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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

  • To learn more about a particular event, click on its title
  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on More at the bottom left of the listing
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 6:30am - 6:30pm
Fox Valley Vigil for Migrant Justice Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 4:00pm
Oshkosh ESTHER B'nai Israel, Oshkosh
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Weekly Climate Strike - Fox Cities Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton
Friday, March 6, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Mental Health Task Force Meeting Koi Coffee and Tea, 204 Main St, Menasha

Centering Social Justice in the Climate Conversation: A Panel

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida Street, Appleton

At the global scale, we know climate change disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, but how is this playing out here in the Fox Cities? In this panel you’ll hear from a set of diverse voices from local organizations as they discuss the following question: “From your perspective, what are the social justice issues and concerns related to climate change?” This event also offers the opportunity to learn about the unique approaches of local organizations that are working to address climate change. If you’re trying to find the right place to plug in, this is a great place to begin! Click “Read more” below for details.

Weekly Climate Strike - Fox Cities

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Friday, January 10, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, January 17, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, January 24, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, January 31, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, February 7, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, February 21, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, February 28, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, March 6, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, March 13, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, March 20, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, March 27, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, April 3, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, April 10, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Strike With Us

Climate Strike rallies continue on Fridays through April 17 at Houdini Plaza in Appleton.

Sponsored by Youth Climate Activists Fox Valley and Youth Climate Action Team of Wisconsin

“We are climate striking every Friday to raise awareness about the climate crisis. By doing this we are putting pressure on our state government and Appleton City Hall to take action. We demonstrate at Houdini Plaza from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome, everyone is needed.”

Click here to visit event page on Facebook

ESTHER’s 2020 Officers Announced

At the December 2019 meeting of ESTHER’s Leadership Board on December 12, officers for 2020 were elected.

  • President - Gary Crevier (newly elected): Gary has been an active suppporter of ESTHER for many years, especially through hisGary Crevier receiving the mantle of ESTHER leadership work with the prison reform task force and participation in ESTHER’s Religious Leaders Caucus. Read Gary’s personal profile here.
  • Vice President - Jo Phillip (newly elected): Jo is a member of the Fox Valley Islamic Society and works as a writer and editor in a Fox Cities marketing communications firm.
  • Secretary - Nancy Jones (continuing): A tireless contributor to and leader in many justice-oriented and community groups in the Fox Cities, Nancy belongs to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Appleton.
  • Treasurer - Melissa Hughes (continuing): Melissa’s strong background in financial analysis, her past work in juvenile corrections in Canada, and her experience as a recent immigrant to the US make her well qualified to serve ESTHER in this role.

Board members expressed their gratitude to retiring president Fr. Joe Mattern, Appleton, and retiring vice president Mamadou Coulibaly, Oshkosh, for their dedicated service and effective leadership on behalf of ESTHER.

Become a Monthly Sustainer: Our Work Takes Time …

Bringing justice and equi­ty to our society will not happen overnight, or even in a year or two.

We love “quick wins” as much as anyone … but in our work toward systemic change, they are few and far between.

For example, Oshkosh Common Council’s February 2020 decision to fund free busing for Oshkosh Public School students came about only after a sustained campaign over more than four years by ESTHER Oshkosh and other groups. So we have to main­tain our effort over the long haul to bring about significant change, and that requires a de­pen­dable fi­nan­cial base.

Monthly Sustain­ers pro­vide fund­ing we can count on for the long run … through automatic month­ly con­tri­bu­tions (of $10 or more) from their check­ing or savings account.

We invite you to become a Monthly Sustainer of ESTHER. Just download this form, fill it out, and mail it to ESTHER, PO Box 784, Neenah, WI 54957.

Thank you!

Fox Valley Vigil for Migrant Justice

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 6:30am - 6:30pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

The World is Watching. Demand the End of MPPVigil in support of Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship members and others traveling to the border at Brownsville, TX (across from Matamoros, Mexico) soon. The group from the Fox Valley will join with activists and faith leaders from around the country to protest the US’s “Remain In Mexico” policy for asylum seekers.

“While local faith leaders heed the call to witness and testify what is happening at our southern borders, let's come together to educate our Fox Valley neighbors on this horrific policy that has harmed so many seeking safety.”

Full information available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/794922647653958

Immigration Task Force Works Towards a Better Life for Immigrants

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force has evolved over the years into a wide-reaching group of dedicated people with ties to many groups in the community and beyond. Our agenda includes advocacy for specific policy changes; community education and consciousness-raising relating to the experience of immigrants; and walking alongside immigrants as they negotiate the twists and turns of life in our community. Click “Read more” below to see the complete update from ESTHER Immigration Task Force chair Nancy Bourassa.