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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm Public Showing: Eyes on the Prize Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida St., Appleton
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm What’s at the Heart of Immigration for You? A Conversation Memorial Presbyterian Church 800 E College Ave Appleton
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm Budget Action Workshop Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 400 Hall, 2700 Northridge Dr, Kaukauna
Monday, March 4, 2019 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran, Neenah
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 4:00pm Oshkosh ESTHER B'nai Israel, Oshkosh

Public Showing: Eyes on the Prize

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Date: 
Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida St., Appleton

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights MovementAs part of Black History Month 2019, the City of Appleton is presenting the film, Eyes on the Prize, at the Appleton Public Library. Join us for a film viewing and community conversation.

Dignity & Respect Appleton LogoThrough contemporary interviews and historical footage, this film traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to passage of the Voting Rights Act.

FREE ADMISSION.

What’s at the Heart of Immigration for You? A Conversation

Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Memorial Presbyterian Church 800 E College Ave Appleton

What’s at the heart of immigration for you?

You are invited to a conversation on Immigration

With a special performance by Voices of Hope Readers’ Theater

This conversation offers an opportunity for us to just listen to each others’ experiences around this issue.
Increased understanding can be a foundation for better relationships and even solutions.

No charge to attend. Please request a ticket by February 25 to help us plan better!

Register by February 25

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - World Relief Fox Valley - Thrivent Financial - Memorial Presbyterian Church - Dignity and Respect Appleton, Elisha D Smith Menasha Public Library - Stronger Together Fox Valley - Volunteer Fox Cities

Budget Action Workshop

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Date: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 400 Hall, 2700 Northridge Dr, Kaukauna

tell your story. connect with others.
make an impact
on the 2019-2021 budget … and beyond.

BUDGET ACTION WORKSHOP detailsThis workshop offers changemaker training for all who want to be a voice for a budget our communities deserve.

Your voice is needed! The legislators and the new governor will take up the single most important piece of legislation this year: the biennial state budget. Our job is to make sure that the budget meets the needs of our children, our communities, and the efforts we support, including education, good roads, clean air & water, justice reform, healthcare and more.

If you can't make it to Kaukauka on March 2, additional training opportunities are being offered at:

  • Middleton, March 3
  • Eau Claire, March 9
  • Milwaukee, March 10


Register Now!

be the voice!

Help spread the word; download and share the attached flyer!

Getting to School Shouldn’t be a Challenge

Getting to School Shouldn’t be a Challenge. Please support increased funding for public transportation for children and teens in Oshkosh.

Support Student Access to Public Transportation

Madison Action Day 2019

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison

View of State Capital from Above

WISDOM’s Madison Action Day

A day of collective action with leaders across Wisconsin in our state capitol.

Register Now!

Join leaders from all parts of Wisconsin for a day of action and movement-building so we can get our issues on the minds of legislators while they are making their budget decisions.

Buses will be transporting people to the event from Appleton and Oshkosh. Click Read more below for details.

Register Now!

Follow Madison Action Day 2019 on Facebook.

Adult Survivors and Thrivers of Childhood Abuse Moving Forward

Date: 
Tuesday, March 19, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton

Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series Spring 2019 Fox Valley Technical College Room C190 A/B/C (entrance 15)Join us as we listen and learn from Teresa Gross, a licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, SAC-IT, who will speak about Adult Survivors and Thrivers of Childhood Abuse Moving Forward.

FREE TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com

This event is part of the Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series, sponsored by Bev Kelley-Miller and the Megan Kelley Foundation.

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 have to main­tain our effort over the long haul, 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!

Shared Sanctuary Ministry Fund - Call for Contributions

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ESTHER is pleased to bring attention to a recent letter from two ESTHER member congregations: The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). These congregations have both gone on record in declaring that they will house those threatened with deportation should the need arise. Their letter says, in part:

The Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) and the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship are the two congregations in the Fox Cities that have declared themselves to be Sanctuary Congregations. While no individuals are currently living in sanctuary, many in our community are relying on us to provide support in other ways …[including] showing up in the wake of immigration raids and providing financial support for legal services and a range of household needs. We are running out of money to do this critical work.

2018 Banquet Sets New Record

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Leonard Pitts, Jr., speaking with banquet guest Sharyn GawlickMore than 350 people—a record!—gathered at Liberty Hall in Kimberly on Sunday evening, November 4, for ESTHER’s 15th annual banquet. The room was full, and overflowed with an amazing spirit. During the program, ESTHER recognized Lisa Hanneman for her Individual Leadership in prison reform work, focusing on medication reform at the Outagamie County Jail (story here). Mayor Tim Hanna and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Karen Nelson accepted the Community Leadership award for bringing the national Dignity & Respect Campaign to Appleton (story here).

Keynote speaker Leonard Pitts, Jr., in a powerful and personal talk covering racism, immigration, the #MeToo movement, and our hope for change, challenged us to act, but first to listen. The Appleton Post-Crescent covered the event in a story you can find here.

And there’s more….