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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER 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
Tuesday, July 16, 2019 - 6:30pm ESTHER Transit Task Force First United Methodist Church, 325 East Franklin Street, Appleton - Conference Room
Monday, July 22, 2019 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance Committee First Congregational UCC, 724 South River Drive, Appleton Upper Lounge
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - 4:30pm ESTHER Executive Committee ESTHER Office, Neenah
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm Unity In the Community - Block Party and Resource Fair Hart Park, 700 7th St, Menasha
Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm Fox Valley Islamic Society’s 2019 Interfaith Gathering Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

Unity In the Community - Block Party and Resource Fair

Date: 
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 12:00pm - 4:00pm
Location: 
Hart Park, 700 7th St, Menasha

Featuring:

  • Free Food
  • Live DJ
  • Face Painting
  • Games & Prizes
  • Bounce House
  • Resources for Housing & Shelter
  • Services for Veterans
  • Employment Services
  • Health Care
  • Community Resources

Live music provided by Al-E-Kat Entertainment & Karaoke

Brought to you by Souled Out Ministries, 920-215-6904

Sponsored by many business, organizations, and agencies in the Fox Valley

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

Fox Valley Islamic Society’s 2019 Interfaith Gathering

Date: 
Sunday, August 4, 2019 - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Drive, Neenah

Moving From Fear Toward Mutual Trust

Fear - Fear & Trust - FearOnce again, the Fox Valley Islamic Society invites the Fox Valley community to be their guests at a gathering “under the tent.”

Learn, Interact, Feast … for Free!

The event offers presentations and group discussion followed by a meal hosted by members of the Islamic Society.

Speakers include:

  • Dr. Jon Pahl (Educator, Author, Public Speaker)
  • Younis Zaidan (Islamic Center of Wisconsin)
  • Rev. Thomas Willadsen (Presbyterian Pastor)

QR code for RSVPRSVP appreciated by Sunday, July 28: Email to fvis.interfaith@gmail.com, call 920-215-9840, register online at this link, or scan this QR code.

In case of bad weather, the Gathering will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Romeo and Juliet - Cookout and a Play

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Date: 
Tuesday, September 10, 2019 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Pierce Park, 1035 W Prospect Ave, Appleton

Romeo & JulietSteve & Dee
Tuesday, September 10, 5:00 pm

Join ESTHER for an evening of Engagement, Enchantment, and Entertainment!

A cookout with play performed “Renaissance Faire-style” by Pastor Steve and Dee Savides!

Pierce Park (1035 W. Prospect Ave, Appleton)

Suggested donation: $15 adults; $25 couples; $30 families

Register Now

We The People

Date: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

United to Amend - We The People“You Get the Government You Deserve”
Thomas Jefferson

Americans know that “We the People” are no longer represented by our politicians. ESTHER and Citizen Action of Wisconsin invite you to attend a presentation by George Penn of United to Amend to talk about why we have lost our democracy to the corrupted big-money system and how we can Fix This!

ESTHER 2019 Banquet

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Date: 
Sunday, November 3, 2019 - 5:00pm
Location: 
Liberty Hall, 800 Eisenhower Dr, Kimberly

Save the Date

Winona LaDuke at Standing RockESTHER’s 16th Annual Banquet will be held on Sunday, November 3, starting at 5:00 pm, at Liberty Hall in Kimberly.

We are thrilled to announce that our keynote speaker this year will be Winona LaDuke, a rural development economist working on issues of economic, food, and energy sovereignty. She lives and works on the White Earth reservation in northern Minnesota, and leads several organizations including Honor the Earth, Anishinaabe Agriculture Institute, Akiing, and Winona’s Hemp. These organizations develop and model cultural-based sustainable development strategies utilizing renewable energy and sustainable food systems. She is an international thought leader in the areas of climate justice, renewable energy, and environmental justice, and has stood in opposition to the Dakota Access Pipeline and to mining projects on indigenous lands.

She is also a leader in the work of protecting indigenous plants and heritage foods from patenting and genetic engineering. She has authored six books including Recovering the Sacred, All our Relations, Last Standing Woman, and her newest work, The Winona LaDuke Chronicles.

The banquet will be preceded by a social hour and silent auction. The program will feature musical entertainment and presentation of ESTHER’s 2019 individual and community awards.

ESTHER gratefully acknowledges sponsorship support from
William J. and Barbara A. Schmidt Family Foundation

Prison Reform Task Force Meeting Summary - 1 July 2019

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Lisa Hanneman, chair of ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force, shares a brief video report on the Committee’s July 1, 2019, meeting. The August meeting will be held on Monday, August 5, at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 140 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah.

Immigration Task Force Meeting Summary - 9 July 2019

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The ESTHER Immigration Task Force met on Tuesday, July 9. Special guests Primitivo Torrez and Mario Ramirez, from Voces de la Frontera, shared information on an upcoming statewide tour to promote drivers' licenses for all. In this video, four members of the Task Force talk about the support for immigrants that they have found within ESTHER and beyond in the Fox Valley.

ESTHER Joins in Demonstration Opposing ICE Detention Camps

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On Monday, June 24, nearly a thousand people, including members of ESTHER, participated in a demonstration at the Milwaukee ICE office to show their opposition to the Trump Administration’s policies at the US-Mexico border. With leadership from Voces de la Frontera, the WISDOM network, the United Church of Christ, and many others, a powerful witness was given. Thanks to Penny Robinson for this video.

Child Poverty in Wisconsin -- Treading Water

We are pleased to share with ESTHER members and friends this recent message from the End Child Poverty team.

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Wisconsin Poverty Report: Economic Growth and Low Unemployment Not Enough to Reduce Child Poverty

Wisconsin has made little progress in reducing child poverty over the last two years, in spite of Wisconsin’s growing economy and record low unemployment rate, according to a report released earlier this week.

The eleventh annual Wisconsin Poverty Report, titled “Treading Water in 2017,” shows that according to the Wisconsin Poverty Measure, Wisconsin’s child poverty rate in 2017 was 10.1%, virtually the same as it was in 2015. While higher earnings by parents led to a reduction in child poverty from 2016 -- from 12.0% to 10.1% -- this was offset by increased work-related costs and medical expenses, and reductions in SNAP (FoodShare) and other benefits.

As the report states:

“After more than eight years of nationwide recovery since the end of the Great Recession, we should expect better poverty outcomes…. If we want to have lower poverty rates for vulnerable populations and do more than tread water, we need to do more to share the benefits of economic growth in Wisconsin.”