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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.


Migrant Child Detention: Two Women Share Their Story

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

You are Invited
To a Compelling
Program on
Migrant Child

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


Juneteenth 2019

Sunday, June 9, 2019 - 12:00pm - 6:00pm
City Park, 500 E Franklin St, Appleton

Celebrating Freedom, Unity and Community!

ESTHER is proud to be part of another Juneteenth program, brought to you by African Heritage, Inc. Visit the Wakanda Marketplace and and enjoy music, dancing, food, parade, exhibits, and much more! Be sure to visit the ESTHER booth when you come.

Free Admission. Perfect for All Ages.

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Moving Past Hate

Monday, April 8, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Reeve Union Ballroom, UW Oshkosh, 748 Algoma Blvd, Oshkosh

Moving Past Hate Banner Image“The Gift of Our Wounds” authors Pardeep Singh Kaleka, a Sikh, and Arno Michaelis, a former white supremacist, share a message of forgiveness and compassion while addressing a host of social issues, including violence, racism, sexism, homophobia, religious intolerance, Holocaust remembrance and genocide prevention.

The co-authors are also co-founders of Serve2Unite. They will speak about how to understand incidents of hate and how to intervene when encountering hateful acts or incidents. Kaleka, who lost his father Satwant Singh Kaleka in the August 5th, 2012 Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, and Michaelis, a former white supremacist who helped to start a gang back in the late 1980s that produced the August 5th shooter, founded Serve2Unite in 2013 to share their message of forgiveness after hate.

Talking About Stereotypes: Interactive Program

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Monday, March 18, 2019 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Copper Rock Coffee Co, 210 W College Ave, Appleton

League of Women Voters of AppletonThe March program of the Appleton League of Women Voters will provide opportunities to explore the topic of stereotypes with fellow LWV members and guests. Karen Nelson, Diversity Coordinator for the City of Appleton, will share presentation duties with Irene Strohbeen, LWV VP for Programs. Members of Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities will also participate.

The presentations and discussion will explore the harmful impact of even positive stereotypes, and then examine definitions of commonly-used diversity terms before we discuss in smaller groups.

The goal is for each person attending to identify things we can do as individuals to overcome stereotypes and break down barriers to inclusion.

Copper Rock is providing the venue at no charge, so please buy food and beverages to enjoy throughout the meeting! Come early if you want to order food—the program will begin promptly at 5:30.

Implicit Bias Training

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Saturday, April 13, 2019 - 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida Street, Appleton




Implicit bias is “the automatic association people make between groups of people and stereotypes about those groups.”

Red SpotJoin the organizers of WISDOM, ESTHER's parent organization, as they help us deepen our understanding of implicit bias and the ways it impedes our ability to connect with people of different races.

APRIL 13, 2019 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Open to the public at no charge. To help us plan, please register now at

Public Showing: Eyes on the Prize

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Sunday, February 24, 2019 - 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida St., Appleton

Eyes on the Prize: America’s Civil Rights MovementAs part of Black History Month 2019, the City of Appleton is presenting the film, Eyes on the Prize, at the Appleton Public Library. Join us for a film viewing and community conversation.

Dignity & Respect Appleton LogoThrough contemporary interviews and historical footage, this film traces the civil rights movement from the Montgomery bus boycott to passage of the Voting Rights Act.


Fox Cities Black History Program 2019

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Saturday, February 16, 2019 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm
UW Fox Valley, Union Room, 1478 Midway Rd, Menasha

20th annual Fox Cities Community Black History Program PosterThe State of Affairs: What is Black Liberation in 2019?

Funmilola Fagbamila headshotKeynote speaker: Funmilola Fagbamila, Nigerian American scholar, activist, playwright and artist. Professor of Pan African Studies at California State University, Los Angeles. A founding member of the Black Lives Matter movement, Professor Fagbamila will speak and engage the community in conversations on Black Liberation.

Keith L Brown (Mr. I'm Possible)Mr. I’m Possible, Keith Brown, will speak about Black history and engage Professor Fagbamila in a conversation about the state of Black America.

In addition to the speakers, the event will feature a musical performance by the  Milwaukee-based OnFyah Dance Group and a soul food reception.

No charge. Kid-friendly.

Smart Justice: Ending Mass Incarceration in Wisconsin

Thursday, February 21, 2019 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Fox Valley Technical College, Room A170 (Entrance 16), Appleton

Sean Wilson, ACLU of WisconsinThis presentation by Sean Wilson, Smart Justice Statewide Organizer for the ACLU of Wisconsin, describes the ACLU of Wisconsin’s unprecedented multi-year effort to reduce Wisconsin’s jail and prison populations by 50 percent and to eliminate racial disparities in the criminal justice system.

“Wisconsin locks up more African-American males than any other state in the country, and our state government invests more money into prisons than it does the entire University of Wisconsin System.” -Sean Wilson

For more information about Smart Justice, visit

Co-sponsored by ESTHER, EXPO, and the Megan Kelley Foundation

What’s at the Heart of Immigration for You? A Conversation

Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Memorial Presbyterian Church 800 E College Ave Appleton

What’s at the heart of immigration for you?

You are invited to a conversation on Immigration

With a special performance by Voices of Hope Readers’ Theater

This conversation offers an opportunity for us to just listen to each others’ experiences around this issue.
Increased understanding can be a foundation for better relationships and even solutions.

No charge to attend. Please request a ticket by February 25 to help us plan better!

Register by February 25

Sponsored by:

ESTHER - World Relief Fox Valley - Thrivent Financial - Memorial Presbyterian Church - Dignity and Respect Appleton, Elisha D Smith Menasha Public Library - Stronger Together Fox Valley - Volunteer Fox Cities

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