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National Prayer Vigil for All Immigrants

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Thursday, June 4, 2020 - 7:00pm
Zoom Webinar

Civil Rights of Immigrants
Prayer Vigil and Call to Action

The vigil will include story-telling and a candle-lighting ceremony designed to deepen our reflection as we pray for:

  • Immigrants being held in Immigrant Detention Centers across the country, vulnerable to infection from the coronavirus.
  • Immigrants on the front lines serving as essential workers during the pandemic who are keeping us fed, saving lives, and keeping the economy running.
  • The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and DACA-mented young people who are awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision in June on the fate of DACA.

Northeast Wisconsin participants include José Lozano, Terry Dawson, Nancy Bourassa, and Fr. Joseph Mattern.

Participants will also be prepped to take action following the vigil by reaching out to decision-makers in their communities and states, as well as to their Members of Congress and the Secretary of Homeland Security, calling on them to end detentions and protect vulnerable immigrants.

To join via Zoom, you must register in advance for this meeting. Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

To join via Facebook Live, go to the Gamaliel Facebook page:

Sponsored by Gamaliel Civil Rights of Immigrants Campaign

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

Help Casa Esther Support Immigrants and Their Families

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The Federal government’s distribution of funds under the C.A.R.E.S. Act—in the form of stimulus checks, unemployment benefits, and other assistance—provides a financial lifeline for many, but not all, who have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.

One group of people who need this assistance desperately are not eligible for Federal COVID-19 help. These immigrants live in our communities, contribute to the economy, and pay taxes. These men and women work on dairy farms, in meat-packing plants and cheese factories, in restaurants and cleaning services, in non-profits and small businesses through the Fox Valley.

Casa Esther, a Catholic Worker House in Omro, and an ESTHER member, was established in 2010. It works with a large network of Spanish-speaking people, providing support, education, and financial assistance in the Oshkosh-Omro area. In the last few weeks, using funds contributed to it by concerned Fox Valley residents, it has been able to distribute over $4,500 to people in need and to provide needed information and referrals to other agencies in the Fox Valley.

Contributions in support of this project may be sent directly to Casa Esther at 320 N Webster Ave, Omro 54963. Or make your donation by visiting Casa Esther’s Facebook page at

ESTHER Immigration Task Force

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Tuesday, May 12, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, June 9, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, July 14, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, August 11, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 - 6:30pm
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 - 6:30pm
Zoom Meeting

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Fox Valley Vigil for Migrant Justice

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Saturday, February 29, 2020 - 6:30am - 6:30pm
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

The World is Watching. Demand the End of MPPVigil in support of Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship members and others traveling to the border at Brownsville, TX (across from Matamoros, Mexico) soon. The group from the Fox Valley will join with activists and faith leaders from around the country to protest the US’s “Remain In Mexico” policy for asylum seekers.

“While local faith leaders heed the call to witness and testify what is happening at our southern borders, let's come together to educate our Fox Valley neighbors on this horrific policy that has harmed so many seeking safety.”

Full information available on Facebook at

Know Your Rights Training: Police, ICE and Social Media

Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Know Your RightsJoin ACLU of Wisconsin's Director of Community Engagement Emilio De Torre as he walks you through how to exercise your constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement and ICE, as well as how to use them on social media. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI, and is being sponsored by the ACLU of Wisconsin and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force. This presentation is the program for the February 2020 meeting of the Task Force.

Immigration Task Force Works Towards a Better Life for Immigrants

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force has evolved over the years into a wide-reaching group of dedicated people with ties to many groups in the community and beyond. Our agenda includes advocacy for specific policy changes; community education and consciousness-raising relating to the experience of immigrants; and walking alongside immigrants as they negotiate the twists and turns of life in our community. Click “Read more” below to see the complete update from ESTHER Immigration Task Force chair Nancy Bourassa.

They Call Us Illegals - Virtual Reality Experience and Film Showing

Thursday, September 26, 2019 - 3:00pm - 7:00pm
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
Los Sueños de Anita ThumbnailImmerse 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
The Illegals thumbnailFollow 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.

Follow this event on Facebook here.

Brought to you by LU Film Studies Program, LU Office of Diversity and Inclusion, LU Diversity and Intercultural Center, the Appleton Dignity & Respect Campaign, and ESTHER.


Restoring Driver Licenses for Wisconsin Immigrants

Monday, August 19, 2019 - 6:00pm
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

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