Daraka Larimore-Hall grew up in Santa Barbara, where he first got involved in activism as a high school student opposing the first Gulf War. Raised in an activist family, Daraka’s background forged his strong commitment to social justice, and some of his earliest family memories are from anti-Apartheid and nuclear disarmament protests.
Since graduating with honors from the University of Chicago in 1999, Daraka has worked as a political organizer on electoral and issue-based campaigns throughout the United States and Europe. In 2001-2002, he worked as an anti-racism and election organizer in Norway and Sweden. From 2003 until 2011, he was an activist and officer in UAW Local 2865, the union for Teaching Assistants at the University of California. He is currently finishing a PhD in Sociology at University of California, Santa Barbara.
For the past seven years, Daraka has been chair of the Democratic Party of Santa Barbara County. He has served as Vice President of the Tri-Counties Central Labor Council, and is currently Vice Chair of the California Democratic Party Labor Caucus.
As a Democratic Party activist, Daraka has focused on creating more opportunities for leadership for young people and expanding the Party’s role in local elections and community issues. He strongly believes that electing Democrats is only the start of the Party’s job, and that we must engage in advocacy and organizing that holds elected representatives to our cherished values of equality, peace, freedom and fairness.