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ESTHER’s 2023 Community Leadership Awards

For 2023, ESTHER is pleased to recognize two outstanding groups in the Northeast Wisconsin community which have been providing leadership and are working effectively for positive change in our area.

Menīkānaehkem (Menominee Rebuilders)

Menīkānaehkem logoMenīkānaehkem was started by dedicated and visionary leaders in 2015 to address disparities that Menominee tribal members face. The organization has grown into an impactful community movement embracing bold goals to change the future of the Menominee Tribe. Under the leadership of Executive Director Guy Reiter, Menīkānaehkem pursues innovative strategies and emphasizes transparency in everything it does. It is constantly growing and adapting to the changes of society.

Our Purpose: To rebuild and reconnect our sacred relationships with our people, plants, places and animals.

Our Mission: Work together to enhance and promote our lifeways and build a healthier Menominee community.…

League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities

Founded in 1920 by women suffragist leaders, the League of Women Voters has grown to over 500,000 members and 750 local Leagues in all 50 states. The League has a proud history of working to toward a more inclusive democracy at all three levels of government.

The dedicated volunteer members of The League of Women Voters of Appleton Fox Cities work hard to fulfill the League’s mission to empower voters and defend democracy all around the Fox Cities. This takes many forms including tabling at most major events where The League provides information to help engage voters and provide reliable nonpartisan information on upcoming elections.…

League of Women Voters Book Share Group: Obreros Unidos

Date: 
Monday, November 27, 2023 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location: 
LWV Office, 124 N Morrison St, Appleton

LWV Appleton Fox CitiesThe League of Women Voters Appleton-Fox Cities (LWV) has a book share group that focuses on DEI issues. The November book is Obreros Unidos, by Jesus Salas. The group will meet on Monday, November 27 12:00 – 1:00 at the LWV office at 124 N. Morrison St., Appleton. All are welcome. For an Amazon purchase link, click here or on the cover image below.

From Amazon - In an expansive narrative, noted labor leader Jesus Salas shares an insider’s look at the farm workers movement, from its roots in southern political uprisings to its lasting legacy of activism. During his childhood, Salas and his family joined the migrant workers who traveled from their hometown in Texas to work on farms in Wisconsin, Illinois, and other states. In riveting detail, he describes the brutal working conditions and overcrowded labor camps experienced by the Mexican American workers who fueled the Midwest’s agriculture industry.

Taking inspiration from César Chávez, as a young man Salas and others led a historic march from Wautoma to Madison to demand that lawmakers address rampant violations of Wisconsin’s minimum wage laws and housing codes. These young labor leaders founded Obreros Unidos—Workers United—to continue the fight for fairness and respect, as well as to provide much-needed services to migrant families. This memoir of a movement details how their work went beyond the fields to have lasting impacts on representation in community organizations and access to education, empowering later generations to demand better.

Neenah Menasha InterTribal Pow Wow

Date: 
Saturday, September 16, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Shattuck Park, Neenah, WI

Be sure to attend the annual InterTribal Pow Wow at Shattuck Park in Neenah. There will be drum groups, dancers, food, and other vendors. You will not want to miss this popular event!

Come early to attend the Neenah Farmers Market and hear Native American musician Clinton Miller.

Sponsored by Neenah Historical SocietyMenasha Historical Society and Neenah-Menasha Intertribal Powwow

More info at the Pow Wow Facebook Page

5th Annual WI Recovery Celebration and Memorial Walk with Lights of Hope

Date: 
Sunday, September 10, 2023 - 3:30pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton
  • 5th Annual Lights of Hope Memorial WalkSign up to register or participate in the Walk event at https://www.megankelleyfoundation.org/wisconsinlightsofhope. Cost of $18 for adults and $10 for children 17 and under includes a personalized T-shirt and memorial sign.
  • Join the free Fox Cities Lights of Hope event to listen to speakers and participate in a candlelight vigil as we celebrating recovery and remembering loved ones and those still struggling.

Sponsored by the Megan Kelley Foundation and Start Healing Now

More information at Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1235358040517750/

Fox Cities International Day of Peace Celebration

Date: 
Sunday, September 17, 2023 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Erb Park, 1800 N Morrison St, Appleton

The International Day of Peace, also officially known as World Peace Day, is a United Nations-sanctioned holiday observed annually on 21 September. It is dedicated to world peace, and specifically the absence of war and violence.

Along with Unity of Appleton, Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and others, ESTHER is a co-sponsor. 

The free, fun & family-friendly program will include:

  • Live music
  • Storytelling
  • Peace pole painting
  • Games and crafts for the kids
  • Dancing, treats and more

People’s Town Hall

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Date: 
Saturday, September 16, 2023 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Co-sponsored by Hate Free Outagamie and Appleton SDS

  • Share what matters to you about feeling safe & welcome in your community
  • Connect with your neighbors
  • Build people-power

 

Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/253164047556783/

Back to School Block Party with People of Progression

Date: 
Sunday, August 27, 2023 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Taperz Barber Shop, 203 N Richmond St, Appleton

Join People of Progression on Sunday, August 27th, from 12 pm to 5 pm at their Back to School Block Party. It’ll be full of culture, activities, shopping, and connections to prepare all youth for returning to school.

Special Guests:

DJBWOOP!
Cinderella!
Bumble Bee!
Ghost Busters!

Activities:

Basketball!
Karaoke!
Video Gaming!
Art & Crafts!
Face painting!
Vendors!
…& much more!

FREE HAIRCUTS and BRAIDS - text 920-931-4102 to get on the WAITING LIST ❗️

Latino Fest 2023

Date: 
Saturday, September 9, 2023 - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Casa Hispana is proud to sponsor the 2023 Latino Fest celebration, a free event for community members of all ages to participate!

Enjoy live music, dance performances, art demonstrations, and other cultural expressions representing the diversity of the Fox Valley Hispanic/ Latinx community. Learn about services from local nonprofits, schools and businesses, and discover employment opportunities. Come ready to enjoy a variety of food and beverage options. 

Please contact Casa Hispana with any questions at info@casahispanawi.org.

Follow the event on its Facebook page

Circles of Support Can Help

Community Circles of SupportHelping individuals successfully return to the community after incarceration in prison or jail is the mission of Circles of Support.* Through weekly meetings or individual contacts, volunteers from all walks of life meet with men and women who have been incarcerated to provide support and help to them in dealing with everyday challenges they face in returning to the community. The meetings provide a positive, non-judgmental environment which focusses on individual strengths and the future.

Information about community resources is provided by the participants and volunteers.  Discussions about challenges focus on problem-solving and helping individuals explore effective options that might work for them. Participation is voluntary and there is no cost. Success is celebrated.

A variety of meeting times and places are available in Green Bay, Appleton, Oshkosh, and Neenah-Menasha. Participants describe the groups as a “caring family environment,” a place to get useful community resource information, and a non-judgmental, trusting and respectful setting that gives them hope.

Anyone interested in being involved as a participant or volunteer can connect by calling (920) 840-2918 or emailing circlescanhelp@gmail.com.  A volunteer will contact you personally to answer any questions.


*ESTHER is the fiscal sponsor of Circles of Support.

Documentary: The Letter

Date: 
Wednesday, August 16, 2023 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
St. Bernard Church, Parish Hall, 1617 W Pine St, Appleton

Documentary: The Letter

The Letter / Laudato Si’

Wednesday, August 16, 6:00-8:00 pm
Parish Hall at St. Bernard Church, 1617 W. Pine Street, Appleton

Free and open to the public.

The Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship’s Green Sanctuary Team, along with ESTHER, St. Bernard Parish Social Action and others, are sponsoring this presentation and discussion of a film promoted by Interfaith Light and Power. This gorgeously filmed story features scenes from around the world. It puts a human face on climate change.

Sponsored by St. Bernard Catholic Church, Appleton • ESTHER • Fox Valley UU Fellowship • League of Women Appleton-Fox Cities • Our Wisconsin Revolution • PopEarth • Citizens Climate Lobby Appleton-Fox Cities