About This Hub
States, as Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis observed are, “the laboratories of democracy.”
How each state formulates or articulates its idea of Democracy is dependent on its citizens and their politics. Over the last thirty years California has gone from a state of rich political discourse to a near one-party state that punishes dissent even within its ruling party.
AF and its presence in California are vital for restoring space for broad discussions, for opening up discourse and dissenting voices, encouraging civil society, and for once again giving space to the state to experiment with its democracy and not have it dictated to the people.
We do this by big tent organizing among young professionals and community organizations, in advocating for lowering barriers to entrepreneurship, building critical infrastructure to guard our state, and working to advance greater guarantees of our individual liberties.
And with your support, we can better do this, building partnership, providing space for discussion, and growing our movement across the state.
If you live in California and believe in the power of freedom to improve the lives of you and your communities, we’d love to have you join us! The AF-California Hub is a community and network for individuals who believe in the power of liberty, entrepreneurship, and innovation to promote positive social change.Sign up here for more info on future updates and events!
AF-California Hub: Breaking Into the Media
Join us on a Thursday evening to discuss all things related to writing, pitching, podcasting, publishing, and immersing yourself in establishing your voice in the media. We can't wait to...
AF-California Hub: Toy Drive and Holiday Celebration
Join us on Saturday, December 9th at 12:30-3pm at Drake's: The Barn in West Sacramento to collect Toys for Tots! We will be hanging out by the fire pits and...
100 Million Californians: Can It Happen?
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Aaron Castillo-White is the Acting Hub Director of AF-California. He is a Los Angeles-based consultant and Founding Executive Director of Kultur Mercado, an organization working to advance liberty and democracy through its diversity. He has worked in policy, fundraising, and programming across the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. Aaron holds bachelor's degrees in Politics and Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz where he founded Slugs for Liberty, and a Master's in Environmental Policy from Tel Aviv University. In his free time, he can be found translating from Yiddish or Spanish, making art with his wife or, out with friends at a park or trail.
Hannah Henriksen is the Hub Coordinator for AF-California, and the President of Respect America. She came into the liberty world by accident but now couldn’t imagine herself doing anything else. She has her Bachelor of Science from Texas Tech University and MBA from William Jessup University. When not working, she reads, plays video games, and goes on walks with her boyfriend and 2 dogs.