Joy Elan

22 Jan 2017

United, We Stand in Oakland (A Quick Reflection)

The Women’s March in Oakland sent out a message, not only do we not support Trump, but we support each other. As many as 60,000-80,000 people showed up to march around Lake Merritt and up to City Hall at Frank Ogawa Plaza. The march started around 10:30 or 11 am and

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29 Nov 2016

Self-Care Tips for All Year Around

This time of year can be hard for many people. Sometimes we’re so busy helping others that we forget to take care of ourselves. I’ve learned how important self-care is, especially during difficult times like the holidays and recently with the not-my-president-elect. Here are some tips to help you in case

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19 Nov 2016

Black Panther Party 50th Anniversary: Where Do We Go From Here?

October 2016 was a month long celebration for the Black Panther Party 50th anniversary. A lot of events happened in Oakland with Life Is Living festival at deFremery Park, Joyce Gordon Gallery, and the museum/gala at the Oakland Museum of California. At the Oakland Museum of California, they had conferences and

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19 Aug 2016

Time to Start Thinking about Taking Care of Our Parents When They Retire

When we were younger, our parents had some type of talk with us, whether it was about sex or our plans after high school. Now that we’re older, we’re having “the talk” with them about their plans for when they retire. I’ve seen people retire and then return to work

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19 Aug 2016

Voting Locally is More Important than Voting for President

In less than three months, the election will be here. With all the focus on who will become the next president of the United States, we have a bigger focus on the local elections. While the presidents speak about policies and Black Lives Matter, they do not have the power to

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12 Aug 2016

Teaching Kids About Money in a Debit/Credit World

My daughter is going to the third grade and over the summer, I’ve been working with her on her math skills. Her second grade teacher gave students a math packet to work on and hand in on the first day of school to their new teacher. I appreciated her teacher

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02 Aug 2016

Breaking Free From The American Pipe Dream

I have met other people who have a Bachelor’s and Master’s and they are in professions such as grocery clerks or janitors because they need to pay their bills. Shoot, there a lot of us working two or three jobs to keep up with our student loan payments and take care of our households.

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