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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.

Madison Action Day 2019

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Madison Masonic Temple, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison

Save the Date!

More than 1,000 people, from affiliates of the WISDOM network and many others, will gather in Madison on March 26, 2019, to learn about issues in the proposed state budget, meet with legislators and administration officials, and advocate for a state government and policies that reflect the humane values we hold. Join us!

Buses will be transporting people to the event. Save the date now, and stay tuned for details about transportation and schedule.

Help spread the word! Download and share the attached flyer.

Follow Madison Action Day 2019 on Facebook.

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

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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.

ESTHER 2018 Banquet

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Date: 
Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 4:30pm
Location: 
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

“Finding Your Voice”

It’s not too soon to get your tickets for ESTHER’s 15th Annual Banquet, which is now less than three weeks away. It will be held on Sunday, November 4, starting at 4:30 pm, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly. Reserve your place online using the button below, or contact the ESTHER office (920-843-8083; office@esther-foxvalley.org) or any ESTHER board member.

There has been a very strong response to this year's banquet. Currently, we have reached the maximum number that Liberty Hall can accommodate, and we are in discussion with them about a possible small number of additional guests. If you would like to be on the waiting list, please contact the ESTHER office by email or phone (see above) with your request.

Keynote speaker: Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Pitts is a journalist, commentator, lecturer, and best-selling author who was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and has received numerous other professional awards, before and since. He is a nationally syndicated columnist at the Miami Herald and is in high demand as a speaker. Pitts has published five books and has been a visiting professor at Princeton and George Washington Universities.

The banquet will be preceded by a social hour and silent auction. The program will feature musical entertainment and presentation of ESTHER’s 2018 individual and community awards.

Request a Place on Waitlist

Help spread the word! Download and share the attached flyer.

Sponsored by
William J. and Barbara A. Schmidt Family Foundation
John Schroeder

Fox Valley Islamic Society Hosts 19th Interfaith Gathering

Date: 
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

Fox Valley Islamic Society Interfaith Event 2018 FlyerBoth great conversation and great food will be “on the menu” in the afternoon of August 5, when the Fox Valley Islamic Society once again invites the Fox Valley public to its mosque to share in an interfaith discussion followed by a meal prepared and served by its members.

Islamic Society president Mamadou Coulibaly explains, “The goal of the Interfaith Gathering is to encourage dialogue and promote understanding among the people of various faiths in the community. This will allow us to work together for the common good of our community.”

Following the theme of “Truth,” the presentations and discussions will highlight how various faith traditions emphasize looking up, listening up, speaking up, and standing up in response to the claims of truth.

There is no charge for the event. RSVPs are appreciated by Sunday, July 29, via email to fvis.interfaith@gmail.com or phone to (618) 203-6891.

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