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Democratic Socialists of America Queens Branch - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign materials

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SCA-0012

Scope and Contents

Items include organizing materials created by the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's 2018 congressional campaign (including game plans, research, fliers, and scripts); and offical materials and memorabilia created by the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign (including posters, postcards, and tote bags). The collection also contains a small quantity of campaign materials created by Ocasio-Cortez's opponent in the primary, Joseph Crowley, and by Julia Salazar, a progressive Democratic who unseated incumbent New York State Senator Martin Malave Dilan the same year.


  • 2018-02-01 - 2018-11-01




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Biographical/Historical Note

About the DSA The Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) is the largest socialist organization in the United States with over 70,000 members as of June 2020. The New York City DSA has branches, members, and activities in the five boroughs. The Queens branch of the DSA held events and produced materials to help the primary and general election campaign of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in 2018.

About Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, popularly and affectionately known as AOC, catapulted to national attention when she ran and won in the Democratic Party’s primary election in 2018 against Joe Crowley, the powerful ten-term incumbent U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th Congressional District. Easily winning against the Republican candidate in the general election, she again made history as the youngest woman to serve in the United States Congress. She identifies as a democratic socialist and is widely seen as representing the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. Among many other media coverage, she is in the 2019 Time "100 Most Influential People" and her primary campaign was featured in the award-winning Netflix documentary, Knock Down The House.

About Aaaron Taube Aaron Taube was a member of the organizing committee for the electoral working group of the New York City chapter of the Queens branch of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA). His work included meeting with Ocasio-Cortez, performing research, organizing meetings where members could ask her questions and vote on whether to endorse her, and whipping votes at the DSA's citywide leadership committee to get the endorsement to pass. Taube was also an organizer of Queens DSA's field operation on behalf of Ocasio-Cortez. The chapter's team of 103 volunteers knocked on over 11,000 doors, representing 1/5 of the volunteer canvass for Ocasio-Cortez.


2 Linear Feet (1 oversized flat box and 1 half sized document case. )


Collection consists of items from Aaron Taube’s work with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) Queens Branch during the months of February through November 2018 to help elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez as U.S. Representative for New York's 14th congressional district. On June 26, 2018 Ocasio-Cortez pulled off an upset victory over ten-term incumbent Joseph Crowley in the Democratic primary. She then went on to defeat Republican Anthony Pappas in the November 6th general election.

Items include printed materials and memorabilia created by the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez campaign and organizing materials created by the DSA, who endorsed her and contributed to her victory.

Source of Acquisition

Items donated by Aaron Taube to the Department of Special Collections and Archives in November, 2018.


Lists of voters for door knocking (which accompanied the door knocking scripts and game plan) were not retained due to privacy concerns.

Democratic Socialists of America Queens Branch Campaign Materials
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Repository Details

Part of the Queens College (New York, N.Y.) Special Collections and Archives Repository

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