People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
June 12, 2009
ICM ALERT: PUBLIC HEARING TO BE HELD ONBILL TO DECRIMINALIZE CHILD VICTIMS OF PROSTITUTION
A public hearing will be held Tuesday, June 16 at 9:30 a.m. in Room 132 of the State Capitol on HB 582.
This bill proposes to "amend Chapter 6 of Title 16 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to sexual offenses, so as to mandate a minimum age for the prosecution of the offenses of prostitution...." The amendment, as it relates to prostitution, raises the minimum age to 18 for prosecution for prostitution. Thereby, protecting and decriminalizing child victims of prostitution.
The Non-Civil Judiciary Committee will be hearing testimony at this meeting. Therefore, it is critical that Room 132 at the State Capitol be filled to overflowing. The faith community must stand in the gap for those who are among our most vulnerable--children who have been victimized. Please come out on the 16th. If you are unable to attend, call and send e-mails to members of the Non-Civil Judiciary Committee voicing your support for HB 582.
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.
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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 organizatons, 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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2009 INTERFAITH DISABILITY CONNECTION SUMMIT: PURSUING INCLUSION BEYOND THE RAMP
Save the Date!
August 9th 1-6pm
The 2009 Interfaith Disability Connection (IDC) Summit will bring together leaders and decision makers to advance accessible faith communities and houses of worship.
This half-day event will focus on how congregations can make their houses of worship places of hospitality and inclusion by engaging the expertise of people with disabilities and their families.
Topics will go beyond eliminating physical barriers and will present best practices in making worship, study, and service accessible to people with disabilities and their families. New learning opportunities have been added to the 2009 Summit to further enhance attendees' experience.
Event speakers and panelists will include Reverend Bill Gaventa, Dr. Khalid Siddiq, Rabbi Steven Rau, Ginny Thornburgh, and many other practitioners who are actively working to ensure that people with disabilities are engaged as full participants in their congregations.
Each workshop will offer the perspectives of people with disabilities, family members, and congregational professionals. Clergy, lay leaders, people with disabilities and their families, and all who are interested in learning about the possibilities of creating more inclusive communities should plan to attend this dynamic event.
Download registration and sponsorship forms for this amazing event by clicking here. An early-bird rate is available to all who register by July 10th.
Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
Thursday, June 11-14, 2009
The final program of the fourth annual Latin American and Caribbean Film Festival. Nineteen recent films from across the Americas and the Caribbean will be screened at the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, 101 Auburn Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. See complete schedule at LACFilmFest.
Saturday, June 13, 2009
"Live B4U Die Summit," sponsored by the Community Council of Metropolitan Atlanta at Central United Methodist Church, 503 Mitchell Street, S. W., June 13. This timely summit will focus on our youth and teenagers, who are dying prematurely from violence, risky behavior and poor choices.
Call 404-935-5859 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss reservations, information, promotional flyers, or questions.
Monday, June 15, 2009
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Georgia Family Connection Partnership and the Governor's Office for Children and Families offers Parent Leadership Training provided by FRIENDS National Resource Center, at The Loudermilk Conference Center, 40 Courtland Street, NE, Atlanta. If you are a community parent leader or a parent committed to making positive changes in your family and community, this training is for you. This event is free, but registration is required. Space is limited, so register soon. Complete and return the registration form by Friday, June 5, 2009. Print out a registration form from Parent LeadershipTraining.
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
ICM Advocacy Committee meeting at Frazier, Soloway & Poorack, P.C., 1800 Century Place, Suite 100, Atlanta.
Saturday, July 25
9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 26
10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
16th Annual Asian Cultural Experience (ACE) at the Gwinnett Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth, GA 30097.
For more information go to: www.asianculturalexperienceinga.com
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Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!