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Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities Annual Community Cookout

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Date: 
Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
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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FALL GATHERING

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 

 Pardeep's father was killed in the mass shooting at the Sikh Temple in Oak Creek, WI, in August of 2012. In the wake of this attack, he has become a powerful voice against hate. Pardeep and his friend, former white supremacist Arno Michaelis, formed Serve2Unite so that, in Pardeep's words, “children of all ethnicities, from the inner city to the suburbs, are coming together to cherish each other as human beings and to assume the identity of peacemakers in their schools and communities.” 

$50 per person in person; $25 if attending via zoom. Registration deadline is September 8, 2022.

Register and optionally pay online: esther-foxvalley.org/fallgathering2022

The meal at our Fall Gathering will be a burrito bar from Chipotle (including vegetarian options). Dessert will be special cookies prepared by Jill Smith and Diane Putzer. Lemonade will be served with the meal. If you would like to have an adult beverage, you are welcome to bring one.

Burritos were purchased at Chipotle because of their strong commitment to justice through their sustainability practices, focus on responsibly raised meat and dairy, utilization of local foods, care for their employees and support for and solidarity with the Black community.

Call 920-843-8083, or mail checks payable to: ESTHER: PO Box 784 Neenah, WI 54957 

Co-sponsored by 
William J and Barbara A Schmidt Family Foundation
Marti Hemwall and John Peterson 

Fall Gathering

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

ESTHER February 6 Banquet Cancelled

WHAT?! IT’S NOT HAPPENING?

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.

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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

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

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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.

Sisters Rising - Film Showing & Discussion

Date: 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: 
First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St, Appleton (River Room)

Please join us to view and discuss Sisters Rising. This documentary is an urgent call to action, a stunning portrait of women acting in solidarity, and a demand for tribal sovereignty and self-determination as the necessary step towards ending violence against Indigenous women in the United States.

The film follows six women who refuse to let this pattern of violence continue in the shadows: a tribal cop in the midst of the North Dakota oil boom, an attorney fighting to overturn restrictions on tribal sovereignty, a teacher of Indigenous women’s self-defense, grassroots advocates working to influence legislative change, and the author of the first anti-sex trafficking code to be introduced to a reservation’s tribal court. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both individual and systemic levels.

Discussion will follow, led by Cecilia LaPointe of the Native Justice Coalition.

No charge. All are welcome. This is an indoor, in-person event. Participants are asked to follow COVID-safe protocols, including masking and maintaining social distance. Donations will be accepted at the event for the work of the Native Justice Coalition.

Please register in advance:

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Sponsored by ESTHER, Native Justice Coalition, and First Congregational UCC, Appleton

History and Culture of Afghanistan: Welcoming Our New Neighbors

Date: 
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

History and Culture of AfghanistanFor 20 years the U.S. fought the Taliban in Afhanistan for harboring those reaponsible for 9/11. Even though hundreds of Afghan people assisted our soldiers, we have learned very little about them. This webinar features three panelists (see below) who will explain some of the Afghan history, culture and resettlement.

Advance registration is required to participate in the Zoom webinar.

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Sponsored by Appleton Public Library, Friends of Appleton Public Library, Fox Valley Islamic Society, ESTHER, University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, League of Women Voters of Appleton, World Relief Fox Valley.

Help spread the word — download and share the attached flier.

The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote

By Penny Robinson

Her Voice Her Vote Our VictoryOn the evening of Thursday, August 25, The League of Women Voters of Appleton hosted keynote speaker Elaine Weiss, author of the highly acclaimed narrative history The Woman’s hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote.

An accomplished storyteller, Ms. Weiss riveted the well-informed audience with details and photos, allowing them to feel that they almost were present. For three generations the suffragettes persisted, continuing to organize even after repeated failures and, for many years, lacking even the telephone (invented in 1876).

The campaign began with the 1848 Seneca Falls convention, at which Frederick Douglass was the only man to express support. Through a world pandemic, a civil and world war, numerous failed state campaigns, court battles and petitions to Congress, it culminated in marches and protests (which resulted in some arrests, imprisonment, and force-feeding), that led to the Nineteenth Amendment:

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 Stand 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 to 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 Stand 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/

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