Our final Community Circle of the year is going to be incredible!
Join us for an intimate conversation with these amazing local artists, activists, creators. The topic is Joy, Art & Activism. Think piece to come soon. Our conversation will be facilitated as always by Courtney Napier. We hope you’ll join us at Rebus Works for an inspiring afternoon.
Starting top row left: Milo Alston, Mike Williams, Justin Cook, Tift Merritt, Victoria Scott-Miller
Exciting opportunity to meet all the City Council candidates and enjoy one of Raleigh’s best local music festivals. Groove in the Garden celebrates 5 years on September 21 and AFAR is thrilled to participate. We will be playing yard games with candidates and invite your family to come play and say hey! Election Day is October 8th, be sure to show up and vote local!
Our conversation with include what it means to live in a Right to Work state, what the $15/hr minimum wage passing in the US House really means for North Carolinians, and what conditions are really like to work in some of the most vulnerable industries, like farming and fast food.
For this event, we will be discussing housing and gentrification in Raleigh. Affordable housing is not only a buzz-phrase as we approach election season in Raleigh, but it is a true concern and a difficult reality for many of our city's citizens. We have an impressive panel including voices from City of Raleigh, DHIC and our sister city Charlotte.
Please join us in welcoming local Raleigh mom and lawyer for the ACLU, Susana Birdsong. She is the Senior Policy Counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina. She contributes to the organization’s statewide legislative and policy program, educating federal, state, and local policy makers on civil liberties issues as well as working in communities to build grassroots support for the ACLU’s legislative priorities.
We will start the reading around 10:40. Craft & social time to follow. All ages and abilities welcome.
Directions & parking info: Read With Me, Raleigh https://www.readwithme.us/directions
It's time again for our annual AFAR fundraiser event. FriendsGIVING is back and we can't wait to celebrate another year of AFAR with our community. Please join us on Sunday, November 18th from 9:30am-11:30am for a family breakfast pajama party extravaganza!
There's going to be a full hot breakfast (catered by Porchetta), coffee + mimosas, pillow/blanket forts, games, reading corner, a big screen viewing of a kid-friendly TV show and more. Wear your PJs!! Please RSVP on evite (include link: http://evite.me/4X7MwZnKwQ)
This month we are discussing “Politics & Policing” with some excellent thought content. In addition to “13th” documentary on Netflix, we are joined by UNC Professor Baumgartner to discuss NC research on traffic stops. Also joining us is candidate for Wake County Sherriff Gerald Baker and Public Defender Deonte' Thomas. It’s going to be an important and intense conversation - and we want your voice to be a part of it!
We hope you and your family will join us for a great opportunity for face time with a School Board Member! Jim Martin has been officially serving our Wake County kids for 7 years, but is an educator and teacher first! He is a Chemistry Professor at NCSU and representative of District 5 (downtown / southern Wake County).
Each volunteer will write short personal notes to 33 women in districts where Julie von Haefen and Sydney Batch are running for state House. Recipients will be women who need encouragement to vote. During the fall, we will write to our voters 3 times — a magic number of contacts!
“Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice -- and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.”
We are excited to partner with Raleigh-based Justice Theater Project (whose mission is to produce compelling theater experiences that create community dialogue and give voice to social concerns) as an “Intermission Advocate” during their upcoming production of Oliver!
Join us at The Community Circle on Sunday morning June 3rd at 10am to discuss the "Problem with Doing Whats Best for Your Kids". The article explores the impact of school choice on the larger community. How do we reconcile what’s best for our kids with what’s best for the community?
AFAR is excited to invite supporters of Sydney Batch to bring their kids with them to her Fundraising Kickoff event. We believe that role modeling civic participation is an important family value! By including our children we normalize political involvement and introduce them to our community leaders. The mission of AFAR is to make progressive activism and civic engagement accessible to all Raleigh families. We work to elect progressive candidates and encourage citizens to access their elected officials. Kids of all ages are welcome to participate in the “Kids Zone” during this fundraiser. We will have snacks, drinks, games and our little library of liberal children’s books.
Learn more about Syndey here: http://sydneybatch.com/about-sydney/
Sydney Batch is a lawyer, social worker, and child welfare advocate who was raised in North Carolina. She has degrees in both MSW and JD from UNC-Chapel Hill. She is a small business owner in private practice with her husband, serving Raleigh and Wake County with child welfare and family law services. They have two small children, and have lived in Wake Cunty for 11 years.