Police abuse remains one of the most serious human rights violations in the United States over the years the police have acted in ways that made people wonder why officers of the law are doing crime against innocent citizens. The shootings severe beatings and fatal choking and rough treatment had all contributed to the ever present problems that police had done numerous times.
Gentrification has slowly changed Oakland into a brand new city but like with in positively negativity comes along with it. Gentrification is also slowly tearing down the true culture of Oakland. In 2004 lots of people move into Oakland due to the cheap living cost. Foreclosed homes were being bought and flipped and were sold or rented out at high prices to the incoming middle class. Crime and murder rates stated to drop as well. But police brutality rates are still high.
Over the last decade we have seen a major shift in Oakland. A shift in residents, businesses, prices, roads, and many other departments that needed “improvement”. These things may seem all good to an outsider but the lower and middle class of Oakland are feeling the negative effects. Gentrification has many interpretations of its definition but in the case of Oakland gentrification is a profit driven process of reconstructing Oakland to be the next best thing to our sister city, San Francisco. A couple effects of this process are displacement of many people and bad health.
Fremont high does not fulfill its requirement under the Educational Bill of Rights, Right 3 says “A Suitable learning environment and school classrooms, buildings, and facilities that enable learning and health, including: Bathrooms and sanitary facilities that are unlocked, accessible, well-stocked and maintained in decent, safe and sanitary condition”.
I am from Oakland
Where I hear gunshots all year round
But that ain't gone stop me from being college bound
I'm from seeing people selling dope on the streets
Going to East 14 where I see all the freaks
Cops shooting people for no damn reason
They just be doing it for their own pleasing
I'm not saying Oakland is bad though
It's really the opposite
I see people working hard
Trying to get them some profit
So that's where I'm from
Oakland...Where It's serious no fun
Gentrification is happening around Oakland; it has been noticed, not just by me but other people as well. I interviewed Erik Ortega and he said, he witnessed gentrification in certain parts of Oakland such as the deeper side of East Oakland and West Oakland.
The person I interviewed is my cousin Hanan Albar. She is 34 years old. She came to America about 8 years ago. I asked Hanan about 10 questions. The interview was at my house. Here are some of the questions I asked, and Hanan's answers.
What changes do you notice in Oakland?
The changes I see in Oakland is people going out and others coming in. I see all these new faces all the time.
In my 10 years living in North Oakland, I notice a lot more white people moving into the neighborhood and a lot more black people moving out of the neighborhood. More blacks are moving out because of the houses in the neighborhood rising sky-high in prices where the blacks can’t afford to live there anymore. They’re forced to move to East Oakland aka Eastmont or West Oakland. My neighborhood before gentrification was a very enjoyable experience.
So today I had the chance to sit down and do an interview with an old neighbor by the name of Kim Jenson 39 year old who has lived in Oakland California for the last 37 years of her life and plans on never leaving either. I asked her a couple of questions today such as why she decided to live in Oakland and her response was pretty much she didn't have a choice since she was only 2 when her family moved to America from China.
I initially was supposed to interview my auntie but she didn’t have time so I decided to interview my father. My father’s name is Larry Co and he is an immigrant from Vietnam. He has been in America over 25 years. He moved about 5 times when he got to America because of financial issues and his family grew larger. I asked my father questions and these were his answers.
There has been so many changes in Oakland i've noticed. In the last 20 years that i've been living in this neighborhood i have seen how before it was clean, nonviolent, and less color people. As years passed houses were being sold to colored people. Before the houses were owned by minorities gentrifications did not cause change in my neighborhood. Those who are negatively impacted by gentrification are poor communities. Rich outsiders come and buy certain areas. The rich outsiders are the ones who are positively impacted by gentrification.
My partner and me selected a mentor that I know for a really long time and I asked him and he said that we can interview him. We decided on this person because he supported himself and a family with a minimum wage job.
1). Did you support a family with a minimum wage job?
2). Do you think someone can survive with a family wining the minimum wage in Oakland?
3). Do you think that the minimum wage should be raised in california?
4). Do you think someone should get paid more or less on the skill they have?
5). Do you think the minimum wage in Oakland is a living wage?
it’s already started
I’m not that delighted.
The Giants, the Giants, they win every year.
I can't believe they're still here.
The A’s, the A’s, they're going to sweep them,
Ask any real A they're the best in town.
Go American League, it's the real A way.
Late night is where the action begins, after 12 o'clock all mayhem begins in the streets. Oakland streets become alive, with groups of people ranging from 40 to 100 riding bikes with neon led lights beaming in every dark shadow. Filling the air with very bright atmospheric feeling, there are many people with custom built bikes, others with a simple bikes.
A question that’s been discussed between my grandparents and I is if sex ed is being taught too late. My mom told me a story when she was pregnant when was just an adolescent. She didn’t know about condoms or birth controls. She never had a sex education class and had no knowledge of how some things worked. My dad on the other hand had sex education classes but he didn’t really care. He didn’t listen, he thought he knew it all. He finally got sexual education when he was 17 in high school.
My name is Ja’Myah Page and I am a student from Fremont High School. I chose to do my senior project on gun violence within the youth of Oakland, Ca. I chose this topic because I have family who have been involved on both ends of the crime. Here is an article I found about a mother who loses both of her teenaged sons within 19 days of each other due to gun violence. (http://www.cnn.com/2014/02/04/us/oakland-mother-loses-sons/) I also found a journal that tells numbers in how many teens were involved with guns, or suspected to have involvement. It also tells of programs to help stop it.
At my school we are required to do a senior project based on research that we conduct on a social issue. When I heard this I narrowed my decisions down to two topics these were domestic violence and the effects of gangs in the community and youth. I finally decided to do my research on gangs as I feel like they play a role here in Oakland. A gang is defined as a “An organized group of criminals”. I think this can frankly be truth but also exaggerated. I choose this as my senior project because it’s a topic that has revolved around me my whole life as I grew up in the streets of Oakland, Ca.
This year I have chosen to research about the education gap between schools in my hometown Oakland and suburban schools as my senior project. The reason I chose this topic is because I am strongly passionate about education and I am also aware of that Oakland is overlooked and thought less of. My goal is to educate myself in this topic while I research as well as educate others.
My research question is below as well as one of my sources.
How long has there been a gap between Oakland and suburban schools and what factors contribute to it?
Uneducated equals unemployed. People who are less educated are affected by unemployment and Oakland politicians are doing nothing to help them. People in Oakland are losing education and Oakland politicians aren’t doing anything about it. This is an issue because education is important and will shape our future.
Well some problems I believe Mr. Wilson should address or take care of are the under-funded schools such as Fremont High School, McClymonds High, and Castlemont. Another challenge that I personally believe will be extremely difficult, is to decrease the amount of students that do drugs while they are in school. These are some of the main problems that I noticed while at my time at Fremont. Even though I faced these issues at Fremont, my time there was a fantastic one.
Dear Mr. Wilson,
My name is Ariana Gutierrez and I come from Fremont High school. First off, I want to congratulate you for being elected as the OUSD Superintendent. As you may know Oakland has a reputation for having a lot of violence and gangs. I believe that all of that violence is caused because young adults are influenced by movies and television. They aren't motivated to stay in school, and so they create problems for the whole community.
The city council of Oakland is discussing the idea of implementing the use of surveillance cameras on the streets of Oakland. The majority of people in Oakland believe this is a invasion of privacy and go against this idea. I consider myself one of those opposing this system.These cameras are only going to hurt Oakland more than helping it grow and become a safer environment.
Those who don’t know any better think that people from Oakland aren’t going to be successful and aren’t going anywhere in life. They might think this because they only hear about the negative things, places, and people in Oakland, not anything positive even though there are many positives about Oakland.
Those who don’t know any better think that everyone who lives in the hills are rich and live in big mansions. When people drive down Skyline, they see a lot of big houses and they assume that’s how it is all over the Oakland hills.
The city of Oakland thinks that by increasing the number of cameras the city would become a safer place. “ The right to secrecy prevents non-consensual public disclosure of valuable, confidential, embarrassing, or discrediting information … video surveillance of restrooms , locker rooms, and dressing rooms may give rise to a claim for invasion of privacy under common law.” Gale Encyclopedia of law , galegroup.com. It can invade others privacy like when using stuff like that . If they invade other people's privacy there may be law suing.