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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Heroin Highway Lecture Series: Take a LEAPP Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm Race to Justice - Northeast Wisconsin West Side Moravian Church, 1707 S Oneida St, Green Bay
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm Presentation: The Paradox of Resilency Appleton Sanctuary Outreach Ministry, 1331 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Heroin Highway Lecture Series: Recovery Coaches vs. Sponsors Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm “I Am Not Your Negro” - Public Showing Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 E College Ave, Appleton

Over-Incarceration in Wisconsin: “Inmate 501”

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Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

Rep. Evan GoykeMeeting will be held in Room HS114 A/B. Use Entrance 16.

Rep. Evan Goyke (18th District - Milwaukee) will be joined by formerly incarcerated individuals to talk about the financial and human costs—including being shipped out of state—of over-incarceration in Wisconsin. Goyke is the author of a plan (“Inmate 501”) and legislative package to convert Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools from juvenile corrections centers to AODA facilities for adults. (The plan was first presented publicly on November 29, 2017, more than a month before Governor Walker spoke about a similar approach.)

You can find Rep. Goyke’s analysis and plan here. A video of the November 29 presentation may be found here.

Click here to find WISDOM's extensive report on Crimeless Revocations.
Click here to download the Executive Summary.
Click here to download personal stories by victims of Wisconsin's unjust revocations policy.

Race to Justice - Northeast Wisconsin

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Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
West Side Moravian Church, 1707 S Oneida St, Green Bay

ROC Wisconsin LogoThis event is part of the Race to Justice campaign, a series of local training and organizing gatherings being held this spring in locations around the state, with a focus on justice system reform in Wisconsin as an issue in the 2018 gubernatorial and state legislative races.

You are invited if you are a current ROC (Restore Our Communities) Wisconsin leader, ally, friend, or simply want to get involved. We will get clear about some of the many issues; we’ll practice telling our stories and hearing the stories of the people who have been most affected; we’ll get ourselves organized; and we’ll make plans for the next six months.

There is no charge for the the event. A light lunch will be available for a small donation.

Car pooling is being organized from the Appleton area. Meet in the parking lot at the east-side Target Store (1800 S Kensington Dr, Appleton, WI 54915-4136) at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 28.

See this event on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/events/133749154114779/

Our Vision: Ending Child Poverty in Wisconsin

child on mother's shoulder, looking downWe believe in ending child poverty in Wisconsin. We believe that the people of Wisconsin, working together, can cut child poverty in half in the next ten years. We also believe that the current racial disparities in poverty levels should be cut in half. And we are committed to evidence-based evaluation of progress. Will you join us?

The persistence of poverty is a moral crisis that calls us to action. While poverty is not limited by race, ethnicity, or age, children are the poorest members of our communities. Moreover, growing up in poverty creates damage that lasts a lifetime. Further, economic disparities among racial groups in Wisconsin are greater than in the U.S. as a whole.

How can we let this continue? Add your name to the list of those who support this goal!

I Support This Goal

Presentation: The Paradox of Resilency

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Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Sanctuary Outreach Ministry, 1331 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

Rudy Bankston’s presentation, originally scheduled for April 14, 2018, was postponed due to severe weather conditions. It will occur at 3 pm on Saturday, May 5.

Adjunct professor at Edgewood College and full-time Restorative Justice Coach Roderick “Rudy” Bankston was wrongly convicted and handed a life sentence in his youth. Deeply wounded and experiencing a severe identity crisis, he turned his prison cell into a classroom. Today he is an educator, activist, and published author. His powerful story about his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline offers key insights into the paradox of resiliency fueled by systemic injustice.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by ESTHER, EXPO and Appleton Sanctuary Outreach Ministry.

More info: iamweclassics.com

“I Am Not Your Negro” - Public Showing

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Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 E College Ave, Appleton

I Am Not Your Negro posterI Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

This film is “must see” for anyone who wants to understand the state of race relations in this country today. You should see it if you have been wondering why Black people today seem so angry. It will show you why Black people are tired of waiting for the fulfillment of the promises of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. You will see that, while some progress has been made, old forms of oppression and exploitation persist and new ones, like mass incarceration, have decimated Black communities.

A moderated discussion will follow the film. No charge. All are welcome.

Presented by ESTHER in collaboration with Fit Oshkosh. Thanks to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Appleton, for hosting this event.

Recycling Event

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Date: 
Saturday, May 19, 2018 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 
First Congregational U.C.C., 724 E South River St, Appleton

Recycling Symbol with images of recyclable objectsSave the date - May 19.
Save your electronics and other items for recycling.

Event will be held rain or shine in the west parking lot of the church. Electronics, appliances, “anything with a cord,” plus metal articles of all sorts (snow blowers, lawnmowers, exercise equipment, filing & storage cabinets, shelving, desk chairs, etc.). Most items free to recycle. Charge for TVs and CRT monitors.