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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.

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!

Immigration Reform Is Still Needed!

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70% of Americans Support Dreamers' StayingThe Senate failed to act last week on extending DACA or protecting Dreamers. So the fate of millions of immigrant young people still hangs in the balance.

We can’t let Congress and the Administration wait this one out, hoping we will lose focus or tire of fighting. It’s a looming disaster, and it has to be prevented.

Here are two things you can do today:

  • Learn what proposals are now being discussed. This article from The Atlantic is a good place to start.
  • Call the White House, call your members of Congress, call the Congressional leadership to remind them that time is running out and to let them know that you support the Dreamers and want common-sense, humane immigration law changes now!

For the soul of a nation, NO deportation

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Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton

For the soul of a nation,
NO deportation

Is tearing families apart and turning away talented individuals the solution to our broken immigration system? What are we going to miss if we are not ALL here?

Join us for an interfaith community event as we come together to hear the stories of DACA recipients, discuss the future of the program, and learn now to advocate for the passage of a clean DREAM ACT. Stand in solidarity with our dreamers, friends, and neighbors.

Presented by ESTHER, Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor, and Winnebago Worship Group Religious Society of Friends.

 

24-Hour Prayer and Fast for Dreamers

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Date: 
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 (All day)

One More Bus!

Fox Valley Latinos/as need our help!day without latinxs flyer

The past couple of weeks have been a tough battle to stop anti-immigrant and racist policies. Monday, February 13, thousands of Latino/a families, advocates and allies will come together in Milwaukee to speak out against these policies and to lift up the many ways the Latino community betters the lives of all Wisconsinites.  The gathering is called A Day Without Latinos.  People from all around the state are standing together with Latinos/as because we know our lives are interconnected.

We now have two full buses heading to Milwaukee from Appleton Monday morning.  We are astounded by the outpouring of support!  Local businesses, organizations, and individuals have come forward to help fund the buses, but we aren't quite there yet!

We are asking you—especially if you want to stand in support of this action but cannot make it to Milwaukee—to sponsor the second bus. We need to raise $300.

If you can give $10, $25, $50, $100 or more, you would be part of making this day possible!

Click below to give online by credit-card or sign up to show your support now and pay later.


Yes, I’ll Help! (click here)

Your gift is tax deductible. If we receive funds that exceed the cost of the bus, we will direct that additional support to Unidos por un Futuro Mejor in support of their work on leadership training and Latino organizing in the Fox Valley area.

As of Saturday morning, there are still a few places left on the second bus. Buses will leave St. Therese parish in Appleton at 7:55 am, returning to Appleton by 4:00 pm. Contact Basy at 920/739-1226 to reserve your place.

Muchas gracias for all you do to make ESTHER an organization that can be strong and flexible enough to quickly direct energy and funding into this critical work! Sí, se puede!

Un Dia sin Latinos / A Day without Latinos - February 18

Mass mobilization and protest in Madison against anti-immigrant legislation currently being considered by the state legislature. Join WISDOM leaders, Voces de la Frontera and families from around the state to show your support for communities in which all are welcomed, honored, and protected. Stand up and raise your voice to challenge these racist, anti-immigrant bills.

Buses to Madison for the event leave St. Therese parking lot (Summer and Durkee St., Appleton) at 7 am Thursday (February 18th) morning. Call 920-475-0674 to reserve a place.  If you wish to drive yourself to Madison, meet us at 10:00am at the state capitol.

Help spread the word about these bills and this event:

  • Download flyer here. (PDF)
  • Download fact sheet here. (PDF)

 

Let the games continue!

With help from ESTHER, a group of Latino soccer players is at last able to use public soccer fields and other facilities at Wittman Park in the Town of Menasha without being subjected to harrassment and racial slurs, and without indifference from Town officials. Gustavo Nunez, one of the players who took a lead role in seeking a resolution to the issue, stated, “We want to thank you and all of the people you worked to figure this situation out with us. After many years of playing with the fear of harassment and removal from the fields, we can finally say that we have been playing in peace this last month and since the beginning of your help.” ESTHER is proud to have worked with these courageous players to ensure that their voice was heard. Together we are encouraged by our collective action to make the community, particularly our public parks, more welcoming to all.

Immigration Changes Offer Hope

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We are thankful for the first steps taken by our President to address the broken immigration system. Many families will remain united and find relief from some of their suffering, including those in the Fox Valley, as a result of this policy change.

While many have been discouraged by Congress's failure to act, we find hope in the courageous action taken by President Obama.

Comprehensive reform is still needed, and we continue to look to Congress to bring forward a solution, which a majority of Americans continue to call for.

Watch an except from the announcement here.

Walk in our Shoes

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Walk In Our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience

The Walk In Our Shoes Latino simulation experience is designed to help participants understand what it’s like to live as a Latino in our community. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to focus and sensitize participants to the realities faced by area Latinos.  In the simulation, up to 52 participants assume the roles of up to 26 Latino individuals.  The experience lasts from two to three hours. It includes an introduction and briefing, the actual simulation exercise, and a debriefing period in which participants and volunteer staffers share their reactions and experiences.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone who wants a greater understanding of Latinos living in our community—especially those who have contact with the local Latino population. Walk in our Shoes is an excellent tool for diversity training, leadership, and staff development.

Educators: School administrators, staff, teachers, counselors, students  (high school, college) 

Community Leaders: Business professionals, government, law enforcement, universities, Chamber of Commerce staff 

Non Profits, Churches: leaders, social service workers, non-profit agency staff

Why attend or host a simulation event?

  • To experience the power, impact and benefits of Walk in our Shoes firsthand
  • To learn about the issues facing Latinos in our community
  • To increase understanding, community conversation, cultural sensitivity and awareness
  • To combat myths, stereotypes and promote cultural understanding
  • To learn about opportunities to be a catalyst for change

How Does the Simulation Work?

ESTHER provides a facilitator and a team of volunteers to conduct the simulation. We can involve volunteers from your organization or draw from our own volunteer base, depending on your needs. Our facilitators and many of our volunteers are Latinos or those who have worked side-by-side with the Latino community and organizations that serve Latinos. We draw from diverse backgrounds and experience to present the most effective simulation possible.

Is There a Cost?

The normal cost to conduct the simulation in the Fox Valley region is $300 for non-profit organizations and $500 for for-profit organizations. Simulations occurring outside of the Fox Valley will incur an additional charge for travel expenses.

Are There Any Additional Requirements?

  • A room large enough to accommodate 26-52 people with space to move, interact and set up tables that act as resource stations for the simulation
  • A minimum of 7 volunteers supplied by the organization (available 45 minutes prior to simulation)
  • Completed enrollment form (minimum 26 participants/maximum of 52)
  • Optional – projector/table/video screen or empty wall for projection
  • Room setup -10 tables, 50-75 chairs

How Can I Register?

Send an email indicating your interest, date and the number of people in your group to: office@esther-foxvalley.org

Questions About Attending or Hosting A Simulation?

For more information about Walk In Our Shoes please contact: (920) 843-8083

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