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ESTHER: Celebrating 20 Years!

Justice, Hope and Action

Past events we'd like to highlight as part of our twentieth anniversary

Treatment Instead of Prison Forum: Open to the Public - March 30

Speaker (5:30pm) & Community Forum (6:30pm)

Date: Monday, March 30th
5:30 & 6:30 PM
Location: St. Bernard Catholic Church
1617 W Pine St, Appleton
Behind Xavier School on Prospect Ave

Treatment Instead of Prison:
Saving Money, Saving Communities, Saving Families

5:30pm - Department of Corrections Secretary Speaks Out
Department of Corrections Secretary, Rick Raemisch to speak on Governor Doyle's plan for earned release, enhancing corrections programs and investing in our communities, question and answer session to follow. Free and open to the public.

6:30pm - Community Forum, Treatment Instead of Prison
The Fox Valley has pioneered efforts to address drug and alcohol addiction with treatment for non-violent offenders through several local initiatives.  In a recent statement, Governor Doyle remarked on the need for prison reform and the need to offer community based options to low-risk offenders.  Reform is needed…treatment is needed.


•    How does drug and alcohol addiction impact our justice system?
•    Will treatment make safer neighborhoods?
•    Can Wisconsin afford to build additional prisons?
•    What treatment options are available in the Fox Valley?
Get your questions answered at this forum with guest panelists including Outagamie Circuit Court Judge Nancy Krueger.

Event sponsored by ESTHER - Free and open to the public
Contributors include: Family Services, Mooring House, NAMI, ThedaCare

WISDOM Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Monday, June 11, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Country Springs Hotel, 2810 Golf Rd, Pewaukee, WI



At this forum, WISDOM leaders from around the state will be asking gubernatorial candidates very specific questions about their intentions in the areas of criminal justice reform (including parole, crimeless revocations, treatment alternatives to incarceration, Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility, solitary confinement), public transportation, childhood poverty, health care, immigration, education, mining.

WISDOM affiliates on Wisconsin map

Confirmed candidates so far include:

  • Matt Flynn
  • Andy Gronik
  • Mike McCabe
  • Mahlon Mitchell
  • Kelda Roys
  • Kathleen Vinehout
  • Dana Wachs

Candidates unable to attend, expressing regrets: Tony Evers, Paul Soglin

Also invited, awaiting response: Scott Walker

Hosted by the WISDOM network.

Car-pooling from Northeast Wisconsin is being arranged, including reimbursement of cost of gasoline for those who drive. Contact ESTHER by phone (920-843-8083) or email ( to make arrangements.

For the most current information, see the event page on Facebook:

State Senate District 19 Candidate Forum

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Neenah City Hall Council Chambers, 211 Walnut St, Neenah
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Attend this forum to learn more about these candidates and their positions on issues that are important to you. Then vote your values!

Roger Roth (Incumbent - R)

Lee Snodgrass (D)

Snodgrass State Senate

Written questions will be accepted from the audience.

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

Assembly District 56 Candidate Forum

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Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Winneconne Public Library, 31 S 2nd St, Winneconne

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Diana Lawrence (D)

Dave Murphy (R - incumbent)

Written questions from the audience will be accepted.

This forum will be videotaped; search for it on YouTube, find a link on the City of Neenah's website, or find a link at

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Winnebago County

More information at the LWV Winnebago Facebook Page for this event:

Assembly District 55 Candidate Forum

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Monday, October 29, 2018 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Neenah City Hall Council Chambers, 211 Walnut St, Neenah


Dan Schierl (D)
Mike Rohrkaste (R)

Written questions from the audience will be accepted.

This forum will be videotaped, search for it on YouTube, find a link on the City of Neenah’s website, or find a link at

Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Winnebago County.

More information can be found on the event Facebook page here:

6th District Congressional Debate

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm
St. Mary's Catholic Schools, 1050 Zephyr Drive, Neenah

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Glenn Grothman (R - incumbent)
Dan Kohl (D)

Sponsored by Democratic Party of Fond du Lac County.

For more information, see the event Facebook page at

Madison Action Day 2019

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 9:00am - 4:00pm
Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave, Madison

View of State Capital from Above

WISDOM’s Madison Action Day

A day of collective action with leaders across Wisconsin in our state capitol.

Time is Short - Register Now!

It’s less than a week until Madison Action Day! There’s already a large group going from the Fox Cities, you can still be part of it.

Here’s your chance to join leaders from all parts of Wisconsin in a day of action and movement-building to get our issues and values on the minds of legislators while they are making their budget decisions. We’ll be emphasizing the values of the Beloved Community: radical inclusion, reconciliation, and living for the seventh generation. $40 cost includes transportation. Sponsorships available on request.

Register Now!

Buses will be transporting people to the event from Appleton and Oshkosh. Click Read more below for details.

Follow Madison Action Day 2019 on Facebook.

CANCELLED - Smart Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170 (Entrance 16), Appleton

This even has been cancelled due to extreme cold. Watch this space for a new date, tentatively February 21.

Sean Wilson, ACLU of WisconsinThis presentation by Sean Wilson, Smart Justice Statewide Organizer for the ACLU of Wisconsin, describes the ACLU of Wisconsin’s multi-year effort to reduce Wisconsin’s jail and prison populations by 50 percent and to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

“Wisconsin locks up more African-American males than any other state in the country, and our state government invests more money into prisons than it does the entire University of Wisconsin System.” -Sean Wilson

For more information about Smart Justice, visit

Co-sponsored by ESTHER, EXPO, and the Megan Kelley Foundation

POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER - Justice for Youth: New Directions

Monday, January 28, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Appleton Public Library, Rooms A/B, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

League of Women Voters of Appleton

Jonathan I. CloudYouth Advocacy Educational Forum

The Appleton League has announced that, due to the winter storm, this event will not take place on Monday, January 28. It will be rescheduled for a later date. Stay tuned!

Jonathan Cloud, a 33-year human services veteran, will speak on research findings on brain development and effects of childhood trauma on youth behavior. This research has led to new strategies and changes to training on how juveniles should be treated in juvenile justice programs. Cloud is the author of Parenting the Guardian Class: Validating Spirited Youth, Ending Adolescence, and Renewing America’s Greatness, which argues for empowering youth rather than controlling them. This educational forum will provide background for the Youth Advocacy Consensus meeting, to be held on Wednesday February 6.

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