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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
Thursday, June 20, 2019 (All day) Call-In Day for Public Transportation Your Telephone!
Tuesday, June 25, 2019 - 4:30pm ESTHER Executive Committee ESTHER Office, Neenah
Monday, July 1, 2019 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, July 2, 2019 - 4:00pm Oshkosh ESTHER B'nai Israel, 1121 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh
Tuesday, July 9, 2019 - 6:30pm ESTHER Immigration Task Force Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton

Migrant Child Detention: Two Women Share Their Story

Tuesday, June 18, 2019 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Copper Rock Coffee Co, 210 W College Ave, Appleton

You are Invited
To a Compelling
Program on
Migrant Child

Protest at an internment
camp in Tornillo, Texas. Two
Women share their story

Sponsored by the League of
Women Voters of Appleton

Program will begin promptly at 5:30pm


Call-In Day for Public Transportation

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Thursday, June 20, 2019 (All day)
Your Telephone!

Call Your Legislator For Responsible TransportationAfter years of billions of dollars of investment being poured into highway expansion projects, Wisconsin’s transportation system is not meeting our needs. From crumbling local roads to dangerous bridges to public transit routes being closed, our local modes of transportation have suffered because of these misplaced priorities. Additionally, people with disabilities, those who are outliving their ability to drive and those who cannot afford cars are being left out of important opportunities because transportation options are limited.

In this state budget, the legislature can prioritize public transportation, specialized transportation and our local roads – but they need to hear from us to do so! Make a call on June 20!

RSVP HERE to get a reminder the morning of June 20, a list of key legislators to call, and a script you can use:

ESTHER 2019 Banquet

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Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

Save the Date

Winona LaDuke at Standing RockESTHER’s 16th Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 3, starting at 5:00 pm, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Winona LaDuke, a rural development economist working on issues of economic, food, and energy sovereignty. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and leads several organizations including Honor the Earth, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing, and Winona’s Hemp. These organizations develop and model cultural-based sustainable development strategies utilizing renewable energy and sustainable food systems. She is an international thought leader in the areas of climate justice, renewable energy, and environmental justice, and has stood in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and to mining projects on indigenous lands.

She is also a leader in the work of protecting indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She has authored six books including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations, Last Standing Woman, and her newest work, The Winona LaDuke Chronicles.

The banquet will be preceded by a social hour and silent auction. The program will feature musical entertainment and presentation of ESTHER’s 2019 individual and community awards.

ESTHER gratefully acknowledges sponsorship support from
William J. and Barbara A. Schmidt Family Foundation

Prison Reform Task Force Meeting Summary - 3 June 2019

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ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force held its monthly meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019. More than 25 people were in attendance. Watch this brief report from Karen Pfefferle and Philip Bennett commenting on the topics discussed at the meeting.

The task force meets on the first Monday of each month at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 150 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah, WI. It works to reduce the number of people in county jails and state prisons by:

  • Supporting safe community alternatives
  • Encouraging humane treatment of people
  • Supporting individuals as they return to their communities

Anyone interested in being a part of this work is welcome to attend!

Oshkosh Work Group Meeting Summary - 4 June 2019

ESTHER’s Oshkosh Workgroup held its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 4, 2019. Watch this brief report from chair Jennifer Considine with information about:

  • Continuing efforts to provide free or reduce-fare transportation for students in Oshkosh schools.
  • Improving the racial literacy of the task force by reading and discussing together Debby Irving’s Waking up White.

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!