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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.

Fox Valley Vigil for Migrant Justice

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Date: 
Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 6:30am - 6:30pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

The World is Watching. Demand the End of MPPVigil in support of Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship members and others traveling to the border at Brownsville, TX (across from Matamoros, Mexico) soon. The group from the Fox Valley will join with activists and faith leaders from around the country to protest the US’s “Remain In Mexico” policy for asylum seekers.

“While local faith leaders heed the call to witness and testify what is happening at our southern borders, let's come together to educate our Fox Valley neighbors on this horrific policy that has harmed so many seeking safety.”

Full information available on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/794922647653958

Know Your Rights Training: Police, ICE and Social Media

Date: 
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Know Your RightsJoin ACLU of Wisconsin's Director of Community Engagement Emilio De Torre as he walks you through how to exercise your constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement and ICE, as well as how to use them on social media. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI, and is being sponsored by the ACLU of Wisconsin and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force. This presentation is the program for the February 2020 meeting of the Task Force.

Immigration Task Force Works Towards a Better Life for Immigrants

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force has evolved over the years into a wide-reaching group of dedicated people with ties to many groups in the community and beyond. Our agenda includes advocacy for specific policy changes; community education and consciousness-raising relating to the experience of immigrants; and walking alongside immigrants as they negotiate the twists and turns of life in our community. Click “Read more” below to see the complete update from ESTHER Immigration Task Force chair Nancy Bourassa.

They Call Us Illegals - Virtual Reality Experience and Film Showing

Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Lawrence University, Warch Center Cinema, 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

They Call Us Illegals: Experience Our Lives in Virtual Reality and Documentary Film

Los Sueños de Anita
Los Sueños de Anita ThumbnailImmerse yourself into the lives of two undocmented parents as they raise their young daughter, Anita, and face struggles much too familiar to the community. (virtual reality)
The VR experience runs about 9 minutes and will be available for viewing between 3pm-4:15pm and again between 7pm-8pm.
The Unafraid
The Illegals thumbnailFollow the lives of three DACA students in Georgia as they take on activism in a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. (documentary film)
Screening will begin at 4:30 with a discussion afterward.

Follow this event on Facebook here.

Brought to you by LU Film Studies Program, LU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, LU Diversity and Intercultural Center, the Appleton Dignity & Respect Campaign, and ESTHER.

 

Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

Date: 
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: 
Elisha D. Smith Menasha Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

Appleton-area Forum
Defending Families
Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

father and son demonstrating

This event is part of the statewide tour, organized by Voces de la Frontera and supported by immigrant rights organizations and individuals around the state. ESTHER is a local co-sponsor.

Come to this event to learn more about this issue and how to get involved in the fight to restore driver licenses for immigrants in Wisconsin.

Know your rights workshop.

Mexican consulate will be present.

ESTHER - Voces de la Frontera - Mexican Consulate

For more information, call 414-828-2692

#LetsDriveWI #KeepFamiliesTogether

Immigration Task Force Meeting Summary - 9 July 2019

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force met on Tuesday, July 9. Special guests Primitivo Torrez and Mario Ramirez, from Voces de la Frontera, shared information on an upcoming statewide tour to promote drivers' licenses for all. In this video, four members of the Task Force talk about the support for immigrants that they have found within ESTHER and beyond in the Fox Valley.

Latino Fest 2019

Date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

ESTHER Joins in Demonstration Opposing ICE Detention Camps

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On Monday, June 24, nearly a thousand people, including members of ESTHER, participated in a demonstration at the Milwaukee ICE office to show their opposition to the Trump Administration’s policies at the US-Mexico border. With leadership from Voces de la Frontera, the WISDOM network, the United Church of Christ, and many others, a powerful witness was given. Thanks to Penny Robinson for this video.

Lights for Liberty Fox Valley, WI

Date: 
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Lights For Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps

We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with international, national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

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