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Gang Activity and Street Violence

My topic is the history on gang activity and street violence. Violent crimes occur in all cities throughout the United States. 1.4 million people were involved in gangs that started in 2011, and more than 33,000 gangs formed all over the United States. Gangs started in urban areas, like Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Miami, and New York. Throughout time, they migrated to other American cities. Violent crimes have continued for a long time. They are not going to stop. Once a gang member gets ranked into that family, that individual has to learn every aspect of living in the streets. He learns how to survive, how to protect his friends’ back, and of course how to make drug deals get organized correctly. Another important task is gangsters have to tag their gang name on buildings, walls, etc, and most importantly, they must advertise to the public worldwide. The solution people can do is assist, or respectfully convince that certain person to get involved in counseling. A parent can also spend quality time with their teenage child, and of course talk to him or her, explaining in a caring manner there is better hobbies to do to succeed in life.

 Augustine Qiunonez

Tropes Against Women: Leading Out of Oppression in Media

Education means to lead out of not knowing to knowing. Women in video games (and in general) have been treated Inferior and or Object of Sexual desire. It’s a reoccurring theme in history and media. Education of this problem can lead to Gender Equality and overall acceptance of others and their differences.
Female Oppression has been around in one form or another. In the earliest civilizations sex was seen as sinful some men felt animosity toward women who provoked their sexual desires. Female oppression stems from when women were considered a property or commodity. In parts of the Middle East women are still seen as property. (1)
In the earliest video games women were seen as “Damsels in Distress” or objects. Occasionally women are still portrayed as weaker, sexual objects, or carbon copies of established male characters. In more recent years,  games have been more open to the idea of” girl gamers ”by including more Playable Female Characters in videogames, but in  an ensemble cast there is often a small handful of playable female characters, that are often oversexualized (Armor/Clothing, Body Figure) (2,4)
There are no easy solutions to this ongoing problem, but there are possible solutions, like including more women into the creative process. Some have proposed “Equal Opportunity Sexual Objectification” as a possible solution (Mostly as a Joke). But others have suggested a more diverse range of Playable Female Characters (Body type, ethnicity and background).  Anita Sarkeesan has been at the forefront of gender equality in media, she has a web series, “Tropes vs Women” out lining the reoccurring tropes against women in media. (2,3,4)
Unfortunately this seems to be an ongoing problem that has no clear cut answer, but as long there are people shining a light to this problem, it will start a conversation about gender equality and how people should be viewed and/or portrayed. In the end People should be treated as equals regardless of gender, race or sexual orientation. (3)

1.       https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/out-the-darkness/201208/why-men-oppress-wome

To Lead Out of Child Abuse 

We live in a complex world that suffers from a large reported number of child abuse cases. Child abuse is a growing problem in the nation. We could lead out of child abuse with better care and further studies in education.

Child abuse has a lengthy history. Children have been subject to abuse by their parent’s or other adult’s for many years. Laws have failed to protect children from abuse. In the early 1870’s, child abuse captured the nation’s eyes with the new of an eight year old orphan names Mary Ellen Wilson. Mary Ellen was suffering daily whippings and beatings at her foster home. With no organization in existence the orphan’s plight went to an attorney for the “American society for the prevention of cruelty to animals”, also known as (ASPCA). This attorney argued that laws protecting animals from abuse should not be greater than the laws protecting children. In 1974, the nation made a federal law to penalize child abuse and create the prevention and treatment act also known as (CAPTA). Child abuse in America today is more common each year. More than three million reports of child abuse are made which involve almost six million children, and each day four to five children are killed by abuse and neglect.

Circumstances that make child abuse worse are children whose parents abuse alcohol and drugs. Children are three times more likely to be abused and four times more likely to be neglected. Another factor that affects the problem is parenting stress. Examples of parenting stress could be post-partum depression, economic stability, or divorce/ relationship stress. All these problems could put both child and parent in dangerous situations. Malnourishment is a type of abuse caused by the neglect of the guardian/parent. Another form of abuse that often goes unnoticed is mental abuse. Not all abuse that happens to children has to be physical. A solution that could help stop child abuse is to have more education and awareness. By becoming more educated you are aware with what is happening and notice the problem. Parenting classes could help parents learn more about their child, what to expect and how it’s normal for children to act out in certain ways. Other things that could help is for a parent with substance abuse problems to seek assistance through AA meetings, or other rehabilitation services. The most effective solution could be to set more powerful laws and punishment so that offenders know the justice system is serious and not going to let them go with a slap on the wrist. With all these solutions, child abuse can soon be eradicated from the nation and with the help and focus of every one we can lead out of child abuse. Child abuse is an important problem to have concern about because children are going to be the feature leaders and make a better country. They are the brains to build a new world and create a better living environment. We are their role models. If we teach them nothing but abuse and hate, they will grow to learn that is the only way in life. Child abuse is awful because children are innocent and cannot speak for themselves. As a nation we need to stand up and be advocates for the youth and lead out of the barbaric acts of hate towards children.





How to Stay on a Successful Path

How to stay on a successful path? Well, I want to be led out of the negative things that seem too keep others behind. Some people like to stay with the same people, doing the same things but, I would like to overcome that issue in my life.

Some of the history problems about being successful are age, toxic people, negative people, also the fear to overcome success. If you are too scared to overcome success you will stay behind. Successful people tend to fail a lot and learn from their mistakes that’s why they become successful.

Therefore, some things that people say or follow will reflect you and your past. So keep thinking positive and don’t follow, be a leader. If, your friends or family are negative against you you’re most likely to be negative as well. So the people you’re around you start to adapt their characteristics.

Finally, the root too success is to always to stay positive and keep improving. Anything is possible when you stay on a steady successful path. Stay focused on doing hard work and getting it done. Once, you accomplished being successful you will always be patient and positive. Patience’s and positivity is a virtue of being successful.

Behavior, is a very big impact on your consequences so choose wisely who you hang with and communicate with. Positive behavior is very powerful and effective tool to be a successful person. A positive person will motivate a negative person. A desire for a negative person is exhibited to everybody.

Animal Cruelty


In my opinion I think animal cruelty is abusive. Studies have shown people who abuse animals are likely to become serial killers. Animal abuse is related to other types of abuse–1 in 4 women are victims of domestic violence. Also in shelters 71% of women reported their partner threatened to hurt or kill the family pet.

Animal advocacy started with the Royal Society for the prevention of cruelty to animals which was founded in 1824. It began with a man named Richard Martin who wanted to give domestic animals protection.  He started this foundation because he said “animals have certain rights”. He was a very passionate man.

Second, Animal abuse results from people with traumatic childhood. Patterns of animal cruelty consistent among perpetrators of common forms of abuse such as child abuse, spouse abuse and elder abuse. Also the F.B.I. analyzed that serial killers have killed or tortured animals and kids. It makes it worse because animal cruelty is not inherent, but learned.

Finally, some solutions that are possible are education campaigns, and teach a child while they are still young on how to treat an animal. Lack of education is a big problem. Also stress, anxiety, and boredom lead to people engaging in inappropriate behavior.

In conclusion, Everyone that abuses animals or children should get mental help. Society should care about this because we need a better world and peace. In other countries it is legal to slaughter animals for the meat industry. This is very inhumane and we should all try to find a solution for that.

History Of Acceptance

This world is challenging in so many different ways. We still we go on our life journey, and we depend on society to see the way. In particular, society’s acceptance of gays is evolving, like all the new scientific research and taking out all the school biases. It’s becoming easier to keep peace in our world. We, as a society, can work together to show that the world isn’t as bad a place as the Westburrow Baptist Church tends to preach.

    Biases in our schools on same sex marriage can vary. There was a change in our public schools to completely take religion out because it created too much hatred and too many biases. America was created for freedom of religion. However, there’s also a side saying America was founded on Christianity. There are private schools built for religious beliefs, which really cause separation of our people and makes hatred in America. However the laws of freedom also make it so those places can exist.

    The science behind homosexuality can vary in so many different ways, and it’s argued in so many different ways. There is the idea that people were raised gay, and then there’s the people who believe it’s a science. I believe its science. In 1991, Simon LeVay studied the brains of homosexuals and the brains of heterosexuals, and discovered that a side of the heterosexual’s brain is larger than a homosexual’s brain, so there’s been scientific research that helps prove that homosexuals are born the way they are.

     As we all know there are a lot of different churches in America, some that hate the world some that think we’re all crazy and some that think that god hates the world. Researchers estimate that there are approximately 300,000 Christian churches in America with approximately 56 million worshipers. The bible mainly states that if you don’t believe in god the exact perfect way, that you are going to go to a horrible place with demons, fire, and suffer forever, but there is that percentage of the rest of the world that understand the world is a better place.

    The moral of this essay is that America was founded on freedom and change. Our founding fathers wanted Americans to be happy and live in a world with less hatred. Slowly but surely we’re moving to a free and equal world.

Joshua Lancaster

Prejudice and Discrimination

In today’s society, we live in a world of complex issues. We are facing the difficult decisions in every day life’s tribulations. In particular, America has been plagued by prejudice and discrimination.

Oppression has been defined as the following:

*It is institutional power that is historically formed and perpetuated over time;

*It allows certain “groups” of people to assume a dominate position over “other groups” and this dominance is maintained and continued at an institutional level.

This means discrimination is built into the branches of government and education systems.

In the last two hundred years, great strides have been made in order to create equality amongst the many different minorities that inhabit our great country. Periods such as the Civil rights movement have been successful in reducing the amount of oppression, but have failed in creating equality for all races. For example, white Americans’ still have the overwhelming control of all aspects of our society.

So in conclusion, racial oppression has played a major role in shaping America today. Although progress has been made to eradicate this from society it still remains one of the most important issues today. Only through education and informing the public can we totally overcome this atrocity.


Edmund S. Evensen


Resources: The Washington post.com, Power, Privilege, and OppressionIgnite.com, What states can do to stop racial discrimination by Hans A. Von Spakovsky and Roger Clegg. 

How People Can Be Happier

The main way to become happy is always put yourself first. By doing that you will be able to see what you need to work on – if it’s either work, family, or friends. Setbacks don’t define you. If you’re getting set back for whatever reason, it may be time to focus on what is happening instead of what’s not. Out of difficulties grow new beginnings. The setbacks you face can prepare you for what’s ahead. Always think about what the future holds for you, not just what you want or need in the moment.



Adriana Rojas Cruz
Student, level III Language Arts

On Civil Rights

The civil rights movement, at it’s core, began in the 1770’s when colonists in the thirteen colonies fought for their rights against Great Britain. During this time, a war was fought between the United States and Great Britain, and upon emerging victorious, the United States wrote the Declaration of Independence in 1776. This document included a Bill of Rights and several articles that were meant to give all Americans a set of equal rights.

Since then, many civil rights movements have emerged. All of these movements were successful to some degree, and all of them failed to completely provide equal rights for that particular demographic. Despite any differences in any of the groups that advocated for civil rights, the rights they demanded were all the same. All of the rights being fought for at the time, and to this day, revolved around equality.

This idea of equality goes back to the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. One of these movements was the black rights movement, which eventually led to the Civil Rights Act being passed in 1964. One could argue that thus, the movement was successful. However, even today, there is still plenty of discrimination against blacks in the United States. Does this then mean that the movement failed despite all it’s efforts? No. Although not everything that was being sought after by the movement was achieved, a lot was achieved.

Another example of this same result is the woman’s rights movement. Although woman are now equal to men in many ways, there is still discrimination against them based on their gender. Whether it be unspoken social rules and etiquette to measurable, tangible discrimination, like unequal pay amongst men and women doing the same jobs.

The reason those movements achieved so much but still failed to completely provide equality to everyone living in America is because so long as there is new generations of Americans forming their own personal opinions on how rights should be granted, these movements will never be over. For every civil rights activist fighting for equality, there will always be someone with an apposing opinion trying to stop these movements.

No civil rights movement either completely failed or completely succeeded, nor will it ever. At least that’s what history’s taught us so far.



Equity vs Equality


Equity is the quality of being fair and impartial.
In this illustration the author depicts a picture of all three persons being content, happy, and enjoying the game, all three can see over the fence and are engaged in the game.

Equality is the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities. In the illustration all three persons are of equal opportunity, all given a box to stand on and watch the game. As we can see, all three are not very engaged. Even though all are given equal it seems that it might not be the most fair.

I think that the opinion of Equity and Equality differs because I feel that in different situations the value of opinions differ. Some people’s opportunities may differ purely because everyone’s situations are not the same.


Heather LeDoux
Level 3 HSE Student