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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on 'more' at the bottom right of the listing
Monday, July 10, 2017 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force / Change of DATE because of Holiday St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenaht
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 - 6:30pm ESTHER Immigration Task Force Fox Valley UU Fellowship, Appleton
Thursday, July 13, 2017 - 4:30pm ESTHER Leadership Board First Congregational UCC- Downstairs - River Room
Monday, July 17, 2017 - 1:30pm ESTHER Communications Committee First Congregational UCC, Appleton Upper Lounge
Tuesday, July 18, 2017 - 6:00pm Oshkosh ESTHER B'nai Israel, Oshkosh

No Back 40 Mine - Save the Menominee River: Presentation by Guy Reiter

Date: 
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Girl Scout Office, 4693 N Lynndale Dr, Appleton

Menominee River near proposed mine siteThe Back Forty Mine project is a proposed open-pit metallic sulfide mine located on the banks of the Menominee River in Lake Township, MI, just across the river from Marinette, WI. The Menominee Nation and many allies, including local citizens, local governments, environmental organizations, and grassroots organizations, are opposed to the mine.

Learn more about the project from Menominee Tribal Organizer Guy Reiter and Dr. Al Gedicks, Executive Secretary, Natural Resources Protection Council.

Juneteenth

Date: 
Sunday, June 11, 2017 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
City Park, Appleton

Juneteenth posterJuneteenth is the oldest national program commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. We are delighted that the Fox Cities is home to such a memorable freedom program.

Join ESTHER and many other community organizations based in the Fox Cities and beyond in City Park on June 11 for presentations, music, food, community spirit! Perfect for all ages. Free!

  • Health, community information, retail booths
  • Food, clothing & jewelry vendors
  • Giveaways
  • Storytelling, arts & crafts, dancing
  • Balloon-twisting
  • Inflatables

More information at http://www.africanheritageinc.org/events/juneteenth-2017/

Community Column: "Let's Fight Social Injustice in the Fox Cities"

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Bill Van Lopik, ESTHER OrganizerESTHER Organizer Bill Van Lopik has recently started a term as a Community Columnist for the Post-Crescent. In his inaugural column, which appeared on April 1 (no fooling!), he writes with passion and conviction about some “dominant narratives” that cause fear and suspicion and can blind us to the truth about our communities and our neighbors. He testifies to the power of a different approach, in which we work

… to build relationships among people from various ethnic backgrounds, economic status, race, cultures and religions. It is through these relationships that we understand that there are other stories, other realities and other narratives. It is easy to live in a bubble and only interact with people who look like us, act like us, talk like us and believe the same things we do. However, if we hope to build a community which values dignity and respect we are going to have to be a lot more curious and courageous about who we see as our neighbors.

 

Electronics Recycling Event

stuff to recycleSaturday, May 20, 8 am-12 pm
First Congregational UCC
West Parking Lot
724 East South River St., Appleton

ESTHER is sponsoring an electronics recycling event and fundraiser. Simply gather up all of the electronics, appliances, business equipment, etc. that are no longer useful to you (working or not) and drop them off at the location above. No charge except for TVs, computer monitors, fridges/freezers (see full story or flyer for details).

All Materials are kept in USA. All hard drives shredded or destroyed. Event will go on rain or shine.

Treatment Instead of Incarceration for OWI: A Forum

Date: 
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Inmate in CellCome hear State Representative Michael Schraa present his WISGREAT plan—an intensive alcoholism treatment pilot project directed at those who are facing incarceration after a fourth or higher OWI conviction. The plan would address alcohol addiction, reduce recidivism, keep families connected, and make communities safer and healthier for all. Presenters include Rep. Michael Schraa, Winnebago County Public Health and ESTHER Treatment Instead of Prison Task Force.

Madison Action Day - March 30

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Walking to the Capitol“Our State, Our Budget, Our Voice”

Join over 800 WISDOM leaders from across Wisconsin at the state capitol to advocate and educate legislators and departments about issues in the proposed state budget, including criminal justice, environmental justice, public health, education and public transit!

Thursday, March 30, 2017
9:00 am–4:00 pm. Breakfast and networking at 8:00
Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI

Featuring keynote speakers:

  • Rev. Alex Gee, pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison.
  • Ms. Lisa Graves, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a national watchdog group, investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations in public policy.

Cost: $25.00 - includes lunch, materials, and bus transportation. Scholarships are available.

Buses to/from Fox Cities locations the day of the event.

REGISTER TODAY!

Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day - April 1, 2017

Scene from Haunted by GodMark your calendar for Saturday, April 1, at 7:00, for an evening that promises to be entertaining and inspiring! Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day is a compelling one-woman show about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. After her death in 1980, the New York Times eulogized Dorothy as a “nonviolent social radical of luminous personality.”

This event is a benefit for ESTHER, made possible by sponsorship of St. Thomas More Community, Appleton; St. Bernard Parish, Appleton; and Casa Esther, Omro. A free-will offering will be taken.

When: Saturday, April 1, 7:00 pm
Where: First Congregational UCC, Appleton

Seating is limited. Reserve your place now.

Reserve

Restoring Our Communities in Wisconsin Presentation

Date: 
Wednesday, April 5, 2017 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida St., Appleton

Restoring Our Communities in Wisconsin

Presentation on Prison Reform

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
6:30-8:30 pm

inmate in cell


Appleton Public Library, Room A
225 N. Oneida St, Appleton

Free and Open to the Public

A Fox Valley Conversation on Children and Poverty

Date: 
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida St., Appleton

The Raising of America posterFollowing the screening of “Episode 4: Wounded Places” from the documentary The Raising of America, information will be shared about childhood poverty in the Fox Valley, and the Faithful Citizenship Campaign to reduce childhood poverty in Wisconsin will be introduced. Questions and discussion will follow. Too many American children, especially children of color living neighborhoods of concentrated poverty, have endured trauma and show symptoms that look very much like PTSD—except there is no “post.” Come to learn more about the impact of poverty on America’s children and what can be done about it.

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