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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 left of the listing
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Justice for Youth: New Directions Appleton Public Library, Rooms A/B, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm What's at the Heart of Immigration for You? A Conversation Memorial Presbyterian Church 800 E College Ave Appleton
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Smart Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170 (Entrance 16), Appleton
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm World Hijab Day Celebration Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida St Appleton
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Community Forum on Excessive Supervision St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration

Date: 
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: 
Lawrence Memorial Chapel 510 E College Ave Appleton

MLK Event PosterTheme: Why Keep Dreaming? A Time For Action

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal”- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., noted advocate and activist

Essay Contest • Musical entertainment •
Jane LaChappell McCarty MLK and MLK Educator Awards

Presented by Lawrence University and African Heritage, Inc. along with many community sponsors and supporters.

For more information, see the event Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/2126099901040029/

Justice for Youth: New Directions

Date: 
Monday, January 28, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, Rooms A/B, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

League of Women Voters of Appleton


Jonathan I. CloudYouth Advocacy Educational Forum

Jonathan Cloud, a 33-year human services veteran, will speak on research findings on brain development and effects of childhood trauma on youth behavior. This research has led to new strategies and changes to training on how juveniles should be treated in juvenile justice programs. Cloud is the author of Parenting the Guardian Class: Validating Spirited Youth, Ending Adolescence, and Renewing America’s Greatness, which argues for empowering youth rather than controlling them. This educational forum will provide background for the Youth Advocacy Consensus meeting, to be held on Wednesday February 6.

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

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

Smart Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

Date: 
Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170 (Entrance 16), Appleton

Sean Wilson, ACLU of WisconsinThis presentation by Sean Wilson, Smart Justice Statewide Organizer for the ACLU of Wisconsin, describes the ACLU of Wisconsin’s multi-year effort to reduce Wisconsin’s jail and prison populations by 50 percent and to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

“Wisconsin locks up more African-American males than any other state in the country, and our state government invests more money into prisons than it does the entire University of Wisconsin System.” -Sean Wilson

For more information about Smart Justice, visit https://www.aclu-wi.org/smart-justice

Co-sponsored by ESTHER, EXPO, and the Megan Kelley Foundation

World Hijab Day Celebration

Date: 
Saturday, February 2, 2019 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library 225 N Oneida St Appleton

Hijab Celebration Image - 3 women wearing hijabCome celebrate diversity within our community and enjoy refreshments in a casual, welcoming space. Learn about Islam. Learn about the hijab and how it is worn.

Jointly sponsored by Appleton Public Library, ESTHER, and Fox Cities Muslim Women Group. Funding provided by Friends of Appleton Public Library.

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

Hosted by the Fox Cities Muslim Women Group, Friends of Appleton Public Library, Appleton Public Library

Community Forum on Excessive Supervision

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Date: 
Monday, February 4, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Note change of date and location!

Join us for this special event featuring:

  • A presentation on Columbia University Justice Lab’s paper on mass supervision in Wisconsin
  • A discussion featuring people who have been directly impacted by Wisconsin’s horrific, racist system of mass supervision.

The community forum will be followed by a state budget advocacy training led by organizers of WISDOM and EXPO.

The forum is sponsored by JOSHUA, ESTHER, and EXPO.

Help spread the word: Download and share the attached flyer!

Like an Animal in a Cage: Voices from Solitary Confinement

Date: 
Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room C190ABC (Entrance 15), Appleton

Join us as we watch the play, Like an Animal in a Cage: Voices from Solitary Confinement. Melissa Ludin from EXPO (Ex-Incarcerated People Organizing) will provide a first-hand account of the horrors she survived in solitary confinement.

A replica solitary confinement cell, created by Wisconsin’s Prison Ministry Project based on the exact specification of a segregation cell in a Wisconsin state prison, will be available for you to see, hear (there’s a sound track), and reflect on.

FREE TICKETS: www.eventbrite.com

This event is part of the Pathways to Recovery Lecture Series, sponsored by Bev Kelley-Miller and the Megan Kelley Foundation. ESTHER and EXPO are co-sponsors of this event.

World Interfaith Harmony Celebration

Date: 
Wednesday, February 6, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Friends in Common: Connect, Like, and Share

In our hands, we can connect to a world of information. But how well do we understand all those friends we find?

Join ESTHER together with faith and fellowship communities from the Fox Valley to explore our faiths’ views on friendship. See how we’re alike. Explore how were different. Connect with new friends. Share what you want others to understand about your faith!

No charge. Refreshments served.

Help spread the word: Download and share the attached flyer!

Become a Monthly Sustainer: Our Work Takes Time …

Bringing justice and equi­ty to our society will not happen overnight, or even in a year or two.

We have to main­tain our effort over the long haul, and that requires a de­pen­dable fi­nan­cial base. Monthly Sustain­ers pro­vide fund­ing we can count on for the long run … through automatic month­ly con­tri­bu­tions (of $10 or more) from their check­ing or savings account.

We invite you to become a Monthly Sustainer of ESTHER. Just download this form, fill it out, and mail it to ESTHER, PO Box 784, Neenah, WI 54957.

Thank you!