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Governor’s Budget Feedback Sessions

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Badger Bounceback Live SessionsWisconsin Governor Evers has announced a six-session series of opportunities for Wisconsinites to discuss and provide feedback on his Badger Bounceback agenda and proposed state budget for the 2021-2023 biennium. The final two sessions are set for April 14 and April 21.

A primary focus of the sessions is to hear from Wisconsinites about how best to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled topics covered in these sessions will include affordable healthcare, bolstering our state’s economy, improving education for all Wisconsin students, and more.

The Badger Bounceback Live Session schedule is available here, and Wisconsinites interested in participating can RSVP via the links provided. Badger Bounceback Live Sessions will also be streamed on the governor's YouTube page for those interested in viewing.

State Superintendent Candidates Townhall

Date: 
Wednesday, March 10, 2021 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

State Superintendents Downhill - Kerr-UnderlyYou're invited to join EXPO for a

State Superintendent Candidates Townhall
“Ending the School to Prison Pipeline”

March 10, 2021 from 6:30-7:30 PM
Watch on Zoom or the EXPO Facebook Page
Sign up here

EXPO Wisconsin will talk with Deb Kerr and Dr. Jill Underly, WI Candidates for State Superintendent, about their ideas for ending the school to prison pipeline.

  • In School vs. Out of School Suspensions
  • Expulsions
  • Police Presence in our School
  • Racial Bias & More

These are all things that have created - and continue to create - a feeder for mass incarceration in our state and country.

How do we end it? We start at the polls by making informed decisions about who we put in charge of our children's academic lives. Please join us for this important discussion. Sign up here.

Help spread the word - download and share the attached flier.

Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea: Unpacking the Chaos at the Capitol

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Date: 
Tuesday, February 23, 2021 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Zoom

WAVE - Wisconsin Anti Violence EffortThe WAVE (Wisconsin Anti Violence Effort) Action Team is hosting Joshua Horwitz, J.D., Executive Director of the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, in a Zoom presentation connecting gun violence to the January attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea book coverIn the wake of that attack and the ongoing threat from insurrectionists, Josh will explain the connections between the gun lobby and the insurrectionist idea—a topic he has been exploring since co-authoring the 2009 book Guns, Democracy and the Insurrectionist Idea.

Over the past few days, the impeachment trial has brought those harrowing scenes from the Capitol before us again, leaving us wondering, “How did this happen? How can we make sure it never happens again?” Join us for this important discussion.

What: Guns, Democracy, and the Insurrectionist Idea: Unpacking the Chaos at the Capitol
When: Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST
Where: Zoom (Sign up, and we'll send you the login information the day of the presentation.)

State Superintendent Candidate Forum

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Date: 
Thursday, January 7, 2021 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Virtual Event

State Superintendent Candidate Forum sponsored by Wisconsin Public Education Network, League of Women Voters of Wisconsin

Get to know the State Superintendent candidates!

The Wisconsin Public Education Network is hosting a virtual forum for the 2021 candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction, in partnership with the League of Women Voters of Wisconsin. Open to the public. Advance registration required.

Register Here

The non-partisan state superintendent election takes place on Tuesday, February 16 (primary) and Tuesday, April 6 (general). An equity-minded superintendent with the courage to stand up for our public schools is critical to the success of our children and the health of our democracy.

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

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