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Immigration Task Force:

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Below are some actions and events that move us toward our goal of comprehensive immigration reform.  In addition to national reform, our task force is working in two areas: the allowance for Wisconsin state driver's certificates for resident undocumented workers and in-state tuition rates for all residents of Wisconsin meeting the academic guidelines for acceptance into our state's public universities, colleges and technical schools.  Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Nancy Bourassa.

Walk in our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience

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Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

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Walk in our shoes

A workshop to experience challenges faced in the daily life of Latino/a immigrants of the Fox Cities,
with community conversation & information
to increase cultural sensitivity & awareness of immigration issues.

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - Dignity & Respect - World Relief - Menasha Pub Libr - Volunteer Fox Cities - Stronger Together Fox Valley

2018 Latino Fest Celebration

Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, Appleton

Rally: Families Belong Together

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

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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/

Voices of Hope Reader’s Theatre

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Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

voices of hope in performanceSometimes a work of art presents a moral question so starkly that we cannot avoid confronting it, and ESTHER’s “Voices of Hope” is such a work. It throws the moral and legal issues associated with immigration into high relief, and it forces us to take a stand. This reader’s theater presentation, directed by Kris Clouthier, is based on interviews from Peter Geniesse’s book Illegal: NAFTA Refugees Forced to Flee.

Hear the stories of Latino immigrants in the Fox Valley in prose, poetry and song.

The program lasts approximately one hour.

A free-will offering will be taken.

WISDOM Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Date: 
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee, WI

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RACE TO JUSTICE

At this forum, WISDOM leaders from around the state will be asking gubernatorial candidates very specific questions about their intentions in the areas of criminal justice reform (including parole, crimeless revocations, treatment alternatives to incarceration, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, solitary confinement), public transportation, childhood poverty, health care, immigration, education, mining.

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Confirmed candidates so far include:

  • Matt Flynn
  • Andy Gronik
  • Mike McCabe
  • Mahlon Mitchell
  • Kelda Roys
  • Kathleen Vinehout
  • Dana Wachs

Candidates unable to attend, expressing regrets: Tony Evers, Paul Soglin

Also invited, awaiting response: Scott Walker

Hosted by the WISDOM network.

Car-pooling from Northeast Wisconsin is being arranged, including reimbursement of cost of gasoline for those who drive. Contact ESTHER by phone (920-843-8083) or email (office@esther-foxvalley.org) to make arrangements.

For the most current information, see the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/170215040331902/

Dreamer Interview to Air on Newsmaker Sunday

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UPDATE: “Statue of Liberty Blue SilhouetteFor the soul of a nation, NO deportation”

The latest news coverage flowing from this event, held last Sunday (January 28, 2018), is an interview with ESTHER Immigration Task Force chair Nancy Bourassa and an anonymous Dreamer, scheduled to air on Newsmaker Sunday at 7:30 am on WFRV Channel 5. The interview was conducted by news anchor Tom Zalaski. (Most Newsmaker Sunday interviews are archived for later viewing on the Web at www.wearegreenbay.com/news. Check there if you can’t watch the broadcast.)

Two Green Bay TV stations and the Appleton Post-Crescent were present last Sunday and provided coverage, which you can review here:

Don’t forget to write to your Senators and Representative about DACA!

Immigration Reform Is Still Needed!

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70% of Americans Support Dreamers' StayingThe Senate failed to act last week on extending DACA or protecting Dreamers. So the fate of millions of immigrant young people still hangs in the balance.

We can’t let Congress and the Administration wait this one out, hoping we will lose focus or tire of fighting. It’s a looming disaster, and it has to be prevented.

Here are two things you can do today:

  • Learn what proposals are now being discussed. This article from The Atlantic is a good place to start.
  • Call the White House, call your members of Congress, call the Congressional leadership to remind them that time is running out and to let them know that you support the Dreamers and want common-sense, humane immigration law changes now!

For the soul of a nation, NO deportation

Date: 
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton

For the soul of a nation,
NO deportation

Is tearing families apart and turning away talented individuals the solution to our broken immigration system? What are we going to miss if we are not ALL here?

Join us for an interfaith community event as we come together to hear the stories of DACA recipients, discuss the future of the program, and learn now to advocate for the passage of a clean DREAM ACT. Stand in solidarity with our dreamers, friends, and neighbors.

Presented by ESTHER, Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor, and Winnebago Worship Group Religious Society of Friends.

 

24-Hour Prayer and Fast for Dreamers

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Date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (All day)
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