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Showing Support for our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

In light of the horrific murders of our Muslim brothers and sisters in New Zealand this past week, ESTHER members are encouraged to gather at our local mosques during their gathering times on Friday, March 22, to show compassion, solidarity and friendship.

  • Islamic Center of Wisconsin
    720 W Parkway Blvd, Appleton
  • Fox Valley Islamic Society
    102 Kappell Dr, Neenah
  • Masjid Qamar Oshkosh Mosque
    300 N Eagle St, Oshkosh

The Neenah and Appleton mosques meet for worship at 1 pm and the Oshkosh mosque has their gathering at 1:15 pm.

Please be aware that there is much fear and suspicion of strangers in the Muslim community at this time, but that should not stop people of good will from extending a hand of friendship and kindness.

Madison Action Day Sponsorships Needed

Wisconsin Capitol DomeCan’t Go to Madison Action Day on March 26?

Your sponsorship can help someone else attend!

If you would like to go to WISDOM’s Madison Action Day 2019 but are unable to attend, would you consider donating $40 (registration, lunch, and transportation) so that others who cannot afford to attend are able to go? We do not want the cost of attendance to deter anyone who would like to participate, and we believe it is important for a variety of voices to be represented as we learn and advocate together.

You can contribute to a sponsorship by clicking on the button below or sending your check to ESTHER, P.O, Box 784, Neenah, WI 54957.

I want to help!

Learn more about WISDOM’s 2019 Madison Action Day here.

Budget Action Workshop

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Date: 
Saturday, March 2, 2019 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Location: 
Plumbers & Steamfitters Local 400 Hall, 2700 Northridge Dr, Kaukauna

tell your story. connect with others.
make an impact
on the 2019-2021 budget … and beyond.

BUDGET ACTION WORKSHOP detailsThis workshop offers changemaker training for all who want to be a voice for a budget our communities deserve.

Your voice is needed! The legislators and the new governor will take up the single most important piece of legislation this year: the biennial state budget. Our job is to make sure that the budget meets the needs of our children, our communities, and the efforts we support, including education, good roads, clean air & water, justice reform, healthcare and more.

If you can't make it to Kaukauka on March 2, additional training opportunities are being offered at:

  • Middleton, March 3
  • Eau Claire, March 9
  • Milwaukee, March 10


Register Now!

be the voice!

Help spread the word; download and share the attached flyer!

Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration

Date: 
Monday, January 21, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: 
Lawrence Memorial Chapel 510 E College Ave Appleton

MLK Event PosterTheme: Why Keep Dreaming? A Time For Action

“There comes a time when silence is betrayal”- Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., noted advocate and activist

Essay Contest • Musical entertainment •
Jane LaChappell McCarty MLK and MLK Educator Awards

Presented by Lawrence University and African Heritage, Inc. along with many community sponsors and supporters.

For more information, see the event Facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/2126099901040029/

Film Showing and Panel: Milwaukee 53206

Date: 
Saturday, January 19, 2019 - 1:30pm - 3:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room E130 (Entrance 10), Appleton

Milwaukee 53206 Film ImageJoin us to watch Milwaukee 53206, a powerful documentary that chronicles the lives of those affected by incarceration in America's most incarcerated city. This film tells the story of people from Milwaukee and across the United States who live with the daily effects of mass incarceration. There is no charge to attend.

Immediately following the screening, there will be a panel discussion chaired by Dr. Sylvia Carey Butler, Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Support of Inclusive Excellence, UW-Oshkosh. The panel features people with personal or professional experience in the harmful effects of Wisconsin’s over-use of jails and prisons and expertise in alternatives.

2018 Banquet Sets New Record

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Leonard Pitts, Jr., speaking with banquet guest Sharyn GawlickMore than 350 people—a record!—gathered at Liberty Hall in Kimberly on Sunday evening, November 4, for ESTHER’s 15th annual banquet. The room was full, and overflowed with an amazing spirit. During the program, ESTHER recognized Lisa Hanneman for her Individual Leadership in prison reform work, focusing on medication reform at the Outagamie County Jail (story here). Mayor Tim Hanna and Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator Karen Nelson accepted the Community Leadership award for bringing the national Dignity & Respect Campaign to Appleton (story here).

Keynote speaker Leonard Pitts, Jr., in a powerful and personal talk covering racism, immigration, the #MeToo movement, and our hope for change, challenged us to act, but first to listen. The Appleton Post-Crescent covered the event in a story you can find here.

And there’s more….

Justice Connection Saturday: Immigration Justice

Date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

ESTHER is pleased to bring this event, hosted by the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, to the attention of ESTHER members and friends.

Laureen Anderson-StepanekLaureen Anderson-Stepanek, an immigration lawyer, will present on allyship and substantive steps we can take to support immigrant rights vs. the “feel good” response. We will also hear from the leadership of Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor, a local immigrant rights and education group. The Fox Cities SURJ Rapid Response team will present on meaningful ways we as bystanders can respond to emergency situations and disrupt detainments. The Fellowship Shared Sanctuary Committee will provide education on the sanctuary movement and ways to be involved in this effort at the Fellowship.

Ms. Anderson-Stepanek, a partner in the Chicago law firm Katsivalis & Anderson Law, LLC, has spent her whole legal career as an immigration lawyer, concentrating, her practice in complex immigration matters since 2002. As Ms. Anderson-Stepanek's practice has grown she has expanded into the areas of family and removal defense, specifically those related to criminal issues and appellate matters, including to the federal court.

This event is part of The Fellowship’s “Justice Connection Saturday” series. Childcare will be available. No sign-up required.

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities 26th Annual Community Cookout

Date: 
Saturday, August 18, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

This family-friendly event is free and open to the public. Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities (CDFC) provides main dishes and beverages. There will be a Dignity & Respect Campaign conversation activity, a dance performance coordinated by IndUS of Fox Valley, music presented by DJ Rayon tha Don, children’s activities, a piñata, and more.

For full information, see the event Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1738022019609191/

Questions? Contact the organizers at info@celebratediversityfoxcities.org

Rally: Families Belong Together

Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton

Families Belong Together Banner

One of over 700 events around the country on June 30 where, together, we will raise our voices loud and clear and call for an end to family separations and to the suspension of due process at the border.

People of good conscience from across the country and across the political spectrum agree on this: Families belong together. We've got to make this clear to our government: Reunite families. Close family prison camps. And hold the abusers accountable.

People are welcome to speak about their experiences and share their thoughts. Please wear white to signify solidarity.

Sponsored by Forward Fox Valley

More information on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/198849477618962/

ESTHER Sheriff Candidates’ Forum

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Date: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

Calumet & Outagamie County Sheriff
Candidates’ Forum

sheriff's star

Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6-7:30 pm
Appleton Public Library
225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI
Conference Room B, Lower Level

 
Alex Bebris
Outagamie Cty
John Brylski
Outagamie Cty
Clint Kriewaldt
Outagamie Cty
Mark Wiegert
Calumet Cty

Be an Informed Voter!

Here’s your chance to ask questions BEFORE the primary election on August 14.

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