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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER and related events!

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Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 3:00pm
Rally: Citizenship for Essential Workers and Families Brown County Court House, 100 S Jefferson St, Green Bay
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 10:00am - 11:30am
ESTHER Finance Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
ESTHER Transit Task Force Zoom Meeting
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Fox Valley Climate Justice Rally Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Global Developments in the Rights of Nature: Tribal Nations Zoom Meeting

Madison Action Day 2021 - Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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Date: 
Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 10:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

LET YOUR VOICE BE HEARD - April 15, 2021

More than 60 people from ESTHER will be participating in this year’s Madison Action Day. If you missed the registration deadline, you can still view the morning plenary session streaming live on WISDOM's Facebook page: facebook.com/wisdomwisconsin

The plenary session, to be held from 10 am to 12 noon, will be moderated by Joy Cardin (formerly of Wisconsin Public Radio).  It will include information, inspiration and interaction – a chance to think and talk with other ESTHER and WISDOM members about values and goals.

A book has been compiled covering the themes for the day, has been prepared. You can download your copy here or through the ‘Attachments’ link below.

In the afternoon, participants will meet with their state Senators and Assembly Representatives, or their representatives. 

Registrations closed at the end of the day Tuesday, April 13.

Rally: Citizenship for Essential Workers and Families

Date: 
Sunday, April 18, 2021 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Brown County Court House, 100 S Jefferson St, Green Bay

Join Voces de la Frontera Essential Workers Rights Network in Green Bay for a press conference and rally to demand citizenship for all in the forthcoming COVID-19 reconciliation budget bill! Now is the time to make noise and demand that our congressional representatibes vote to legalize essential workers - because they are essential, not deportable.

This event is part of a statewide caravan and relay across America demanding to a stop to deportations, COVID recovery for all, and citizenship for all.

Sponsored by Casa Esther, ESTHER and Voces de la Frontera Action.

Download and share the attached flier.

Until How Long?

Almost lost in the news of the gut-wrenching testimonies in the death of George Floyd is the equally horrific increase by 150% in the attacks and killings within our beloved Asian community in the past year. The killings of Asian women in Atlanta and the brutal attack on an elderly Asian woman on the streets of New York are only recent examples of this ongoing tragedy in our midst. Members of the Asian community in the Fox Cities are being harrassed as well.

And then there is the plight of the high percentage of missing and/or murdered indigenous women. Mark Charles, indigenous author of Unsettling Truths, adapted a diagnosis from psychologist Rachel McNair, who says that some perpetrators of crime suffer from Perpetration-Induced Traumatic Stess (PITS). Charles suggests that we as a country suffer from the same trauma, a subconscious guilt after four-hundred years of genocide and slavery, and don’t even realize it.

How long will it take for us to face our denial as a nation? Growth in this consciousness within our community will occur when we are willing to face reality and see ourselves as part of our national systemic racism. We as members of ESTHER encourage all of us to realize that we can no longer consider ourselves to be “innocent bystanders” to what is happening in America today. Last week, Ron, a young South Korean, asked that we “be self-aware, speak up, ask questions, be genuine and have respect for everyone.”

Gary Crevier
ESTHER President

Fox Valley Climate Justice Rally

Date: 
Saturday, April 24, 2021 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Join ESTHER and other local and statewide climate advocacy groups for a Climate Justice Rally in Appleton on Saturday, April 24th!

From noon to 2 p.m., we’ll be gathering on Houdini Plaza to demand climate justice and a sustainable future! We are calling on elected officials at all levels of government to address the climate crisis with the urgency demanded by science, while creating good jobs and ensuring everyone has clean air, clean water, and a healthy environment.

Register Now

For more information, see the event Facebook Page.

ESTHER Communications Coordinator Position Announcement

ESTHER is looking for a part-time Communications Coordinator

ESTHER seeks a part-time (approximately 10 hours per week) Communications Coordinator to assist in the creation, development, and execution of ESTHER communications. The chosen candidate will have a demonstrated interest in social justice and support for ESTHER’s mission, and will possess strong skills in persuasive writing, editing, analytical thinking, creative communication, organization, and time management. High school diploma required; some coursework in English, journalism, marketing, and/or communication expected. Experience working with CRM and CMS software for web design, content creation, social media engagement, and member outreach. Ability to track, report, and analyze communications and use the data to improve future work. The ideal candidate will be open to receiving training in community organizing. Application deadline: May 14, 2021. Click ‘Read more’ for details.

ESTHER is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, disability or veteran status.  ESTHER wholeheartedly embraces diversity and inclusion in our workplace, and encourages applicants from all backgrounds.

Sponsor Spotlight: Eye Photograph, LLC

Mark Ferrell Eye Photograph LLC 800 S Lawe St Appleton 54915 9208513374Mark Ferrell is a man of many hats. After college, he served in the Navy. He traveled with rock-and-roll bands and set up stage lighting. He worked for the Democratic party during the Obama administration. He was a photographic technician in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now he has made Appleton, Wisconsin, his home.

Mark’s photography studio is in The Draw along the Fox River on Lawe Street, where a variery of artists, artisans and creative professionals work and collaborate. He mentions, “It’s a pretty cool place. We used to have events, concerts and recitals. Lawrence University Jazz students were given carte blanche to show up on a Friday evening and perform in the gallery during our Friday Happy Hour. Covid knocked all that out. We have to build that back better.”

He says that he was always drawn to photography. “It was my yoga when I was in high school and when I started selling my prints, it has been my journey since that time.”

Global Developments in the Rights of Nature: Tribal Nations

Date: 
Tuesday, April 27, 2021 - 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

Hosted by the Center for Democratic and Environmental Rights.

Join in this fantastic free webinar with Frank Bibeau, Attorney for the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and with Honor the Earth, and Guy Reiter, Executive Director of Menīkānaehkem and Menominee Indian Organizer, both of whom have worked with the center for CDER.

Frank and Guy are advancing the rights of nature in tribal law and governance – including Frank’s work with the White Earth Band’s “Rights of Manoomin” law, and Guy with the “Rights of the Menominee River” resolution. Both may be found in CDER’s law library.

The webinar will be held on Zoom. All are welcome. No charge. Register here.

Governor’s Budget Feedback Sessions

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Badger Bounceback Live SessionsWisconsin Governor Evers has announced a six-session series of opportunities for Wisconsinites to discuss and provide feedback on his Badger Bounceback agenda and proposed state budget for the 2021-2023 biennium. The final two sessions are set for April 14 and April 21.

A primary focus of the sessions is to hear from Wisconsinites about how best to recover from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Scheduled topics covered in these sessions will include affordable healthcare, bolstering our state’s economy, improving education for all Wisconsin students, and more.

The Badger Bounceback Live Session schedule is available here, and Wisconsinites interested in participating can RSVP via the links provided. Badger Bounceback Live Sessions will also be streamed on the governor's YouTube page for those interested in viewing.

Why Social Justice Work?

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ESTHER BlogThe question was asked of me, “Why do I involve myself doing justice work?” I think the beginning of my addressing systemic causes of injustices began when I found ESTHER – or was it ESTHER finding me? Even before ESTHER, values that formed me within led to my belief that my dignity can never be fully realized until the dignity of all including creation is respected and honored as well. Where did that come from? I wonder if it was not so much anything that I was taught but rather something that I caught.