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Come for “Makin’ Cake,” Come Back for “Truth Evolution”

Dasha with cake onlyThrough a special partnership with the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center, the LWV Appleton-FoxCities has two great opportunities for members and communities to delve into race, culture and bias issues in creative and engaging ways.

Both are the work of writer, performance artist, curator and facilitator Dasha Kelly Hamilton. She also is a former Artist of the Year and Wisconsin Poet Laureate, so she packs plenty of energy into the presentations — and brings the audience into the creative process along with her.

  • The first presentation, “Makin’ Cake” (February 27), is part of the PAC’s Spotlight Series and requires ticket purchases.
  • The second program, “Truth Evolution” (February 28) is made possible through a collaboration between the PAC and the League, with support from Community First Credit Union. While attendance at “Makin’ Cake” is not required to participate in “Truth Evolution” it is recommended. There is no cost to attend “Truth Evolution,” altthough registration is requested.
  • Both presentations will take place in the Kimberly-Clark Theater at the PAC.

More information, including links for ticket purchase and registration “below the fold.”

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Date: 
Monday, January 15, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Lawrence Memorial Chapel, 706 E College Ave, Appleton

33rd Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

33rd Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Hosted by Lawrence University in Memorial Chapel. 

Hear from:

Oh, No! Not Critical Race Theory!!

Watch Professor Gloria Ladson-Billings, University of Wisconsin-Madison, speak on the distortions and misinformation currently being spread about Critical Race Theory and how to challenge and undo these. See her presentation, available on YouTube here, or click on the image below.

Professor Ladson-Billings’ talk was hosted by The Creating Beloved Community team of Taking a Faithful Stand for Equity on November 14, 2023.

Soulful Holiday Village, by African Heritage Inc.

Date: 
Saturday, December 9, 2023 - 12:30pm - 6:00pm
Location: 
Fox Cities Exhibition Center, 355 W Lawrence St, Appleton

AFRICAN HERITAGE, INC. PRESENTS SOULFUL HOLIDAY VILLAGE

Attend our Soulful Wonderland and
enjoy photo opportunities with our Soulful Santa and Mrs. Claus

Free Admission

MC - Mr. I’M Possible • Game Station • Santa Bounce • Mrs. Nelly Claus

  • Cookie and Ginger Bread House Cookie Station
  • Train Rides to Visit with Soulful Santa
  • Story Time with Mrs. Claus
  • Free Photos with Santa
  • Live Holiday Gospel Entertainment
  • Soulful Music with Dj Haze
  • African Drumming
  • Free Mini Cupcakes by Whisky Business
  • Soul Food Dinner with Chef Tasha
  • Kwanzaa Station
  • Get Boosted
  • Free Toys
  • Warm Hot Chocolate/Apple Cider
  • Shop With Black-Owned Businesses

League of Women Voters Book Share Group: Obreros Unidos

Date: 
Monday, November 27, 2023 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 
LWV Office, 124 N Morrison St, Appleton

LWV Appleton Fox CitiesThe League of Women Voters Appleton-Fox Cities (LWV) has a book share group that focuses on DEI issues. The November book is Obreros Unidos, by Jesus Salas. The group will meet on Monday, November 27 12:00 – 1:00 at the LWV office at 124 N. Morrison St., Appleton. All are welcome. For an Amazon purchase link, click here or on the cover image below.

From Amazon - In an expansive narrative, noted labor leader Jesus Salas shares an insider’s look at the farm workers movement, from its roots in southern political uprisings to its lasting legacy of activism. During his childhood, Salas and his family joined the migrant workers who traveled from their hometown in Texas to work on farms in Wisconsin, Illinois, and other states. In riveting detail, he describes the brutal working conditions and overcrowded labor camps experienced by the Mexican American workers who fueled the Midwest’s agriculture industry.

Taking inspiration from César Chávez, as a young man Salas and others led a historic march from Wautoma to Madison to demand that lawmakers address rampant violations of Wisconsin’s minimum wage laws and housing codes. These young labor leaders founded Obreros Unidos—Workers United—to continue the fight for fairness and respect, as well as to provide much-needed services to migrant families. This memoir of a movement details how their work went beyond the fields to have lasting impacts on representation in community organizations and access to education, empowering later generations to demand better.

Back to School Block Party with People of Progression

Date: 
Sunday, August 27, 2023 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Taperz Barber Shop, 203 N Richmond St, Appleton

Join People of Progression on Sunday, August 27th, from 12 pm to 5 pm at their Back to School Block Party. It’ll be full of culture, activities, shopping, and connections to prepare all youth for returning to school.

Special Guests:

DJBWOOP!
Cinderella!
Bumble Bee!
Ghost Busters!

Activities:

Basketball!
Karaoke!
Video Gaming!
Art & Crafts!
Face painting!
Vendors!
…& much more!

FREE HAIRCUTS and BRAIDS - text 920-931-4102 to get on the WAITING LIST ❗️

Latino Fest 2023

Date: 
Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Casa Hispana is proud to sponsor the 2023 Latino Fest celebration, a free event for community members of all ages to participate!

Enjoy live music, dance performances, art demonstrations, and other cultural expressions representing the diversity of the Fox Valley Hispanic/ Latinx community. Learn about services from local nonprofits, schools and businesses, and discover employment opportunities. Come ready to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options. 

Please contact Casa Hispana with any questions at info@casahispanawi.org.

Follow the event on its Facebook page

American Indian Studies in Wisconsin - Faithful Stance for Equity August Meeting

Date: 
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Zoom

Wisconsin school boards are required to include in the social studies curriculum some instruction in the history, culture, and tribal sovereignty of the federally recognized American Indian tribes and bands located in Wisconsin. The legislature is currently considering revising these curriculum requirements. Brian Ward, our August speaker, is an expert on these issues and can provide helpful background. 

An educator and activist who lives in Teejope (occupied Ho-Chunk Land known as Madison, Wisconsin), Brian has also lived and worked on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, home of the Oglala Lakota Nation. His writing has appeared in The Nation, TruthoutNew PoliticsSocialist WorkerInternational Socialist Review and more. He has also worked with Indigenous people in Guatemala and Peru. His master’s thesis work focused on the representation of Indigenous people in K-12 classrooms.

The presentation will be on Zoom. If you are unable to attend but register in advance, you will be able to view the recording.

REGISTER HERE

Fox Cities International Day of Peace Celebration

Date: 
Sunday, September 17, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Erb Park, 1800 N Morrison St, Appleton

The International Day of Peace, also officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence.

Along with Unity of Appleton, Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and others, ESTHER is a co-sponsor. 

The free, fun & family-friendly program will include:

  • Live music
  • Storytelling
  • Peace pole painting
  • Games and crafts for the kids
  • Dancing, treats and more

Circles of Support Can Help

Community Circles of SupportHelping individuals successfully return to the community after incarceration in prison or jail is the mission of Circles of Support.* Through weekly meetings or individual contacts, volunteers from all walks of life meet with men and women who have been incarcerated to provide support and help to them in dealing with everyday challenges they face in returning to the community. The meetings provide a positive, non-judgmental environment which focusses on individual strengths and the future.

Information about community resources is provided by the participants and volunteers.  Discussions about challenges focus on problem-solving and helping individuals explore effective options that might work for them. Participation is voluntary and there is no cost. Success is celebrated.

A variety of meeting times and places are available in Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, and Neenah-Menasha. Participants describe the groups as a “caring family environment,” a place to get useful community resource information, and a non-judgmental, trusting and respectful setting that gives them hope.

Anyone interested in being involved as a participant or volunteer can connect by calling (920) 840-2918 or emailing circlescanhelp@gmail.com.  A volunteer will contact you personally to answer any questions.


*ESTHER is the fiscal sponsor of Circles of Support.

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