New York, NY – Civil rights attorney, educator, radio host, small business owner and community activist, progressive Democrat Yetta Kurland announced today her intentions to run for the New York City Council 3rd District in 2013.

“I am humbled and honored by the outpouring of support I have received from respected leaders of our community”, said Kurland. “Our city faces enormous challenges as we enter a time with major turnover in our city government. Now more than ever it is important that we elect experienced proven leaders who have everyday people’s interests at heart.”

Yetta is running with a progressive agenda. She has vowed to address the need for a new village hospital, more affordable housing, advocating for sensible policies allowing small businesses to flourish, and working towards protecting the rights of all people.

“Whether it’s organizing and leading the fight for a new village hospital, serving a member of the coalition that won marriage equality in New York State, or championing efforts to curb the Stop and Frisk policies in New York City – I promise to work day and night in the City Council advocating for practical common sense progressive policies that our community wants, needs and deserves.”

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Why Our Community Supports Yetta

“The Women's Democratic Club of New York City takes pride in supporting independent, non-machine, progressive candidates who care about their neighborhoods and work to improve life for all New Yorkers. We are proud to stand with our member Yetta Kurland in her candidacy for City Council in the Third District.”
Patricia Rudden
President, Women's Democratic Club

“Yetta Kurland has a been a strong advocate for our community and all New Yorkers through her work as a lawyer and more recently as a broadcaster. This is the type of person we need representing us in our local government. Someone who will bring a voice to the concerns of the everyday people who live in our district.”
Michael Walsh
Chelsea Resident

"I have been proud to litigate civil rights cases with Yetta and know her to be of the utmost character and integrity. She is tenacious and never compromises as an advocate for her clients. As a community activist, she is just as tenacious and takes on powerful, special interests in favor of working people in her district and throughout the City. She has truly become a "people's advocate" and the West Village , Chelsea and Hell's Kitchen will benefit and see results when she is elected to the City Council."
Tom Shanahan
Hells Kitchen Resident and Civil Rights Attorney

“In an age where too often politicians are hesitant to display their true convictions, Yetta Kurland stays true to her genuinely progressive ideals. Yetta is the kind of fighter we need in City Hall. She is not afraid to stand up to the biggest powers and she unapologetically stands with her community. Yetta seeks to be a true public servant."
Bertha Lewis

“Yetta Kurland is a leader of the new millennium--smart and savvy--maintaining the courage of her convictions as a champion of civil rights and an advocate for economic justice. Kurland breaks down the politics of cynicism that divide and instead leads by engaging in dynamic creative-response, striving to bring us together. If you believe, as I do, that New York City should and can work better for everyone then you must support Yetta Kurland.”
Antonino D'Ambrosio

“Yetta Kurland, more than any other politician I know, represents with dignity and grace, the full spectrum of the LGBT and visibly queer community. I’m so pleased to hear she’s running for City Council in my town. Heck, I’ve been calling her Madame President for years!”
Kate Bornstein
Author and Playwright


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