People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
February 3, 2010
"The greatest quality is seeking to serve others." -- Buddhist Master Atisha
ICM DAY AT THE CAPITOL:
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SPEAKING
WITH ONE VOICE FOR ALL CHILDREN
(In conjunction with United Methodist Day at the Capitol, Presbyterian Day at the Capitol and Youth V.I.B.E.)
Thursday, February 11, 2010
9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
This past Monday, somewhere between 400 to 500 Georgians descended upon the State Capitol for Stop CSEC Lobby Day, organized by A Future. Not a Past., Street GRACE and Wellspring Living. They all came in service to Georgia's children--to support stopping child sexual exploitation and trafficking in Georgia. They came to support legislation in the forms of SB 304 and HB 582 that seek to provide treatment for children who are victims of prostitution, rather than to further victimize them by treating them as criminals.
In the orientation session led by ICM, entire families were present to speak to their legislators. Why so many people? Because common sense, alone, tells us that children are not choosing to be brutalized by pimps--whether the pimps are family members, "friends" or strangers. The overwhelming evidence confirms as much. Children are coerced, intimidated, beaten, threatened, kidnapped, raped and tortured into submission.
You have another opportunity to serve Georgia's children on February 11 at ICM Day at the Capitol. That same common sense tells us that:
- We need to stop the constantly revolving doors of our juvenile detention centers by enacting a justice code for children that recognizes the benefits of restorative justice; a code that does not rely on punishment alone, but offers rehabilitation, intervention and prevention; and a code that is grounded in the latest knowledge in child behavioral science. Support the Re-write of Georgia's Juvenile Code (SB 292).
- We need to protect Georgia's children from sexual exploitation and trafficking and restore those who are victims. We need laws that make treatment the solution for child victims, not arrest and prosecution. In 2009, we started with SB 69, which expanded the definition of child abuse to include the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children. We can't stop until we Stop Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking (SB 91, HB 582, SB 74, SB 304).
- We need to stop telling more than 300,000 children in Georgia to heal themselves by not providing them with adequate and accessible health care. An unhealthy child is not only vulnerable to further physical ills, but to social and mental ills as well. Support funding for PeachCare for Kids through the $1 Cigarette Tax (HB 39).
- We need to take full advantage of the funding opportunities for poverty relief through job placement and child care assistance in $165 million in emergency TANF funds, which are scheduled to expire at the end of September 2010.
- We need to recognize that early education for all children is essential to the future of a stable, strong and economically prosperous Georgia. Georgia's universal Pre-K program needs more spaces made available, especially in areas where children's test scores consistently reflect that they are below grade level. An 80% enrollment goal of four-year-old Georgia children is not an unreachable goal. It just takes thinking that allchildren deserve our support for a quality education.
Will you serve the children of Georgia? Then, join us on February 11. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 770-498-2141 to register. For a schedule of the day go to: www.interfaithchildrensmovement.org.
JUSTGEORGIA COALITION REGIONAL MEETING
REMINDER: ICM is a member of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition, and we are reminding you to attend the JUSTGeorgia Coalition regional meeting, Friday, February 5, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Word of Faith Family Worship Center, located at 212 Riverside Parkway, Austell, GA 30168.
This JUSTGeorgia regional meeting is being hosted by JUSTGeorgia, Georgia CASA, the Truancy Intervention Project (TIP) and State Rep. Alisha Thomas Morgan. Lunch will be provided. If you should have questions about travel directions, please call 770-874-8400.
Highlights of what you'll learn at a JUSTGeorgia Regional Meeting:
- What is in the Child Protection and Public Safety Act (SB 292)
- An update on SB 292 and related advocacy and messaging training
- How to be an effective advocate by building relationships with your legislators
Please RSVP at www.JustGeorgia.org.
DISMANTLING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE FORUM
The "School To Prison Pipeline" (STTP) refers to a disturbing national trend in which students are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
in conjunction with
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE FORUM
February 13, 2010
Atlanta's John Marshall Law School
1422 W. Peachtree St. NW
Atlanta, GA 30309
10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Room 301
Clayton County Juvenile Court
Space is Limited!
The forum and lunch are free. However, you must register in order to receive lunch.
For more information contact:
Lisa Skinner at email@example.com or
go to STPP Forum.
Lunch provided by:
Atlanta Community Engagement Team (ACET)
ICM NURTURING OUR CHILDREN AND PARENTS
PREVENT CHILD ABUSE GEORGIA:
What to do when you don't know what to do.
You find out your ninth-grade daughter is dating a guy ten years her senior. Before you have a heart attack...
"I'm amazed at how everyone's still shocked when they hear about teens dating men and no one is doing anything to stop it," says Karen, mom of four. "When I was a freshman in high school, one of my girlfriends dated a much older guy. How do we stop it?"
-Karen, Class of 78
Anna Curtis, Program Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Georgia states, "It can be flattering to have the attention of an older man. We all like to be told we're special and attractive. For young people who are still novices at relationships, it can be hard to look beneath the appeal of a forbidden romance to the real problems underneath."
So how do you talk to your child about the dangers of relationships with someone older without becoming the Parental Enemy? Call 1-800 CHILDREN to talk to an associate about tailoring your conversation to the unique situation that you are dealing with. For more information on 1-800 CHILDREN click here.NSORO MARDI GRAS STARFISH BALL--
BENEFIT FOR CHILDREN AGING OUT OF FOSTER CARE
The Interfaith Children's Movement is a 2010 Community Partner of the Celebration of Excellence, an annual celebration of Georgia's foster care children who are graduating from high school, college or receiving a GED. The Nsoro Foundation's Starfish Ball supports the Celebration of Excellence by providing scholarship funds for foster care children who attend college or technical school. Please indicate that you are a supporter of Georgia's Celebration of Excellence when you make your registration to attend this important event.
Nsoro Foundation Starfish Ball:
All proceeds support the Nsoro Foundation academic scholarship fund for students who have emancipated from foster care. Students may apply awarded scholarships to a college, university or trade school anywhere in the U.S. In the U.S., only 2% of students in foster care attend college. Make the evening special, support the Nsoro Foundation scholarship fund and foster high academic achievement for students in critical need.
Saturday, February 6, 2010
St. Regis Hotel Atlanta
Eighty-Eight West Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
Nsoro's Humanitarian of the Year, Victoria Rowell, mother, star of The Young and the Restless, formerly in foster care, now an advocate and a New York Timesbest-selling author of The Women Who Raised Me.
Event Chair, Su So-Longman
Host Committee Chair, Stephanie M. Russell
For more information, contact Cynthia Moreland, Executive Director, 404.574.6763. Ticket price: $300. Click here for more details.
SPIRITUAL WITNESS FOR CHILDREN
One of the most important things faith communities can do for children is to pray for them.
Every child is a child of God and deserves justice and compassion. Every child deserves our prayers.
ICM encourages every faith community to become a spiritual witness for children. Hold a worship service in your church, synagogue, mosque or temple and invite others to join in praying for the well-being of all children.
ICM Mission and Goals
The Interfaith Children's Movement was formed in 2001 as an intentional association of individuals and communities of faith from all religious traditions.
The Interfaith Children's Movement strives to be a voice for all Georgia children, but especially the poor and marginalized whose voices are often unheard.
ICM works closely with Georgia's policy-oriented child advocacy organizations, such as:
Voices for Georgia's Children,
The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University,
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia and
A Future.Not a Past. (child prostitution prevention).
These organizations set the agenda for our advocacy work for children.
ICM's faith community members provide a megaphone to the legislature about what needs to be done for children.
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Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!