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

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
ESTHER Communications Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force Meeting Zoom meeting
Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
The Health of Lake Winnebago Zoom meeting
Wednesday, June 26, 2024 - 3:30pm - 5:00pm
ESTHER Executive Committee Zoom Meeting
Monday, July 1, 2024 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Transformational Justice Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

The Health of Lake Winnebago

Tuesday, June 25, 2024 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Zoom meeting

 ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force is hosting a public meeting via Zoom
June 25 2024, 7:00pm

See zoom link at end of story. . .

Featured speaker: Dr. Bart T. De Stasio Professor of Biological Studies at Lawrence University 

The Health of Lake Winnebago

What do 3.4% of Wisconsin residents have in common?
We all get our drinking water from Lake Winnebago.

So how healthy is Lake Winnebago?
For the answer to this and other questions about Lake Winnebago,
join ESTHER’s Environmental Justice Taskforce Zoom meeting on June 25

 Dr. De Stasio is an expert on fresh-water environments. After his presentation there will be time for your questions.
Join us on from your den, office or living room. Remember “Water is Life”

Zoom link:    

More community support needed for people who have no shelter. June 6, 2024 ESTHER Press Conference

Here is June 7th story from Civic Media about the press conference  

Advocacy groups say Oshkosh homeless told to “Move Along.”

by Lisa M. Hale from Civic Media

OSHKOSH, WI – (WISS) – Shelters are full. Housing is unaffordable. And the Oshkosh homeless do not have a safe place to sleep. Law enforcement ask the community to “Move along,” prompting action from social justice groups, churches, and community advocates.

First Presbyterian Church in Oshkosh recently offered a safe space for the homeless, said Pastor Deb Swets.  However, the City of Oshkosh told the church it was violating a zoning code by operating an “unauthorized campground.” 

“First Presbyterian Church is more than willing to be fined to do what is right in providing temporary refuge for people with nowhere else to go,” said Swets during a press conference. “We believe that every person deserves to be treated with dignity and respect no matter their circumstances. And we believe that we are called to help care, especially for the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Jennifer Verderami, a housing advocate with social justice organization ESTHER said there has been an increased police presence outside the Orrin King building on Algoma in Oshkosh, used for years as a safe space for Winnebago County’s homeless. She said law enforcement demands the unhoused to “move along.”  The Orrin King building has grates that have provided a safe, dry, warm area for the unhoused to sleep until recently.   

   Click below on "read more" to see the rest of the news story.

Classical Guitar Concert featuring Ivan Resendiz

Saturday, July 27, 2024 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Join us for this special event in celebration of ESTHER’s 20th anniversary.

Originally from Mexico City, Ivan Resendiz began his study of classical guitar at age 16 at La Escuela Superior de Musica del Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes in Mexico with teacher Alejandro Mendez. Mr. Resendiz has participated in numerous national and International guitar competitions alike, receiving top prizes in more than 13 competitions including South Carolina Guitar Competition and Boston Guitar Fest, to name a few. Ivan has performed in Mexico, France, Spain, Europe and the U.S. in festivals including Musica en Compostela in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, and Festival del Museo Nacional del Virreinato in Mexico. In 2011, Resendiz founded the first Latin American Guitar Festival in Chicago. The festival offers concerts, workshops and conferences to the Latin American Community in Chicago and continues to achieve its goal of bringing classical music to the immigrant community of Chicago.

For a glimpse of Resendiz’s repertoire and talent, visit this YouTube link.

Wisconsin Primary Election

Tuesday, August 13, 2024 (All day)

Issues and candidates before the Wisconsin electorate in August 2024 include:

Juneteenth 2024

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Sunday, June 9, 2024 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Jones Park, 301 W Lawrence St, Appleton

Help spread the word: download and share the attached flier!

Housing Conversations to Inspire Change: Fox Valley Speaks

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You are Invited!

Fox Valley Speaks: Housing Conversations to Inspire Change

Share, listen, and connect in small groups about diverse experiences and unique perspectives around homelessness in our community.

In partnership with Common Ground, Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, and the City of Appleton

5 available dates from April 24 thru June 13 • 2 hours • ages 14+ • free to attend

Questions? Email

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

The Black Experience: Family

Saturday, June 1, 2024 - 12:00pm - 3:00pm
116 E Wisconsin Ave, Appleton

The Black Experience: Family

Save the Date!

NOTE THE NEW LOCATION - this event has been moved to Appleton

Learn about some of the strong traditions and characteristics of some Black families. Although no one family is identical to any other, there are similarities.

Free Admission • Donations Accepted

ESTHER 20th Anniversary Banquet: Save the Date

Saturday, November 16, 2024 - 5:00pm
Waverly Beach Banquet Hall, N8770 Fire Lane 1, Menasha

Save the Date

Help ESTHER celebrate 20 years of
Building Community, Sharing Hope, Standing for Justice
In the Fox Valley Region

Keynote speaker: Keith Findlay, professor emeritus, UW Law School, and Co-founder, The Innocence Project

How I Lost BadgerCare and What Happened Next

Testimony given by Joyce Frohn at the Poor People’s Campaign March in Madison, WI, on March 2, 2024. Thank you, Joyce, for sharing your testimony with ESTHER in this blog post.

2024 Poor People’s March Wisconsin

In December of 2023, I knew that I might be losing BadgerCare.

I should first explain why I was on BadgerCare. My husband is on disability. He has an auto-immune disease that makes him not only unable to work but also in pain almost all the time. I am also a caregiver for my elderly parents who are in senior living and can’t move to assisted living until financial matters beyond my control are finished. Since I need to make sure they take their pills twice a day, I can’t take most jobs. I’m trying to make a living as a freelance writer, but that income is neither sufficient nor predictable.

During the pandemic, both my college student daughter and I could stay on BadgerCare. But as the post-pandemic “unwinding” began we were both worried. What pushed me over the limit was one simple thing: my husband’s disability check was increased.

That increase—$200 a month—wasn’t enough to cover the house taxes that went up, the fuel bill that went up or even the grocery bill that went up. But it was enough to kick me off BadgerCare.