topics. We chose our topic to be women’s rights / abortion but mostly revolved around abortion. Actions we did to fight for these rights was p

    • First of all, I don’t think that you can really change peoples minds on this issue by arguing with them on Instagram or by just posting things in the halls. This just reinforces people’s beliefs rather than actually changing their minds. For example, if I were to tell you about the pro-life beliefs and why you are wrong here, you would likely just refuse to actually hear my points and neither of us would gain a thing. This is to not say that your project is for nothing. A lot of the time, people are uninformed on abortion and I really think that you could inform people of it so that they could choose their side based on facts, which is something that I think you did well. I think that you should also bring up all the trap and hoop laws that are harmful to those who want/need abortions because a lot of those have been universally panned as being bad things, so I think starting with something that you agree on could help to push the conversation to a more constructive and factual way.

  • April 26, 2019

    Dear Planned Parenthood :

    There are many people people who are against abortion and believe that killing a clump of cells is “ murder “ or “ homicide. “ It’s unfortunate because what a lo

    • Dear Doraneli & Valerie,
      I want to start off with saying, Thank you!! and I agree with y’all. Both of you are talking about a law that was made due to Roe vs. Wade(1973). Sadly, abortion is being seen as a sin and those who have never had an abortion and or men do not understand what a female has been through.I am pro-choice and it has truly been heart breaking seeing men and women standing outside planned parenthood with a poster saying” Murderer”. Planned Parenthood is so much more than just an abortion clinic, it is a clinic where both men and women can get personal test done without feeling judged. I agree, an embryo isn’t consider a baby till the female is more than six weeks pregnant. I applaud you both for saying this “Many women go through so much and getting abortions is more traumatic and although it is beneficial for them — there’s complications that surround them” because those who are against do not understand how it affects the women mentally, physically and emotionally. Thank you for choosing this topic, to write about. At the age of seventeen I went to Planned Parenthood to get more information about who they were because growing up in a Catholic family, abortion wasn’t an option and I didn’t know that this organization does so much more than helping women. I hope you both continue to support and raise your voice on this topic and law that so many congress men and women want to revoke this right. Once again, thank you!! I wish you both the very best and I hope to continue reading your post on other topics y’all write about.

    • Dear Doraneli and Valerie:

      I am impressed with your letter, “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood,” because you hit a risky topic for many people for the same reason you mentioned, there are many people split in decision to this topic. As well I really liked how in your letter you can almost hear the passion to your opinion that women should not be judged if they decide to abort. Now, I agree because it is common sense that if it is not your body, no one should be commenting on what you can and cannot do! Going on, a sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “There’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them.” I think this is a powerful phrase because it gives the rape or consent opinion another context. What I mean by that is that I agree with you two that even though you gave consent to one thing, does not mean women give consent to the full process or this is another way of seeing rape. I also like that you guys mentioned Planned Parenthood because they do get so many controversy opinions to supporting this but, it is important for them to keep going for the women who do not want to bring a child to this world to suffer. Overall, I think your topic is something that is a cause for concern because I cannot remember right now but there recently I heard news where young girls cannot abort if they do not seem responsible or in their full senses (correct me if I am wrong), which sounds insane. I think it is time for women to be in charge of their decisions and bodies; and we are here to support. Lastly, I like how you two are trying to educate others and take time out of your day to visit Planned Parenthood, encourages me to try and help the movement, good luck in your process. Thanks for your writing, I look forward to seeing what you write next.

    • Dear Valerie:
      I am amazed by what the letter you wrote, “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood,”
      because I know many people have similar opinions and stories as yours but are afraid to speak up about what they believe in. It is nice seeing youth have such strong feelings towards something and having the courage to do such thing to make a difference. Seeing how passionate you are about this topic and so knowledgable is something else that amazed me. A part you wrote that stands out for me is: “They don’t look at the bright side of things and knowing that there’s so much stigma around abortion and clinics — it takes so much courage to open up a clinic that involves this controversial topic. We are allies of what you all are doing and appreciate your hard work even when not everyone agrees with it. And as someone who has almost been aborted, it doesn’t change my view of abortion at all.” I think this is important for you to share your personal opinion and real life experiences because you allow the reader to know your input and how much this topic resonates to you. Knowing so many people have opinions opposite than yours, you still managed to stay firm about relying a positive message. Your post reminds me so much of my own opinion on abortions and I am full of joy that youth, just like you, are speaking up for many of us!

    • Dear Doraneli and Valerie,
      I was really excited when I found your post about “Abortion Rights: Letter to Planned Parenthood,” because it is a topic that hits home for me. This subject takes a lot of courage to talk about because of the so many controversial views and stigmas behind it. One sentence you wrote that really stands out for me is, “There’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them.” After I read this it made me think about how many people truly do not understand the meaning of this. I read somewhere onetime, a story that another female was sharing on an encounter she had with a male. He had taken off the condom in the middle of intercourse and ejaculated inside of her without her knowledge. This happens more often than people talk about. Another sentence that I liked was, “Another tactic that is used is public art which is also spread throughout the world.” It stood out to me because it gave me something new to look into, because I did not know this. One more thing I want to comment on is all the wonderful things you both are trying to accomplish in bringing awareness to Planned Parenthood. Keep it up! Thank you so much for sharing, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post.

    • Valerie and Doraneli,

      I think that your article was a very thought provoking read. I also believe in abortion rights. I think your guys’ idea to spread awareness with Planned Parenthood is very creative. One suggestion I have for you two is that I think it could be more effective if you used more scientific terms in your argument. For example, I think it could be good if you found a biological term to replace “clump of cells”. I think that being more technical might help people who don’t believe in abortion rights understand your perspective. Great job on your article

      Sincerely,
      Audrey

    • Dear Doranelo & Valeri
      To begin with thank you I agree with what you’re saying. Although I am pro-life I am impressed with your letter to Planned Parenthood because this is a very risky and sensitive topic that hits home. I was also very excited to read this because I recently did a research project on the topic abortion so this intrigued me. One sentence that really stood out to me was where you said “there’s women who do give consent to sex but never give consent to a man ejaculating in them”. Wow that was really powerful and well said many do not understand the true meaning of this. I feel you should have included more to the pro-life side as well to show the point of view of both.

    • I was very relieved when i saw your post about “Abortion Rights : Letter to Planned Parenthood” as it’s hard to find someone who believes abortion is not a bad thing. People are to focused on the fact that babies are killed with abortion and fail to think about the benefits and ways it helps people. One sentence that you wrote that stands out for me is your first sentence “There are many people people who are against abortion and believe that killing a clump of cells is “ murder “ or “ homicide. “ I feel like this sentence is so important because it shows how brave you have to be to support this position. For example many people disagree and are willing to argue about it. Anyway thank you for writing and i appreciate you for sharing your opinion. I am excited to see what you have to say in the next post but in the meanwhile come check out my blog and see what i have to say about this whole situation.
      My Blog: https://wordpress.com/view/moneyforplannedparenthood.home.blog

  • Valerie commented on the post, Life Goes On 3 months, 2 weeks ago

    Dear Gaby:
    I am inspired by your poem, “Life Goes On,” because you are trying to give hope to all of the readers. This poem makes me feel happy because you seem to be like a very optimistic person.To me the main message of your poem is to keep moving on because even through the bad you have to keep pushing yourself. I know this because of all the…[Read more]

  • I understand what you are saying but I believe this blog is not showing judgement. OUSD has been known for being in debt for over a decade and they do absolutely nothing to raise awareness. Currently, the OUSD teachers are planning on going on strike because of the district. Also, they had millions of dollars funded to them by the state, yet they…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said OUSD is affecting everyone and not only students. A question I have for you is, do you think there is a bigger problem that needs to get more attention? Look forward to hearing back!

  • Thank you so much for reading my blog! The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you acknowledged that I put my opinions in my blog. A question I have for you is, what do you think we should do to raise awareness? Look forward to hearing back!

  • Valerie posted a new activity comment 5 months, 3 weeks ago

    Thank you so much for reading my blog! The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said you learned more on school lunches. A question I have for you is if you think school lunches can help our school. Look forward to hearing back!

  • I like how you started the blog with a Barack Obama quote since he was the most impactful president in my opinion. Something you should do is when you are citing in your context to not write .com since it’s misleading. Also, check your spelling since it was confusing to know what words you meant to say. I hope to see more work about immigration.
    -Valerie

  • I agree with your thesis because music really does help people destress. This school is overly stressful in general so music will help us calm down. Even though we do have an after school music class, it would be nice for an ACTUAL music class that goes more in depth. I really like your article and the words you chose to put in it. I hope to see…[Read more]

  • OUSD (Oakland Unified School District) has gone through a lot this decade. They have been in debt and lost many programs that help students. Of course, students are the ones to suffer since they are the ones who

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your blog was amazing! You really brought out your own opinions on this topic. I agree with the OUSD raising awareness because some of our parents don’t know about this and if they advertised families taht school lunch is a problem it could have kids having a school day w/o being hungry. Thank you for writing this! Good job.
      Sincerely,
      Imelda

      • Thank you so much for reading my blog! The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you acknowledged that I put my opinions in my blog. A question I have for you is, what do you think we should do to raise awareness? Look forward to hearing back!

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your blog really summarized all the negative effects on students caused by OUSD. One of my favorite lines was were you stated that food cuts also affects families. It stood out to me because it shows that students aren’t the only ones affected and it makes the problem bigger. You did a great job!!
      Sincerely, Kelly

      • Thank you so much for reading my blog. The part of your comment that stood out to me was when you said OUSD is affecting everyone and not only students. A question I have for you is, do you think there is a bigger problem that needs to get more attention? Look forward to hearing back!

    • 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 it is also affecting their family” I think this is true because if the system isn’t making the students happy then it wouldn’t make their parents happy either. Your post reminds me of something that happened to me. One time I wrote a letter to OUSD telling them to also improve their lunch system as an assignment in the 5th grade. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because I really enjoyed reading this post and I know that the following posts will be just as great.
      Thank you, Marleni.

    • I understand what you are saying but I believe this blog is not showing judgement. OUSD has been known for being in debt for over a decade and they do absolutely nothing to raise awareness. Currently, the OUSD teachers are planning on going on strike because of the district. Also, they had millions of dollars funded to them by the state, yet they suddenly lost the $30 million dollars funded. I personally think that you should search more on OUSD since I did my research. Here is a link and I hope you stand in solidarity with OUSD. Please leave me a reply so I can know what you think now about the district.

      Remedying Educational Malpractice: OEA Fact Finding Presentation

  • Dear Christy, I really enjoy how you tell your poem from your perspective. One sentence that stood out to me is when you said Papa was a drug dealer because they wanted to buy you (or the main protagonist) candy and would do anything to make you happy. Something you can clarify is who is telling the story because it sounded like it was your story…[Read more]

  • In this poem I connected Romeo and Juliet (Shakespeare) to Oakland. It is related because the first sentence is a line from the sonnet. This part later on shows that instead of it being the Montagues and Capulets,

    • Dear Valerie,

      Thank you so much for sharing your poetry. A line that stood out to me was “The brightness of the yellow tape as it shouts CAUTION” because it was very descriptive and in my head could see that very clearly .

      Your poem also reminded me of how I felt after hearing about all of the recent shootings .

      Thank you so much for writing and I look forward to reading your next post.

      Katelyn

    • Dear valerie,

      Your is outstanding. I like the part when you compared oakland to gun violence. The fact that you chose to write about gun violence shows how you care about it. I also like how you started with the prologue of romeo and juliet it was good. I like how there is a lot of detail in this poem. Keep up the good work.

      sincerly , diego rivera

  • Dear Teresa,
    One sentence that stood out to me is when you shared stereotypes about your chosen and assigned identities. I liked how you go against the dominant narratives and speak your truth. Another sentence that stood out to me is when you shared a bit of Cambodia’s history. Thank you for writing and I am looking forward to seeing more.

  • Valerie commented on the post, Identity Of I 9 months, 1 week ago

    One sentence that stood up to me is when you were talking about your family’s features. This is because you said you all looked alike which is cool. I am learning more about you like your mom’s and dad’s side of the family which is interesting. I enjoyed your shadow box because it shows a clear description of who you are. I hope to see more work…[Read more]

  • Shadow Box Artist Statement

    Valerie Rodriguez

     

    This shadow box represents me by showing different parts of my identity. The inside shows counter narratives which means it comes from my life experiences.

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your shadow box is really beutiful and unique. One sentece you wrote that stands out for me is “I see myself as a proud Mexican female who stands up for others by using my words as my weapons.” I really like this quote because it expresses how you are a proud Mexican female and that you aren’t what people say you are. Another quote I really like is,”We have the same strength as any other gender and aren’t different just because we have different body parts.” I really like this quote because now that we have a sexist president he says really nasty things about women. Overall, thank you for posting this
      Sincerely, Christy

    • Dear Valerie,
      Your shadow box is amazing! I saw the effort you put in it when we worked on our shadow boxes. I like how you explained the dominant narratives. The last sentence was so powerful just like Ms.Portugal says “ Words Have Power “. The baby pictures you included are so cute! Just like you ;). Overall your shadow box is amazing!

      Sincerely,
      Imelda 🙂

    • Mia replied 3 months ago

      Hello Valerie!
      Thank you for sharing your shadow box project! I think it’s wonderful you are an ally to the LGBTQ+ community and you consider it as a large part of your identity. Being able to vocalize your strengths and cultural identity takes a lot of courage in today’s world, props to you! Best of luck!
      -Mia B #SJSU

    • Hi Valerie,
      I like how your shadow box explains your chosen identity, being an ally to the LGBTQ+ and describing the identity people first see based on first glances. I as well deal with slurs and attacks on my identity based on my ethnicity, which is African American. Of course it’s not right nor fair but it’s the culture we live in. I liked that the end of your paragraph you made a point to mention your own identity and stand up for others which shows your strength.
      -Kalyna, SJSU

  • Dear Kaly, I am fascinated with your shadow box because it shows who you are in a doll-like version. I like the statue of the virgin mary because it shows that you strongly believe in her. A part that sticks out to me is the scenery because it it very detailed. Your art reminds me of a snowglobe or a doll house because it is a visual…[Read more]

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