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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.

Migrant Child Detention Teach-In - rescheduled

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Date: 
Monday, February 18, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton

Chain-link fenceMarijke van Roojen and Marie Luna travelled to Tornillo, Texas, over Christmas to protest the children’s internment camp there. In spite of Tornillo having since closed, family separation and child detention continue.

FRONTLINEHear their story and watch the PBS Frontline documentary on child separation.

Sponsored by Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Winnebago Worship Group of Friends (Quaker), and ESTHER.

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

What’s at the Heart of Immigration for You? A Conversation

Date: 
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Memorial Presbyterian Church 800 E College Ave Appleton

What’s at the heart of immigration for you?

You are invited to a conversation on Immigration

With a special performance by Voices of Hope Readers’ Theater

This conversation offers an opportunity for us to just listen to each others’ experiences around this issue.
Increased understanding can be a foundation for better relationships and even solutions.

No charge to attend. Please request a ticket by February 25 to help us plan better!

Register by February 25

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - World Relief Fox Valley - Thrivent Financial - Memorial Presbyterian Church - Dignity and Respect Appleton, Elisha D Smith Menasha Public Library - Stronger Together Fox Valley - Volunteer Fox Cities

Migrant Child Detention Teach-In - POSTPONED

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Date: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Lane, Appleton

Due to the weather forecast, this event has been postponed to Monday, February 18.

Chain-link fenceMarijke van Roojen and Marie Luna travelled to Tornillo, Texas, over Christmas to protest the children’s internment camp there. In spite of Tornillo having since closed, family separation and child detention continue.

FRONTLINEHear their story and watch the PBS Frontline documentary on child separation.

Sponsored by Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Winnebago Worship Group of Friends (Quaker), and ESTHER.

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

 

CANCELLED - What’s at the Heart of Immigration for You? A Conversation

Date: 
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Memorial Presbyterian Church 800 E College Ave Appleton

Due to the inclement weather, this event will not occur as scheduled. We hope to be able to reschedule soon.

What’s at the heart of immigration for you?

You are invited to a conversation on Immigration

With a special performance by Voices of Hope Readers’ Theater

This conversation offers an opportunity for us to just listen to each others’ experiences around this issue.
Increased understanding can be a foundation for better relationships and even solutions.

No charge to attend. Please request a ticket by January 25 to help us plan better!

Register by January 25

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - World Relief Fox Valley - Thrivent Financial - Memorial Presbyterian Church - Dignity and Respect Appleton, Elisha D Smith Menasha Public Library - Stronger Together Fox Valley - Volunteer Fox Cities

ESTHER Immigration Task Force

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Date: 
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Appleton

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

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