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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants Elisha D. Smith Menasha Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm We The People Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:30pm ESTHER Transit Task Force CANCELLED for August First United Methodist Church, 325 East Franklin Street, Appleton - Conference Room
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 11:00am Clergy Caucus First United Methodist, 108 West Doty Avenue, Neenah
Wednesday, August 21, 2019 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance Committee First Congregational UCC, 724 South River Drive, Appleton Upper Lounge

Rev. Maynard Beemer - In Memoriam

As president of the ESTHER organization, it is my sad duty to convey news of the death of Maynard Beemer. We received the news that he had suffered a massive stroke on Sunday, August 4, and he passed away this afternoon on August 6. Maynard was a founding member of our organization dating back to 2004. Through his leadership and with his passion for doing justice, he played a pivotal role in bringing the mission of WISDOM and GAMALIEL to the Fox Valley area. From its founding, ESTHER has been blessed by Maynard’s leadership, which was his trademark. Over the years, he served as our president and was a constant source of inspiration with the charisma of the “wise man” in our midst. We of ESTHER extend our blessings and word of comfort to his daughter and grandchildren as well as to the faithful of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Appleton, where he served for many years as pastor. In a spirit of thanksgiving and loving farewell, we celebrate with the angels, who cry out to Maynard to come and receive the reward of his labors.

— Fr. Joe Mattern

Maynard’s life will be celebrated in the sanctuary of First Congregational UCC, Appleton, on Saturday, September 7 beginning at 11:00 AM. A reception will follow in the Fellowship Hall.


Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Elisha D. Smith Menasha Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

Appleton-area Forum
Defending Families
Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

father and son demonstrating

This event is part of the statewide tour, organized by Voces de la Frontera and supported by immigrant rights organizations and individuals around the state. ESTHER is a local co-sponsor.

Come to this event to learn more about this issue and how to get involved in the fight to restore driver licenses for immigrants in Wisconsin.

Know your rights workshop.

Mexican consulate will be present.

ESTHER - Voces de la Frontera - Mexican Consulate

For more information, call 414-828-2692

#LetsDriveWI #KeepFamiliesTogether

We The People

Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

United to Amend - We The People“You Get the Government You Deserve”
Thomas Jefferson

Americans know that “We the People” are no longer represented by our politicians. ESTHER and Citizen Action of Wisconsin invite you to attend a presentation by George Penn of United to Amend to talk about why we have lost our democracy to the corrupted big-money system and how we can Fix This!

ESTHER 2019 Banquet

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

Tickets Now Available!

Winona LaDuke at Standing RockESTHER’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, a rural development economist working on issues of economic, food, and energy sovereignty. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and leads several organizations including Honor the Earth, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing, and Winona’s Hemp. These organizations develop and model cultural-based sustainable development strategies utilizing renewable energy and sustainable food systems. She is an international thought leader in the areas of climate justice, renewable energy, and environmental justice, and has stood in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and to mining projects on indigenous lands.

She is also a leader in the work of protecting indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She has authored six books including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations, Last Standing Woman, and her newest work, The Winona LaDuke Chronicles.

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

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ESTHER gratefully acknowledges sponsorship support from
William J. and Barbara A. Schmidt Family Foundation

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Cookout

Saturday, August 24, 2019 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

2019 Celebrate Diversity Community CookoutCelebrating our uniqueness and what we have in common, Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities invites all to enjoy food, fun and conversation at the 27th Annual Community Cookout.


  • Woodland Boys and Girls Club Dance and Drum Team
  • Colleen Bins, Metalsmith and traditional Native artist
  • Anindita Neogy Anaam, Classical Kathak Dancer
  • Children's activities: Face painting, henna painting, hair braiding, piñata

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.

Romeo and Juliet - Cookout and a Play

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Romeo & JulietSteve & Dee
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 pm

Join ESTHER for an evening of Engagement, Enchantment, and Entertainment!

A cookout with play performed “Renaissance Faire-style” by Pastor Steve and Dee Savides!

Pierce Park (1035 W. Prospect Ave, Appleton)

Suggested donation: $15 adults; $25 couples; $30 families

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Unlock the Vote Forum

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:00pm
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

Unlock the Vote / WISDOM logosToo many people have been removed from or been denied access to the electoral process. We want to make sure that every citizen in Wisconsin is able to vote.

Currently, our state denies voting rights not just to those people currently locked up, but also to those who are on probation, parole, and extended supervision. That is approx. 68,000 people in our state who are locked out of the electoral process!


Neenah-Menasha Inter-Tribal Pow Wow

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Saturday, September 21, 2019 - 12:30pm - 4:00pm
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.