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Statewide Budget Listening Tour - Governor Evers/Lt. Governor Barnes

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Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Oshkosh Seniors Center, 200 N. Campbell Rd., Oshkosh

Governor Tony Evers is bringing his Statewide Budget Listening Tour to Northeast Wisconsin. Residents are invited to share their thoughts on Evers’ proposed state budget in Oshkosh on Tuesday, April 23. The listening session will be held at the Oshkosh Seniors Center from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with doors opening at 4:45 p.m.

Those interested in attending can register online.

Madison Action Day 2019 Exceeds Expectations!

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Crowd on the Capitol StepsAbout 750 WISDOM members from all parts of Wisconsin, including 70 from the Fox Cities, made a big impact in Madison on Tuesday, March 26. It was an amazing display of unity, shared purpose and of the power of organized people. In the morning, we heard from African-American, Latina, Native and Caucasian leaders from WISDOM and its affiliates from around the state challenging us to work towards the Beloved Community. After lunch, a 14-foot Jingle Dancer Puppet, brought by Native people of northwestern Wisconsin, led us in a blocks-long procession to the Capitol steps for a rally. With calls for racial equity echoing in our ears and pledges to keep lifting our voices surging in our hearts, we finished by visiting the offices of nearly every member of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate. Read the WPR story about MAD2019 here.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing - Northeast

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Date: 
Wednesday, April 24, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, University Union Phoenix Rooms, 2430 Campus Ct, Green Bay

Joint Finance Committee Green Bay Hearing Poster

Do you want to speak to members of Joint Finance committee about what you feel needs to be included in the state budget concerning criminal justice reform, transportation, or drivers’ licenses for all?

ESTHER is organizing a delegation from the Fox Cities to attend the hearing at UW-Green Bay on April 24 from 10 am to 5 pm. If you’d like to attend or participate, please sign up here, and someone will contact you to follow up.

If you can't make it in person, you can still let your voice be heard. Submit a video or written testimony and email to: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov. Use subject heading TESTIMONY FOR 2019-2021 BUDGET.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing - Northwest

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Date: 
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
University of Wisconsin River Falls, University Center Riverview Ballroom, River Falls

Joint Finance Committee Hearing in the Northwest Region on the biennial State Budget.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing - Southeast

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Date: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Oak Creek Community Center, 8580 S Howell Ave, Oak Creek

Joint Finance Committee Hearing in the Southeast Region on the biennial State Budget.

Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing

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Date: 
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Pontiac Convention Center, 2809 N Pontiac Drive, Janesville

Joint Finance Committee Hearing in the Southwest Region on the biennial State Budget.

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!

Madison Action Day 2019

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.

Time is Short - Register Now!

It’s less than a week until Madison Action Day! There’s already a large group going from the Fox Cities, you can still be part of it.

Here’s your chance to join leaders from all parts of Wisconsin in a day of action and movement-building to get our issues and values on the minds of legislators while they are making their budget decisions. We’ll be emphasizing the values of the Beloved Community: radical inclusion, reconciliation, and living for the seventh generation. $40 cost includes transportation. Sponsorships available on request.

Register Now!

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

Follow Madison Action Day 2019 on Facebook.

Rally: Families Belong Together

Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton

Families Belong Together Banner

One of over 700 events around the country on June 30 where, together, we will raise our voices loud and clear and call for an end to family separations and to the suspension of due process at the border.

People of good conscience from across the country and across the political spectrum agree on this: Families belong together. We've got to make this clear to our government: Reunite families. Close family prison camps. And hold the abusers accountable.

People are welcome to speak about their experiences and share their thoughts. Please wear white to signify solidarity.

Sponsored by Forward Fox Valley

More information on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/198849477618962/

Voter Engagement Canvass

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Date: 
Thursday, May 24, 2018 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 E College Ave, Appleton

ESTHER is looking for volunteers to participate in our second voter engagement canvass in Appleton.

Integrated Voter Engagement LogoIntegrated Voter Engagement (IVE) is a nonpartisan, volunteer-driven, direct voter contact program. It reaches out to those who feel most overlooked in our society and to working families typically ignored by partisan politics to say, “Your lives matter. Your vote matters.” It is among the most effec­tive ways to increase voter turnout. IVE groups like ESTHER train community members to reach out to their peers in a continuous, ongoing effort that increases the number of voters and leads to policy changes. The most effective IVE organizations add new people to the voter registration rolls, educate voters about election issues, make sure new and unlikely voters actually cast their ballots, and ensure that misinformation and intimidation don’t inhibit people from voting. In addition, IVE has a long-term impact by developing local leaders and involving people in shaping the public policy decisions that affect their lives.

I Want to Help

Like a similar canvass in November, this one will be conducted in Appleton’s Aldermanic District 2 (Ward 3 and a small part of Ward 1) near Edison School. We will gather at Emmanuel United Methodist Church at 5:30 for orientation and training, then fan out into the neighborhood from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.

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