We are a group of residents and activists in the community — mostly women, mostly of color who are rising up against the machine politics that have dominated Queens for too many years. The Queens County Democratic Party is actually un-democratic and we are fighting to build a party that is transparent, and inclusive and thus actually reflects the diversity of our neighborhoods. We need your help.
District Leaders are so important in shaping party politics that most of them are elected officials — from state senators, assembly representatives to members of Congress. If you go back to Tammany Hall, there were no elections: district leaders were appointed by county party leaders without process.
This all changed in 1961 thanks to a group of insurgents called the Reformers. The Reformers launched primary challenges against the district leaders who were in the pocket of the machine, won a majority of seats and took over the city Democratic Party.
District Leaders are meant to identify and fight for the needs of the community, bringing issues to elected officials and government agencies, and then holding them accountable. They also work with community organizations such as block associations and other neighborhood-based civic groups on amplifying issues and solutions to the public and elected officials
Now it’s our turn to transform the Queens County Democratic Party to make sure it's of the people for the people, and by the people, NOT of corporate interests, for real estate developers and by the billionaire class.
Will you join us?
Queens is geographically the largest and most multicultural borough and contains both suburban and urban areas. We understand that we will need to apply different strategies to organizing each community. This is why we need to prioritize relational organizing. If we only focus on people running for higher office and not the neighborhoods affected by the policies, then how can we hold all those that we elect accountable?
Inspired by Mister Rogers and the idea of building a relationship with your neighbors, we will focus on building local infrastructure to support organizing on a hyper-local level. This is how people who have major life responsibilities such as caring for family members, building careers or businesses can still get involved in building local political community power.
Trust is key to mobilizing marginalized communities to get involved and act and the only way to build that trust is through conversations and meeting people where they are at.
Won’t you be our neighbor?
Bright D. Limm:
Virginia “Vigie” Ramos Rios: