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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.

They Call Us Illegals - Virtual Reality Experience and Film Showing

Date: 
Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Lawrence University, Warch Center Cinema, 711 E Boldt Way, Appleton

They Call Us Illegals: Experience Our Lives in Virtual Reality and Documentary Film

Los Sueños de Anita
Immerse yourself into the lives of two undocmented parents as they raise their young daughter, Anita, and face struggles much too familiar to the community. (virtual reality)
The VR experience runs about 9 minutes and will be available for viewing between 3pm-4:15pm and again between 7pm-8pm.
The Unafraid
Follow the lives of three DACA students in Georgia as they take on activism in a state that has banned them from attending their top state universities and disqualifies them from receiving in-state tuition at any other public college. (documentary film)
Screening will begin at 4:30 with a discussion afterward.

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

Immigration Task Force Meeting Summary - 9 July 2019

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force met on Tuesday, July 9. Special guests Primitivo Torrez and Mario Ramirez, from Voces de la Frontera, shared information on an upcoming statewide tour to promote drivers' licenses for all. In this video, four members of the Task Force talk about the support for immigrants that they have found within ESTHER and beyond in the Fox Valley.

Latino Fest 2019

Date: 
Saturday, September 7, 2019 - 11:00am - 6:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

ESTHER Joins in Demonstration Opposing ICE Detention Camps

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On Monday, June 24, nearly a thousand people, including members of ESTHER, participated in a demonstration at the Milwaukee ICE office to show their opposition to the Trump Administration’s policies at the US-Mexico border. With leadership from Voces de la Frontera, the WISDOM network, the United Church of Christ, and many others, a powerful witness was given. Thanks to Penny Robinson for this video.

Lights for Liberty Fox Valley, WI

Date: 
Friday, July 12, 2019 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Lights For Liberty: A Nationwide Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps

We are a coalition of people, many of whom are mothers, dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle behind democracy that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity.

We are partnering with international, national, regional and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable and are willing to protect them.

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps, will bring thousands of people to locations worldwide as well as to concentration camps across the country, into the streets and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants.

More info at:

Migrant Child Detention: Two Women Share Their Story

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

You are Invited
To a Compelling
Program on
Migrant Child
Detention

Protest at an internment
camp in Tornillo, Texas. Two
Women share their story

Sponsored by the League of
Women Voters of Appleton

Program will begin promptly at 5:30pm

 

Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants

Date: 
Wednesday, May 1, 2019 - 11:00am
Location: 
State Capitol, Madison

We’re pleased to pass on this information from Voces de la Frontera about the May 1 day of action in Madison

The May 1st Day without Latinxs & Immigrants to restore driver licenses and state IDs for all in Wisconsin is next Wednesday, May 1!

On Wednesday we'll rally at the Capitol in Madison at 11am, gathering at the State Street entrance. Are you coming from outside of Madison? We have buses coming from 19 cities across the state. Click here to reserve your spot on a bus! 

May 1st will be a Day without Latinxs and Immigrants. This means no work, no school, and no buying. This is a day to show the power of the contributions that immigrants and Latinx people make to Wisconsin. And it's a day for people of all backgrounds to stand in solidarity for civil rights and against discrimination. 

Click here to reserve your spot on a bus to Madison for May Day!

Under the Trump Administration, ICE has targeted people stopped for driving without a license for deportation and separation from their families. Restoring driver licenses for all will improve our state's economy, make our roads safer, and keep families together. 

Governor Evers has included restoring driver licenses and state ID cards for immigrants in his state budget proposal, but we still need to convince the Republicans in the state legislature to support it. That’s why we all need to show up in force—immigrants, families, and allies—on May 1st. Click here to reserve a spot on a bus.

Click here to share the May Day Facebook event.

Click here to find employer letters, student permission slips, flyers, and all the tools you need to help organize for May Day.

May 1st Day Without Latinxs & Immigrants—Driver Licenses for All!

No Work | No School | No Buying

Wednesday, May 1, 11am

State Capitol in Madison
414-643-1620

Statewide bus information here

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.

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