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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER and related events!

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  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on More at the bottom left of the listing
Monday, March 8, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Mental Health Task Force Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
ESTHER Immigration Task Force Zoom Meeting
Thursday, March 11, 2021 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
ESTHER Leadership Board Meeting
Monday, March 15, 2021 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
ESTHER Communications Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:30am
ESTHER Finance Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting

Organizing Oshkosh: ESTHER Oshkosh Wants Your Ideas

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Zoom Meeting

We are reaching out to all Oshkosh residents who have supported the work of ESTHER in hopes that you will join us to share your concerns and the issues that you would like to see us focus on in Oshkosh. We will also share a bit about the history and successes of our Oshkosh ESTHER task force. 

We know there is much social justice work to be done in our community and we believe that together we can bring about important change. We would love to have you join us in our work. 

Please join us via Zoom for an engaging presentation and discussion. Join Zoom Meeting via the web:

Save the Date: April 15 - Madison Action Day

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Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Zoom Meeting

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD - April 15, 2021

Join ESTHER supporters at Madison Action Day: an opportunity to come together around the values that drive our work and to share those values and priorities with our legislators as they finalize the 2021-23 state budget. This is a virtual event this year, with a morning plenary from 10 am to noon and legislative visits for ESTHER supporters between 1 and 3 pm. Register now so we can connect you with details as they develop and to assist us in our preparations.

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21-Week Equity Challenge - United Way Fox Cities

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212 Week Equity ChallengeUnited Way Fox Cities is offering a 21-week “Equity Challenge,” a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. The challenge begins on February 1 (but participants can join any time) and continues through June 21. Each Monday during the challenge, participants will receive an email with topics to explore to develop deeper interpersonal understandings, build a stronger awareness of current systems, and engage in opportunities to take action.United Way Fox Cities

More information (and sign-up link) available on the United Way Fox Cities website.

The Challenge is based on the work of Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., of the Green Bay Privilege Institute.

Vigil: Taking a Stand for Our Land and Bodies

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Sunday, February 14, 2021 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Zoom Event with Livestream


Missing Murdered Indigenous WomenFacebook Video ThumbnailA Virtual Rally and Webinar

With Live Rally Participation from Appleton and Madison

If you were unable to participate in the rally, you can now watch the recording on Facebook here


Partners: ESTHER, Waking Women Healing Institute, Native Justice Coalition, WCASA, Menominee County HSD Family Advocacy Center, Lorraine Shooter-M.A.D., Native Lives Matter Coalition

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Help Casa Esther Continue Supporting Immigrants and Their Families

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Federal and Wisconsin government distribution of funds during the pandemic—in the form of stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, and other assistance—has provided a financial lifeline for many, but not all, who are being hit hard by COVID-19.

One group of people need such assistance desperately but are not eligible for Federal or state COVID-19 help. These immigrants live in our communities, contribute to the economy, and pay taxes. Many are front-line, essential workers on dairy farms, in meat-packing plants and cheese factories, in restaurants and cleaning services, in non-profits and small businesses throughout the Fox Valley.

There’s a way you can help.

Voices of Hope - a Reader’s Theater

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Voices of HopeVoices of Hope is a reader’s theatre presentation that brings to life the stories of immigrants living in the Fox Valley through prose, poetry and music. Due to the limitations of in-person gatherings due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the presentation is now available as a pre-recorded video for Zoom and similar online meetings of your organization. The trailer, available here, will give you a glimpse of the content and format for the presentation.

Contact the ESTHER office (920-843-8083 or to learn more about how you can host Voices of Hope.

Directed by Kris Clouthier, the presentation is based on interviews from Peter Geniesse’s book Illegal: NAFTA Refugees Forced to Flee. It was developed by the ESTHER Immigration Task Force to help viewers identify with immigrants and understand the reasons why many endure traumatic journeys to come to America. This presentation shares the moral and legal issues associated with immigration and calls us to take a stand.

The individuals reading these stories are not the individuals from the stories; their names and locations have been changed to protect their families. The presentation offers the voices of those who live in the shadows, who cannot speak for themselves, yet live with hope to get out of the shadows and pursue their American dreams.

What’s In the Governor’s Budget? - WISDOM Network School of Democracy

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WISDOM School of Democracy: Because Information is PowerThe next session in the WISDOM School of Democracy is entitled “What's In the Governors’ Budget? A Review of WISDOM’s Priorities.”  The presentation will cover all the areas in the Governor’s budget that correspond with issues of concern to the WISDOM network. (Review WISDOM’s budget positions here.)

Saturday, February 20
9:00 am 

Click here to register:  Feb 20 State Budget Webinar 9 am
You will get an email with a link to join the Webinar on Saturday.

The webinar will identify and discuss …

  • things proposed by the Governor that match WISDOM’s priorities and need to be supported.
  • things that are missing and need to be added by the legislature.
  • things that shouldn’t be included and need to be taken out by the legislature.

This webinar is a part of the WISDOM network’s multi-part School of Democracy, to prepare network leaders to work for the inclusion of progressive values in Wisconsin’s 2021-2023 Biennial Budget. (ESTHER is a member of the WISDOM network.)

Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea: Unpacking the Chaos at the Capitol

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm

WAVE - Wisconsin Anti Violence EffortThe WAVE (Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort) Action Team is hosting Joshua Horwitz, J.D., Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, in a Zoom presentation connecting gun violence to the January attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea book coverIn the wake of that attack and the ongoing threat from insurrectionists, Josh will explain the connections between the gun lobby and the insurrectionist idea—a topic he has been exploring since co-authoring the 2009 book Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea.

Over the past few days, the impeachment trial has brought those harrowing scenes from the Capitol before us again, leaving us wondering, “How did this happen? How can we make sure it never happens again?” Join us for this important discussion.

What: Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea: Unpacking the Chaos at the Capitol
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Where: Zoom (Sign up, and we'll send you the login information the day of the presentation.)

Black History Month: Appleton Area School District

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Monday, February 1, 2021 - 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Zoom Meeting

appleton area school district logoCelebrate Black History

Appleton Area School District Black Student Union presents:

2021 Black History Month Celebration

The opening event, offered on Zoom, introduces Black History Month and features presentations and performances by AASD students and administrators, Appleton Mayor Jake Woodford and St. Louis singer LaToya Wilson.

Additional information available at the event Facebook page:

To register use this link: