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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Monday, September 24, 2018 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance Committee First Congregational UCC Church, Appleton/Upper Lounge
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 4:00pm Executive Committee Meeting ESTHER Office, Neenah
Thursday, September 27, 2018 (All day) - Wednesday, October 3, 2018 (All day) Color-Brave Photo Project on Display Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton
Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm Opening Reception and Conversation - Color-Brave Photo Project Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton
Monday, October 1, 2018 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran, Neenah

Opening Reception and Conversation - Color-Brave Photo Project

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Thursday, September 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Appleton Public Library, 225 N. Oneida Street, Appleton

color brave photo project bannerJoin ESTHER and Fit Oshkosh at the Appleton Public Library on September 27 for the opening of “The Color-Brave Photo Project: Black and Brown Faces, a New Narrative.”

This traveling exhibit, a project of Fit Oshkosh, will be on display starting September 27 through October 3 at the Appleton Public Library on the first floor. The exhibit will be introduced at a reception and community conversation hosted by ESTHER and facilitated by Fit Oshkosh.

The Color-Brave exhibit features photographs of people of color who live in Oshkosh. The photos are accompanied by stories about the person’s life. The exhibit seeks to shift common stereotypes about people of color, to explore the negative impacts these false narratives have on the community and to celebrate residents of color.

“Ultimately, the exhibit is a celebration of people of color, our choices and our lives with our own images and stories,” said Tracey Robertson, Fit Oshkosh Executive Director. This project was funded by the Wisconsin Humanities Council and the Oshkosh Area Community Foundation. The Color-Brave Photo opening reception and community conversation is sponsored by ESTHER.

Leaders for Justice - Community Organizing Training

Saturday, October 13, 2018 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Emmanuel United Church of Christ, 510 Sullivan Avenue, Kaukauna
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1-Day Training in Community Organizing
October 13, 2018
Emmanuel UCC

510 Sullivan Ave, Kaukauna, WI

Red SpotAbout leadership training: This 1-day training, given by ESTHER and JOSHUA, will outline the core concepts of leadership when tackling issues of injustice in your community.

9:00 am-3:00 pm. $20 cost includes lunch.

Register now at

State Senate District 19 Candidate Forum

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Thursday, October 18, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Neenah City Hall Council Chambers, 211 Walnut St, Neenah


Roger Roth (Incumbent - R)

Lee Snodgrass (D)

Snodgrass State Senate


Written questions will be accepted from the audience.

The forum will be video-taped and available afterward on YouTube or the City of Neenah’s website. (Find a link at

Help spread the word! Download and share the attached flyer.

Co-sponsored with Appleton League of Women Voters, Winnebago County League of Women Voters, and City of Neenah

ESTHER 2018 Banquet

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Sunday, November 4, 2018 - 4:30pm - 7:30pm
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

“Finding Your Voice”

Make plans now to attend ESTHER’s 15th Annual Banquet, which will be held on Sunday, November 4, from 4:30-7:30 pm, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

Keynote speaker: Leonard Pitts, Jr.

Pitts is a journalist, commentator, lecturer, and best-selling author who was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary and has received numerous other professional awards, before and since. He is a nationally syndicated columnist at the Miami Herald and is in high demand as a speaker. Pitts has published five books and has been a visiting professor at Princeton and George Washington Universities.

The banquet will be preceded by a social hour and silent auction. The program will feature musical entertainment and presentation of ESTHER’s 2018 individual and community awards.

Reserve Your Place Now

Help spread the word! Download and share the attached flyer.

Sponsored by
William J. and Barbara A. Schmidt Family Foundation
John Schroeder