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Partisan Gerrymandering presentation by Bill Whitford

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Date: 
Wednesday, September 16, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location: 
Virtual Presentation

Partisan Gerrymandering:

How It’s Done, Its Consequences, and What We Can Do About It

UWGB logoBill WhitfordOn Constitution Day, the Democracy and Justice Studies program of UW-Green Bay invites us to attend this talk by Professor Bill Whitford.

The framers of the U.S. Constitution envisioned a political system that would fairly represent “We the People” – but just how fairly are people represented in today’s American democracy? In his talk, Professor Whitford will introduce attendees to one of the greatest contemporary challenges in Wisconsin and the United States: partisan gerrymandering. What does it mean for American democracy if political parties can easily draw electoral districts to their own favor?

Cancelled/Postponed? - Wisconsin Deserves Fair Maps

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Date: 
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Lawrence University Science Hall, Room 102, 421 E College Ave, Appleton

In a recent announcement, Lawrence University has indicated that all campus events for spring term 2020 are cancelled as a precaution because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It therefore seems unlikely that this event will occur.

Professor Bill WhitfordA talk by retired UW law professor Bill Whitford on why Wisconsin deserves fair maps. Whitford is the lead plaintiff in Gill v. Whitford, a law suit challenging the constitutionality of partisan gerrymandering. In 2017, the US Supreme Court heard the case and in 2018 remanded it to lower courts, finding that the plaintiffs had not demonstrated standing for the case.

The public is welcome at this presentation.

Read the Wikipedia article on Gill v. Whitford here.

Cancelled: Fair Maps and Census 2020

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Date: 
Monday, March 16, 2020 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Copper Rock Coffee Co, 210 W College Ave, Appleton

Due to the current coronavirus situation and the need for social distancing, this program is cancelled. The League will reschedule a livestream program on the US Census soon and communicate the date/time and how to access the livestream once the details are available.

stylized images of many people of diverse dress, color, etc.On March 16, LWV-Appleton will host a program on the 2020 Census and Fair Maps (not women's history as previously announced).

A representative of the Outagamie County Complete Count Committee will talk about the upcoming census and local efforts to ensure a complete count.

Also, former Wisconsin Representative Penny Bernard-Schaber will speak about gerrymandering and fair maps. Penny served 3 terms representing the 57th district which includes southern Appleton and parts of Menasha. She will be talking about how gerrymandering has changed our local districts, how it impacts municipal clerks, and the partisan roadblocks it creates in Wisconsin. Penny is also leading the 8th Congressional District Fair Maps Coalition, which is working towards a non-partisan redistricting process following the 2020 Census.LWV - League of Women Voters of Appleton

Mark your calendars to come and learn more, and bring your questions!

LWV reminds attendees that Copper Rock is providing the venue at no charge, so please buy food and beverages to enjoy throughout the meeting! Come early if you want to order food—the program will begin promptly with LWV announcements at 5:25.

Building a Nation Where “We the People” Truly Means “All the People”

Date: 
Saturday, October 19, 2019 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Lawrence University Warch Campus Center (Somerset Room), 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

A Presentation by
Mark Charles

Building A Nation Where
“We the People” Truly Means “All the People”

head and shoulders shot of Mark Charles outdoorsMark Charles is a speaker, writer and consultant. The son of an American woman of Dutch heritage and a Navajo man, Charles seeks to understand the complexities of American History regarding race, culture and faith in order to help forge a path of healing and reconciliation for the nation.

Charles is noted for his activism in denouncing the Doctrine of Discovery and opposing the Dakota pipeline. In May of 2019 Charles announced that he is running for President of the United States as an independent in the 2020 election.*

In addition to this event, Mark will be preaching at First Congregational UCC of Appleton on October 20 at the 8:45 and 10:30 am services.

No Charge. All Are Welcome

Learn more: esther-foxvalley.org
920-843-8083 – email: office@esther-foxvalley.org

OR spiritual.religious.life@lawrence.edu

Co-sponsored by Lawrence University’s Office of Spiritual and Religious Life,
Lawrence University Native Association (LUNA), Lawrence Christian Fellowship (LCF), ESTHER and First Congregational UCC of Appleton

*This is a non-political visit and does not constitute an endorsement of his candidacy for the presidential election.

“No Vacancy” – Less Incarceration: Smart Criminal Justice Reform

Date: 
Monday, October 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Bernard Catholic Church, 1617 Pine St, Appleton

IssueCover of Rep. Evan Goyke's No Vacancy Plan

Do we build more prisons and/or send people to out-of-state institutions at a high cost to taxpayers, or do we institute reform?

State Rep. Evan Goyke, District 18, Milwaukee, will make the case for criminal justice reform. This can be done in a smart way that will benefit our corrections system, save tax-payer dollars, reduce crime and increase public safety.

Presentation & Panel Discussion on:

Invest in Neighborhoods
Prevent Homelessness
Pay for Crime Reduction Without Raising Taxes
Reduce Prison Admissions
Increase Prison Releases
Increase Success on Supervision

Panel:
Megan Novak, Legislative Dir., Americans for Prosperity
—WI
Bernie Vetrone, Dir., Outagamie Cty. Criminal Justice Treatment Services
Melissa Ludin, Expert Lived Experience & Regional Organizer ACLU Smart Justice
State Rep. Evan Goyke, Milwaukee District 18

Read about Rep. Goyke’s Plan here.

Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

Date: 
Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
Location: 
Elisha D. Smith Menasha Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

Appleton-area Forum
Defending Families
Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

father and son demonstrating

This event is part of the statewide tour, organized by Voces de la Frontera and supported by immigrant rights organizations and individuals around the state. ESTHER is a local co-sponsor.

Come to this event to learn more about this issue and how to get involved in the fight to restore driver licenses for immigrants in Wisconsin.

Know your rights workshop.

Mexican consulate will be present.

ESTHER - Voces de la Frontera - Mexican Consulate

For more information, call 414-828-2692

#LetsDriveWI #KeepFamiliesTogether

Imagine Fox Cities Conversation

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Date: 
Wednesday, June 12, 2019 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida Street, Appleton

Imagine Fox CitiesWhat would you like to see happen in the Fox Cities that will improve the well-being of your children and grandchildren?

Come, join the conversation!

Imagine Fox Cities is an opportunity to be more intentional about the future of the Fox Cities—to make it a better place to live for all of us, starting with conversations throughout the Valley hosted by all sorts of organizations, agencies, businesses and groups, including ESTHER!

No charge to participate. We ask you to register in advance so we can provide the best experience for all who attend: esther-foxvalley.org/imaginefc. Don’t worry if you’ve already taken part in these conversations: New ideas come up when the mix in the group is different!

Drivers’ Licenses for All Teach-In

Date: 
Tuesday, April 23, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Drivers’ Licenses for All Teach-In

 

People without documents cannot get drivers’ licenses in Wisconsin. In 12 states and the District of Columbia, they can. Drivers licenses for all benefit all—ensuring safer roads, generating revenue for the state, and creating a thriving community.

The public is invited to join the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Shared Sanctuary Committee and ESTHER’s Immigration Task force to learn more and to find out what you can do to support this effort. Voices of Hope Reader’s Theatre will start the evening, followed by a teach-in on this issue.

Free and open to the public. Donations will be accepted for Unidos!

For more information, please email connieraether@gmail.com or call 920-878-8370.

Talking About Stereotypes: Interactive Program

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Date: 
Monday, March 18, 2019 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Copper Rock Coffee Co, 210 W College Ave, Appleton

League of Women Voters of AppletonThe March program of the Appleton League of Women Voters will provide opportunities to explore the topic of stereotypes with fellow LWV members and guests. Karen Nelson, Diversity Coordinator for the City of Appleton, will share presentation duties with Irene Strohbeen, LWV VP for Programs. Members of Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities will also participate.

The presentations and discussion will explore the harmful impact of even positive stereotypes, and then examine definitions of commonly-used diversity terms before we discuss in smaller groups.

The goal is for each person attending to identify things we can do as individuals to overcome stereotypes and break down barriers to inclusion.

Copper Rock is providing the venue at no charge, so please buy food and beverages to enjoy throughout the meeting! Come early if you want to order food—the program will begin promptly at 5:30.

Smart Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

Date: 
Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170 (Entrance 16), Appleton

Sean Wilson, ACLU of WisconsinThis presentation by Sean Wilson, Smart Justice Statewide Organizer for the ACLU of Wisconsin, describes the ACLU of Wisconsin’s unprecedented 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 https://www.aclu-wi.org/smart-justice

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

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