After two years, Oakland nearing goal for high school ethnic studies courses

Click here to check out the full multimedia piece for Oakland North.

“Jason Muñiz stands in the door frame that separates his classroom from the bright hallway full of lockers, with his hands holding onto the frame behind him. He looks back and forth from the high school students who are greeting each other before taking a seat inside the classroom, and welcomes the ones who are just walking in. When the school bell rings, Muñiz walks to the front of the classroom, closing the door behind him. “Thank you for being in your seats,” Muñiz tells the class.

In his classroom, colorful posters and student artwork are everywhere. An American flag hangs on the right side of the whiteboard, with a frame on top of it that reads “Homeland Security” followed by a picture of Native American chiefs. On the back wall, yellow and green rectangles of paper are pinned to the wall, alternating colors to create a checkered effect. The papers display vocabulary words such as “segregation,” “ethnicity,” “power,” “marginalize,” “exploit,” “bias,” and “system.” Next to them is a poster that was once used to lead a student-organized demonstration, a long white sheet of poster paper that reads “May Day March.”

After a quick warm up exercise, Muñiz begins his lesson, titled “Systems and Power.” He begins to ask his students: “What is power? Who has power over you? Who do you have power over?”…”

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Oakland School District program helps refugees break language barrier

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  • Wrote piece about the communication gap and educational support between Arabic-speaking and Asian Pacific Islander parents and students.
  • Made reference to the Oakland Unified School District study that showed 73 percent of Arabic-speaking students’ reading levels were several years below their grade level during the 2016-17 school year. 66 percent were not on track to graduate from high school.

The Chamanas|Feel The Evolution

Click here to read my article published on Fusion Magazine.

“With great achievements and a personal loss, The Chamanas are facing 2017 with a force of inner strength and creativity. The group is made up of Paulina Reza on vocals, Alejandro Bustillos on drums, Manuel Calderón on bass and Hector Carreón on guitar.

Their upcoming album, Nea, is characterized by the tragic events the band has experienced. At the beginning of the recording process in October of 2016, Carreón’s brother, Nea, suddenly passed away…”

Photos: Darío Lizárraga

Convoca dreamer a ‘no tener miedo’

Haz click aquí para leer mi artículo publicado en El Diario de El Paso “Convoca dreamer a ‘no tener miedo‘”.

“Viridiana Villa está convencida de que si uno hace las cosas bien, no tiene nada que temer. Ese es el mensaje que guarda para sí y comparte con otros de los llamados ‘dreamers’ en estos tiempos de zozobra.

Los comentarios de la ‘dreamer’ de 27 años surgen en medio de un ambiente de temor por recientes redadas de indocumentados en todo el país, y el arresto de dos jóvenes adultos que, como ella, viven en el país sin permiso desde antes de cumplir los 16 años.

Los ‘dreamers’, personas que entraron al país a los 15 años de edad o más jóvenes y se quedaron sin autorización, desde hace varios años cuentan con la protección de la Acción Diferida para los Llegado en la Infancia (DACA) que estableció la administración de presidente Obama…”