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Legislative Joint Finance Committee in Appleton on April 1

No foolin'! The committee was in session in Lawrence University's Stansbury Theatre from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Opening to a packed crowd, the meeting offered opportunities for citizens and interest groups to share their views and positions on items included in (or omitted from) the Governor's proposed 2010-11 budget. ESTHER was well represented. Gwen Gibson and Rev. Maynard Beemer spoke (see photo) on behalf of earned early release and drivers certificates for immigrants who cannot get driver's licenses because of RealID. Representatives from JOSHUA were also present and spoke.

ESTHER 2009 Banquet

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Please join ESTHER in celebrating 5 years of outstanding work in the greater Fox Valley! 

 
Sunday, December 6th beginning at 5:00 pm at Liberty Hall, Kimberly
Silent Auction, Dinner, Community Leadership Awards
 
Keynote speaker: Kathy Kelly, three time Nobel Peace Prize nominee
 
Tickets: Individual $35, Couple $60, Table of 8 $245
Invite someone to join you. Tables of 8 can be Reserved.
 
For ticket information, call Sara at 920-731-0663.

Treatment Instead of Prison Forum: Open to the Public - March 30

Speaker (5:30pm) & Community Forum (6:30pm)

Date: Monday, March 30th
Time:
5:30 & 6:30 PM
Location: St. Bernard Catholic Church
1617 W Pine St, Appleton
Behind Xavier School on Prospect Ave

Treatment Instead of Prison:
Saving Money, Saving Communities, Saving Families

5:30pm - Department of Corrections Secretary Speaks Out
Department of Corrections Secretary, Rick Raemisch to speak on Governor Doyle's plan for earned release, enhancing corrections programs and investing in our communities, question and answer session to follow. Free and open to the public.

6:30pm - Community Forum, Treatment Instead of Prison
The Fox Valley has pioneered efforts to address drug and alcohol addiction with treatment for non-violent offenders through several local initiatives.  In a recent statement, Governor Doyle remarked on the need for prison reform and the need to offer community based options to low-risk offenders.  Reform is needed…treatment is needed.

 

•    How does drug and alcohol addiction impact our justice system?
•    Will treatment make safer neighborhoods?
•    Can Wisconsin afford to build additional prisons?
•    What treatment options are available in the Fox Valley?
Get your questions answered at this forum with guest panelists including Outagamie Circuit Court Judge Nancy Krueger.
 

Event sponsored by ESTHER - Free and open to the public
Contributors include: Family Services, Mooring House, NAMI, ThedaCare

Payday Loans Scrutinized

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With more Americans struggling financially, payday loans are coming under scrutiny for trapping the working poor in a vicious cycle of debt. Armen Keteyian reports. Aired on CBS Evening News July 29, 2008.

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