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Immigrant Rights

Immigration Task Force:

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Below are some actions and events that move us toward our goal of comprehensive immigration reform.  In addition to national reform, our task force is working in two areas: the allowance for Wisconsin state driver's certificates for resident undocumented workers and in-state tuition rates for all residents of Wisconsin meeting the academic guidelines for acceptance into our state's public universities, colleges and technical schools.  Unless otherwise noted, events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Nancy Bourassa.

Shared Sanctuary Ministry Fund - Call for Contributions

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ESTHER is pleased to bring attention to a recent letter from two ESTHER member congregations: The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and the Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker). These congregations have both gone on record in declaring that they will house those threatened with deportation should the need arise. Their letter says, in part:

The Winnebago Worship Group, Religious Society of Friends (Quaker) and the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship are the two congregations in the Fox Cities that have declared themselves to be Sanctuary Congregations. While no individuals are currently living in sanctuary, many in our community are relying on us to provide support in other ways …[including] showing up in the wake of immigration raids and providing financial support for legal services and a range of household needs. We are running out of money to do this critical work.

Justice Connection Saturday: Immigration Justice

Date: 
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

ESTHER is pleased to bring this event, hosted by the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, to the attention of ESTHER members and friends.

Laureen Anderson-StepanekLaureen Anderson-Stepanek, an immigration lawyer, will present on allyship and substantive steps we can take to support immigrant rights vs. the “feel good” response. We will also hear from the leadership of Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor, a local immigrant rights and education group. The Fox Cities SURJ Rapid Response team will present on meaningful ways we as bystanders can respond to emergency situations and disrupt detainments. The Fellowship Shared Sanctuary Committee will provide education on the sanctuary movement and ways to be involved in this effort at the Fellowship.

Ms. Anderson-Stepanek, a partner in the Chicago law firm Katsivalis & Anderson Law, LLC, has spent her whole legal career as an immigration lawyer, concentrating, her practice in complex immigration matters since 2002. As Ms. Anderson-Stepanek's practice has grown she has expanded into the areas of family and removal defense, specifically those related to criminal issues and appellate matters, including to the federal court.

This event is part of The Fellowship’s “Justice Connection Saturday” series. Childcare will be available. No sign-up required.

Walk in our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience

Date: 
Tuesday, October 30, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Memorial Presbyterian Church, 803 E College Ave, Appleton

Walk in our shoes

A workshop to experience challenges faced in the daily life of Latino/a immigrants of the Fox Cities,
with community conversation & information
to increase cultural sensitivity & awareness of immigration issues.

Open to the public and free of charge. Advance registration required - deadline extended!

Register by October 29th 20th — Space is limited: walk-in-our-shoes-oct30.eventbrite.com

Event is limited to 50 participants. If you register and then need to cancel, please let us know so we an notify the wait-list.

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - World Relief - Thrivent Financial - Memorial Presbyterian Church - Dignity & Respect - Menasha Pub Libr - Stronger Together Fox Valley - Volunteer Fox Cities

Help spread the word - download and distribute the attached flyer!

Walk in our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience

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Date: 
Saturday, September 15, 2018 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Elisha D. Smith Menasha Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

Walk in our shoes

A workshop to experience challenges faced in the daily life of Latino/a immigrants of the Fox Cities,
with community conversation & information
to increase cultural sensitivity & awareness of immigration issues.

Thanks to everyone who registered by the September 5 deadline. This event is now full.

If you missed out, please watch for other presentations of the simulation in the coming months.

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - Dignity & Respect - World Relief - Menasha Pub Libr - Volunteer Fox Cities - Stronger Together Fox Valley

2018 Latino Fest Celebration

Date: 
Saturday, September 8, 2018 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, Appleton

Rally: Families Belong Together

Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton

Families Belong Together Banner

One of over 700 events around the country on June 30 where, together, we will raise our voices loud and clear and call for an end to family separations and to the suspension of due process at the border.

People of good conscience from across the country and across the political spectrum agree on this: Families belong together. We've got to make this clear to our government: Reunite families. Close family prison camps. And hold the abusers accountable.

People are welcome to speak about their experiences and share their thoughts. Please wear white to signify solidarity.

Sponsored by Forward Fox Valley

More information on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/198849477618962/

Voices of Hope Reader’s Theatre

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Date: 
Tuesday, May 22, 2018 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

voices of hope in performanceSometimes a work of art presents a moral question so starkly that we cannot avoid confronting it, and ESTHER’s “Voices of Hope” is such a work. It throws the moral and legal issues associated with immigration into high relief, and it forces us to take a stand. This reader’s theater presentation, directed by Kris Clouthier, is based on interviews from Peter Geniesse’s book Illegal: NAFTA Refugees Forced to Flee.

Hear the stories of Latino immigrants in the Fox Valley in prose, poetry and song.

The program lasts approximately one hour.

A free-will offering will be taken.

WISDOM Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

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

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RACE TO JUSTICE

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 (office@esther-foxvalley.org) to make arrangements.

For the most current information, see the event page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/170215040331902/

Dreamer Interview to Air on Newsmaker Sunday

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UPDATE: “Statue of Liberty Blue SilhouetteFor the soul of a nation, NO deportation”

The latest news coverage flowing from this event, held last Sunday (January 28, 2018), is an interview with ESTHER Immigration Task Force chair Nancy Bourassa and an anonymous Dreamer, scheduled to air on Newsmaker Sunday at 7:30 am on WFRV Channel 5. The interview was conducted by news anchor Tom Zalaski. (Most Newsmaker Sunday interviews are archived for later viewing on the Web at www.wearegreenbay.com/news. Check there if you can’t watch the broadcast.)

Two Green Bay TV stations and the Appleton Post-Crescent were present last Sunday and provided coverage, which you can review here:

Don’t forget to write to your Senators and Representative about DACA!

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