On May 16, educators from across North Carolina will gather in downtown Raleigh for a Day of Advocacy, including a 10am March and a 3:30pm Rally. Over 10,000 people are expected to attend this historic event. AFAR supports the teachers and public school advocates, and we encourage families to wear #RedforEd and attend the march or the rally if possible. The ultimate goal is to elect more pro-public education leaders in North Carolina to return our state back to a beacon for public schools. For more information, please refer to https://may16.org/
Jedidiah Gant is a dad who lives with his wife (Stacy), two children (Oliver and Nora), and dog (Penny) in the Mordecai neighborhood in Downtown Raleigh. He works as a Media Strategist at Myriad Media, a video agency based in downtown, with clients such as North Carolina Museum of Art, Dix Park, IBM, Toyota, ACLU NC, and Vans x Truth. His community and art based projects include New Raleigh, Cooke Street Carnival, Raleigh Murals Project, Olde Raleigh, and Flight Raleigh.
Veronica Butcher is a super mom for Moms Clean Air Force, a three-time political appointee, experienced coach, and consultant with over 18 years of experience working on the national and state level. She offers an inspiring reflection about public service on local boards and commissions as a way for average folks to get more involved!
A reflection on a life of public service, authored by one of Raleigh’s first female City Councilors - Mrs Mary Cates (1927-2018). Her journey from 1950s secretary to 1970s environmental activist rings true for women finding their advocacy voice today. She helped save Umstead Park and establish our greenways system, as well as found CACs, The Raleigh City Museum and The Raleigh Hall of Fame. She recently passed away after 91 fabulous years on Earth, and we are proud to honor her legacy and tell her story.