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Soliltary Confinement Cell Tour

Thursday, May 11, 2023 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
Friday, May 12, 2023 - 10:00am - 6:00pm
St. Joseph Catholic Church, 404 W Lawrence St, Appleton

This event is on both Thursday, May 11 from 10 am - 6 pm and Friday, May 12 from 10 am - 6 pm
To schedule a group or class to experience the cell, contact us at 920-843-8083 or

Black History Month events

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023 - 8:00am - Tuesday, February 28, 2023 - 8:00pm
Various venues in Fox Cities
Here are some area celebrations of Black History Month. Not a complete listing. . . but a good start.  Please continue to do additional searches. Some have already passed, but there remain many for you can explore.
African Heritage Presents:
Saturday Feb 11, 2023, 11 am - 2 pm, Black History Program, 
Fox Valley Technical College, 835 Bluemound Drive, Appleton Campus Door is C190ACB, Door 15
more info here.  
Movie Screening: 11:30 The Exchange of white America--Kaukauna & King: 50 Years Later
Soul Food Lunch; Keynote Address-12:30 pm
Also features “A Stone of Hope: Black Experiences in the Fox Cities” travelling museum.
Feb 25  Black History and Afro Hair Fair hosted by People of Progression  Admission and more info  here
10 am - 4 pm, Poplar Hall 141 Riverhealth Way. This event is an opportunity to increase access to education for blended or adoptee families, shelters, group homes, local salons and cosmetology students on proper care for 2c-4c hair types.
Appleton Area School District, collaborating with other organizations is hosting celebrations of Black History
Month.  See details here
UW-O has many events throughout the month of February. Their motto this year is “More than Words” You can find their calendar of events  here
 here is a short 5 minute video from UW0 website:“The True History of Black History Month”, from The Herald TV

Transit Equity Day 2023

Saturday, February 4, 2023 (All day)

Transit Equity (click for video)

Public transit provides basic mobility for many in our communities. It is also essential urban infrastructure–just like roads, bridges, tunnels and utilities–that is crucial to the economic, social and environmental well-being of all our regions.

Everyone has a right to a public mass transit system that includes:

  1. Safe, reliable, environmentally-sustainable and affordable transit that is accessible to all, regardless of income, national origin, race, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, or ability.
  2. An affordable public transit system that reliably connects people in all communities to the places we need to travel: home, work, school, places of worship, shopping, health, and recreation, in as efficient, and timely a manner as possible. We must ensure that all communities have access to transit; no community should be left behind. Public transit in rural, less densely populated communities should be provided in any master transportation plan despite the special challenges that may present.
  3. Living wages, benefits, safe working conditions, and union rights for transit workers, including those who manufacture transit equipment, and access to family-sustaining transit jobs and training opportunities for people from underserved communities.
  4. A just transition for workers and communities who are dependent on our current automobile and highway-centered transportation system, to ensure that no one is left behind as we transition to a more public, accessible, and cleaner transit-based system.
  5. Rapid transition of our transit and school bus systems to electric, non-polluting buses powered by electricity from renewables.
  6. Safe, healthy and livable neighborhoods that are connected by public transportation and by bicycle pathways and sidewalks, and that are planned to expand safe access to transit and reduce single occupancy vehicle miles traveled.
  7. Dedicated and sustainable public funding for public transit.

32nd Fox Cities Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

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Monday, January 16, 2023 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Zoom Meeting

Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration

Keynote speaker: Henry Sanders, Madison365

“What is Your Life’s Purpose?”

Musical Performances:

Rosanna Williams, AASD Student

Kyree Allen, Lawrence University Alumni

Via Zoom. Registration required to attend:

Sponsored by Lawrence University, City of Appleton, United Way Fox Cities, Appleton Area School District, Boys and Girls Club of the Fox Valley, People of Progression, Pointers Community Initiaties, Covey

Faithful Stance for Equity events

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Monday, February 6, 2023 - 7:00pm
Tuesday, February 7, 2023 - 7:00pm
Zoom meeting

Faithful Stance for Equity Events: Rev. Jennifer Butler speaking on Feb 5, 6 about White Christian Nationalism. Feb. 7: American Democracy and the Role of Faith

For the past 18 months, WISDOM and MICAH, along with our friends at the Wisconsin Council of Churches and Wisconsin Faith Voices for Justice, have been sponsoring monthly events to help people of faith to be equipped to be effective advocates for equity.  Past meetings have include discussions on working to ensure that our schools teach the truth about the past and present in racism and intolerance, and how those have impacted us all.  

We have several important presentations in early February: 

Feb. 5, 6, 7.  Our coalition will sponsor an exciting series of events, Faith and Democracy, featuring Rev. Jennifer Butler, founder of "Faith In Public Life." Rev. Butler will be in Wisconsin for three days, as part of a national tour to train communities to reclaim their faith traditions to push back against the white Christian nationalism that is attempting to take over our electorate. 

Rev. Butler's visit aims to empower communities to push back more effectively against the misuse of religion and interrupt the grip that hypocrisy and heresy have - on white Christians in particular - across the current social and political landscape.

For any or all of the events, register here: See listing of the 3 workshops/webinars with Rev. Butler by clicking below on "read more" 

ESTHER Equity and Racial Justice Committee

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Monday, January 9, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, February 16, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, March 16, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, April 20, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, June 15, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, July 20, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, August 17, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, September 21, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, October 19, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, November 16, 2023 - 9:00am
Thursday, December 21, 2023 - 9:00am
Zoom Meeting

Monthly meeting of this steering committee. Leave us a message at for Zoom link or more information.

Transformational Justice Campaign Launch

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Capitol Building and nearby, Madison, WI

Transformational Justice Campaign Launch

2023 and Beyond

State Capitol and nearby, Madison, WI

Register at

Email if you are interested in carpooling to Madison.

Watch recorded video of the first hour of the program here
Sponsored by WISDOM, FREE and EXPO


10 - 11 AM
Public presentation at the North Hearing Room in the State Capitol featuring remarks on Solitary Confinement, TAD, Old Law Parole, and Post-release Issues. Video of this is segment is available here.
1-2 PM
Start of Transformational Justice Convening: Welcome, Reflection, Icebreaker
11 AM - 12 PM
Drop Lit at Legislative offices and the Governor’s Office in the Stated Capitol
2-3 PM
Breakout Sessions by region: Madison Action Day and Joint Finance Committee hearings discussion
12 - 1 PM
Lunch at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W Washington Ave, Madison
3-4 PM
- Breakout sessions: strategic planning for issue campaigns
- Closing remarks and calls to action

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

Video: Fall Gathering 2022

Our Fall Gathering was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped make this possible, and all who participated. 

Anyone who would like to watch the video can find it online:

Please enjoy and share your feedback. 


Fox Cities People & Politics

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Legends Cuts & Styles, Fox River Mall, 4301 W Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

Fox Cities People & Politics. We'll be discussing Unlock the Vote, storytelling around the constitutional amendment, and hearing from elected officials, candidates and appointees who impact us as System-Impacted People

Sponsored by EXPO, FREE, Legends Cuts & Styles and ESTHER. Follow the Facebook event page for latest information.

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

Equity Network Member Meeting: Health Equity and Civic Engagement

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Thursday, April 7, 2022 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Zoom Meeting

Please join the Equity Network and Fox Valley Thrives for a virtual workshop that will connect the dots between health equity and our civic engagement. Lynnsey Erickson and Stephanie Gyldenvand, Community Health Strategists with Winnebago County Health Department, will share about social determinants of health and how upstream factors produce and reproduce health inequities across populations.

Please register in advance to attend this meeting.

Register here

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

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