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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 31, 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.

Equity Network: A New Local Collaboration

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Equity Network 

A new local collaboration - An opportunity for you

2020 brought the pervasive disparities in our country into sharp relief, leaving many of us searching for ways to deepen our commitment to equity and racial justice work. Like ESTHER, many area organizations have been on their own journeys—learning and having conversations about systemic race issues and implicit biases. The idea of the Equity Network began with such a conversation among Stronger Together Fox Valley members, facilitated by Rachel Peller of Wisconsin Partners and coupled with an awareness of myriad potential partnering organizations. How might we collaborate in addressing or avoiding disparities in Fox Valley communities?

A legal framework for nondiscrimination exists within the Civil Rights Act of 1964, including expectations for planning and community input to assist local policymakers. The Equity Network aims to help provide a vital and often missing link between the intention of the law and the realization of equitable outcomes locally. Inequities and disparities can stem from a wide range of local policies and practices. It takes active monitoring by local residents to ensure that decisions are made in ways that promote the common good.

21-Week Equity Challenge - United Way Fox Cities

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212 Week Equity ChallengeUnited Way Fox Cities is offering a 21-week “Equity Challenge,” a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. The challenge begins on February 1 (but participants can join any time) and continues through June 21. Each Monday during the challenge, participants will receive an email with topics to explore to develop deeper interpersonal understandings, build a stronger awareness of current systems, and engage in opportunities to take action.United Way Fox Cities

More information (and sign-up link) available on the United Way Fox Cities website.

The Challenge is based on the work of Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., of the Green Bay Privilege Institute.

Action for Healing and Justice for MMIWG2S

Date: 
Wednesday, May 5, 2021 (All day)

ESTHER and Waking Women Healing Institute are teaming up to help create awareness for MMIW and ask that you join us in this cause. We are petitioning agencies, towns, villages, cities, counties and tribal nations to make public proclamations declaring May 5th as Day of Awareness for Missing Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit. In addition to the proclamation, we ask that, within your area, you light up structures/bridges/buildings red as a sign of respect, healing, and awareness of the many issues of MMIW.

Please sign this petition on change.org. The petition will be used to show widespread support for MMIW, and hopefully induce urgency to create meaningful changes to bring both justice and healing.

Watch for information about a Facebook Live event in Oshkosh on May 5, sponsored by ESTHER’s Mental Health Task Force and Oshkosh ESTHER.

John Lewis Voter Advancement Day Votercade

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Date: 
Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Appleton East High School Parking Lot, 2121 E Emmers Dr, Appleton

On May 8th, let’s make some Good Trouble

Hands Off Our Vote!

Defeat Voter Suppression

Save the Date John Lewis Voter MobilizationThe League of Women Voters of Appleton invites you to join them in their John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Action Day “Votercade” on Saturday, May 8 at 1pm! This event is one of over 100 events across the nation to pass the For the People Act (H.R. 1), the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act (H.R. 4), D.C. Statehood and address the filibuster to do so.

The Appleton Votercade will be following Covid-19 pandemic precautions (outdoors, no close contact, masks) and assemble at Appleton East High School on Saturday, May 8 at 1pm.

Participants should have their cars decorated with signs, placards, streamers, etc. Some signage will be available during assembly. The Votercade will begin at 2 pm and follow a designed route through Appleton, following all traffic rules and speed limits and return to the high school. The event will end around 3:00 pm.

The parade will be strictly nonpartisan in keeping with the League’s nonpartisan status and core mission of “empowering voters and defending democracy.”

“What Happens When Your Government Stops Listening?” - Film and Webinar

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Date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 6:30pm
Location: 
Zoom Webinar

Can You Hear Us Now? film posterThe League of Women Voters of Appleton is proud to host a special screening of Can You Hear Us Now?, a new film that shows the personal impact of gerrymandering in the state of Wisconsin.

Viewers can watch the film anytime from April 25 - 29, then join a live community discussion about what’s happening to improve the nonpartisan redistricting process and obtain fair maps in Wisconsin.

Register for both the film screening and Zoom Webinar Here.

The Zoom Webinar link will be sent on April 29


Bread for the World Offering of Letters

Date: 
Thursday, April 29, 2021 - 12:00pm
Location: 
Zoom Meeting

Bread for the World • Have Faith, End HungerA Special Invitation for ESTHER Faith Communities & Individual Members from

Bread for the World Midwest Regional Organizer Zach Schmidt

with Deb Martin, ESTHER-Oshkosh &

Nancy Jones, ESTHER Rep from Prince of Peace Lutheran, Appleton

2021 Offering of Letters / Ofrenda de Cartas al Congreso

We are excited to invite ESTHER faith communities and individual members to the 2nd annual Fox Valley Offering of Letters. This year’s campaign relates directly to the End Child Poverty work of WISDOM and ESTHER’s work on Equity and Racial Justice, and builds on the success of the 2019 Offering of Letters. (See this Congress Passes Global Nutrition Resolution video which features advocacy from WI’s 8th Congressional district.)

Please plan to join the webinar on Thursday, April 29, at noon for this fabulous opportunity to join with neighbors through the Fox Valley to address food insecurity and nutritional needs even as we continue to be physically distanced.

Learn more and register here.

Need more information? Learn more at these links:
What is Bread for the World?  Acerca de Pan para el Mundo
What is the Alliance to End Hunger?  - Interfaith and multi-sector
What is an Offering of Letters? Ofrenda de Cartas al Congreso
Does an Offering of Letters make a difference? Nuestro Impacto

Questions? Please leave a message for Nancy and Deb here.

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.”

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.

Community and ESTHER Connections

Contributed by Kathy Weinhold

When I initially joined Esther it was at the recommendation of someone who attended my church. My initial interest was in the prison justice reform group, and I eventually became aware of the Oshkosh ESTHER group. As I live in Oshkosh, I decided to check it out, and I’m so glad I did!

At the first Oshkosh ESTHER group meeting I attended I was warmly welcomed. Compared to the large prison reform group, this smaller-sized group appealed to me. Each person in the group was able to share their ideas, comments and concerns all along the way in the process of working through issues.  At subsequent meetings I found it’s always that way.  The folks recognize that everyone brings something different to the table.  We all know it’s often who you know, and among them they have great connections.  Everyone’s input is greatly encouraged.