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Sr. Helen Prejean Coming to Fox Valley

Sister Helen Prejean speaking into microphone

Mark your calendars!

We are thrilled to announce that Sr. Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking and tireless advocate for humane treatment of incarcerated persons, will be the keynote speaker at ESTHER’s 2014 Annual Banquet on December 7th. Celebrating 10 Years of Justice, ESTHER invites the entire community to hear this compelling speaker, reminisce with friends, find holiday treasures in the silent auction, and look ahead to ESTHER's next 10 years.

  • Sunday, December 7 (no Packer Game that day)
  • 5:00-8:30 PM
  • Radisson Paper Valley, 333 W College Ave, Appleton

 

Another $1.5 Million for Treatment Alternatives!

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The state legislature recently approved a $1.5 million annual increase to the TAD (Treatment Alternatives and Diversions) fund. This amount builds on the $1.5 million increase that was approved in the summer of 2013. In the past year, funding for treatment alternatives has gone from $1 million per year to $4 million per year. Based on the past performance of TAD programs, we can conservatively estimate that the $3 million/year increase will result in:

“Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak Out”

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Cover of Voices from Inside“Voices From Inside: Wisconsin Prisoners Speak Out” is now available. The book contains excerpts from some of the hundreds of letters WISDOM has received from inmates since the start of the 11×15 campaign. The letters touch upon a variety of themes, and each of them reminds us that prisoners are human beings with hopes, dreams, regrets and questions. The letters are accompanied by reflections from judges, bishops, pastors and others, as well as important facts about the criminal justice system.

Books can be obtained from any local WISDOM group or from the WISDOM office—3195 S. Superior St., #310, Milwaukee, WI 53207. A $5 donation per book is suggested.

World Interfaith Harmony Week 2014

Interfaith harmony wheelSupporters of interfaith harmony in the Fox Valley are gathering on Thursday, February 6 at 7:00 PM at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah to celebrate World Interfaith Harmony Week by breaking bread together and exploring their common vision. All are welcome!

Thank You!

THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2013 ESTHER challenge match campaign. When everything was counted, 103 people either made new contributions during 2013 or increased the amount of their support during 2013 as compared to 2012, for a total of $7,830 in response to the $5,000 challenge pool.

What a VICTORY!! Thank you for supporting ESTHER's work.

Latino Simulation, Martin Luther King Day, Saint Norbert College

On January 20, in honor of Martin Luther King Day, Saint Norbert College hosted a presentation of “In Our Shoes,” the Latino Similation developed by ESTHER with support from ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team. More than 50 people took part in the experience. Click below to see what happened.

Video of MLK Day Latino Simulation at Saint Norbert College

A big “Thank You!” to the College for hosting the simulation, and to its Communications Office for producing the video and allowing us to share it with you.

Latino Simulations Kick Off in the Fox Valley

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The Walk In Our Shoes Latino simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical Latino in our community. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by area Latinos.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required; see below about how to RSVP.

This simulation was developed through the support and efforts of ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team (CHAT), ESTHER, and dedicated individuals in our community.

RSVPs are required in advance.  To ensure your spot in the simulation, please send your name and the date you plan to attend to latinosimulation@gmail.com

Thursday, November 21st, 6:00-9:00 pm
St. Therese Catholic Church
213 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton

To download a flyer, CLICK HERE!

Walking the Walk: Acting to Meet Our Common Challenges

2012 Interfaith Gathering“Walking the Walk” is the theme of the 2013 Interfaith Gathering being hosted by the Fox Valley Islamic Society on September 8. Everyone interested in interfaith dialogue and cooperation is invited to attend. The gathering will be held under a large tent on the grounds of the Mosque in Neenah, starting at 3:00 p.m., and will conclude with a meal prepared by members of the Islamic Society.

In extending the invitation, Mohammad Rashid, president of the Islamic Society, expressed his hope that the gathering would “encourage dialogue and promote understanding among the people of various faiths in our community. This will then allow us to work together for the common good of our community.”

2012 Interfaith GatheringIn addition to the experience of learning and interacting with people from many different faith comminities, you can also look forward to great fellowship and spectacularly good food.

Please help spread the invitation by downloading and sharing the flyer with your family and friends.

Place: Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Dr., Neenah
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM

RSVP Appreciated: (920) 809-5333 or (920) 749-0311
Email: rashid54915@yahoo.com

Latino Simulation Ready For Prime Time

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ShoesOur Latino simulation, Walk in Our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience, is now ready for prime time! The three-hour simulation gives participants an opportunity to learn first-hand about the problems and obstacles faced by Latino immigrants in our community—problems like getting jobs, entering school or obtaining health care. Participants in the trial run of the simulation in July found it a very moving and educational experience. Now you can schedule the simulation for your organization.  To do so, contact Penny Robinson at penny.robinson@esther-foxvalley.org.

Immigration Reform: Let’s Make It Happen

Latina mother holding childESTHER’s immigration task force has been calling for several years for immigration policy that is consistent with our faith values, keeps families together, provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already here, and expands legal avenues for workers to enter the U.S. Now that an immigration reform bill has been introduced in the Senate, it’s time to get behind the effort to pass it and then to implement it in a humane way. Humane immigration reform has many enemies, and this is no time for us to be complacent.

Click here to fill out a postcard to be sent to your member of Congress.

Read More (below) to learn how you can help.

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