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Challenge Campaign Succeeds - Thank You!

THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2017 ESTHER challenge match campaign, which ended on December 31.

When everything was counted, during the last quarter of 2017, 50 people either made new contributions or increased the amount of their support during 2017 over 2016, for a total of $6,210 in response to the $6,000 challenge pool.

We are so grateful for such a wonderful response to this campaign during these challenging times. Your support helps ensure we can continue our work of sharing hope, building community, and standing for justice.

27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Aly Wane speaking at a rally“Those Who Have Been Left Out”

The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration is sponsored by Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, African Heritage, Inc. and the Lawrence University Diversity Center. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Aly Wane, s noted speaker, activist, and organizer originally from Senegal. Mr. Wane has worked with various human rights groups including the Syracuse Peace Council, American Friends Service Committee, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

See also the Facebook event for this celebration.

The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People

You are invited to a workshop to practice

“The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People”

Please join Stronger Together Fox Valley, ESTHER, & Fox Cities Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship as we build capacity in our community for respectful dialogue about important issues.

The workshop will introduce the Seven Habits and include time to practice applying the habits to a choice of topics.

REGISTER TODAY—SPACE IS LIMITED

RSVP to strongertogetherfv@gmail.com.

The Power of Grace: Play and Discussion

Power of Grace

A group of women formerly incarcerated in Illinois will share their thoughts and feelings about being incarcerated when a play called “The Power of Grace” is presented by ESTHER-Fox Valley and Fox Cities EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing). The presentation is supported by a Bright Idea Fund grant from the Community Foundation and will be follow by a panel discussion.

The short theatrical piece was created from poetry written by the women. The script communicates the story of incarcerated women to the general public in order to break down stereotypes and encourage awareness regarding the U.S. criminal justice system. Presented from the prisoner’s point of view, the play is a window into the personal experience of incarceration, and represents a ritual of self-liberation.

For the soul of a nation, NO deportation

For the soul of a nation,
NO deportation

Is tearing families apart and turning away talented individuals the solution to our broken immigration system? What are we going to miss if we are not ALL here?

Join us for an interfaith community event as we come together to hear the stories of DACA recipients, discuss the future of the program, and learn now to advocate for the passage of a clean DREAM ACT. Stand in solidarity with our dreamers, friends, and neighbors.

Presented by ESTHER, Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor, and Winnebago Worship Group Religious Society of Friends.