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Restore our Communities: Restorative Justice for Wisconsin

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David LinersDavid Liners, State Director for WISDOM, will be speaking in Appleon on March 2, 2016 under sponsorship of the Noonhour Philosophers program of Trinity Lutheran Church, Appleton. His topic will be ROC Wisconsin, an ongoing project of WISDOM, working alongside its affiliates and partners (including EXPO—Ex-Prisoners Organizing), to reform the criminal justice system in our state so that it helps to build up our communities instead of tearing them down.

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2016
  • 12:00-1:00 p.m.
  • Trinity Lutheran Church
    209 S. Allen St., Appleton
  • Free and open to all; no advance registration required

One More Bus!

We need your help!day without latinos

The past couple weeks have been a tough battle to stop anti-immigrant and racist policy from making it through the Wisconsin State Legislature. Tomorrow, thousands of Latino families, advocates and allies will come together at the State Capitol in Madison 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 stand are standing together with Latinos because we know our lives are interconnected.

We now have four full buses heading to Madison from Appleton tomorrow 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 Madison—to sponsor the fourth bus. We need to raise $500

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 leadership training and support of Latino organizing in the Fox Valley area.

Thank you for all that you do to make ESTHER an organization that can be strong and flexible enough to quickly direct our energies into this critical work! Sí, se puede!

Author, Activist Angela Davis to Keynote Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration

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Dr. Angela DavisFrom the Lawrence University Press Release:

“Social justice icon, scholar and author Dr. Angela Davis will deliver the keynote address at the 25th annual community celebration of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Monday, Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

2015 MLK Day Logo“The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘Breaking the Chains of Injustice.’ The event is free and open to the public. A sign-language interpreter will be present.

“The annual commemoration of Dr. King’s life and legacy is jointly presented by Lawrence University and Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, with the support of The Post-Crescent, numerous Fox Valley organizations, churches and individuals.”

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ESTHER's 11th Annual Banquet - December 6, 2015

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Douglas Walker11th Anniversary Banquet: Building the Beloved Community.

  • Sunday, December 6th - 5:00 PM
  • The Grand Meridian (2621 N. Oneida St.), Appleton
  • Keynote speaker: Douglas Walker, criminal justice reform coordinator, United Methodist Church
  • Emcee: Rev. Jane Voigts, the “irreverent reverend”

Join us for fellowship, a great silent auction, joyous music, a delicious meal, well deserved awards, and an altogether wonderful celebration.

Click here to download the banquet flyer.

Latino Simulations Kick Off in the Fox Valley

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The Walk In Our Shoes Latino simulation experience is designed to help participants begin to understand what it might be like to live as a typical Latino in our community. It is a simulation, not a game. The object is to sensitize participants to the realities faced by area Latinos.

The event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Registration is required; see below about how to RSVP.

This simulation was developed through the support and efforts of ThedaCare’s Community Health Action Team (CHAT), ESTHER, and dedicated individuals in our community.

RSVPs are required in advance.  To ensure your spot in the simulation, please send your name and the date you plan to attend to latinosimulation@gmail.com

Thursday, November 21st, 6:00-9:00 pm
St. Therese Catholic Church
213 E. Wisconsin Ave., Appleton

To download a flyer, CLICK HERE!

Walking the Walk: Acting to Meet Our Common Challenges

2012 Interfaith Gathering“Walking the Walk” is the theme of the 2013 Interfaith Gathering being hosted by the Fox Valley Islamic Society on September 8. Everyone interested in interfaith dialogue and cooperation is invited to attend. The gathering will be held under a large tent on the grounds of the Mosque in Neenah, starting at 3:00 p.m., and will conclude with a meal prepared by members of the Islamic Society.

In extending the invitation, Mohammad Rashid, president of the Islamic Society, expressed his hope that the gathering would “encourage dialogue and promote understanding among the people of various faiths in our community. This will then allow us to work together for the common good of our community.”

2012 Interfaith GatheringIn addition to the experience of learning and interacting with people from many different faith comminities, you can also look forward to great fellowship and spectacularly good food.

Please help spread the invitation by downloading and sharing the flyer with your family and friends.

Place: Fox Valley Islamic Society, 103 Kappell Dr., Neenah
Date: Sunday, September 8, 2013
Time: 3:00 PM

RSVP Appreciated: (920) 809-5333 or (920) 749-0311
Email: rashid54915@yahoo.com

Latino Simulation Ready For Prime Time

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ShoesOur Latino simulation, Walk in Our Shoes: Understanding the Latino Experience, is now ready for prime time! The three-hour simulation gives participants an opportunity to learn first-hand about the problems and obstacles faced by Latino immigrants in our community—problems like getting jobs, entering school or obtaining health care. Participants in the trial run of the simulation in July found it a very moving and educational experience. Now you can schedule the simulation for your organization.  To do so, contact Penny Robinson at penny.robinson@esther-foxvalley.org.

Immigration Reform: Let’s Make It Happen

Latina mother holding childESTHER’s immigration task force has been calling for several years for immigration policy that is consistent with our faith values, keeps families together, provides a pathway to citizenship for immigrants already here, and expands legal avenues for workers to enter the U.S. Now that an immigration reform bill has been introduced in the Senate, it’s time to get behind the effort to pass it and then to implement it in a humane way. Humane immigration reform has many enemies, and this is no time for us to be complacent.

Click here to fill out a postcard to be sent to your member of Congress.

Read More (below) to learn how you can help.

CJCC Endorses TAD

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Office of Justice Assistance LogoActing in early May, the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of Wisconsin (CJCC) passed a resolution supporting the expansion of Treatment Alternatives and Diversion (TAD) programs as good policy and a good investment. It was the first policy recommendation the 20-member council has made since Gov. Walker created it in 2012. Expansion of TAD programs is a key goal of the 11X15 Campaign being promoted by ESTHER and other WISDOM affiliates.

Immigration Lawyers to share impact of reform with farmers / farmworkers

ESTHER is hosting Grzeca Law Group in two presentations on Sunday, June 23rd.  Starting at 10:30 we will meet with farm owners and supervisors to discuss and share the impact of legislation on employment for dairy and agricuture businesses.  At Noon a presentation will be held in Spanish for farm workers to share and answer questions about what is being proposed for immigration reform and how it will impact immigrant workers in the dairy and agriculture industry.

Below is the flyer for each of the events.  Click here to download the Farmer/English flyer and the Farmworker/Spanish flyer.

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