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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.

Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants

Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
State Capitol, Madison

We’re pleased to pass on this information from Voces de la Frontera about the May 1 day of action in Madison

The May 1st Day without Latinxs & Immigrants to restore driver licenses and state IDs for all in Wisconsin is next Wednesday, May 1!

On Wednesday we'll rally at the Capitol in Madison at 11am, gathering at the State Street entrance. Are you coming from outside of Madison? We have buses coming from 19 cities across the state. Click here to reserve your spot on a bus! 

May 1st will be a Day without Latinxs and Immigrants. This means no work, no school, and no buying. This is a day to show the power of the contributions that immigrants and Latinx people make to Wisconsin. And it's a day for people of all backgrounds to stand in solidarity for civil rights and against discrimination. 

Click here to reserve your spot on a bus to Madison for May Day!

Under the Trump Administration, ICE has targeted people stopped for driving without a license for deportation and separation from their families. Restoring driver licenses for all will improve our state's economy, make our roads safer, and keep families together. 

Governor Evers has included restoring driver licenses and state ID cards for immigrants in his state budget proposal, but we still need to convince the Republicans in the state legislature to support it. That’s why we all need to show up in force—immigrants, families, and allies—on May 1st. Click here to reserve a spot on a bus.

Click here to share the May Day Facebook event.

Click here to find employer letters, student permission slips, flyers, and all the tools you need to help organize for May Day.

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All!

No Work | No School | No Buying

Wednesday, May 1, 11am

State Capitol in Madison
414-643-1620

Statewide bus information here

Drivers’ Licenses for All Teach-In

Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Drivers’ Licenses for All Teach-In

 

People without documents cannot get drivers’ licenses in Wisconsin. In 12 states and the District of Columbia, they can. Drivers licenses for all benefit all—ensuring safer roads, generating revenue for the state, and creating a thriving community.

The public is invited to join the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Shared Sanctuary Committee and ESTHER’s Immigration Task force to learn more and to find out what you can do to support this effort. Voices of Hope Reader’s Theatre will start the evening, followed by a teach-in on this issue.

Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for Unidos!

For more information, please email connieraether@gmail.com or call 920-878-8370.

Migrant Child Detention Teach-In - rescheduled

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Date: 
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton

Chain-link fenceMarijke van Roojen and Marie Luna travelled to Tornillo, Texas, over Christmas to protest the children’s internment camp there. In spite of Tornillo having since closed, family separation and child detention continue.

FRONTLINEHear their story and watch the PBS Frontline documentary on child separation.

Sponsored by Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Winnebago Worship Group of Friends (Quaker), and ESTHER.

Help spread the word. Download and share the attached flyer.

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

Migrant Child Detention Teach-In - POSTPONED

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Date: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton

Due to the weather forecast, this event has been postponed to Monday, February 18.

Chain-link fenceMarijke van Roojen and Marie Luna travelled to Tornillo, Texas, over Christmas to protest the children’s internment camp there. In spite of Tornillo having since closed, family separation and child detention continue.

FRONTLINEHear their story and watch the PBS Frontline documentary on child separation.

Sponsored by Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Winnebago Worship Group of Friends (Quaker), and ESTHER.

Help spread the word. Download and share the attached flyer.

 

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

Date: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Memorial Presbyterian Church 800 E College Ave Appleton

Due to the inclement weather, this event will not occur as scheduled. We hope to be able to reschedule soon.

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 January 25 to help us plan better!

Register by January 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

ESTHER Immigration Task Force

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Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Appleton

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.

Justice Connection Saturday: Immigration Justice

Date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

ESTHER is pleased to bring this event, hosted by the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, to the attention of ESTHER members and friends.

Laureen Anderson-StepanekLaureen Anderson-Stepanek, an immigration lawyer, will present on allyship and substantive steps we can take to support immigrant rights vs. the “feel good” response. We will also hear from the leadership of Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor, a local immigrant rights and education group. The Fox Cities SURJ Rapid Response team will present on meaningful ways we as bystanders can respond to emergency situations and disrupt detainments. The Fellowship Shared Sanctuary Committee will provide education on the sanctuary movement and ways to be involved in this effort at the Fellowship.

Ms. Anderson-Stepanek, a partner in the Chicago law firm Katsivalis & Anderson Law, LLC, has spent her whole legal career as an immigration lawyer, concentrating, her practice in complex immigration matters since 2002. As Ms. Anderson-Stepanek's practice has grown she has expanded into the areas of family and removal defense, specifically those related to criminal issues and appellate matters, including to the federal court.

This event is part of The Fellowship’s “Justice Connection Saturday” series. Childcare will be available. No sign-up required.

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