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27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Date: 
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: 
Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton

Aly Wane speaking at a rally“Those Who Have Been Left Out”

The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration is sponsored by Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, African Heritage, Inc. and the Lawrence University Diversity Center. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Aly Wane, s noted speaker, activist, and organizer originally from Senegal. Mr. Wane has worked with various human rights groups including the Syracuse Peace Council, American Friends Service Committee, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

See also the Facebook event for this celebration.

Knocking on Doors for Voter Engagement - October 14

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“Voting according to values makes a huge difference in the process of policy change”

ESTHER is participating in a statewide WISDOM action on October 14 with a goal of knocking on 600 doors. This Integrated Voter Engagement project is focused on reaching out to those who are traditionally left out of the process – renters, people of color, women, students and low-income workers.

We are in need of volunteers to be a part of this outreach effort. Will you help?

EVENT: Integrated Voter Engagement
WHEN: October 14, 2017
  9:30 am: Orientation
10:00 am–noon: Canvassing
WHERE: Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 E College Ave, Appleton
TO VOLUNTEER: Register online at https://esther-foxvalley.org/canvass or contact the ESTHER office at office@esther-foxvalley.org. An orientation will be provided, including script and materials to leave at the door.

Volunteers will have brief conversations with selected individuals at their doorstep, asking them about their issues and concerns and also seeking support for an ESTHER priority, The Faithful Citizenship Campaign (click on ‘Attachments’ below, or view/download here). The Faithful Citizenship petition asks our Wisconsin legislators to commit to cutting poverty in half over the next ten years and to reducing the racial disparities existing in childhood poverty.

Volunteers will be visiting portions of Appleton’s first and second wards near Columbus Elementary School. Additional rounds of volunteers will revisit this same neighborhood twice more in the coming year.

Can you help? Register online at https://esther-foxvalley.org/canvass or contact the ESTHER office (office@esther-foxvalley.org) to let us know!

“ESTHER is knocking to listen to our community”

Community Column: "Let's Fight Social Injustice in the Fox Cities"

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Bill Van Lopik, ESTHER OrganizerESTHER Organizer Bill Van Lopik has recently started a term as a Community Columnist for the Post-Crescent. In his inaugural column, which appeared on April 1 (no fooling!), he writes with passion and conviction about some “dominant narratives” that cause fear and suspicion and can blind us to the truth about our communities and our neighbors. He testifies to the power of a different approach, in which we work

… to build relationships among people from various ethnic backgrounds, economic status, race, cultures and religions. It is through these relationships that we understand that there are other stories, other realities and other narratives. It is easy to live in a bubble and only interact with people who look like us, act like us, talk like us and believe the same things we do. However, if we hope to build a community which values dignity and respect we are going to have to be a lot more curious and courageous about who we see as our neighbors.

 

Madison Action Day - March 30

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Walking to the Capitol“Our State, Our Budget, Our Voice”

Join over 800 WISDOM leaders from across Wisconsin at the state capitol to advocate and educate legislators and departments about issues in the proposed state budget, including criminal justice, environmental justice, public health, education and public transit!

Thursday, March 30, 2017
9:00 am–4:00 pm. Breakfast and networking at 8:00
Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI

Featuring keynote speakers:

  • Rev. Alex Gee, pastor of Fountain of Life Covenant Church in Madison.
  • Ms. Lisa Graves, Executive Director, Center for Media and Democracy (CMD), a national watchdog group, investigating and exposing the undue influence of corporations in public policy.

Cost: $25.00 - includes lunch, materials, and bus transportation. Scholarships are available.

Buses to/from Fox Cities locations the day of the event.

REGISTER TODAY!

Budget Action Workshop for Northeast Wisconsin - February 25

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

NE Wisconsin
Budget Action Workshop

9:30 am-2:30 pm
Plumbers and Steamfitters UA Local 400
2700 Northridge Drive, Kaukauna

Join your Fox Valley friends for a fun, social and informative day as we learn together about the Wisconsin budget process and how to present our budget concerns effectively to our state representatives. A project of the Wisconsin Leadership Development Project (WiLD). Click 'Read more' for a flyer and a link to online registration.

One More Bus!

Fox Valley Latinos/as need our help!day without latinxs flyer

The past couple of weeks have been a tough battle to stop anti-immigrant and racist policies. Monday, February 13, thousands of Latino/a families, advocates and allies will come together in Milwaukee 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 state are standing together with Latinos/as because we know our lives are interconnected.

We now have two full buses heading to Milwaukee from Appleton Monday 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 Milwaukee—to sponsor the second bus. We need to raise $300.

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 Unidos por un Futuro Mejor in support of their work on leadership training and Latino organizing in the Fox Valley area.

As of Saturday morning, there are still a few places left on the second bus. Buses will leave St. Therese parish in Appleton at 7:55 am, returning to Appleton by 4:00 pm. Contact Basy at 920/739-1226 to reserve your place.

Muchas gracias for all you do to make ESTHER an organization that can be strong and flexible enough to quickly direct energy and funding into this critical work! Sí, se puede!

ESTHER Publishes Statement of Witness

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Statement As PublishedThis Is a Time that Tries Our Souls….

In the light of concerns about the climate of religious and racial prejudice and harrassment growing out of the Presidential election, the ESTHER Leadership Board, with support from ESTHER members and friends, adopted and published a statement of witness in the Appleton Post-Crescent on Sunday, December 4, 2016. The statement lifts up ESTHER’s hallmark values of inclusiveness, neighborliness, compassion, fair treatment, commitment to community, and the practice of hope.

Thank you to the 207 members and friends of ESTHER who added their names and provided the financial support to make publication possible. Click on the image to read the statement as published.

Un Dia sin Latinos / A Day without Latinos - February 18

Mass mobilization and protest in Madison against anti-immigrant legislation currently being considered by the state legislature. Join WISDOM leaders, Voces de la Frontera and families from around the state to show your support for communities in which all are welcomed, honored, and protected. Stand up and raise your voice to challenge these racist, anti-immigrant bills.

Buses to Madison for the event leave St. Therese parking lot (Summer and Durkee St., Appleton) at 7 am Thursday (February 18th) morning. Call 920-475-0674 to reserve a place.  If you wish to drive yourself to Madison, meet us at 10:00am at the state capitol.

Help spread the word about these bills and this event:

  • Download flyer here. (PDF)
  • Download fact sheet here. (PDF)

 

Increasing Access to Transit

Increasing Access to Transportation:

What We Can Do A conversation and action planning session

Thursday, February 25 from 1-3pm

Goodwill Community Center (Neenah-Menasha Room)

1800 Appleton Rd, Menasha

What Will be Discussed:

  • Local efforts related to increasing access to walking, biking and transit, how we can share experiences and how we can work together
  • Actions community members and organiza ons can take together to make it easier for residents to get where they need to go
  • Latest information regarding any transportaon-related bills in the WI State Legislature and their impact on residents

RSVP at http://bit.ly/FVTfeb25 or foxvalleythrives@gmail.com

Click here to download a printable flyer.

Please share widely to all that may be interested!  Free and open to the public.
 

Let the games continue!

With help from ESTHER, a group of Latino soccer players is at last able to use public soccer fields and other facilities at Wittman Park in the Town of Menasha without being subjected to harrassment and racial slurs, and without indifference from Town officials. Gustavo Nunez, one of the players who took a lead role in seeking a resolution to the issue, stated, “We want to thank you and all of the people you worked to figure this situation out with us. After many years of playing with the fear of harassment and removal from the fields, we can finally say that we have been playing in peace this last month and since the beginning of your help.” ESTHER is proud to have worked with these courageous players to ensure that their voice was heard. Together we are encouraged by our collective action to make the community, particularly our public parks, more welcoming to all.

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