Hoping to reignite some of the excitement that propelled Barack Obama into the presidency two years ago, a new political group has formed in Queens.
Leaders of the New Progressive Democdratic Club of Southeastern Queens say they are looking to spread a message of hope — in contrast with how they see the Republicans as the “party of nope” — and particularly want to energize young people.
“It’s time to fight back against the lies, hypocrisy and hard right wing rhetoric spewing from the ‘Tea Party,’” said club President Donovan Richards, the deputy chief of staff for City Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton). “We can no longer afford to sit back and let them define what we stand for and what we believe in. It’s our turn to take charge of the debate, and let American know that we are still as committed and organized today as we were two years ago.We will fight the message of ‘Nope’ with a renewed message of Hope for all the people of Queens and New York City.”
The club was to have held its first meeting Wednesday at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Laurelton. Among the invited guests were Sanders and Keith Kinch of Organizing for America, Obama’s campaign organization.
— Peter C. Mastrosimone