Out of that blue wave, a number of left-leaning community groups and political clubs formed, including the Queens United Independent Progressives.
QUIP, founded in July 2018, was initially made up of former volunteers and staffers from Ocasio-Cortez’s 2018 campaign.
“We are a community-based organization that supports a new wave of policy and standards for progressive politics in Queens,” said Ingrid Gomez, the interim co-chair and co-founder of QUIP.
The club aims to support “movement” candidates on the left who support climate, economic, housing and racial justice, Gomez said. It also advocates for racial, gender and LGBTQ equality.
One of the group’s priorities is educating and engaging Queens residents in electoral issues through civic education, forums, petitioning and canvassing progressive candidates and causes.
“We are currently creating a civics education curriculum for middle schoolers to be piloted in the next year,” Gomez said, “to help young people learn more about local government and encourage their participation in it.”
Last winter, QUIP hosted a candidate forum for the special election for public advocate. More recently, the group put together a forum for the Queens district attorney primary race.
This fall, they’re organizing another town hall on a topic to be announced later. Gomez added that they’re exploring the idea of running a campaign to educate the public on ranked-choice voting.
One of QUIP’s more immediate challenges, however, is finding a permanent meeting space that is ADA accessible.
“We are currently holding our meetings in our members’ homes,” Gomez said, “but eventually we will need more space for our programming.”