• Dear Paola,

    Thank you for reading our post and taking your time to add a comment. Now to answer your question they technically aren’t sent anywhere they just choose to move away to find other places that is less expensive, and where they can afford paying their rents. Basically it is there choice if they want to move away or not. I hope we…[Read more]

  • Dear Mayor Libby Schaaf:

    Have you been affected by gentrification? Because we have been affected by gentrification and we care because we don’t want people taking over something that is ours. The issue a

    • Hello everyone.

      My name is Paola and I am a student at Fremont High School here in Oakland. I just read your project blog post and I have some feedback.
      One thing I liked about what you wrote was that you guys made a plan to write letters and also that you guys used a real life example.
      Something I have a question about is when you said, “the people who have lived in this community for so long are thrown away and are sent somewhere where they might not feel comfortable with and might not know as many people as they knew in their old neighborhood” where do they get sent to ?
      Thank you for sharing your project!
      Paola

      • Dear Paola,

        Thank you for reading our post and taking your time to add a comment. Now to answer your question they technically aren’t sent anywhere they just choose to move away to find other places that is less expensive, and where they can afford paying their rents. Basically it is there choice if they want to move away or not. I hope we answered your question. You can follow us on Instagram @gentrificationinoakland. Thank You for asking questions.

    • Hello everyone,

      I really admire you guys touching on such a real topic of our community that isn’t always payed attention. Many of our community members are not aware of gentrification until they experience it themselves. Your quote “The neighborhood instead gets people who are just there because of the money they have and know nothing about Oakland” should make everyone question the situation. If we want to better Oakland, why don’t we start with the people who are actually familiar with it instead of just bringing in people from the outside? Thank you for sharing your thoughts on gentrification here in Oakland.

      Sincerely,
      Priscilla

    • Dear Yojana,
      I appreciate you bringing this problem to the eye of people. I recently was spoken about gentrification and was appalled by how much it affected the people living in these communities. Your article has made me much more educated on this topic. Thank you for sharing your ideas and solution for gentrification in Oakland.
      Best,
      Daniela

    • My name is Jose Diaz im from Unity High I agree with you because my family is being affected by gentrification. We have 2 months to leave the house we live in now and we cant find anywhere to move.

  • Well to make it clear for you to understand, henrietta lacks cells connects back to animal testing because the scientist uses animals for testing to find cures but since they found out about the HeLa cells the scientist didn’t had to use animals for the testing they used the HeLa cells. So without the Hela cells the scientist would use animals for…[Read more]

  • Dear Yureida,

    I really enjoyed reading your post “compensate for Lacks family” because you talked about all about Henrietta’s cells and about how without the Hela cells there wouldn’t be new discoveries.
    One sentence that I liked about your post is “HeLa cells are helping human bodies along with their health. Because of HeLa cells, polio vaccine…[Read more]

  • Dear naycet,

        I am really shocked about your post “animal research” because you talk about how the scientist should do testing on animals. I agree with you because without the animals there would be a lot of people who are dying because of the disease. One sentence that you wrote that standed out to me is “Without animal research, medicine…[Read more]

  • Dear linda,

    I am really proud of you about your post “ animal testing is ethical” because you did a really good job of explaining why animal testing is good for research. Once sentence you wrote that standed out to me is “If we have almost the same genes as mouses there is a higher chance that the treatment for humans will be more accur…[Read more]

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    Do you think the family is owed money for the sale of the HeLa cells?

     

    Well in my opinion I think the family of Henrietta is owed money because of the HeLa cells. Without the HeLa cells from Henrietta L

    • Dear Yojana,

      I am very delighted by your post, “ Henrietta lack’s family should be owed money” because you explained how Henrietta’s family deserve the money that the scientist/ doctors get. One sentence that stood out to me is “Henrietta should be honored because she did a lot to this would that save people who had the disease and there was not treatment, thanks to her the scientist found cures for those disease. ”. This stood out to me because I think that without Henrietta many scientist wouldn’t have found cures for many diseases. I agree with what you are saying about how Henrietta should be honored because of her cells because it is unfair that she or her family got nothing in returned after they used her cells for research. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you have interesting topics to talk about.

    • I am very interested by your post “ Henrietta lack’s family should be owed money” because you had a lot of information explaining your thought’s about this topic. One sentence that stood out to me is “Another thing that wasn’t helpful for Henrietta’s family was that the scientists after they found out the HeLa cells were useful they didn’t pay the family money or even give them a thank you that without these discoveries they wouldn’t even find new things and cures.” This stood out to me the most because scientists should have reworded Henrietta lack’s family instead of just ignoring them like and making it seem that withought scientist there would be no HeLa cells. I agree with you on everything that you describes about the HeLa cells and that her family should have been more involve into this. But I don’t understand the part where you mentioned animal testing into this question maybe explain more to it or how does it connect to the HeLa cells. Thank you for writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next because you definitely added a lot of thought into your work.

      • Well to make it clear for you to understand, henrietta lacks cells connects back to animal testing because the scientist uses animals for testing to find cures but since they found out about the HeLa cells the scientist didn’t had to use animals for the testing they used the HeLa cells. So without the Hela cells the scientist would use animals for all the testing to find the cure of diseases. so thanks to Henrietta cells the scientist didn’t have to use animals testing.

  • Dear Jose,

    I am proud about your post “Jose Rodriguez Name-Memoir” because your were brave enough to share the information about your name because is that was me it would be hard for me to share that information. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “ my first name Jose, I was named after my grandpa my dad’s father”. This standed o…[Read more]

  • Dear Yaquelin,

    I am really proud of you about your post “story if my name” because it made me seem that you added a lot of thoughts and it convinced me that you like your name and don’t want other name then Yaquelin. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is “Yaquelin That’s my name That’s who I am That’s who I will continue to be”. I thin…[Read more]

  • Dear Arlette,

    Thank you for taking your time and reading my post. I hope you enjoyed reading my post, but what do you think about gentrification. I want to hear what you think if it is right for people with lower income to get treated bad. Hopefully you keep reading my post, and once again thank you for reading my post.

  • Dear anthony,

    I am impressed with your post “How Does Gentrification Affect Oakland and its Community?”, because I did the same topic as you did. Also because what I wrote is similar to your work about what people of oakland think about gentrification. Most of the time they are immigrants that think gentrification is not good for them. One sen…[Read more]

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    Gentrification hurts people without privilege. It means when newcomers erase and displace the histories and homes of locals. Most often occurs with wealthy newcomers displacing mid to low-income locals. I

    • Dear Arlette,

      Thank you for taking your time and reading my post. I hope you enjoyed reading my post, but what do you think about gentrification. I want to hear what you think if it is right for people with lower income to get treated bad. Hopefully you keep reading my post, and once again thank you for reading my post.

  • Romeo+Juliet+2017

    Yojana P.

    For this project I chose to write a poem. The poem talks about all the violence that happens in Oakland from years ago and now. Still violence has not changed instead the rate has

    • Yojana, I really enjoyed your poem, it’s short and gets the suddenness across. I like the tie in with Romeo and Juliet and your experiences. It makes the thing more well rounded and answers the ‘why’ the poem was created nicely. As I’ve read through your poem through a couple of times now, with the word “FIGHT” is it dramatic, like saying it loudly, or are you pointing out that your word choice is ‘fight’, simple, fickle, and nothing more, or that fight and gunshots are almost the same at this point? I enjoy trying to understand poems (trying being the operative word here). If I’m wrong, hopefully I got an eye roll, but thanks for posting, I’m excited to see what you do next.

    • Dear Yojana,

      I am amazed by your poem because even if it is short it is powerful. There are a few lines but they are laconic. You were able to get your point across very effectively.
      One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is: “Two households are FIGHTING.” I think this is powerful because it relates back to your point of the violence in Oakland. I can understand your poem relating to Oakland because I see people fighting for no reason. Also most people are scared of doing anything so they “ignore” it because they don’t want to get hurt as well. Thank you for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next.

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  • Dear Reyna,

    Thank you for commenting on my shadow box. I wanted to answer your questions, well the house means nothing but the things that ar in the house does mean something. All the things that are in the house are what my country uses to to cook or what is help full for them. I added the house because it came with the stuff that is inside. For…[Read more]

  • This shadow box represents who I am.  When people look at me they see that my race is Guatemalan and that I’m a nice girl that does all her work and turns her work on time. My dominant narrative is that many pe

    • I really appreciate this post Yojana,
      I like how you are able to express yourself and showcase your emotions with your friends. It is a great thing to be able to enjoy the time you have with friends/family and it is great that you love it so much. People should see you for what you believe in, and what you enjoy to do and you showed this really well by stating the things that you like and dislike. People should not be stereotyped by where they come from or how they may appear. This is a great topic and I hope you continue writing because this was an outstanding post.

    • I can really see that family is a very big part of your identity. That’s really nice to see how you feel so connected. In your shadow box I can see a little house not 100% sure if its a house but does it have a valuable significance to why it was added? You say people can see your Guatemalan do you think it’s because you are a proud of it and show your Guatemalan Culture or because of stereotypes? I’m really happy to hear you are a happy girl and like to have fun. Keep up the good work.

      • Dear Reyna,

        Thank you for commenting on my shadow box. I wanted to answer your questions, well the house means nothing but the things that ar in the house does mean something. All the things that are in the house are what my country uses to to cook or what is help full for them. I added the house because it came with the stuff that is inside. For the next question people assume I am guatemalan because of the stereotypes that they see guatemalan people. Like for example they have told me that all guatemalan people are short and I tell that is not true because some people are not that short so I disagree with there opinion. Have people assumed something about you based on your looks?

    • I really enjoyed your post Yojana, I really liked when you said, “many people assume that later in the future I will be successful because of how they see me working hard’, but Forbes.com says “If you were seeking a new role and were selling yourself, hard work is not a unique qualifier. So what makes you think it is a differentiator when seeking a competitive position? Sometimes, just like the aforementioned client, a manager or organization may take advantage. Selling your soul by working around the clock can have its down side.” Meaning, you have to do things in life in moderation. https://www.forbes.com/sites/85broads/2014/01/14/why-working-hard-may-not-pay-off/#186d9ed72af9

    • Haii yojana my name is jane im a freshman at Fremont High School i really like the way you put your box together, family is a really big part of me too I understand it

    • Hi dear Yojana
      What does the little house in the back means to you personally?
      From 1 to 10 how much like to hang out with your friend?
      Well I can relate with those Dominant Narrative because I’m also Guatemalan. Well something I can say is that Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.

    • Hello Yojana,my name is Julio I go to Fremont High School and I also did a shadow box.I really liked how you expressed yourself and how hard you work.I also liked how you put how hard working you are.

    • Hello Yojana,
      I am happy about your work, with what you have done with your shadow box and added on your post “Yojana’s Dominant and Counter narrative shadow box” because you weren’t afraid to share out your story of the dominant and counter narratives. I think that the explanation of your shadow box is really good because it’s clear to understand what people think about you and how you explain to us that those dominant narratives are not true. What stood out to me was how you have added objects that represent your race, for example the little house (not really sure how is it called) you have on the left corner, I really like that. I really enjoy seeing all the objects from your shadow box and also heard more about your life. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because it seems really interesting to read more about you or your believes. Also I would like to see how far you can go. Keep it up! – Leslie

    • Dear Yojana,
      I am glad about your shadow box because you explained the stereotypes people have been giving you and the fact that you address your identity expression. One sentence you wrote that stand out for me is “I speak three different languages”. I think this is delightful because it is wonderful to hear someone speak another language without being afraid to address to other people. Thanks for your writing. I look forward to seeing what you write next, because you talked about stereotyping and I want to hear more about that. Also because this will help other people want to share out more about their personal life just like how you did.

    • Dear Yojana,

      Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Evelyn Diaz and I am a student at Fremont High School.
      Something I liked about your work was that you included what you like to do with your siblings and that you described the shells as a really special object for you.Something I have a question about is Why did you decided to add flowers? What do flowers mean to you?. Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is http://evelyndfhs2021.edublogs.org/2017/11/07/assignment-5/ .
      Thank You!
      Evelyn Diaz

  • Hi I am a freshman at life academy. I really like your post because it talked about racism. I agree with you because I also live in oakland and there is a lot of racism happening here. One sentence you wrote that stands out for me is when you said, “I wish that in the future everyone can understand one another’s culture and see things from m…[Read more]

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    • Hello Yojana, my name is Long and I attend Fremont High School where I did the same project. A question I have about your work is what does the house suppose to represent in your shadowbox? A question I have about what you wrote is that you say your race is guatemalan but were you born in America or Guatemala? I really liked that you added family…[Read more]

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