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Madison Action Day 2023

Thursday, April 27, 2023 (All day)
State Capitol, Madison

Register Now for Madison Action Day 2023

Ride and Rally for Reform!

Ride . . . . .     the bus to Madison
Rally . . . . .    on the Capitol Steps
Relay . . . . .   your views and values to your legislators
Reignite . . .   your fire for justice!

Register Now: MAD2023 Registration cost is $25, + optional t-shirt order is $10.  Your bus ride is free!

We are excited for Madison Action Day 2023 on April 27! We will gather at the Wisconsin Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison at 9:00 am and then make our way together to the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Event in Madison ends at 3.Two buses have been reserved to take us to Madison--3 locations and departure times to be announced.

A time to share state budget priorities.  Madison Action Day is especially important this year since each of the Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearings are located much further from most of population centers---April 5, Waukesha, April 11, Eau Claire, April 12 Wisconsin Dells, and April 26, Minocqua.  Madison Action Day gives us an opportunity to share our budget priorities.  We will be making recommendations regarding more funding for TAD, Driver's Licenses for Immigrants, funding for lead abatement and expanding Badger Care. That is the focus of the visits.  The morning Plenary includes speakers to renew our energy and focus.  We also will hear about costly reconciliation, radical inclusion, Living for the Seventh Generation, and Brothertown.

Please register by April 6 so we can begin to organize our visits to legislators.  A booklet outlining our budget priorities will be provided to each participant prior to Madison Action Day to help with preparations for our visits. Each legislator will also receive a copy of the booklet.  At each district visit, we need a facilitator and someone to speak for each budget priority. You can volunteer to speak or come along to show support for these recommendations. 

These trainings are available:
​March 23, 6:30 Working with legislators. Register at  Spring Trainings 
April 3, 6:30 pm  Telling your story Joint Finance Prep, register at Telling your story

Free Holiday Movie

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Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Appleton West High School Gym, 610 N Badger Ave, Appleton

Free Holiday Movie

The Grinch

Appleton West High School Gymnasium
610 N. Badger Ave, Appleton

Blanket Drive/Donation – To be donated to the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter, Oshkosh
(Purchase blankets from a local store and bring them to the movie)

Pre-movie entertainment and raffle

Aaron’s Heart of Gold Fundraiser will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn & candy for purchase

Sponsored by ESTHER • Aaron’s Heart of Gold • U.S. Venture • Appleton Area School District •
Appleton West BIPOC

Presented by Fox City Flix








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Saturday, October 22, Pierce Park Pavilion, 1035 W. Prospect, Appleton WI
12:30 - 2:30 pm
Because we need all our voices, all our votes to protect the earth.

Join with local organizations to make climate the hot topic this election by celebrating Earth Day in October.  The Earth deserves more than one day a year!  See event flyer in the attachment.

  • Informational booths
  • Music from Christopher Gold
  • Keynote speaker, Ligia Rivera "The League of Women Voters of Appleton Fox Cities' two-year study on local climate impacts and adaptations for our communities' climate resilience."
  • A march across the Memorial Drive Bridge and back to Pierce Park.
This event is co-sponsored by the following nonpartisan local organizations: Citizens' Climate Lobby-Appleton/Fox Cities, ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force, League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities, and PopEarth.
Let's make climate the hot topic this election!   EARTH DAY Event page is here 

Video: Fall Gathering 2022

Our Fall Gathering was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped make this possible, and all who participated. 

Anyone who would like to watch the video can find it online:

Please enjoy and share your feedback. 


Help Send Postcards to Voters

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Let’s get out the vote.

Help complete postcards to voters: Oct 13th

…because democracy needs all our voices.

Please note that Oct. 11 event has been canceled due to the hard work of people at Oshkosh ESTHER meeting on Oct.4.  You're welcome to register for Oct. 13.  We will easily meet our goal of 1,000 postcards.

You are invited to join us in non-partisan voter outreach as we write postcards to encourage Wisconsin citizens to vote in the upcoming election. We know how important it is for voters in this election to take the time to get informed about candidates and vote for officials who will protect both democracy and the issues which are at the heart of ESTHER’s work. We want to remind Wisconsin citizens that their voice and vote are vital to the future of Wisconsin, and this is a proven method of increasing turnout.

Here are the details. Please register and share the invite!


  • Thursday, Oct. 13th:  First Congregational UCC, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton WI  54915, 6-7:30, Includes pizza and beverage. RSVP at

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Community Cookout

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Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

Enjoy food, entertainment, children's games, conversations, and more as we celebrate the broad spectrum of diversity in our communities.

ESTHER Fall Gathering: September 15

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ESTHER is celebrating 18 Years
Building Community, Sharing Hope, Standing for Justice

Thursday, September 15, 2022
Social 4:30-5:00 Dinner 5:00-6:00 Program Following
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

“Bridging Our Differences”

Keynote speaker Pardeep Kaleka
Author and CEO of Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee 

***NOTE THIS CHANGE IN OUR PROGRAM:  Our guest speaker Pardeep Paleka will not be able to attend our event in person due to an exciting and unexpected invitation from President Biden to speak at the White House on September 15 at a summit to help counter the effects of hate-fueled violence. But good news: Pardeep helped us come up with another plan. Fox City Flix will be showing the video of the address Pardeep had planned to share with us at our event on a giant inflatable outdoor screen. We will miss this opportunity to meet him in person, but are grateful for this plan.

$50 per person in person; $25 if attending via zoom. Registration deadline is September 10, 2022.

Register and optionally pay online:

Fall Gathering

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Thursday, September 15, 2022 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Dr, Menasha

ESTHER February 6 Banquet Cancelled


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.

Contribute Now

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.


American Indian Studies in Wisconsin: A Conversation

Thursday, December 2, 2021 - 9:00am
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.

Register Now

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.

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