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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.

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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)
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Friday, October 9, 2020 (All day)
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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

The Condor and the Eagle - Showing and Discussion

Date: 
Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 7:30pm - 10:00pm
Location: 
Online Showing

—Traducción disponible en español al final de la página—

The Condor & The Eagle Film PosterPlease join the ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force & the UU Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Justice Action Ministry in a Unitarian Universalist community screening and discussion with the filmmakers and protagonists of the award-winning climate justice documentary, The Condor & The Eagle

The discussion will also include Anakhwet Guy Reiter, Executive Director of Menīkāaehkem - Menominee Rebuilders, who can address the efforts of Wisconsin’s Indigenous people to combat harmful extractive industry projects.

When: Thursday, August 20th at 7:30pm-10 CT 
Where: Online

Details & Registration: HERE

Celebrate Diversity Community Block Party

Date: 
Saturday, August 22, 2020 - 11:00am - 1:30pm

celebrate diversity block party images 2020Join in, celebrate your uniqueness and what we have in common

Link in & Message us at: https://www.facebook.com/events/2638351159816488/

Online, virtual event will include both live and prerecorded sessions. Hear from local leaders and performers. Enjoy music and dance from around the world. Learn from the Mile of Music Education Team and experience a few surprises along the way.

New posts will be added throughout the event. Follow along and join in if you can.

Hosted by IndUS Fox Valley and Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities.

“Our Community: Antidote to Crisis” Video Now Available

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Our Community Video Thumbnail (click to play)On Monday, April 27, ESTHER presented an online community event, ”Our Community: Antidote to Crisis,” using the online Zoom platform. Over 130 people registered to participate, a terrific turnout.

If you missed the original program, or if you saw it live and would like to revisit parts or all of the evening, you’ll be glad to know that a video recording of the event is now available.

During the event, local faith and spiritual leaders lifted up the value of our connections to each other and highlighted sources of hope to draw from in navigating these difficult days of COVID-19 and the aftermath. In addition, talented local musicians offered uplifting and encouraging and encouraging songs. All together, the hour-long program offered a great experience in building community, sharing hope, and standing for justice.

Our Community: An Antidote to Crisis

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Date: 
Monday, April 27, 2020 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

Our Community: An Antidote to Crisis - April 27, 7:00 pmBeing part of a community eases feelings of isolation, reduces stress and generally increases happiness. In this time of the COVID-19 crisis, our communities are even more important than usual. Here’s a way to come together in community despite the need for physical distance between us:

Join us for ESTHER’s virtual hope builder, “Our Community: An Antidote to Crisis,” on April 27, at 7 p.m. Hear local faith and spiritual leaders lift up the value of our connections to each other and highlight sources of hope as we navigate these difficult days. They will be joined by some of our great local musicians performing uplifting and encouraging songs. Together, we will celebrate community, share hope, and stand for justice in these challenging times.

There is no charge for the event. However, participation is limited because of the online platform.

Register online for your personal link to the gathering; it will be sent by email a day or two before the event.

Know Your Rights Training: Police, ICE and Social Media

Date: 
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Know Your RightsJoin ACLU of Wisconsin's Director of Community Engagement Emilio De Torre as he walks you through how to exercise your constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement and ICE, as well as how to use them on social media. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI, and is being sponsored by the ACLU of Wisconsin and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force. This presentation is the program for the February 2020 meeting of the Task Force.

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