Kevin Powell Receives another Major Endorsement IN HIS RACE for Congress in Brooklyn- The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City
Released on: July 14, 2008, 12:06 pm
Press Release Author: Marisa King-Redwood/The Buzz International Group
Press Release Summary: SDNYC, the leading voice for the LGBT Community in New York City, has chosen to endorse LGBT-friendly candidate Kevin Powell, in his race for the 10th Congressional District in Brooklyn against incumbent Ed Towns.
Press Release Body: July 14, 2008, New York, New York- On Thursday, July 10, The Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City (SDNYC) overwhelmingly voted to support Kevin Powell in his bid for Congress in the 10th Congressional District of Brooklyn. This endorsement reflects the growing excitement, in reform political circles, about Powell's race against long time incumbent Ed Towns. Other major endorsements have already come from Democracy for New York City and Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, and notable figures like philanthropist George Soros, feminist icon Gloria Steinem, scholar Michael Eric Dyson, and comedian and Brooklyn native Chris Rock. Kevin Powell's primary against Edolphus Towns will be held on Tuesday September 9, 2008. The endorsement comes on the heels of Powell's fundraiser on July 9th which netted him more than $50,000.
The SDNYC is a leading voice in the Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Community in New York City. The mission of SDNYC is to advocate for legislation and public programs that guarantee equality and fairness for the LGBT community in New York City, and to support openly LGBT and LGBT-friendly candidates for greater representation in the political process.
"I am deeply humbled to receive the Stonewall Democrats of New York City's endorsement. For many years, spurred with a very simple telephone interview I did with the late Audre Lorde in the early 1990s, I have been a committed ally of the LGBT community. Indeed, much of my personal journey in New York City, as a heterosexual man who has overcome his own homophobia; as a writer; and as a political activist, has its roots in what I have learned from LGBT sisters and brothers. From my first editor when I wrote at Vibe magazine, the landlord who took me in when I was in dire straits, or the insufferable pain I felt at the funeral of Shani Baraka and her lover, Rayshon Holmes, killed because they were lesbians, it has been the kindness, vision, compassion, struggles and tragedies of the LGBT community that have helped to sharpen for my vision for a just world. As an African American, as a Christian, and as a direct beneficiary of the great Civil Rights Movement, I am very clear that civil and human rights must be extended to all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, class, or religious affiliation. It is our moral and political duty to do so. With the help of organizations like Stonewall Democrats, I will be that kind of leader and that kind of voice in Congress" -Kevin Powell
About Kevin Powell
Born in Jersey City, NJ, this long-time resident of Brooklyn is passionate about social activism, politics, history and being an innovator and leader in the future of this country. Powell sees a society in flux that needs strong direction, unifying ideas and ideals. For the past several years Kevin Powell has devoted himself to speaking and writing ardently about societal issues such as redefining American and African American manhood away from sexism and misogyny, bringing awareness to violence against women and girls, race and class matters that linger in the American social fabric, and economic empowerment for all Americans. Never at rest, Powell routinely tours the country illuminating audiences to his social mission by speaking at a host of community events, colleges and universities, and town hall meetings in hopes of raising awareness to these pressing challenges.
As an elected official Kevin Powell's agenda would include tackling the current socio-political and civic challenges of his constituents and America at large, such as fair and humane community development, education, affordable housing and universal healthcare, immigration rights, global warming, job training and expanded employment opportunities, and the war in Iraq. In addition, Powell would create a synergy between politics and popular culture to reach Generation X and Y voters. "It is time for new leadership, a new generation, to push us forward, and I want to be a part of that wave of fresh ideas, of new visions, for these times, for the 21st century", he says.
For more information on Kevin Powell and his platform go to www.kevinpowellforcongress.org
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