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Upcoming Events

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

  • To learn more about a particular event, click on its title
  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on More at the bottom left of the listing
Monday, December 12, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Mental Health Task Force Zoom Meeting
Thursday, December 15, 2022 - 9:00am
ESTHER Equity and Racial Justice Committee Zoom Meeting
Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Free Holiday Drive-In Movie Appleton West High School Gym, 610 N Badger Ave, Appleton
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 10:00am - 11:30am
ESTHER Finance Committee Meeting Zoom Meeting
Tuesday, December 20, 2022 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
ESTHER Immigration Task Force Zoom Meeting

Dec 7 Community Vigil for Victims of Gun Violence

Wednesday, December 7, 2022 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Vigil for Gun Violence Victims

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Houdini Plaza, downtown Appleton
6 - 7 pm.

Moms Demand Action-Wisconsin, Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE) and ESTHER are hosting an Appleton vigil remembering gun violence victims. This vigil is in solidarity with Sandy Hook Promise in recognition of the 10 year-anniversary of Sandy Hook. The vigil recognizes ALL victims of gun violence. Join our community in a candlelight vigil to honor victims of gun violence. Candles will be handed out at Houdini Plaza. Conversation and pay-as-you-go-coffee afterwards at Copper Rock coffeehouse. Brief comments will be made by Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave, Assistant Minister of Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Nancy Jones of WAVE, and Ann MacPhetridge of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.

Link to facebook event here.

RSVP using this link.


Transformational Justice Campaign Launch

Thursday, December 8, 2022 - 10:00am - 4:00pm
Capitol Building and nearby, Madison, WI

Transformational Justice Campaign Launch

2023 and Beyond

State Capitol and nearby, Madison, WI

Register at

Email if you are interested in carpooling to Madison.

First hour streamed live at
Sponsored by WISDOM, FREE and EXPO


10 - 11 AM
Public presentation at the North Hearing Room in the State Capitol featuring remarks on Solitary Confinement, TAD, Old Law Parole, and Post-release Issues. Watch this presentation live at
1-2 PM
Start of Transformational Justice Convening: Welcome, Reflection, Icebreaker
11 AM - 12 PM
Drop Lit at Legislative offices and the Governor’s Office in the Stated Capitol
2-3 PM
Breakout Sessions by region: Madison Action Day and Joint Finance Committee hearings discussion
12 - 1 PM
Lunch at Grace Episcopal Church, 116 W Washington Ave, Madison
3-4 PM
- Breakout sessions: strategic planning for issue campaigns
- Closing remarks and calls to action

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

Support ESTHER through Alternative Gifts

package with red bowAre you a person who’s “hard to buy for” at holiday time or on birthdays or other special occasions? You already have all the shirts, ties, scarves, slippers, motorized shoe polishers or battery-powered wine openers you need. And you hate fruitcake.

More and more, people are turning to “alternative gifts” in situations like these.

ESTHER would love to be the recipient of alternative gifts made in your honor.

Please suggest to your friends and family that they visit

Free Holiday Drive-In Movie

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Saturday, December 17, 2022 - 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Appleton West High School Gym, 610 N Badger Ave, Appleton

Free Holiday Drive-In Movie

The Grinch

Appleton West High School Gymnasium
610 N. Badger Ave, Appleton

Blanket Drive/Donation – To be donated to the Day-by-Day Warming Shelter, Oshkosh
(Purchase blankets from a local store and bring them to the movie)

Pre-movie entertainment and raffle

Aaron’s Heart of Gold Fundraiser will be serving hot chocolate, apple cider, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn & candy for purchase

Sponsored by ESTHER • Aaron’s Heart of Gold • U.S. Venture • Appleton Area School District •
Appleton West BIPOC

Presented by Fox City Flix







This #GivingTuesday, Show Your Support for ESTHER

This #GivingTuesday
Show Your Support for ESTHER

Giving Tuesday Logo

If we work together, we can make things better! Help us build our financial strength as an organization, so that we can be a force for positive change in our community for years to come.

Will you consider supporting ESTHER this #GivingTuesday?

Yes, I’ll Help!

For 18 years, ESTHER members have been working tirelessly to tackle the challenges that face us in building a better world: challenges like racism, mass incarceration, childhood poverty, unfair immigration laws, gun violence, gerrymandering, voter suppression … and so many more. We do this by working WITH people who are most affected by these issues and building public support for common-sense approaches.

We raise up, train and support leaders in their communities. We advocate for systemic changes that make our community better for everyone who lives here. We educate the public through forums, films, speakers, and other events. We educate ourselves through intensive self-study and reflection.

This #GivingTuesday, help us stay strong financially, so we can keep on building community, sharing hope, and standing for justice in the coming months and years.

Yes, I’ll Help!

Thank you!

Introducing ESTHER’s new organizer, Katie Olson

Katie OlsonESTHER’s Leadership Board is proud to announce that Katie Olson has been named our new Lead Organizer. Katie brings energy, vision and experience to her work with ESTHER. And, in the words of Gary Crevier, president of ESTHER, her “passion and commitment to doing justice for the poor promises to make a huge impact in the Fox Valley.”

We invite you to read Katie’s own words explaining why this new work excites her and how she plans to approach being ESTHER’s lead organizer:

… To me, the most important part of my new role is to empower the members of ESTHER to be change-makers in our community. Knowing that ESTHER is already a force to be reckoned with, I plan to come in and really listen with my heart to everyone involved with the organization. I will take the time to learn why people are engaged with social justice and use that knowledge to connect with other community members….

Video: Fall Gathering 2022

Our Fall Gathering was a huge success. Thank you to all who helped make this possible, and all who participated. 

Anyone who would like to watch the video can find it online:

Please enjoy and share your feedback. 


Earth Day: Election Edition

Saturday, October 22, 2022 - 12:30pm - 2:30pm
Pierce Park Pavillion, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Saturday, October 22, Pierce Park Pavilion, 1035 W. Prospect, Appleton WI

12:30 - 2:30 pm


Because we need all our voices, all our votes to protect the earth.

Join with local organizations to make climate the hot topic this election by celebrating Earth Day in October.  The Earth deserves more than one day a year! See event flyer in the attachment.

  • Informational booths
  • Music from Christopher Gold
  • Keynote speaker Ligia Rivera on:
    The League of Women Voters of Appleton-Fox Cities’ two-year study on local climate impacts and adaptations for our communities’ climate resilience
  • A march across the Memorial Drive Bridge and back to Pierce Park.

This event is co-sponsored by the following nonpartisan local organizations:

Citizens’ Climate Lobby-Appleton/Fox Cities • ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force •
League of Women Voters-Appleton/Fox Cities • PopEarth

Let’s make climate the hot topic this election! EARTH DAY: ELECTION EDITION Facebook Event page is here.

Help Send Postcards to Voters

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Let’s get out the vote.

Help complete postcards to voters: Oct 13th

…because democracy needs all our voices.

Please note that Oct. 11 event has been canceled due to the hard work of people at Oshkosh ESTHER meeting on Oct.4.  You're welcome to register for Oct. 13.  We will easily meet our goal of 1,000 postcards.

You are invited to join us in non-partisan voter outreach as we write postcards to encourage Wisconsin citizens to vote in the upcoming election. We know how important it is for voters in this election to take the time to get informed about candidates and vote for officials who will protect both democracy and the issues which are at the heart of ESTHER’s work. We want to remind Wisconsin citizens that their voice and vote are vital to the future of Wisconsin, and this is a proven method of increasing turnout.

Here are the details. Please register and share the invite!


  • Thursday, Oct. 13th:  First Congregational UCC, 724 E. South River Street, Appleton WI  54915, 6-7:30, Includes pizza and beverage. RSVP at