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Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Saturday, February 25, 2017 - 9:30am - 2:30pm Northeast Wisconsin Budget Action Workshop UA Local 400, 2700 Northridge Drive, Kaukauna
Monday, February 27, 2017 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance Committee First Congregational UCC, Appleton Upper Lounge
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 3:30pm - 5:30pm ESTHER Executive Committee ESTHER Office, Neenah
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm UW Alumni Badger Café: The Innocence Project at Work Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida St., Appleton
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force / Traumatic Brain Injury: Its Social Consequences St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Madison Action Day - March 30

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Walking to the CapitolJoin over 800 WISDOM leaders from across Wisconsin at the state capitol to advocate and educate legislators and departments about issues in the proposed state budget, including criminal justice, environmental justice, public health, and public transit!

Thursday, March 30, 2017
9:00 am–4:00 pm. Breakfast and networking at 8:00
Bethel Lutheran Church
312 Wisconsin Ave, Madison, WI

Cost: $25.00 - includes lunch, materials, and bus transportation. Scholarships are available.

Buses to/from Fox Cities locations the day of the event.

REGISTER TODAY!

Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day - April 1, 2017

Scene from Haunted by GodMark your calendar for Saturday, April 1, at 7:00, for an evening that promises to be entertaining and inspiring! Haunted by God: The Life of Dorothy Day is a compelling one-woman show about the co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement. After her death in 1980, the New York Times eulogized Dorothy as a “nonviolent social radical of luminous personality.”

This event is a benefit for ESTHER, made possible by sponsorship of St. Thomas More Community, Appleton; St. Bernard Parish, Appleton; and Casa Esther, Omro. A free-will offering will be taken.

When: Saturday, April 1, 7:00 pm
Where: First Congregational UCC, Appleton

Seating is limited. Reserve your place now.

Reserve

Budget Action Workshop for Northeast Wisconsin - February 25

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Saturday, February 25, 2017

NE Wisconsin
Budget Action Workshop

9:30 am-2:30 pm
Plumbers and Steamfitters UA Local 400
2700 Northridge Drive, Kaukauna

Join your Fox Valley friends for a fun, social and informative day as we learn together about the Wisconsin budget process and how to present our budget concerns effectively to our state representatives. A project of the Wisconsin Leadership Development Project (WiLD). Click 'Read more' for a flyer and a link to online registration.

ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force / Traumatic Brain Injury: Its Social Consequences

Date: 
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Dr. Tom Tatlock, a member of First Congregational UCC, Appleton, will speak about his experiences both professionally and personally with traumatic brain injury.

Click for more information: 
Traumatic Brain Injury: Its Social Consequences

One More Bus!

Fox Valley Latinos/as need our help!day without latinxs flyer

The past couple of weeks have been a tough battle to stop anti-immigrant and racist policies. Monday, February 13, thousands of Latino/a families, advocates and allies will come together in Milwaukee to speak out against these policies and to lift up the many ways the Latino community betters the lives of all Wisconsinites.  The gathering is called A Day Without Latinos.  People from all around the state are standing together with Latinos/as because we know our lives are interconnected.

We now have two full buses heading to Milwaukee from Appleton Monday morning.  We are astounded by the outpouring of support!  Local businesses, organizations, and individuals have come forward to help fund the buses, but we aren't quite there yet!

We are asking you—especially if you want to stand in support of this action but cannot make it to Milwaukee—to sponsor the second bus. We need to raise $300.

If you can give $10, $25, $50, $100 or more, you would be part of making this day possible!

Click below to give online by credit-card or sign up to show your support now and pay later.


Yes, I’ll Help! (click here)

Your gift is tax deductible. If we receive funds that exceed the cost of the bus, we will direct that additional support to Unidos por un Futuro Mejor in support of their work on leadership training and Latino organizing in the Fox Valley area.

As of Saturday morning, there are still a few places left on the second bus. Buses will leave St. Therese parish in Appleton at 7:55 am, returning to Appleton by 4:00 pm. Contact Basy at 920/739-1226 to reserve your place.

Muchas gracias for all you do to make ESTHER an organization that can be strong and flexible enough to quickly direct energy and funding into this critical work! Sí, se puede!

World Hijab Day Events in the Fox Cities

Woman in hijabTo mark World Hijab Day in the Fox Valley, a series of events are being held in the month of February:

February 1 in Oshkosh and Neenah, and on Facebook Live:

Pick up your hijab at one of three Oshkosh or Neenah locations, then view the Facebook Live stream from 6:30-8:30 pm

February 11 at the Appleton Public Library

1:00-3:00 pm - Hijab Celebration (meeting rooms A/B/C). Learn how to wear hijab and why it is an important tradition for Muslim women. There will be time to talk, ask questions, enjoy amazing free food! Meet new friends and celebrate diversity in our community!

World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration 2017

World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration

February 2, 2017, 7:00-8:30 PM
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church
140 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah, WI

Plate of bread being passedCome explore the dimensions of compassion in an innovative event that combines music, discussion and breaking bread together.  Join friends, neighbors and family in this promotion of harmony and tolerance among all religions, faiths and beliefs. Join the thousands of people around the world who accept the challenge to kindle compassion and extend kindness, respect and civility to everyone in our community. The need for people to come together has never been greater.

Martin Luther King, Jr., Events in the Fox Valley

Fox Cities MLK Day LogoLeonard Pitts, Jr.In Appleton, the Martin Luther King, Jr., Day celebration will be held on Monday, January 16, at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel starting at 6:30 pm. Leonard Pitts, syndicated columnist with the Miami Herald will give the keynote address, speaking on “Refusing to be a Bystander to Racism and Injustice.” For more information, visit the Fox Cities MLK Day Facebook page.

Dr. Vicki CrawfordIn Oshkosh, the 22nd annual MLK Day celebration will be held at the UW-Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center, 625 Pearl Avenue, from 4:00-6:00 pm. The event theme is “The Dream: The Legacy Through the Eyes of Our Youth,” with special performances by Liamani Segura, age 7, from Racine, and Pe’Tehn Raighn-Kem Jackson, age 5, from Chicago. The keynote speaker will by Dr. Vicki Crawford, director of the Morehouse College Martin Luther King Jr. Collection. The attached flyer provides more information about the event.

An Evening of Wine, Cheese, Justice and Jazz

ESTHER invites you to an evening of

Wine, Cheese, Justice & Jazz

Friday, January 13, 2017, 6:30 pm
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Ln, Appleton

Tickets: $15 (please register in advance)

Proceeds benefit ESTHER’s work in building community, sharing hope, and standing for justice in Wisconsin’s Fox Valley region.

Music by Noah Harmon and Friends, including ESTHER President Fr. Joe on the reeds.

Admission includes a generous portion of jazz, two drinks and a selection of cheeses and desserts.

Get Ticket(s)

Or call the ESTHER office at 920-843-8083 to reserve your place.


Special thanks to the Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, an ESTHER member congregation, for hosting this event.

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