Our Founding Mothers built AFAR on the fundamental belief that through civic engagement, meaningful change in our society can and will and must happen.

We assert that “family values” are not owned by just one political party. We support and generate events that role-model civic engagement as a progressive family value. We offer pathways to participation so your family can advocate for more progressive policies at all levels of government - especially local.

We are busy parents who, in the midst of all our responsibilities, believe in finding ways to raise our collective voice. We work to build a community of people raising children to be open-minded, compassionate citizens. We believe it is important to cultivate opportunities to raise a diversity of voices from all across Raleigh. Everyone is welcome and safe at our events.

We work to elect progressive candidates and encourage citizens to access their elected officials. We’ve successfully help elect leaders at multiple levels of government - municipal, school board, state legislature, judges. We’re especially proud of the increasing number of women and people of color at the decision making tables, but we’ve still got a long way to go.

Forward Together. Stronger Together.

AFAR 2018 Founding Mothers at our annual pancake breakfast Friendsgiving fundraiser. Pictured are: L to R back row: Beth Johnson, Representative Julie von Haefen Representative Sydney Batch, Councilor Nicole Stewart, Erica King, Sarah Mason. Mayor Nancy McFarlane. front row Courtney Napier, Katie Mac Thompson, Ryan Johnston, Michelle Wang.

AFAR 2018 Founding Mothers at our annual pancake breakfast Friendsgiving fundraiser. Pictured are: L to R back row: Beth Johnson, Representative Julie von Haefen Representative Sydney Batch, Councilor Nicole Stewart, Erica King, Sarah Mason. Mayor Nancy McFarlane. front row Courtney Napier, Katie Mac Thompson, Ryan Johnston, Michelle Wang.