Like many in our California Democratic Party family, we’ve spent decades as activists and party organizers. In that time, we’ve seen many changes, some for better and some for worse. One thing is clear, every good change has come from the bottom up, not the top down.
The fight to reform this Party didn’t start in 2017. Waves of grassroots activists have been working on the ground to revitalize and democratize the CDP for decades. Electing one of these activists as Chair is the next logical step in that long struggle.
Our party doesn’t need a savior, we need someone who has been walking the talk, fighting in the trenches with the grassroots of our party to make things better. Someone who will listen to our concerns and work to implement our solutions. That is why we are supporting Daraka for CDP Chair.
Daraka is the only candidate with a platform informed by a decade and a half of conversations with us, the grassroots of our party. He’s been with us in the fights for universal health care and affordable housing; and stood up against Davita, against Oil, against the Insurance Industry, and even our own legislative leaders when they tried to violate our party values.
As a rank-and-file labor leader, Daraka has organized thousands of workers into unions, marched pickets lines across the State and worked hard to integrate the labor movement and the Democratic Party.
The role of the Chair is not to dole out resources from on high, it is to build our organization County-by-County, to negotiate with candidates and allies to put the local Party at the center of coordinated campaigns, and to help grassroots activists find and leverage the resources necessary to change their communities.
Join us and many other grassroots delegates in supporting one of us, Daraka Larimore-Hall, for CDP Chair.
Greg Harnage, Placer County
Dotty Nygard, San Joaquin County
Jessica Self, Stanislaus County
Gregg Robinson, San Diego County