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Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants

Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
State Capitol, Madison

We’re pleased to pass on this information from Voces de la Frontera about the May 1 day of action in Madison

The May 1st Day without Latinxs & Immigrants to restore driver licenses and state IDs for all in Wisconsin is next Wednesday, May 1!

On Wednesday we'll rally at the Capitol in Madison at 11am, gathering at the State Street entrance. Are you coming from outside of Madison? We have buses coming from 19 cities across the state. Click here to reserve your spot on a bus! 

May 1st will be a Day without Latinxs and Immigrants. This means no work, no school, and no buying. This is a day to show the power of the contributions that immigrants and Latinx people make to Wisconsin. And it's a day for people of all backgrounds to stand in solidarity for civil rights and against discrimination. 

Click here to reserve your spot on a bus to Madison for May Day!

Under the Trump Administration, ICE has targeted people stopped for driving without a license for deportation and separation from their families. Restoring driver licenses for all will improve our state's economy, make our roads safer, and keep families together. 

Governor Evers has included restoring driver licenses and state ID cards for immigrants in his state budget proposal, but we still need to convince the Republicans in the state legislature to support it. That’s why we all need to show up in force—immigrants, families, and allies—on May 1st. Click here to reserve a spot on a bus.

Click here to share the May Day Facebook event.

Click here to find employer letters, student permission slips, flyers, and all the tools you need to help organize for May Day.

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All!

No Work | No School | No Buying

Wednesday, May 1, 11am

State Capitol in Madison
414-643-1620

Statewide bus information here

Juneteenth 2019

Date: 
Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
City Park, 500 E Franklin St, Appleton

Celebrating Freedom, Unity and Community!

Another Juneteenth program brought to you by African Heritage, Inc. Visit the Wakanda Marketplace and and enjoy music, dancing, food, parade, exhibits, and much more! Be sure to visit the ESTHER booth when you come.

Free Admission. Perfect for All Ages.

Follow the Juneteenth 2019 Facebook Page for latest information: https://www.facebook.com/events/369474560306834/

Recycling Event

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Date: 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 - 8:00am - 12:00pm
Location: 
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 2330 E Calumet St, Appleton

Recycling Symbol with images of recyclable objectsSave the date - May 18, 2019
Save your electronics and other items for recycling.

Your recycled items brought to this event keep junk out of landfills and generate revenue for ESTHER. Open to the public.

Electronics, appliances, business/office equipment, “anything with a cord,” plus metal articles of all sorts (snow blowers, lawnmowers, exercise equipment, filing & storage cabinets, shelving, desk chairs, etc.). Most items free to recycle. Charge for TVs, LCD and CRT monitors, fridges/freezers (see full story for details).

All Materials are kept in USA. All hard drives shredded or destroyed. Event will go on rain or shine.

Madison Action Day 2019 Exceeds Expectations!

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Crowd on the Capitol StepsAbout 750 WISDOM members from all parts of Wisconsin, including 70 from the Fox Cities, made a big impact in Madison on Tuesday, March 26. It was an amazing display of unity, shared purpose and of the power of organized people. In the morning, we heard from African-American, Latina, Native and Caucasian leaders from WISDOM and its affiliates from around the state challenging us to work towards the Beloved Community. After lunch, a 14-foot Jingle Dancer Puppet, brought by Native people of northwestern Wisconsin, led us in a blocks-long procession to the Capitol steps for a rally. With calls for racial equity echoing in our ears and pledges to keep lifting our voices surging in our hearts, we finished by visiting the offices of nearly every member of the Wisconsin Assembly and Senate. Read the WPR story about MAD2019 here.

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….

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