“No parent wants their child to be mislabeled. I refused to accept that and they learned the hard way that I was not that parent they could play with.” – Joy Elan.
Joy Elan is an Oakland based writer with a daughter who was misdiagnosed in her previous school as autistic. Elan describes why it was important for her to challenge that label while describing the years long effort to change take the label off her daughters school record.
I’ve been standing in the middle of a homeless crisis, watching how everyone is responding to it. On one side are the politicians talking, taking too long to do anything about it. On the other side, we have groups of activists and organizations taking care of homeless encampments helping them relocate, spilling onto the city hall steps near the line where the politicians stand.
Since Dominique Walker of Moms 4 Housing moved into a vacant house on Magnolia Street with her children and several other women from the advocacy group on Nov. 18, 2019, a movement began to build in support of their messaging.
A unified mix of Oakland advocate groups descended on a luxury high-rise to spotlight a building boom they say is not intended to house locals—creating more homelessness and forcing many to leave the city.