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Please join us for any of these upcoming ESTHER events!

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Tuesday, February 27, 2018 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm Executive Committee Meeting First United Methodist Church of Neenah-Menasha (108 W Doty Ave, Neenah)
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm Heroin Highway Lecture Series: Journey Into Recovery Fox Valley Technical College, 150 N Campbell Rd, Oshkosh
Thursday, March 1, 2018 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm A Fox Valley Conversation on Investing in Children Elisha D. Smith Public Library, 440 1st St, Menasha
Monday, March 5, 2018 - 6:00pm ESTHER Prison Reform Task Force St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 140 S. Green Bay Road, Neenah 54956
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 4:30pm ESTHER Leadership Board Meeting first Congregational United Church of Christ, Appleton Downstairs

Immigration Reform Is Still Needed!

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70% of Americans Support Dreamers' StayingThe Senate failed to act last week on extending DACA or protecting Dreamers. So the fate of millions of immigrant young people still hangs in the balance.

We can’t let Congress and the Administration wait this one out, hoping we will lose focus or tire of fighting. It’s a looming disaster, and it has to be prevented.

Here are three things you can do today:March for DACA Immigrants and TPS 11 am 24 Feb 315 N Main St Oshkosh

  • Learn what proposals are now being discussed. This article from The Atlantic is a good place to start.
  • Call the White House, call your members of Congress, call the Congressional leadership to remind them that time is running out and to let them know that you support the Dreamers and want common-sense, humane immigration law changes now!
  • Make plans to attend this Saturday’s Oshkosh rally (11 am, 315 N Main St) for DACA, Dreamers and those on TPS.

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

A Fox Valley Conversation on Investing in Children

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

The Raising of America is a documentary series and public engagement campaign that explores how a strong start for all our kids can lead to a healthier, safer, better educated, and more prosperous and equitable America.

Please Join Us: March 1, 6:30 pm
Menasha Public Library, Company E Room

We'll be viewing Episode 3: “Are We Crazy About Our Kids?” (32 min.) Investing in high-quality early care and education for children pays for itself in many ways and many times over. We can either invest early for success or pay more for failure later. So, what is holding us back?

The film will be followed by presentation of data on Fox Valley children, discussion and information on the campaign to End Child Poverty in Wisconsin.

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Conference: "Invigorating Democracy and Public Work"

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Date: 
Saturday, February 24, 2018 - 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: 
Saint Norbert College (Bemis International Center - 299 3rd St), De Pere, Wisconsin

norman miller center logoThe notion of “public work” derives from the community organizing philosophy of Harry Boyte, founder of Public Achievement and Senior Scholar in Public Work Philosophy at the Sabo Center for Democracy and Citizenship at Augsburg College. The conference will feature Harry Boyte, as well as Micheline Ishay (University of Denver), Harvey Kaye (UW-Green Bay), Alison Staudinger (UW-Green Bay) and more. Additional info at the event page on Facebook.

Lunch and coffee breaks are included. This event is free and open to the public. Please register in advance to ensure adequate seating and sufficient lunches for participants.

Over-Incarceration in Wisconsin: "Inmate 501"

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Date: 
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Fox Valley Technical College, 1825 N Bluemound Dr, Appleton

Rep. Evan GoykeMeeting will be held in Room HS114 A/B. Use Entrance 16.

Rep. Evan Goyke (18th District - Milwaukee) will be joined by formerly incarcerated individuals to talk about the financial and human costs—including being shipped out of state—of over-incarceration in Wisconsin. Goyke is the author of a plan (“Inmate 501”) and legislative package to convert Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake Schools from juvenile corrections centers to AODA facilities for adults. (The plan was first presented publicly on November 29, 2017, more than a month before Governor Walker spoke about a similar approach.)

You can find Rep. Goyke’s analysis and plan here. A video of the November 29 presentation may be found here.

Click here to find WISDOM's extensive report on Crimeless Revocations.
Click here to download the Executive Summary.
Click here to download personal stories by victims of Wisconsin's unjust revocations policy.

Dreamer Interview to Air on Newsmaker Sunday

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UPDATE: “Statue of Liberty Blue SilhouetteFor the soul of a nation, NO deportation”

The latest news coverage flowing from this event, held last Sunday (January 28, 2018), is an interview with ESTHER Immigration Task Force chair Nancy Bourassa and an anonymous Dreamer, scheduled to air on Newsmaker Sunday at 7:30 am on WFRV Channel 5. The interview was conducted by news anchor Tom Zalaski. (Most Newsmaker Sunday interviews are archived for later viewing on the Web at www.wearegreenbay.com/news. Check there if you can’t watch the broadcast.)

Two Green Bay TV stations and the Appleton Post-Crescent were present last Sunday and provided coverage, which you can review here:

Don’t forget to write to your Senators and Representative about DACA!

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!

 

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.

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.

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