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Upcoming Events

Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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  • To see the complete ESTHER calendar, click on More at the bottom left of the listing
Tuesday, January 28, 2020 - 7:00pm
ESTHER Environmental Justice Task Force First Congregational UCC, 724 E South River St, Appleton - Downstairs River Room
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
Smart Justice Lobby Day Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main St, Madison
Friday, January 31, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Weekly Climate Strike - Fox Cities Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Know Your Rights Training: Police, ICE and Social Media St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

2019 Challenge Campaign a Great Success - Thank You!

Note: This story has been revised to correct an error in the amount received in response to the challenge.

Challenge Succeeds--Thank You!Wow! THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2019 ESTHER challenge match campaign, which ended on December 31.

When everything was counted, during the last quarter of 2019, 60 people either made new contributions or increased their support 2019 ESTHER Challenge results bar graph: Goal $5,000; Received: $7,028during 2019 over 2018, for a total of $7,028—40 percent more than the goal!—in response to the $5,000 challenge pool!

We are so grateful for such an amazing response to this campaign during these challenging times. Your support helps ensure we can have even greater impact as we work to share hope, build community, and stand for justice.

Smart Justice Lobby Day

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 11:30am - 2:00pm
Location: 
Wisconsin State Capitol, 2 E Main St, Madison

Smart Justice Lobby Day January 29, 2020

Join the ACLU of Wisconsin’s Smart Justice Campaign, WISDOM, EXPO, ESTHER and others at the State Capitol on January 29 to call for change in our criminal justice system.

Know Your Rights Training: Police, ICE and Social Media

Date: 
Monday, February 3, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Location: 
St. Marks Lutheran Church, 140 S Green Bay Rd, Neenah

Know Your RightsJoin ACLU of Wisconsin's Director of Community Engagement Emilio De Torre as he walks you through how to exercise your constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement and ICE, as well as how to use them on social media. The event will be held at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, Neenah, WI, and is being sponsored by the ACLU of Wisconsin and ESTHER’s Prison Reform Task Force. This presentation is the program for the February 2020 meeting of the Task Force.

ESTHER Elects New President

At its December meeting, the ESTHER Leadership Board elected Gary Creview as incoming president for a two-year term beginning January 1, 2020. Gary is a devoted, thoughtful leader whose wide-ranging experiences and interests offer great promise for his leadership of ESTHER. We are pleased to share the following profile with the ESTHER community.

head-shot of Gary CrevierI was born and raised in Green Bay with six siblings where I was inspired to become a Catholic priest for the Diocese of Green Bay. I entered a seminary there and finished my education at a Benedictine Monastery, completing my theology studies and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. I worked in migrant ministry for the diocese and served as director of a spiritual retreat house. In the ten years I was in the Dominican Republic I was exposed to a spirituality of the poor. That was followed by creation spirituality given me by the Menominee Nation while pastor at St. Anthony Parish, Neopit.

Centering Social Justice in the Climate Conversation: A Panel

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Thursday, February 27, 2020 - 6:30pm - 9:00pm
Location: 
Appleton Public Library, 225 North Oneida Street, Appleton

At the global scale, we know climate change disproportionately impacts marginalized communities, but how is this playing out here in the Fox Cities? In this panel you’ll hear from a set of diverse voices from local organizations as they discuss the following question: “From your perspective, what are the social justice issues and concerns related to climate change?” This event also offers the opportunity to learn about the unique approaches of local organizations that are working to address climate change. If you’re trying to find the right place to plug in, this is a great place to begin!

Weekly Climate Strike - Fox Cities

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Friday, April 17, 2020 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
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Houdini Plaza, 111 W College Ave, Appleton

Strike With Us

Sponsored by Youth Climate Activists Fox Valley

Fridays through April 17 at Houdini Plaza in Appleton:

“We are climate striking every Friday to raise awareness about the climate crisis. By doing this we are putting pressure on our state government and Appleton City Hall to take action. We demonstrate at Houdini Plaza from 5-7pm. Everyone is welcome, everyone is needed.”

Click here to visit event page on Facebook

I Thought [Catholics] Couldn’t Join ESTHER

The November 2019 issue of The Compass, the official newspaper for the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, contains an article entitled, “I Thought We Couldn’t Join ESTHER.” It was written by Peter Weiss, program manger for the Diocesan Office of Living Justice.

As Weiss notes, the view expressed in the article’s title is incorrect:

So to summarize, Bishop Ricken did not say it was wrong for individual Catholics to belong to groups like ESTHER and JOSHUA [ESTHER’s sister organization in Green Bay]. Rather, he recognized the good work these organizations do in our communities and left the decision [about membership or support] up to the prudential judgment of the individual.

Justice for Missing or Murdered Tribal Women and Girls

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Tribal members protesting missing and murdered indigenous womenAssembly Bill 548 and Senate Bill 493*, which would create a task force on missing and murdered tribal women and girls, were introduced into the Wisconsin legislature on October 14 and referred to Assembly and Senate committees for further consideration. This is an important first step!

Menikanaehkem logo Why These Bills are Important:

Homicide is the third leading cause of death for Indigenous Women. More than half of Native American women report having been raped or assaulted. The media have largely been silent or, worse, blamed the victims. It is time to shine a light on this atrocity, and come together to work to end it.

Next step: Legislative hearings!

Join the women of Menīkānaehkem in contacting these committee chairs and asking them to hold hearings on these bills:

  • Rep. Rob Swearingen, Chair, Assembly Committee on State Affairs
    (608) 366-7141 or (888) 534-0034 Fax: (608) 266-3634
    Rep.Swearingen@legis.wisconsin.gov [⇐ click to send email]
    Room 123 West
    State Capitol
    PO Box 8953
    Madison, WI  53708
  • Sen. Duey Strobel, Chair, Senate Committee on Government Operations, Technology and Consumer Protection
    (608) 266-7513 Fax: (608) 282-3560
    Sen.Stroebel@legis.wisconsin.gov [⇐ click to send email]
    Room 18 South
    State Capitol
    PO Box 7882
    Madison, WI  53707 

Read more about the bill and the legislators behind it in this Journal-Sentinel article.

Read more about Menīkānaehkem here.

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

 

* These bills were drafted by Renee Gralewicz, professor of anthropology and Native American Studies at UW-Fox Valley and a peacemaker of the Brothertown Indian Nation of Fond du Lac; and Lisa Hurst, Native Peoples Outreach Advocate at Reach Counseling in Oshkosh, and a member of the Oneida Nation.

Become a Monthly Sustainer: Our Work Takes Time …

Bringing justice and equi­ty to our society will not happen overnight, or even in a year or two.

We have to main­tain our effort over the long haul, and that requires a de­pen­dable fi­nan­cial base. Monthly Sustain­ers pro­vide fund­ing we can count on for the long run … through automatic month­ly con­tri­bu­tions (of $10 or more) from their check­ing or savings account.

We invite you to become a Monthly Sustainer of ESTHER. Just download this form, fill it out, and mail it to ESTHER, PO Box 784, Neenah, WI 54957.

Thank you!