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Know Your Rights Training: Police, ICE and Social Media

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Know Your RightsJoin ACLU of Wisconsin's Director of Community Engagement Emilio De Torre as he walks you through how to exercise your constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement and ICE, as well as how to use them on social media. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI, and is being sponsored by the ACLU of Wisconsin and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force. This presentation is the program for the February 2020 meeting of the Task Force.

Smart Justice Lobby Day

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main St, Madison

Smart Justice Lobby Day January 29, 2020

Join the ACLU of Wisconsin’s Smart Justice Campaign, WISDOM, EXPO, ESTHER and others at the State Capitol on January 29 to call for change in our criminal justice system.

ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force

Monday, January 6, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, March 2, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, June 1, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, July 6, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, August 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, October 5, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, November 2, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Monday, December 7, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Zoom Meeting

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

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

IssueCover of Rep. Evan Goyke's No Vacancy Plan

Do we build more prisons and/or send people to out-of-state institutions at a high cost to taxpayers, or do we institute reform?

State Rep. Evan Goyke, District 18, Milwaukee, 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 on:

Invest in Neighborhoods
Prevent Homelessness
Pay for Crime Reduction Without Raising Taxes
Reduce Prison Admissions
Increase Prison Releases
Increase Success on Supervision

Megan Novak, Legislative Dir., Americans for Prosperity
Bernie Vetrone, Dir., Outagamie Cty. Criminal Justice Treatment Services
Melissa Ludin, Expert Lived Experience & Regional Organizer ACLU Smart Justice
State Rep. Evan Goyke, Milwaukee District 18

Read about Rep. Goyke’s Plan here.

Mental Health Task Force

Friday, September 6, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Angies Main Café, 132 S Main St, Shawano, WI


All Voices Welcome!


Friday, September 6th, 2019 6:00-7:30PM

Angies Main Café
132 S. Main Street

Families with children having emotional or cognitive disabilities who need advocacy in school, and people who have been formerly incarcerated, or families with loved ones who are incarcerated should attend this meeting. Your feedback is important!

Investing in Wisconsin's Future through Criminal Justice Reform

Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm
FVTC-Oshkosh Riverside Campus, 150 N Campbell Rd, Oshkosh / Room #133

Investing in Wisconsin’s FutureThe purpose of this event is show how a Wisconsin future that benefits all Wisconsinites requires criminal justice reform in our state. The event will cover critical issues like:

  • Barriers to employment following incarceration
  • The Wisconsin epidemic of crimeless revocation – the process by which thousands of Wisconsin residents are sent to prison each year despite not having committed a crime

There will also be an informative panel discussion featuring individuals directly impacted by the criminal justice system and people working for change on both sides of the political aisle.

RSVP appreciated but not required:

Cosponsored by ACLU of Wisconsin, as part of its Smart Justice campaign, and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force.

Help spread the word: Download and share the attached flyer.

Unlock the Vote Forum

Monday, September 16, 2019 - 6:00pm
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Rm HS114AB (Ent. 16), 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!


Prison Reform Task Force Meeting Summary - 1 July 2019

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.

Listen to Brian Defferding and Josh Dukelow on WHBY’s Fresh Take

Thursday, June 6, 2019 - 10:00am - 11:00am
WHBY Radio 1150 AM, 103.5 FM, 106.3 FM

brian defferding (from Facebook)Winnebago County Board member Brian Defferding will be a guest on June 6 on Josh Dukelow’s “Fresh Take” program on WHBY radio. Brian is a member of the ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force and his topics of conversation with Dukelow will include hopes for a Mental Health Court for Winnebago County. If you are unable to listen to the live broadcast, the program will be recorded and available for listening on the Fresh Take website

Prison Reform Task Force Meeting Summary - 3 June 2019

ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force held its monthly meeting on Monday, June 3, 2019. More than 25 people were in attendance. Watch this brief report from Karen Pfefferle and Philip Bennett commenting on the topics discussed at the meeting.

The task force meets on the first Monday of each month at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 150 S. Green Bay Rd, Neenah, WI. It works to reduce the number of people in county jails and state prisons by:

  • Supporting safe community alternatives
  • Encouraging humane treatment of people
  • Supporting individuals as they return to their communities

Anyone interested in being a part of this work is welcome to attend!

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