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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 right of the listing
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm ESTHER Leadership Board First Congregational UCC, Appleton (River Room)
Tuesday, July 5, 2016 - 4:00pm Oshkosh Workgroup Congregation B'nai Israel, Oshkosh
Monday, July 11, 2016 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Green Bay Road, Neenah
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 - 6:30pm Immigration Task Force Fox Valley UU Fellowship, Appleton
Wednesday, July 13, 2016 - 11:00am Religious Leaders Caucus First United Methodist Church, Neenah

Conversaciones Comunitarias y Convivio

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“Construyendo una Comunidad Mejor: Igualdad, Equidad y Justicia”

Serie: Fe, Valores y Comunidad. Parte 2

Únase a ESTHER en un convivio seguido de una conversación con la comunidad para hablar sobre igualdad, equidad y justicia. Discutiremos preguntas como:

  • ¿Qué significa tratar a la gente de una manera justa?
  • ¿Cómo es una comunidad justa? ¿Quienes se benefician?

El evento es gratuito y abierto al público. Invitamos a cada hogar a llevar un platillo para compartir en el convivio.

Descargar folleto aquí y compartir con sus amigos y familiares.

Community Conversation and Potluck

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“Building a Better Community: Fairness, Equity & Justice”

Part 2 of our faith, values, and community series

Join ESTHER on July 19 (Appleton) or July 21 (Oshkosh) for a potluck supper followed by a community conversation discussing fairness, justice and equity. We’ll be exploring questions like these:

  • What does it mean to treat people fairly?
  • How does lack of fairness arise in a community?
  • What does a fair community look like? Who benefits from it?

These events are free and open to the public. We invite each household to bring a dish to share for the potluck.

Download flyer here and share with your friends and family.

Thank You and Farewell to Stephanie Gyldenvand

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Join ESTHER as we turn

Lemons (sadness) into Lemonade (thankfulness)!

Farewell Send-off for Stephanie Gyldenvand

Tuesday, June 14
4:30-9:00 pm
Bad Badger Sports Bar
215 W. College Ave, Appleton
No charge; proceeds benefit ESTHER

Stephanie Gyldenvand in actionHelp us thank our amazing organizer, Stephanie Gyldenvand, for her leadership over the last eight years, and wish her all the best in her new position with Winnebago County.

No charge, but if you have a beverage, or snack on some pizza, ESTHER gets 60% of the proceeds!

So, come on down to say “Farewell,” but not goodbye, to Stephanie, and help us raise some money to build community, share hope, and stand for justice!

(In case you missed the letter about Stephanie's big change, you can read it here.)

Announcement: Resignation of Organizer, Stephanie Gyldenvand

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Phone:  (920) 843-8083  Email: office@esther-foxvalley.org
Address: PO Box 784 Neenah, WI 54957  Website: esther-foxvalley.org

May 31, 2016

Dear ESTHER members and friends:

On behalf of the ESTHER executive committee and Leadership Board, I write with mixed emotions to inform you of the resignation of Stephanie Gyldenvand, ESTHER’s Organizer, who has served with the highest level of dedication and professionalism during nearly eight years. She is leaving ESTHER to accept a position with the Public Health Department of Winnebago County. Her last day with ESTHER will be June 17.

We are excited for Stephanie as she anticipates a new position with fresh challenges and important opportunities to make a difference, as she certainly has done in her work with ESTHER. There is some consolation in that her commitment to doing justice will be ongoing within the wider Fox Valley area. At the same time, we will dearly miss her, for both the person she is and what she has brought to her work — energy, can-do spirit, strength in the face of challenge, and unwavering commitment in seeking greater justice and building stronger community throughout the greater Fox Valley…. (To read the full letter [Click here].)

P.S. Please save Wednesday Tuesday, June 14, for a drop-in farewell for Stephanie from 4:30-9:00 pm. More info here.

Juneteenth Festival 2016

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Juneteenth Festival 2016 PosterNoon-6PM
City Park
500 E. Franklin St
Downtown Appleton

Juneteenth is the oldest national program commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States. African Heritage, Inc. (AHI), in collaboration with the City of Appleton, is hosting its seventh annual Juneteenth Celebration on June 19, 2016 in downtown Appleton. The family-friendly program will feature musical, dance and poetry performances as well as a Children‘s Village and community resource fair with food sales. Stop by and see us at the ESTHER booth! More info at African Heritage Inc.

Team ESTHER: Support us in the 2016 Human Race

Join Us - Human Race, April 30ESTHER will again have a team in the Volunteer Center of East Central Wisconsin's annual Human Race event. The walk itself will be on Saturday, April 30.  Our fundraising goal is $4,000— used to support leadership training and community-building that we will do this year.

There are two ways that you can help us meet our goal! First, you can join the team! And second you can help support us financially by visiting our team page and making your pledge: https://www.fundlyenterprise.com/Event/ESTHER#/

Restore our Communities: Restorative Justice for Wisconsin

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David LinersDavid Liners, State Director for WISDOM, will be speaking in Appleon on March 2, 2016 under sponsorship of the Noonhour Philosophers program of Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton. His topic will be ROC Wisconsin, an ongoing project of WISDOM, working alongside its affiliates and partners (including EXPO—Ex-Prisoners Organizing), to reform the criminal justice system in our state so that it helps to build up our communities instead of tearing them down.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
    209 S. Allen St., Appleton
  • Free and open to all; no advance registration required

One More Bus!

We need your help!day without latinos

The past couple weeks have been a tough battle to stop anti-immigrant and racist policy from making it through the Wisconsin State Legislature. Tomorrow, thousands of Latino families, advocates and allies will come together at the State Capitol in Madison to speak out against  these policies and to lift up the many ways the Latino community betters the lives of all Wisconsinites.  The gathering is called A Day Without Latinos.  People from all around the stand are standing together with Latinos because we know our lives are interconnected.

We now have four full buses heading to Madison from Appleton tomorrow morning.  We are astounded by the outpouring of support!  Local businesses, organizations, and individuals have come forward to help fund the buses, but we aren't quite there yet!

We are asking you—especially if you want to stand in support of this action but cannot make it to Madison—to sponsor the fourth bus. We need to raise $500

If you can give $10, $25, $50, $100 or more, you would be part of making this day possible!

Click below to give online by credit-card or sign up to show your support now and pay later.

 

Yes, I'll Help! (click here)

 

Your gift is tax deductible. If we receive funds that exceed the cost of the bus, we will direct that additional support to leadership training and support of Latino organizing in the Fox Valley area.

Thank you for all that you do to make ESTHER an organization that can be strong and flexible enough to quickly direct our energies into this critical work! Sí, se puede!

Author, Activist Angela Davis to Keynote Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

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Dr. Angela DavisFrom the Lawrence University Press Release:

“Social justice icon, scholar and author Dr. Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address at the 25th annual community celebration of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Monday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

2015 MLK Day Logo“The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Breaking the Chains of Injustice.’ The event is free and open to the public. A sign-language interpreter will be present.

“The annual commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy is jointly presented by Lawrence University and Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, with the support of The Post-Crescent, numerous Fox Valley organizations, churches and individuals.”

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