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Gabrielle Marchan illustrates Dianne Morales for 360 MAGAZINE

Dianne Morales

As of late, one of our team members had the opportunity to sit down with New York City mayoral candidate Dianne Morales for an interview. After eight years under Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City will see someone new in the position in 2021, and Morales, a member of the Democratic Party, is jumping at the opportunity.

360: What are the major points of inspiration throughout your life, so far, that have led you to where you are today?

Morales: At my core is a commitment to community, and I learned community at home. I am the youngest of three girls and the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. My mother, a secretary for the Leather Workers’ Union, and my father, a building manager on the waterfront, created a working-class life for us in Bed-Stuy. But our home was not just for me and my sisters. My grandmother, Mami, lived with us my whole childhood. In fact, she and I shared a bed until the day that I left home for college. Our home was a resting place, a layover, a transition point for whoever needed it. There was always someone new sleeping on the couch or joining us at the dinner table. Whether they had just arrived from Puerto Rico, were in between jobs, had just returned from the military or from being incarcerated, there were always other people staying with us while they “got back on their feet.” My parents opened their arms and their front door to whoever needed it. I never questioned this way of life. I was taught, “If you have, then you provide.” We took care of each other. I saw, firsthand, the opportunity created when we each take responsibility, not just for ourselves, but for our neighbors and for our communities. This belief has spurred me on through 30 years in the public sector, as an educator, a foster care worker and a leader of nonprofits.

As I established my own home in Bed-Stuy as a single mom, my children and I recreated the dynamic my parents had built. We always have a few extra people living in our home – whom we often refer to as our “chosen family.” These extended family members have filled my home with love and reciprocal support. In a twist of fate, since the pandemic hit, I have shared my home with my parents and my children. I envision a New York City where we take care of each other, where everyone is welcome to the dinner table, where neighbors provide more support than extra sugar and all of us have a warm place to rest our heads. Although NYC is vast with diversity, we are all inextricably bound together and are only as strong as our most vulnerable link.

360: How can a mayor, as opposed to any other civic official, lead unique positive changes for equity?

Morales: Over the past several months there is a mantra I have been repeating consistently: a budget is a reflection of our values. The mayor has executive power over what gets funded in the city and by how much. Funding for services that contribute to true public safety (access to housing, medical/mental healthcare, economic stability, job training, education) will provide access and opportunity to those who have historically been left behind by our elected officials. Line by line, the budget reveals the values of a city and government. The NYC budget passed in June was a failure. It failed the residents of NYC, who have been raising their voices in protest and demanding a divestment from law enforcement since May 29. It failed those whose lives have been lost at the hands of the NYPD. It failed communities of color that have been disproportionately impacted by violence and brutality.

The budget highlights the need for NYC leadership to put New Yorkers first by investing in communities. The NYC Mayor also has the ability to work to desegregate public schools and impact the quality of education provided to over 1.1 million students, many of whom are students of color living in poverty. This alters the course of a student’s life and provides an entry point to economic mobility and a true career trajectory. New Yorkers deserve a bold, transformational leader who is unapologetically committed to prioritizing justice in the budget’s bottom line. I fundamentally believe that those closest to the problem are closest to the solution. Our city needs a mayor that is in tune with her people and provides a vision for and direction for what is possible.

360: What are some of the most pressing or urgent issues that need attention within New York City, and how would you address them?

Morales: New York’s problems all stem from structural oppression by Race, Gender and Class, so our solutions must go deeper, all the way to the root causes. Too many New Yorkers are living in a time of scarcity, and that’s been going on since long before the virus hit. The are working two jobs, just barely surviving and always one misfortune away from losing everything. Instead of this “Scarcity Economy,” we need a “Solidarity Economy,” and that requires bold action. First, transforming public safety in the city by providing access to the same critical resources found in wealthy communities will be a critical step toward creating the long-term change we need for all to live in dignity. True public safety includes ensuring that every New Yorker has access to “life essentials,” like quality transportation, affordable housing, excellent and equal education and human-centered healthcare. All New Yorkers deserve access to these fundamental resources in order to live in dignity, and it is the necessary floor needed to break through glass ceilings.

Next, we must enhance and overhaul vital infrastructure requiring multi-part, creative solutions that address the deeper issues embedded in the fabric of NYC. To break the racist cycle of poverty that divides our city into the “haves” and the “have-nots,” we will establish a guaranteed minimum income. We will push for universal healthcare and eliminate inequities in the health system faced by women, and especially women of color. We will work to address the persistent segregation of our schools and disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline by replacing school safety officers with trained mental health professionals. The driving force behind all policy initiatives is the experiences, needs and voices of women of color. Particularly, Black women. As the Combahee River Collective wisely wrote in its 1977 statement, “If Black women were free, it would mean that everyone else would have to be free since our freedom would necessitate the destruction of all the systems of oppression.” We know that if New York does right by Black women, the entire city will be better for it.

360: How can you use your personal experiences with serving as a single mother and observing the many other challenges that face New York City residents to enact policy reform?

Morales: So many of New York’s problems have impacted me directly, and so much of who I am and what I know comes from being a mom. My greatest joy is being the mother of my two children, Ben and Gabby. They constantly push me, teach me and nourish me. As a single parent, I share experiences with hundreds of thousands of other New Yorkers. A 2018 study found that single-parent households are the second largest household type in New York City. I navigated New York City’s systems – economic, health and education – on my own. I balanced a budget for my family each month, figuring out how to make it work. My greatest challenge was parenting my children through the NYC education system. The rigid and unforgiving education that my children received did not allow any space for their learning differences. They did not see themselves in the white-centric curriculum and we struggled to find support during their developmental years. Advocating for my children was a full-time job on top of my paying-full-time-job. Again and again I have stood with parents for a more equitable and life-affirming education for our kids. It is with this same community spirit of coalition building, advocacy and bettering of our social safety nets that I will push for policies that support all types of families in NYC.

360: What is one of the most significant components of your background or experiential knowledge that separates you from any other candidate?

Morales: I am, in so many ways, the average New Yorker. I was born and bred in Bed-Stuy. I am an Afro Latina single-mom of two children who survived the New York City public school system. I am a first generation college graduate who came back home to my city after school. I am a woman of color who discovered that I was not being paid the same as my white male counterparts. I’ve watched my neighborhood change, I’ve seen Starbucks replace the corner bodega, and I have spent my weekends marching side by side – 6 feet apart – with my fellow New Yorkers demanding justice for those killed at the hands of a racist policing system. Because I am the average New Yorker, my voice reflects the voices of thousands of others. We share our lived experiences, frustrations and joys. I love New York City because I see our full potential for all of us.

360: How does your previous extensive work with social service nonprofits inform your motivations and goals to serve as Mayor?

Morales: For decades, I worked within the community to address structural inequities burdening communities of color. I worked alongside those experiencing the symptoms of our broken system most acutely – poverty, lack of access to education, homelessness and mental health services. I witnessed firsthand the day-to-day struggles of New Yorkers that are perpetuated by cycles of poverty and oppression. I worked from the ground, up and from the inside, out. But as I hammered away, I recognized these structural and institutional barriers, and began to ask, “So how do we burn them down?” It felt as though I was only tinkering around the edges of the problem and providing Band-Aid solutions to deep, deep wounds. The core, perpetuating issues were centralized and foundational. I realized that if I want to create lasting, effective change, I must address these systemic and political problems at the root. As Mayor, I would carry with me the voices of those I have served.

360: In outlining your points of action and reform for New York City, how does the COVID-19 pandemic affect any of these potential strides for change?

Morales: As we know, COVID-19 is a catastrophe that illuminates all of the cracks and splinters in our broken systems. At first, many claimed the COVID-19 was a “great equalizer,” affecting all people, regardless of race, class or gender. Instead COVID-19 disproportionately impacts people of color and low-income communities. This is not a coincidence or personal failing, but rather the direct result of racist systems, putting structural oppression in stark relief. While some New Yorkers are able to escape crowded areas, arm themselves with personal protective equipment and work remotely, others, namely people of color, are on the front lines providing essential services to our city.

As COVID-19 has had devastating consequences that will leave a lasting impact for years to come, it has also provided us with a unique moment. As we saw after the murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis police, being homebound and isolated forces us to pay attention. We have paused. We have slowed down. With fewer distractions and a center of focus, folks all across the country have had the veil lifted. People are noticing the interconnected webs of oppression I have lived with and that I have been fighting to dismantle my entire life. In this moment, we need leaders in office who are of, by and for the movement for social change. There is a momentum and hunger for justice that can no longer be ignored. As we overcome the challenge of the disease, I will never let the city forget who is truly essential. Together we will create a world in which front-line workers are truly valued as indispensable. A world where we accompany our applause and platitudes with a livable wage, unquestionable dignity and real community power.

360: What are some of the most rewarding takeaways you have gained from leading several momentous organizations?

Morales: I’ve learned firsthand about the barriers and challenges that people have to overcome in order to gain access to opportunities that are alleged to be available to everyone. I also have watched as community members care for one another to bridge the gaps in access to those opportunities. This is testament to the power of our communities to be true partners in determining the solutions they face when given the resources to do so. Finally, I have been able to bear witness to what is possible when people finally gain access and opportunity and how that has the potential to change the trajectory of people’s lives and transform families and communities.

360: Regarding the national and global movement, Black Lives Matter, how will you utilize your unique identity to empower minorities in the City of New York?

Morales: Like many people of color, I have lived years of my life trying not to take up space. I have seen the ways that my identities – my Blackness, my Latina roots, my politics, my womanhood – make people, namely white people, uncomfortable. In these spaces I would constantly ask myself, “Do I seem too opinionated, too articulate, too aggressive?” I would contort and deflate myself to fit into tight corners and small boxes. I would shrink myself so that others could feel big. When making the decision to run for Mayor of NYC, I decided it was important for me to run as my full, unadulterated, unapologetic, multi-hyphenated self. There would be no more shrinking, questioning or self-doubt. I recognize that by the very nature of stepping into this space, I am opening up a path of possibility. As the first Afro-Latina running for mayor of New York City, I recognize the awesome responsibility I hold. I know that when I speak, unfairly or not, I am representing all Afro-Latina women. Missteps become mass stereotypes. Accolades become communal achievements.

This is both beautiful and deeply terrifying. But in moments of fear, I am guided by a greater purpose to bring with me those whom have been devalued and made to feel small, as I have been; to elevate the voices of those with shared experiences and claim our rightful place in democracy and representation in leadership. People like me, individuals and communities of color, women of color, we must be at the forefront of our politics and policies. I am deeply committed to divesting from racist systems and investing in Black and Brown communities. I am committed to reimagining public safety on our streets and in our schools. I am committed to shifting wealth opportunities to those who have been historically marginalized. I am committed to redressing and repairing the wounds of oppression that scar our city. I am in this race to stand taller in the face of a world that tells me to shrink. I am here to tell them that Black lives are beloved. We matter today and every day forward.

360: To all of the NYC citizens following your efforts to better numerous communities, what are some of the best ways individuals can support your campaign?

Morales: The best way to help me is to join the campaign with a small contribution. I am not a career politician, and unlike other candidates, I have not spent decades cultivating a war chest of people, networks and resources to kickstart my run for mayor. I want to be responsive to the people, not the special interests.. My campaign was born out of my home in Bed-Stuy, out of conversations with my neighbors, friends and colleagues. Our campaign is 100% powered by the people, not the 1%. We are an intersectional coalition of Black and Brown, Latinx, LGBTQIA and working class New Yorkers. We are backed by the people being hit the hardest at this moment in time. I am so incredibly humbled that in the middle of a pandemic, without employment, people are finding a way to donate to our campaign. I know what is at stake and the choices they have had to make to do so. If donating to our campaign is not possible for you during this financially uncertain time, we understand. Visit my website, dianne.nyc, for information and volunteer opportunities. Spread our mission to your fellow New Yorkers. Reach out to join our team. Remember me in November 2021.

To learn more about Dianne Morales, you can click right here. To learn more about her stances and solutions, you can click right here. To support Morales through donations, you can click right here. You can also support her on Twitter and Instagram.

MOTHER’S DAY ADVENTURES

Sure, any mom would be happy with flowers and a nice dinner, but some moms deserve a bit more this year.  People are switching it up and taking their mothers on an unforgettable trip-of-a-lifetime – an ecotourism adventure. 

 

While ecotourism – travel intended to support conservation efforts while enjoying nature – has been around since the 1970s, the resurgence comes with 21st-century buzzwords of “sustainability” and “green living.”

 

Oceanic Society, America’s oldest non-profit organization dedicated to ocean conservation remains at the forefront of the trend, and is hosting an exclusive ecotourism trip to Trinidad where travelers can explore the island’s beaches and experience the amazing mother leatherback turtle at one of the world’s most important nesting sites. The trip is timed to coincide with the peak of the turtle’s nesting season and Mother’s Day.

 

This fun and educational trip could create a one in a lifetime bonding opportunity for any mother and child. The expedition is from May 11 – 15, 2019 and is $3,600 per person. For more information about the trip to Trinidad, click here.

Boppy

We are asking media and influencers to help support moms with the following:

SHARE! This link here with your audience where you will find 3-4 questions around the pillars of the campaign — Educate, Empower, and Support. For every entry and share, Boppy will donate $1 of product to a parent in need ( up to $5,000).

SHARE the details of The Momkind Project™ with this link http://www.boppy.com/momkind-project/ and hashtag #momkindproject

PROMOTE Safe Sleep information and the brochure here: http://www.boppy.com/safe-sleep/ with hashtag #momkindproject and #safe2sleep

SHARE how using Boppy Pillows at Hospitals helps with bonding and breastfeeding success outcomes: http://www.boppy.com/healthcare/ with hashtag #momkindproject and #boppylove

Boppy is continuing to work with First Candle, Boppy’s Professional Healthcare channel and Military Moms within The Momkind Project™. More details on all of these initiatives as part of The MomKind Project™ are below!

The Momkind Project™ Pillars are:

Educate new moms and moms-to-be on safe sleep practices for baby.

Empower pre-natal and post-natal moms via the Boppy Professional Healthcare Channel.

Support families through donations and initiatives with a focus on both military and the underserved communities.

First Candle

Boppy has maintained a long-time partnership with First Candle, the leading national non-profit organization that is dedicated to the education, advocacy and research of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). First Candle and Boppy are once again championing a campaign to spread awareness, eliminate stillbirth and help educate parents on safe sleep practices for baby. The campaign includes advertising, safe sleep practices on boppy.com and informational tags on Boppy® Products.

Boppy’s Professional Healthcare

Boppy’s Professional Healthcare channel is focused on supporting healthy pregnancies and successful breastfeeding. Research confirms that new mothers who use a nursing pillow (including a Boppy® Pillow or Boppy® Healthcare Pillow) with a lactation consultant or breastfeeding professional at the hospital were more likely to successfully breastfeed at home. According to a Boppy Study from May 2016, 88.4% of moms who used a Boppy® HC Pillow at the hospital after birth left the hospital successfully nursing. Boppy is committed to supporting mom’s choice to breastfeed and helping family members bond with baby after birth with the Boppy Products.

Military Families

Boppy’s longstanding commitment to support military moms began many years ago. Not only are Boppy® Products available to military families at exchanges nationwide, but Boppy also donates products to support military moms at USO Baby Showers in connection with What To Expect. In addition, Boppy donates products to local and national non-profits supporting underserved families.

About The Boppy Company

Founded in 1989, The Boppy Company is the pioneering leader in creating comfortable and supportive products for parents and babies. It all started with the iconic, beloved and award-winning Boppy® Feeding & Infant Support Pillow, a must-have staple for all nurseries. Boppy’s brand essences – beloved, bonding, comfort, fashion, safe, simple and versatile – remain at the heart of the business and drive product innovation. Nearly three decades later, Boppy has expanded its product line to include carriers, teething solutions, pregnancy pillows, breastfeeding accessories, baby loungers, travel products and more. Boppy offers Support for All Momkind®throughout the journey of parenting. For more information, visit www.boppy.com. The Boppy Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Artsana Group, www.artsana.com.

About First Candle

First Candle is a national non-profit organization committed to eliminating Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and other sleep-related infant deaths through education and outreach while providing bereavement support to those families who have experienced a loss. Through their groundbreaking Straight Talk for Infant Safe Sleep program, community partners and parents work together to adopt Safe Sleep Guidelines, promote breast feeding and reduce second hand smoke in order to improve the rate of infant survival. For more information, to access grief support or to make a donation call 1-800-221-SIDS or visit www.firstcandle.org.

About WhatToExpect and USO

Throughout the year, What To Expect and USO partner to host baby showers for military moms. Heidi Murkoff, who established the What to Expect Foundation in 1997, serves as the host for each shower, answering questions, signing copies of her best-selling book, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting,” and posing for photos with expectant mothers. Each shower offers guests a chance to get to know each other through tried-and-true baby shower games and lunch, where Heidi addresses expectant moms’ concerns and answers candid questions during a Q&A session. The USO’s corporate partners also provide traditional gifts for the nearly 100 moms that attend each Special Delivery shower. In the past, The Boppy Company has sent in-kind donations to these events to help spoil and support military moms.

FRONT PORCH CINEMA × SANTA MONICA PIER

Front Porch Cinema Announces Line Up Of Free Outdoor Movies On The Iconic Santa Monica Pier Every Friday From Sept. 29-Oct. 27


WHO:

Santa Monica Pier and Eat|See|Hear


WHAT:

Missing the Twilight Concert Series? Well, the Santa Monica Pier today announced the return of Front Porch Cinema, the consummate Southern California free movie series under the stars and over the Ocean every Friday night this fall from Sept. 29-Oct. 27. The Pier will be transformed into a cozy and perfect setting for a night of movies, scrumptious food, themed drinks in the cinema lounge, and activities for the kiddos, Mom, Dad, first dates, the cool kids, and all. The audience can unwind on old-timey lawn chairs, comfy blankets, and watch on a giant screen with the highest quality HD-projection and line-array sound provided by LA’s premier outdoor movie producers, EatISeeIHear.

Presented by the leading all-in-one web publishing tools company, Squarespace, the series will launch with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone’s award-winning musical “La La Land” on Sept. 29, then the 30th anniversary celebration of 1980’s cult classic romance comedy “The Princess Bride” on Oct. 6, “Hidden Figures” the story of three African-American mathematician space heroes will rock on Oct. 13, and finally “Beauty and the Beast” a live-action re-telling of the studio’s animated classic on Oct. 20. Capping off the series will be a special premier bonus screening of “Rogue Elements” on Friday, Oct. 27 by extreme action sports partner Teton Gravity Research.


Front Porch Cinema Fall Schedule:

6 p.m. – Cinema Lounge opens (21+)

7:30 p.m. – Movie begins

September 29 – “La La Land” (PG-13)

October 6 – “The Princess Bride” (PG)

October 13 – “Hidden Figures” (PG)

October 20 – “Beauty and the Beast” (PG)

October 27 – Bonus Screening: “Rogue Elements” presented by REI (PG)


TICKET COST:

FREE & OPEN TO THE PUBLIC


FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Please visit www.frontporchcinema.com.


About The Santa Monica Pier Corporation
The Santa Monica Pier Corporation (SMPC) is a non-profit, public benefit corporation dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Santa Monica Pier experience for all visitors. For more information, visit http://www.santamonicapier.org.

 

About Eat|See|Hear

Voted “Best Outdoor Movie Series” by Los Angeles Magazine in 2014, the Eat|See|Hear outdoor movie, food truck and live music series brings an evening of fun to Los Angeles-area venues each summer. The annual series features up-and-coming bands from the local music scene, the hottest food trucks and the largest inflatable movie screen west of the Mississippi with the highest quality HD-projection with a 52-foot wide image and professional sound. Eat|See|Hear promises an enjoyable movie-going experience for everyone, including dogs. Each event and is produced by LA-based Trailhead Marketing, Inc. For more information visit www.eatseehear.com.

SEASON SIX OF BRAVO MEDIA’S “DON’T BE TARDY” PREMIERING OCT 6TH

IT’S A FULL HOUSE ON SEASON SIX OF BRAVO MEDIA’S “DON’T BE TARDY…” PREMIERING BACK-TO-BACK EPISODES ON

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6TH AT 8PM ET/PT

 

The Biermanns are taking charge on Bravo Media’s “Don’t Be Tardy…,” with a double episode premiere on Friday, October 6th at 8pm ET/PT. Through marital bliss, teenage drama, a family trip and a horrifying brush with danger, the Biermann’s family bond is as solid as a rock. 

For a sneak peek, please visit: http://www.bravotv.com/dont-be-tardy/season-6/videos/your-first-look-at-dontbetardy-season-6

Kim and Kroy are back and better than ever as nothing seems to slow down with their band of six kids, three dogs, wild humor and outrageous fun. Kroy has taken a break from football to spend more time at home, finding himself in full-on dad mode. Meanwhile, Brielle is in love with her superstar baseball boyfriend while balancing being Kim’s personal assistant. However, her plans to move in with her new beau may strike out with her parents. Ariana has come into her own and is ready to get behind the wheel of life and take off. Chef Tracey is still cooking up amusing antics and “The Littles” – KJ, Kash, Kaia and Kane – are really the ones ruling the house at every turn.  
 

“Don’t Be Tardy…” is produced by Truly Original with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin and David St. John serving as executive producers, and Jamie Jakimo and Michael Beck serving as co-executive producers. Kim Zolciak-Biermann and Kroy Biermann also serve as executive producers.
 

About Bravo Media:

Bravo Media is the premier lifestyle and entertainment brand that drives cultural conversation around its high-quality, interactive original content focusing on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, digital, and pop culture. The network’s diversified slate includes Bravo’s scripted series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” “Imposters,” and “Odd Mom Out,” in addition to unscripted favorites such as Emmy Award-winning “Top Chef,” “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck,” “Southern Charm,” and the popular “Million Dollar Listing” and “The Real Housewives” franchises, as well as the only live late-night talk show, “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.” Available in 87 million homes, Bravo is a program service of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Watch Bravo anywhere: on demand, online, or across mobile and connected TVs. Bravo has been an NBCUniversal cable network since December 2002 and first launched in December 1980