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Marking 20 Years of Advocacy for Social Justice

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This year, ESTHER is celebrating 20 years of advocacy for social justice in the Fox Valley. It has been an exciting and inspiring journey. ESTHER was formed by people who felt that their religious faith needed to be expressed in action to bring our world closer to the just society that all of our faiths envision. ESTHER stands for Empowerment, Solidarity, Truth, Hope, Equity, & Reform, and they are ideals that have inspired us for two decades.

In celebration of our 20th anniversary, we have planned a number of events. We hope that you will attend as many of them as possible. For info, go to

We have been Empowered by our faiths to work for justice in our community.

We have worked in Solidarity with each other and with people who suffer from injustice in our society.

We have relied on the Truth of our faiths, and we have spoken Truth to those in power.

We have worked in Hope that as Martin Luther King, Jr., said, “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

We have committed ourselves to building an Equitable community.

We have demanded Reform of our society.

Our twenty years of working together have brought significant accomplishments, and you can read about some of them here on our web site. The twenty years have also expanded and deepened our understanding of the nature of injustice in our community. When we started, many of us were naïve, but we have learned much along the way, and we have grown in knowledge and commitment to the work of ESTHER. May our next twenty years be as fruitful as our first twenty.

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