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Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Monday, January 22, 2018 - 5:00pm ESTHER Finance First Congregational United Church of Christ, Appleton Upper Lounge
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:15pm - 8:30pm The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm The Power of Grace: Play and Discussion Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm For the soul of a nation, NO deportation Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton
Tuesday, January 30, 2018 - 11:00am - 12:30pm ESTHER Executive Committee Meeting ESTHER Office, Neenah

Why Wait Two Years for AODA Treatment Center at Lincoln Hills?

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Screen Capture Evan Goyke Wisconsin Eye Inmate 501In early January of this year, Governor Walker announced a plan for future reforms in our adult and juvenile corrections systems. Essentially, it would be to close down the troubled Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake juvenile facilities, and to convert them into an adult facility specializing in AODA treatment. This would help alleviate the backlog of people awaiting AODA treatment in the system, many of whom would become eligible for early release if they get treatment. It would also relieve some overcrowding in the prisons.

The Governor’s plan is a good one, and one that is urgently needed. While the Governor wants to wait until 2019 to launch this plan, the good news is that we don’t have to wait. Legislation to enact the plan the Governor announced, written by Rep. Evan Goyke, has already been proposed and is pending in the State Assembly. You can find Rep. Goyke’s analysis and plan, called “Inmate 501,” here. A video of the presentation may be found here. Instead of waiting two years, we need to call on Representatives Schraa and Hutton, and the Assembly Corrections Committee, to hold hearings on Assembly Bill 791 (see it here) and move the process forward quickly.

Our Vision: Ending Child Poverty in Wisconsin

child on mother's shoulder, looking downWe believe in ending child poverty in Wisconsin. We believe that the people of Wisconsin, working together, can cut child poverty in half in the next ten years. We also believe that the current racial disparities in poverty levels should be cut in half. And we are committed to evidence-based evaluation of progress. Will you join us?

The persistence of poverty is a moral crisis that calls us to action. While poverty is not limited by race, ethnicity, or age, children are the poorest members of our communities. Moreover, growing up in poverty creates damage that lasts a lifetime. Further, economic disparities among racial groups in Wisconsin are greater than in the U.S. as a whole.

How can we let this continue? Add your name to the list of those who support this goal!

I Support This Goal

Challenge Campaign Succeeds - Thank You!

THANK YOU to all those who contributed to the 2017 ESTHER challenge match campaign, which ended on December 31.

When everything was counted, during the last quarter of 2017, 50 people either made new contributions or increased the amount of their support during 2017 over 2016, for a total of $6,210 in response to the $6,000 challenge pool.

We are so grateful for such a wonderful response to this campaign during these challenging times. Your support helps ensure we can continue our work of sharing hope, building community, and standing for justice.

The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People

Date: 
Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 6:15pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha

You are invited to a workshop to practice

“The Seven Habits of Highly Depolarizing People”

Please join Stronger Together Fox Valley, ESTHER, & Fox Cities Evangelical Ministerial Fellowship as we build capacity in our community for respectful dialogue about important issues.

The workshop will introduce the Seven Habits and include time to practice applying the habits to a choice of topics.

REGISTER TODAY—SPACE IS LIMITED

RSVP to strongertogetherfv@gmail.com.

The Power of Grace: Play and Discussion

Date: 
Saturday, January 27, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 E Phillip Ln, Appleton

Power of Grace

A group of women formerly incarcerated in Illinois will share their thoughts and feelings about being incarcerated when a play called “The Power of Grace” is presented by ESTHER-Fox Valley and Fox Cities EXPO (Ex-Prisoners Organizing). The presentation is supported by a Bright Idea Fund grant from the Community Foundation and will be follow by a panel discussion.

The short theatrical piece was created from poetry written by the women. The script communicates the story of incarcerated women to the general public in order to break down stereotypes and encourage awareness regarding the U.S. criminal justice system. Presented from the prisoner’s point of view, the play is a window into the personal experience of incarceration, and represents a ritual of self-liberation.

For the soul of a nation, NO deportation

Date: 
Sunday, January 28, 2018 - 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Location: 
Fox Valley UU Fellowship, 2600 E. Phillip Lane, Appleton

For the soul of a nation,
NO deportation

Is tearing families apart and turning away talented individuals the solution to our broken immigration system? What are we going to miss if we are not ALL here?

Join us for an interfaith community event as we come together to hear the stories of DACA recipients, discuss the future of the program, and learn now to advocate for the passage of a clean DREAM ACT. Stand in solidarity with our dreamers, friends, and neighbors.

Presented by ESTHER, Unidos Por Un Futuro Mejor, and Winnebago Worship Group Religious Society of Friends.

 

World Interfaith Harmony Week Celebration

Date: 
Thursday, February 8, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location: 
St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 South Green Bay Road, Neenah

Share an evening of fellowship among the Fox Valley's diverse faith communities. We will practice listening with humility and compassion, challenging the biases that limit us, and deepening our understanding of shared humanity.

Fox Valley faith and fellowship communities have participated in this global celebration since its first observance in 2011. The event is free, planned locally, and open to all.

Youth groups welcome!
Questions? Call 920-426-2920

Help spread the word - download and share the poster attached below!

 

27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

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Date: 
Monday, January 15, 2018 - 6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location: 
Lawrence University Memorial Chapel, Appleton

Aly Wane speaking at a rally“Those Who Have Been Left Out”

The 2018 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration is sponsored by Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, African Heritage, Inc. and the Lawrence University Diversity Center. The event is free, and the public is invited to attend. The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Aly Wane, s noted speaker, activist, and organizer originally from Senegal. Mr. Wane has worked with various human rights groups including the Syracuse Peace Council, American Friends Service Committee, and the Black Alliance for Just Immigration.

See also the Facebook event for this celebration.

Vigil to #ENDGUNVIOLENCE

Date: 
Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 2600 Philip Ln, Appleton

Sunday, December 10, 4:00-5:00 pm

Vigils and Events to End Gun ViolenceGun violence affects the victims, their families and their communities.  It affects all of us.  Please invite your family and friends and attend the VIGIL to #ENDGUNVIOLENCE.

Five years ago, the Sandy Hook shooting in Newtown killed 20 innocent children and six educators, shattering millions of hearts in America and around the world.   We gather in remembrance of ALL victims and survivors of gun violence.

Learn how you can make a difference and save lives.

Read more: https://www.facebook.com/events/519383051762830/

RSVP (encouraged but not required): FVGunViolencePrevention@gmail.com

Sponsored by Fox Cities Gun Violence Prevention Team and Wisconsin Anti-Violence Effort (WAVE), in collaboration with • Newtown Foundation • Newtown Action Alliance • Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence • Everytown Survivor Network• Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence • Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America • Organizing for Action • States United to Prevent Gun Violence • St Mark’s Episcopal Church • Women's March

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