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Upcoming Events

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

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
ESTHER Communications Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force Zoom Meeting
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
ESTHER Executive Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Taking on Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm
Oshkosh ESTHER Task Force Meeting B‘Nai Israel Congregation, 1121 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

ESTHER February 6 Banquet Cancelled

WHAT?! IT’S NOT HAPPENING?

Our concern for the health and safety of our community along with the year-end sale of Liberty Hall (our venue) brought an end to plans for ESTHER’s Annual Banquet planned for February 6!

ESTHER’s Work Continues

Please support our continuing efforts to build community, share hope and stand for justice by making a financial contribution. Contributions in any amount are appreciated. Donations of $50 or more by Febuary 28 will receive a copy of The Gift of Our Wounds, by Pardeep Kaleka (our intended keynote speaker) and co-author Arno Michaelis, along with a printed copy of ESTHER’s 2022 Yearbook.

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We are planning a fall gathering, to be held outdoors on September 15, featuring Pardeep Kaleka. Stay tuned for details.

Thank you for your patience during these changing times and for your steadfast support of ESTHER.

 

2021 Challenge Campaign Goes Over the Top - Thank You!

Challenge Succeeds--Thank You!Wow! THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2021 ESTHER challenge match campaign, which ended on December 31.

When everything was counted, during the last quarter of 2021, 50 people either made new contributions or increased their support 2019 ESTHER Challenge results bar graph: Goal $5,000; Received: $7,028during 2021 over 2020, for a total of $5,115 in response to the $5,000 challenge pool!

We are so grateful for such a wonderful response to this campaign during these challenging times. Your support helps ensure we can have even greater impact as we work to share hope, build community, and stand for justice.

Taking on Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

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Thursday, January 27, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, February 3, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, February 10, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, February 17, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Thursday, February 24, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
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Zoom Meeting

Join the Transformational Justice Campaign leaders of EXPO and WISDOM for a 5-part Zoom series on mass incarceration in Wisconsin.

When: Thursday evenings, 6:30-8:00 p.m., January 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24

Register here: Taking on Mass Incarceration - Jan 27-Feb 24

In the series, we will learn from experts, including people directly impacted by Wisconsin’s criminal legal system. We will learn about many aspects of the system, including:

Volunteer Drivers Needed - Winnebago Catch-A-Ride

ESTHER’s Transportation Task Force is happy to bring this volunteer opportunity to your attention.

MAKE A DIFFERENCE! Become a volunteer driver for Winnebago Catch-A-Ride and help those in need find transportation to their place of employment. By driving with us you can help someone not only get to their place of work but also regain confidence in their daily schedule. With your help, a single mother can worry less about traveling to and from her 9-5 job, a young man will be able to attend his interview on time, and a grandmother will be able to work her part-time job at a local store.

EXPO Starting a New Chapter in Oshkosh

EX-incarcerated People Organizing (EXPO), an affiliated partner of WISDOM and ESTHER, will be starting up a new chapter in Oshkosh. Marianne Oleson will be leading this startup and can see firsthand the kind of support the community needs.

EXPO is focused on ending mass incarceration and providing support to those re-entering the community. Oshkosh in particular has a need for this program as it has 5 prisons, which is very rare for a community of that population size.

Part of EXPO’s mission is not only to support those people as they come back to the community but to help them find resources and opportunities. Oleson states that “Temporary living placement for people re-entering the community was closed in October. Anyone coming out of prison right now in Winnebago county will be homeless.” Part of creating an equitable system is providing access to housing, education, healthcare, etc. so that individuals can successfully be rehabilitated and rejoin the community.

With the startup of this new chapter, Oleson wants to “show the community that we are more than our worst mistakes.” People who come out of prison become our friends, neighbors, and co-workers. Organizations like EXPO help change the stigma around incarcerated people and make the surrounding communities more accepting and understanding.

We are so excited to see the positive changes EXPO will make in Oshkosh and we will be helping and supporting them along the way.

EXPO will be holding their first meeting at the Most Blessed Sacrament Church, 449 High Avenue, Oshkosh, on Tuesday, February 1 at 6:30 PM.

If you have any questions regarding the Oshkosh EXPO chapter, please contact Marianne Oleson at marianne@expowisconsin.org.

Climate Justice Community Webinar

Date: 
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
https://us02web.zoom.us/s/84840000619

Local Action. Real Power. Fighting for Climate Justice

Become part of the fight for climate justice in your community!

Join us for this webinar on December 15 to hear about work at the local policy level to bring about climate justice and how you can help. Recommendations of the Climate Change Task Force will be shared, local elected officials will share information on recent policy wins, and information will be provided on statewide efforts.

Please Register

Co-sponsored by Citizen Action of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Conservation Voters, and ESTHER.

Charter For Compassion

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ESTHER and the Charter for Compassion have recently joined in a partnership. The Charter for Compassion is a nonprofit organization founded in 2009, with a local chapter in Appleton. This organization has chapters in over 50 countries and continues to be an integral part in building community and human connection.

The Charter resonates closely with our values at ESTHER. We both have an interest in bringing communities together and promoting equity and justice. With these similar values, we know we will have a successful partnership into the future.

We are excited to continue expanding our community partnerships and learning from the leaders and members in those organizations.

American Indian Studies in Wisconsin: A Conversation

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Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 9:00am
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

David J. O’ConnorJoin ESTHER’s Equity and Racial Justice Committee for a public conversation (on Zoom) with David J. O’Connor, American Indian Studies Consultant at the Wisconsin DPI. He consults with and supports school districts in providing instruction on the history, culture and tribal sovereignty of Wisconsin’s American Indian nations and tribal communities, and about the education of Native American students under Wisconsin’s Act 31.

The conversation will occur on Zoom, and advance registration is required.  The Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the meeting.

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DPI WI LogoDavid is originally from and is a member of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa (Ojibwe) in northern Wisconsin. A graduate of the University of Wisconsin with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, he join the DPI staff in 2012. In October 2021, O’Connor received the National Indian Education Association’s (NIEA) Educator of the Year award at the organization’s 52nd Annual Convention and Trade Show in Omaha, Nebraska. The organization presented the award to O’Connor for his work in changing the landscape for all students, with an emphasis on Native American studies and education, in Wisconsin and across the Midwest.

Sisters Rising - Film Showing & Discussion

Date: 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 6:30pm
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First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St, Appleton (River Room)

Please join us to view and discuss Sisters Rising. This documentary is an urgent call to action, a stunning portrait of women acting in solidarity, and a demand for tribal sovereignty and self-determination as the necessary step towards ending violence against Indigenous women in the United States.

The film follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows: a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom, an attorney fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty, a teacher of Indigenous women’s self-defense, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change, and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation’s tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both individual and systemic levels.

Discussion will follow, led by Cecilia LaPointe of the Native Justice Coalition.

No charge. All are welcome. This is an indoor, in-person event. Participants are asked to follow COVID-safe protocols, including masking and maintaining social distance. Donations will be accepted at the event for the work of the Native Justice Coalition.

Please register in advance:

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Sponsored by ESTHER, Native Justice Coalition, and First Congregational UCC, Appleton