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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow Shattuck Park, 210 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance Committee First Congregational UCC, 724 South River Drive, Appleton Upper Lounge
Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 4:30pm ESTHER Executive Committee ESTHER Office, Neenah
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm They Call Us Illegals - Virtual Reality Experience and Film Showing Lawrence University, Warch Center Cinema, 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton
Tuesday, October 1, 2019 - 4:00pm Oshkosh ESTHER B'nai Israel, 1121 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Rev. Joel Schlachtenhaufen - In Memoriam

As the current president of ESTHER, it is for me to make an official announcement regarding the death of Pastor Joel Schlactenhaufen. He died on Friday morning, September 7, at Theda Care Regional Medical Center, Neenah, after being taken seriously ill in the beginning of August. Joel had served as the very first president of ESTHER when it first came into being. His outstanding passion for doing gospel justice and being a model for practicing hospitality were unmatched. Joel has left his mark as a legacy that shall continue to energize our call to doing justice. The Memorial Service honoring his life and ministry will take place at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church on Tullar St. in Neenah on Saturday, September 28, We extend our words of support and love to his wife, Susan, and their children.

— Fr. Joe Mattern

Joel’s life will be celebrated at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 1140 Tullar Rd, Neenah, on Saturday, September 28 beginning at 11:00 AM. Family and friends are invited to gather at the church on Saturday morning from 9:00 until the time of the service. A full obituary may be read here.

 

ESTHER 2019 Banquet

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Date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

Tickets Now Available!

Winona LaDukeESTHER’s 16th Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 3, starting at 5:00 pm, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

Our keynote speaker this year is Winona LaDuke, an internationally acclaimed author, orator, and activist. LaDuke is a dynamic speaker who inspires her audiences to action and engagement, and we are thrilled to have her join us.

A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, she has devoted her life to protecting the lands and life-ways of Native communities. LaDuke directs Honor the Earth, a national advocacy group for native environmental groups, and founded the White Earth Land Recovery Project. Both organizations work on culturally based sustainable development, renewable energy, food systems and environmental justice.

In 1994, Time magazine named her one of America’s fifty most promising leaders, and in 1997 LaDuke was named Ms. Magazine Woman of the Year. In 2007, LaDuke was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. She has authored many books, including All Our Relations, Recovering the Sacred, Food is Medicine and The Militarization of Indian Country.

The banquet will be preceded by a social hour and silent auction. The program will feature musical entertainment and presentation of ESTHER’s 2019 individual and community awards.

Tickets cost $45 per person through October 4, and will increase to $50 per person starting October 5.

Get Tickets Now!

Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

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Date: 
Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Shattuck Park, 210 E Wisconsin Ave, Neenah

Native American Dance in CostumeHelp celebrate the Native American history and culture of this area by joining the Neenah and Menasha Historical Societies for our 4th Annual Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow.

The pow wow will feature dancers and drum groups from throughout Wisconsin, and the traveling exhibit “Bittersweet Winds” will also be on display. Native American food and crafts will be available for purchase.

The event is free and open to the public.

The Neenah Landmarks Commission will also host free Voyageur Canoe rides from Shattuck Park.

They Call Us Illegals - Virtual Reality Experience and Film Showing

Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Lawrence University, Warch Center Cinema, 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

They Call Us Illegals: Experience Our Lives in Virtual Reality and Documentary Film

Los Sueños de Anita
Los Sueños de Anita ThumbnailImmerse yourself into the lives of two undocmented parents as they raise their young daughter, Anita, and face struggles much too familiar to the community. (virtual reality)
The VR experience runs about 9 minutes and will be available for viewing between 3pm-4:15pm and again between 7pm-8pm.
The Unafraid
The Illegals thumbnailFollow the lives of three DACA students in Georgia as they take on activism in a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. (documentary film)
Screening will begin at 4:30 with a discussion afterward.

Follow this event on Facebook here.

Brought to you by LU Film Studies Program, LU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, LU Diversity and Intercultural Center, the Appleton Dignity & Respect Campaign, and ESTHER.

 

“No Vacancy” – Less Incarceration: Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 Pine St, Appleton

Issue 

Do we build more prisons and/or send inmates to out-of-state institutions at a high cost to taxpayers, or do we institute reform? State Rep. Evan Goyke will make the case for criminal justice reform. This can be done in a smart way that will benefit our corrections system, save tax-payer dollars, reduce crime and increase public safety. Presentation & panel discussion.

Presentation & Discussion on:

How to Reduce Crime

Invest in Neighborhoods

Prevent Homelessness

How to Pay for Crime Reduction Without Raising Taxes

How to Reduce Prison Population

Reduce Prison Admissions

Increase Prison Releases

Increase Success on Supervision

Success From Other States

Immigration Task Force Meeting Summary - 9 July 2019

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force met on Tuesday, July 9. Special guests Primitivo Torrez and Mario Ramirez, from Voces de la Frontera, shared information on an upcoming statewide tour to promote drivers' licenses for all. In this video, four members of the Task Force talk about the support for immigrants that they have found within ESTHER and beyond in the Fox Valley.

Fox Valley Thrives Issues Transportation Focus Group Report

Linking Health and Transportation: Voices of
Oshkosh Walkers, Cyclists and Transit Users

Images from Focus Group ReportThe Fox Valley Thrives Transportation Team conducted a series of focus groups in the spring of 2019 to understand user perceptions of the Oshkosh area’s transportation system. These focus groups allow for better understanding of the connections between transportation and health, identify what facilities enhance or impede a person’s ability to use walking, biking, and transit in the Fox Valley, and determine what changes might need to be made in the built environment to improve access to transportation.

Link to report: Linking Health and Transportation: Voices of Oshkosh Walkers, Cyclists and Transit Users

Fox Valley Thrives, a local chapter of THRIVE WI, is an alliance between East Central WI Regional Planning Commission, ESTHER, and Outagamie and Winnebago County Public Health Departments. Its mission is to advance health equity through aligned efforts, co-learning, and strategic action. The Fox Valley Thrives Transportation Team works to improve health equity and make healthier communities by focusing on the connections between transportation and health.

 

Prison Reform Task Force Meeting Summary - 1 July 2019

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Lisa Hanneman, chair of ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force, shares a brief video report on the Committee’s July 1, 2019, meeting. The August meeting will be held on Monday, August 5, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah.

ESTHER Joins in Demonstration Opposing ICE Detention Camps

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On Monday, June 24, nearly a thousand people, including members of ESTHER, participated in a demonstration at the Milwaukee ICE office to show their opposition to the Trump Administration’s policies at the US-Mexico border. With leadership from Voces de la Frontera, the WISDOM network, the United Church of Christ, and many others, a powerful witness was given. Thanks to Penny Robinson for this video.