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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 Stance 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 tp 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 Stance 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/

The Woman’s Hour

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Date: 
Thursday, August 26, 2021 - 4:30pm
Location: 
UW Fox Cities, Perry Hall, 1478 Midway Rd, Menasha

You’re Invited to the Woman’s Hour

Thursday, August 26

4:30 PM

The Fox Valley 19th Amendment Centennial Coalition invites us to attend The Woman’s Hour on Women’s Equality Day, August 26. The event starts at 4:30 PM at Perry Hall on the University of Wisconsin-Fox Cities Campus and features award-winning author, journalist and speaker Elaine Weiss.

In her book, The Woman’s Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote, Weiss provides a gripping account of the ratification of the 19th Amendment. Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV is currently developing The Woman’s Hour for television, with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton serving as executive producer.

A wine and hors d’oeuvre reception will precede the program, which starts at 5:45 PM. Elaine Weiss will sign copies of her book following the program.

Tickets are $5 and are required in advance. No tickets will be sold at the door. Registration deadline is August 15, 2021. Register now.

This event is presented by the Fox Valley 19th Amendment Centennial Coalition.

Rally for Public School Funding

Date: 
Monday, June 21, 2021 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

State-wide Day of Action
to Fund K-12 Schools

Fox Cities Advocates for Public Education is holding a Rally for Public School Funding, to challenge recent action by the Joint Finance Committee.

The proposed 2021-23 state budget for education, approved by the Joint Finance Committee, does not meet basic inflationary benchmarks for funding K-12 schools. Since the proposal also does not meet the requirements of U.S. COVID relief packages, $2.3 billion in federal relief funding is now at risk.

JOIN US in a Fox Cities Rally to urge lawmakers to act! 

  • 111 W. College Ave. at Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton
  • 4 – 5 pm, Monday, June 21
  • Rain or shine
  • Bring a sign if you can. Otherwise FCA4PE will provide one for you.


Ice Cream Social and Outdoor Movie *Postponed* to July 20

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Date: 
Tuesday, July 20, 2021 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm
Location: 
Jefferson Park, 989 Kargus Drive, Menasha

ESTHER Presents: Ice Cream Social and Outdoor Movie

Evening of Tuesday, July 20

Due to Severe Weather Concerns on July 14, this event has been rescheduled to July 20. Same Time and Location. No need to re-register.

Dawnland, A story of stolen children and cultural survival. (more below)

Join members and friends of ESTHER at Jefferson Park in Menasha on the evening of July 20 for an ice cream treat and an outdoor showing of this special film.

Dawnland PosterAbout the film: For decades, child welfare authorities have been removing Native American children from their homes to “save them from being Indian.” In Maine, the first official Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States begins a historic investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body grapples with difficult truths, redefines reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.

  • Please try to arrive between 7:00 and 7:30. You will want to have time to enjoy some ice cream and socializing.
  • Brief program at 8:00 featuring highlights from ESTHER’s task forces and an introduction to the film.
  • Dawnland (1-hour movie) begins at 8:30.
  • Please bring lawn chair(s).
  • In the case of rain, the film will be shown in the pavilion.

ESTHER gratefully acknowledges event sponsorship by Mary Beth Nienhaus.

Film shown by Fox City Flix.

No charge. Free-will donations for ESTHER will be accepted.

We invite you to register, but know that you are welcome to attend even if you have not registered.

Register Now

ESTHER 2021 Annual Banquet - Save the Date

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Date: 
Sunday, November 7, 2021 - 5:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

Save the Date
Sunday evening, November 7, 2021

ESTHER’s 2021 Annual Banquet

“Bridging Our Differences”

Keynote Speaker: Pardeep Kaleka, Executive Director, Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and the Zeidler Group. Founder of Serve2Unite. Co-author (with Arno Michaelis) of The Gift of Our Wounds.

A native of Punjab, India, Kaleka grew up in Milwaukee and received his B.A. at Marquette University, and M.S. at Alverno College.  He is a former police officer and educator in the inner city of Milwaukee. As a clinician, he uses a trauma-informed approach to treat survivors and perpetrators of assault, abuse, and acts of violence.

At this early stage, we are actively planning for an in-person banquet at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

Madison Action Day 2021 - Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD - April 15, 2021

More than 60 people from ESTHER will be participating in this year’s Madison Action Day. If you missed the registration deadline, you can still view the morning plenary session streaming live on WISDOM's Facebook page: facebook.com/wisdomwisconsin

The plenary session, to be held from 10 am to 12 noon, will be moderated by Joy Cardin (formerly of Wisconsin Public Radio).  It will include information, inspiration and interaction – a chance to think and talk with other ESTHER and WISDOM members about values and goals.

A book has been compiled covering the themes for the day, has been prepared. You can download your copy here or through the ‘Attachments’ link below.

In the afternoon, participants will meet with their state Senators and Assembly Representatives, or their representatives. 

Registrations closed at the end of the day Tuesday, April 13.

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

Date: 
Monday, January 18, 2021 - 6:00pm
Location: 
Virtual Event

“Living an Abolitionist Life: Resistance, Creativity, Hip Hop Civics Ed, Intersectionality, & Black Joy”

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Bettina Love

Dr. Love will discuss how intersectionality and Abolitionist teaching creates a space where Black livesDr. Bettina Love matter and sensibilities are nurtured to engage communities in the work of fighting for visibility, inclusion, and justice. Her talk will end by calling all of us to engage in critical dialogues about racial violence, oppression, and how to make sustainable change in our communities. She will challenge us to envision a world built on Black joy, creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and the rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists.

Featured Musical Performance: “Agitate: A Story Through Song,” performed by Griot B

Sponsored by African Heritage, Inc., Lawrence University Diversity and Intercultural Center, and Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee

Everyone welcome. No charge.

Advance registration required for this
online event.

Register here.

⇐ Or register with your phone
by scanning this QR code.

ESTHER 2020 “Banquet”: The Rest of the Story

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Thumbnail of ESTHER 2020 Banquet video on YouTubeOur 2020 virtual “Banquet” celebration started out strong, with an amazing program and an audience of over 220 people registered to participate. As the event began on November 1, however, we realized that the “livestream” on YouTube was neither live nor streaming.

All efforts to fix it failed. IRL (in real life), the program was actually taking place at the scheduled time, but no one could see it! The live program was recorded, however, so we are able to share it with you.

On November 8, a large and enthusiastic audience watched the recorded “Banquet” video premiere together on YouTube. And now we are making it available to all.

Virtual Scavenger Hunt to Get Out the Vote

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Date: 
Thursday, October 8, 2020 (All day)
Date: 
Friday, October 9, 2020 (All day)
Date: 
Saturday, October 10, 2020 (All day)
Date: 
Sunday, October 11, 2020 (All day)
Location: 
Virtual

About this Event

This nonpartisan project will help you share vetted information about Wisconsin elections with voters through trivia, crafts and public art. In this game, players compete with other volunteers across the state to complete as many Missions as possible before the weekend ends. 

The event runs from 4:00 pm CDT on Thursday, October 8, until 8:00 pm on Sunday, October 11.

Register Now

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