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Rally: Families Belong Together

Date: 
Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: 
Houdini Plaza, Downtown Appleton

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One of over 700 events around the country on June 30 where, together, we will raise our voices loud and clear and call for an end to family separations and to the suspension of due process at the border.

People of good conscience from across the country and across the political spectrum agree on this: Families belong together. We've got to make this clear to our government: Reunite families. Close family prison camps. And hold the abusers accountable.

People are welcome to speak about their experiences and share their thoughts. Please wear white to signify solidarity.

Sponsored by Forward Fox Valley

More information on the event Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/events/198849477618962/

ESTHER Sheriff Candidates’ Forum

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Date: 
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

Calumet & Outagamie County Sheriff
Candidates’ Forum

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 6-7:30 pm
Appleton Public Library
225 N. Oneida St., Appleton, WI
Conference Room B, Lower Level

 
Alex Bebris
Outagamie Cty
John Brylski
Outagamie Cty
Clint Kriewaldt
Outagamie Cty
Mark Wiegert
Calumet Cty

Be an Informed Voter!

Here’s your chance to ask questions BEFORE the primary election on August 14.

Fox Valley Islamic Society Hosts 19th Interfaith Gathering

Date: 
Sunday, August 5, 2018 - 3:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

Fox Valley Islamic Society Interfaith Event 2018 FlyerBoth great conversation and great food will be “on the menu” in the afternoon of August 5, when the Fox Valley Islamic Society once again invites the Fox Valley public to its mosque to share in an interfaith discussion followed by a meal prepared and served by its members.

Islamic Society president Mamadou Coulibaly explains, “The goal of the Interfaith Gathering is to encourage dialogue and promote understanding among the people of various faiths in the community. This will allow us to work together for the common good of our community.”

Following the theme of “Truth,” the presentations and discussions will highlight how various faith traditions emphasize looking up, listening up, speaking up, and standing up in response to the claims of truth.

There is no charge for the event. RSVPs are appreciated by Sunday, July 29, via email to fvis.interfaith@gmail.com or phone to (618) 203-6891.

Presentation: The Paradox of Resilency

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Date: 
Saturday, May 5, 2018 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Sanctuary Outreach Ministry, 1331 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

Rudy Bankston’s presentation, originally scheduled for April 14, 2018, was postponed due to severe weather conditions. The presentation has been rescheduled, and will occur at 3 pm on Saturday, May 5.

Adjunct professor at Edgewood College and full-time Restorative Justice Coach Roderick “Rudy” Bankston was wrongly convicted and handed a life sentence in his youth. Deeply wounded and experiencing a severe identity crisis, he turned his prison cell into a classroom. Today he is an educator, activist, and published author. His powerful story about his experience as a survivor of the school-to-prison pipeline offers key insights into the paradox of resiliency fueled by systemic injustice.

Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by ESTHER, EXPO and Appleton Sanctuary Outreach Ministry.

More info: iamweclassics.com

“I Am Not Your Negro” - Public Showing

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Date: 
Thursday, May 10, 2018 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 740 E College Ave, Appleton

I Am Not Your Negro posterI Am Not Your Negro is a 2016 American documentary film directed by Raoul Peck, based on James Baldwin's unfinished manuscript, Remember This House. Narrated by actor Samuel L. Jackson, the film explores the history of racism in the United States through Baldwin's reminiscences of civil rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, Jr, as well as his personal observations of American history. It was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 89th Academy Awards and won the BAFTA Award for Best Documentary.

This film is “must see” for anyone who wants to understand the state of race relations in this country today. You should see it if you have been wondering why Black people today seem so angry. It will show you why Black people are tired of waiting for the fulfillment of the promises of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. You will see that, while some progress has been made, old forms of oppression and exploitation persist and new ones, like mass incarceration, have decimated Black communities.

Fit Oshkosh - because race mattersA moderated discussion will follow the film. No charge. All are welcome.

Presented by ESTHER in collaboration with Fit Oshkosh. Thanks to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, Appleton, for hosting this event.

Help spread the word; download and share the event poster (click on 'Attachment' below).

Over-Incarceration in Wisconsin: “Inmate 501”

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Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

Rep. Evan GoykeMeeting will be held in Room HS114 A/B. Use Entrance 16.

Rep. Evan Goyke (18th District - Milwaukee) will be joined by formerly incarcerated individuals to talk about the financial and human costs—including being shipped out of state—of over-incarceration in Wisconsin. Goyke is the author of a plan (“Inmate 501”) and legislative package to convert Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools from juvenile corrections centers to AODA facilities for adults. (The plan was first presented publicly on November 29, 2017, more than a month before Governor Walker spoke about a similar approach.)

You can find Rep. Goyke’s analysis and plan here. A video of the November 29 presentation may be found here.

Click here to find WISDOM's extensive report on Crimeless Revocations.
Click here to download the Executive Summary.
Click here to download personal stories by victims of Wisconsin's unjust revocations policy.

Our Vision: Ending Child Poverty in Wisconsin

Thumbnail of End Child Poverty videoWe believe in ending child poverty in Wisconsin. Watch this 4-minute video to understand why. Then join us!

We believe that the people of Wisconsin, working together, can cut child poverty in half in the next ten years. We also believe that the current racial disparities in poverty levels should be cut in half. And we are committed to evidence-based evaluation of progress. Will you join us?

The persistence of poverty is a moral crisis that calls us to action. While poverty is not limited by race, ethnicity, or age, children are the poorest members of our communities. Moreover, growing up in poverty creates damage that lasts a lifetime. Further, economic disparities among racial groups in Wisconsin are greater than in the U.S. as a whole.

How can we let this continue? Add your name to the list of those who support this goal!

I Support This Goal

Race to Justice - Northeast Wisconsin

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Date: 
Saturday, April 28, 2018 - 11:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
West Side Moravian Church, 1707 S Oneida St, Green Bay

ROC Wisconsin LogoThis event is part of the Race to Justice campaign, a series of local training and organizing gatherings being held this spring in locations around the state, with a focus on justice system reform in Wisconsin as an issue in the 2018 gubernatorial and state legislative races.

You are invited if you are a current ROC (Restore Our Communities) Wisconsin leader, ally, friend, or simply want to get involved. We will get clear about some of the many issues; we’ll practice telling our stories and hearing the stories of the people who have been most affected; we’ll get ourselves organized; and we’ll make plans for the next six months.

There is no charge for the the event. A light lunch will be available for a small donation.

Car pooling is being organized from the Appleton area. Meet in the parking lot at the east-side Target Store (1800 S Kensington Dr, Appleton, WI 54915-4136) at 10:00 am on Saturday, April 28.

See this event on Facebook here: www.facebook.com/events/133749154114779/

Immigration Reform Is Still Needed!

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70% of Americans Support Dreamers' StayingThe Senate failed to act last week on extending DACA or protecting Dreamers. So the fate of millions of immigrant young people still hangs in the balance.

We can’t let Congress and the Administration wait this one out, hoping we will lose focus or tire of fighting. It’s a looming disaster, and it has to be prevented.

Here are two things you can do today:

  • Learn what proposals are now being discussed. This article from The Atlantic is a good place to start.
  • Call the White House, call your members of Congress, call the Congressional leadership to remind them that time is running out and to let them know that you support the Dreamers and want common-sense, humane immigration law changes now!

World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration

Date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Share an evening of fellowship among the Fox Valley's diverse faith communities. We will practice listening with humility and compassion, challenging the biases that limit us, and deepening our understanding of shared humanity.

Fox Valley faith and fellowship communities have participated in this global celebration since its first observance in 2011. The event is free, planned locally, and open to all.

Youth groups welcome!
Questions? Call 920-426-2920

Help spread the word - download and share the poster attached below!

 

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