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Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity

Date: 
Monday, August 16, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

Taking a Faithful Stand for EquityRegister here: Faithful Stance for Equity Aug 16

In July, nearly 200 people participated in the first monthly gathering and started learning how to stand up for truth in public schools. Many people want to keep our children from learning about our country’s troubling past and present regarding how African-American, Native American and other people of color have had their land, labor and liberty stolen from them. 

Since that first Zoom meeting, people in all parts of the state have taken action (like joining Prayer Vigils and testifying at School Board meetings), More than 200 people have taken the Faithful Equity Pledge. All are invited tp this month’s meeting as we work to keep building the momentum and to keep organizing.

If you want truth (even when it hurts) and equity taught and practiced in our schools and in our whole society, join this meeting to learn how to keep your voice heard, and not drowned out by the voices of those who are afraid of the truth.

Register here: Faithful Stance for Equity Aug 16

This initiative is co-sponsored by the Wisconsin Council of Churches, WISDOM, Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, Wisconsin Council of Rabbis, and the Lutheran Office for Public Policy in Wisconsin.

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities - Community Cookout

Date: 
Saturday, August 21, 2021 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities will be hosting its annual Community Cookout on Saturday, August 21, 2021 from 11:00 am-3:00 pm. Come celebrate progress with food, entertainment, and laughter. The theme for this year is, “We All Call This Home.”

Visit the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/538802710712233/

Citizen Lobby Training by Wisconsin Conservation Voters

Date: 
Thursday, May 27, 2021 - 5:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

Wisconsin Conservation Voters LogoWisconsin Conservation Voters is offering Citizen Lobbying Training on Thursday, May 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Learn how to meet with local decision makers and urge climate action.

In the training, participants will learn what lobbying is and how to have a successful meeting. Participants will get to put their newly learned skills into practice with a mock lobby meeting.

Click here to save your spot.

Can’t make it but still want to get involved? Contact Casey Hicks, Northeast Organizer, Wisconsin Conservation Voters by emailing casey@conservationvoters.org.

Introduction to WISDOM

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Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

WISDOM logoESTHER main logoThe WISDOM network, to which ESTHER belongs, is offering this overview and orientation for people who have recently become active with a WISDOM affiliate or who would like to know more about current priorities, programs and projects.

The program will discuss what community organizing in the WISDOM network is all about, including the “Attitudes and Disciplines of Organizing.” WISDOM’s issues will be presented, including how WISDOM tries to make a difference in the public arena. There will be an explanation of how the various affiliates and organizations in the network fit together with WISDOM and Gamaliel. Most of all, we’ll talk about why this work is important – and there will be time in groups for new members to talk about why they want to be involved in it.

At the end, there will be break-out groups for local organizations. Participating organizations (including ESTHER) will have at least one officer or organizer on the Zoom, to help newer folks understand what’s happening locally.

The event is free of charge. Register in advance at this link.

Policing and Our Future: 3-Part Series

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Date: 
Thursday, February 4, 2021 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Date: 
Thursday, February 18, 2021 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Date: 
Thursday, March 4, 2021 - 9:00am - 11:00am
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

To Protect and Serve? 

Imagine Fox CitiesFox Valley Technical CollegeA three-part series examining the history of policing, its current challenges, and strategies to create a future in which all in the Fox Cities feel they can rely on the men and women in blue.

Sponsored by Imagine Fox Cities and presented by Fox Valley Technical College

No charge to attend. Advance registration required.

REGISTER FOR SESSION 1 HERE

(Times for Sessions 2 and 3, on February 18 and March 4, are still being determined)

Featured Speaker: Dr. Theodore Darden

Introduction to WISDOM

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Date: 
Saturday, January 9, 2021 - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

WISDOM logoESTHER main logoThe WISDOM network, to which ESTHER belongs, is offering this overview and orientation for people who have recently become active with a WISDOM affiliate or who would like to know more about current priorities, programs and projects.

The first two hours will be spent discussing what community organizing in the WISDOM network is all about, including the “Attitudes and Disciplines of Organizing.” WISDOM’s issues will be presented, and how WISDOM tries to make a difference in the public arena. Time will be given to talking about how the various organizations fit together with WISDOM and Gamaliel. Most of all, we’ll talk about why this work is important – and there will be time in groups for new members to talk about why they want to be involved in it.

For the final hour, there will be break-out groups for local organizations. Participating organizations (including ESTHER) will have at least one officer or organizer on the Zoom, to help newer folks understand what’s happening locally.

The event is free of charge. Register in advance at this link.

Celebrate Diversity Community Block Party

Date: 
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:00am - 1:30pm

celebrate diversity block party images 2020Join in, celebrate your uniqueness and what we have in common

Link in & Message us at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2638351159816488/

Online, virtual event will include both live and prerecorded sessions. Hear from local leaders and performers. Enjoy music and dance from around the world. Learn from the Mile of Music Education Team and experience a few surprises along the way.

New posts will be added throughout the event. Follow along and join in if you can.

Hosted by IndUS Fox Valley and Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities.

Effective Meetings Training - Offered by WISDOM

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Date: 
Saturday, May 9, 2020 - 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Teleconference

WISDOM LogoThis Saturday, May 9, WISDOM* is offering an online training program on the topic of “Effective Meetings.”

Organizing for systemic change requires a lot of time spent in meetings. This training will offer a chance to reflect on why we go to meetings in the first place – and to think about what it takes to make them a really good use of our time. There will also be a lot of practical information in this training, designed to be useful for anyone who has a role in designing and carrying out meetings.

To build power we have to organize people. One of the ways we do that is through meetings. We might as well do them as well as we can!

To register, send an email to David Liners, WISDOM Executive Director: david.liners1@gmail.com.


*WISDOM is the state-wide social justice network of which ESTHER is a part.

Building a Nation Where “We the People” Truly Means “All the People”

Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Lawrence University Warch Campus Center (Somerset Room), 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

A Presentation by
Mark Charles

Building A Nation Where
“We the People” Truly Means “All the People”

head and shoulders shot of Mark Charles outdoorsMark Charles is a speaker, writer and consultant. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Charles seeks to understand the complexities of American History regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation.

Charles is noted for his activism in denouncing the Doctrine of Discovery and opposing the Dakota pipeline. In May of 2019 Charles announced that he is running for President of the United States as an independent in the 2020 election.*

In addition to this event, Mark will be preaching at First Congregational UCC of Appleton on October 20 at the 8:45 and 10:30 am services.

No Charge. All Are Welcome

Learn more: esther-foxvalley.org
920-843-8083 – email: office@esther-foxvalley.org

OR spiritual.religious.life@lawrence.edu

Co-sponsored by Lawrence University’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life,
Lawrence University Native Association (LUNA), Lawrence Christian Fellowship (LCF), ESTHER and First Congregational UCC of Appleton

*This is a non-political visit and does not constitute an endorsement of his candidacy for the presidential election.

They Call Us Illegals - Virtual Reality Experience and Film Showing

Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Lawrence University, Warch Center Cinema, 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

They Call Us Illegals: Experience Our Lives in Virtual Reality and Documentary Film

Los Sueños de Anita
Los Sueños de Anita ThumbnailImmerse yourself into the lives of two undocmented parents as they raise their young daughter, Anita, and face struggles much too familiar to the community. (virtual reality)
The VR experience runs about 9 minutes and will be available for viewing between 3pm-4:15pm and again between 7pm-8pm.
The Unafraid
The Illegals thumbnailFollow the lives of three DACA students in Georgia as they take on activism in a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. (documentary film)
Screening will begin at 4:30 with a discussion afterward.

Follow this event on Facebook here.

Brought to you by LU Film Studies Program, LU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, LU Diversity and Intercultural Center, the Appleton Dignity & Respect Campaign, and ESTHER.

 

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