A Whole-Person Approach

Audre Lorde reminds us that “there is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives.” As Public Advocate, I’d adopt a whole-person, data-informed approach centered on the conditions necessary to ensure peace of mind, body and community. With this framework, my developing list of inter-related advocacy priorities include:

 
 
  • Combatting Homelessness, Unaffordable Housing & Gentrification

    • Increasing housing unit options throughout the city, especially for housing-insecured school-aged children

    • Expediting remedies to address hazardous and unlivable public housing units including lead exposure, pest infestation, inadequate heating options, and broken appliances

    • Addressing unaffordable rent and the impact of corporate development and gentrification

  • Combatting Homelessness, Unaffordable Housing & Gentrification

    • Increasing housing unit options throughout the city, especially for housing-insecured school-aged children

    • Expediting remedies to address hazardous and unlivable public housing units including lead exposure, pest infestation, inadequate heating options, and broken appliances

    • Addressing unaffordable rent and the impact of corporate development and gentrification

  • Disrupting School Segregation, School to Prison Pipeline, Social Immobility & Income Inequality

    • Leveraging best practices that support higher graduation, 21st century skills attainment, differentiated teaching models and alternatives to suspension, school discipline and law enforcement presence

    • Increasing teacher diversity pipelines and exploring opportunities for parents and members of the community to formally be recognized and instrumental to the overall education of youth

    • Addressing the impact of the juvenile justice system on quality of life and identifying preventative and intervention disruptors

    • Mapping out social immobility and income inequality, their causes, and identifying the tools needed to create greater equity

  • Implementing Restorative Justice Practices & Redefining “Safety”

    • Divesting from unjust criminal legal practices within the City and reinvesting in proven recidivism-reduction strategies

    • Identifying gaps in services to better support the realities for communities enduring institutional barriers, including LGBTQ+ youth, justice-impacted women and girls, differently-abled persons and youth connected to foster care systems

    • Ensuring equitable investment in communities, including employment pipelines, culturally-relevant health services and safe infrastructure

    • Addressing gun violence, sexual assault, and domestic violence as priority public health issue

  • Prioritizing Health through a Reproductive & Maternal Justice Lens

    • Advancing best practices to ensure quality sexual, reproductive and family choices are available to all New Yorkers, regardless of income or location

    • Connecting the impact environment plays within communities, including access to responsive healthcare, food insecurity, climate injustice and lack of quality housing

    • Developing better reporting systems for communities to provide feedback on inadequate health and wellness services

    • Creating a disparity-reduction strategy to eradicate bias within the medical profession and related fields

    • Deepening lifelong access to culturally-relevant mental health and social services within distressed communities

  • Advancing Election & Civic Engagement Reform

    • Strengthening current civic engagement tools, platforms and strategies to maximize participation

    • Broadening “engagement” to include community activism, participatory budgeting, and intentional collaboration between community and city government leaders

    • Leveraging tech tools and trainings to support ongoing engagement, with intentional connections with the working poor, youth, differently-abled persons, and immigrant and ESL communities

    • Modernizing voting practices, including early voting, online voting, and observing election days as citywide holidays

  • Requiring Equity Training for City Government Employees

    • Requiring training for all city government employees on equity, intersectionality, and institutional racism, sexism, ableism, homophobia and other forms of bias and structuring continuous professional education during the tenure of a public servant

    • Developing an Office of Equity to support agencies with internal and external equity, leadership and culture benchmarks and goals