People of faith are called by that faith

to speak for all children.

October 14,  2009

Two Things to Do:  


There are so many wonderful opportunties within the next three weeks that we're going to help you plan your calendars. On each day, there are two important things you can do to help support children in Georgia: 



Calling ICM'ers to Step Up for Kids Day!

Rally on the steps of the State Capitol from 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m., with a Community Listening Session on Birth to Five Issues in Room 230 of the Capitol Building from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Then, join us at 7:30 p.m. for the Juvenile Justice Fund's film premiere of "PLAYGROUND" at the Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall, Atlanta.



Attend ICM's 9th Annual Call to Action Prayer Breakfast 

Breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m. and will be held at The Temple at 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta. The keynote speaker is Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine.


Then, attend the next Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Juvenile Code Reform legislation - SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB) at 18 Capitol Square.


Vote in your local election...


and become an educated citizenry by attending the JUSTGeorgia regional coalition meeting, hosted by ICM, for a new Juvenile Code (SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act) from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta at 1911 Cliff Valley Way, Atlanta 30329.  Dinner will be served from 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


More information on each of these events can be found in the newsletter.




Keynote Speaker: 

Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine, JD


Together we can bring juvenile justice reform to Georgia and stop the sexual exploitation and trafficking

of our children.


Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the keynote speaker for ICM's 9th Annual Call to Action Prayer Breakfast.  In addition to being a pastor at Bethel Istrouma AME Church in Baton Rouge, a lawyer, writer/researcher and international human rights advocate, Rev. Satchel Augustine is a founding member of the Interfaith Children's Movement.  Click here to read more about Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine.


This year's prayer breakfast will be Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at The Temple (1589 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).  


Visit ICM's Prayer Breakfast page for ticket information.  It is so important at this time that we join in solidarity to pray for children and children's issues and commit ourselves to fulfilling our charge to "do what we are called to do, do what we are able to do, and do what must be done."



Calling all parents, faith leaders and child advocates in metropolitan Atlanta! 

A JUSTGeorgia regional coalition meeting will be hosted by ICM, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta on 1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2420.


Here's what you'll learn from JUSTGeorgia at this meeting:
-  What's actually in SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act.
-  How to be an advocate by building relationships with your legislators.
-  The steps you can take now as we approach the 2010 Legislative Session.
-  An update on SB 292 and related advocacy and messaging training.

For information about JUSTGeorgia, contact Project Manager Julia Neighbors at 404-521-0311 or visit

Please RSVP to Pamela Perkins, ICM Coordinator, at or by calling 770-498-2141.  Dinner will be served from 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.


Click here for an ICM Save the Date flyer


Juvenile Justice Fund Hosts Film Premiere of "PLAYGROUND"


On October 20, 2009, at 7:30 p.m., the Juvenile Justice Fund will host the film premiere of "PLAYGROUND" at the Woodruff Arts Center's Symphony Hall in Atlanta, Georgia.  "PLAYGROUND" is a documentary "that looks into the insidious world of child sex trafficking in America."  This film, directed by Libby Spears of Blu-print Films, is part of the legacy of the late (2009) Judge Sanford "Sammy" Jones who, in 2006, enlisted the help of the Juvenile Justice Fund in its making.  


The premiere will serve as a benefit for CEASE, the Center to End Adolescent Sexual Exploitation.  There will also be a tribute to the life and work of Judge Jones.


Please visit for more information.

ICM needs your help to stop the sexual exploitation of children in Georgia.  Contact us at 770-498-2141 or at and let us know that you and your faith community are ready to join the fight.


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 organizatons, such as: 

  • Voices for Georgia's Children, 

  • The Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic at Emory University, 

  • Georgia Appleseed, 

  • JUSTGeorgia, 

  • 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.


JOIN ICM and the effort to improve the well-being of Georgia's children. Make a tax-deductible contribution today.



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"Step Up for Kids Day" will be held Tuesday, October 20, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the steps of the State Capitol, with a Community Listening Session on Birth to Five Issues in Room 230 of the Capitol Building from 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 


ICM is one of the co-sponsors of this annual event, which is coordinated by Voices for Georgia's Children. 


The children of Georgia need the faith community to "step up" for them on October 20.  Contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or info@interfaithchildrensmovement.orgfor more information.



ICM Promotes Children's Sabbath Observance on College Campuses across Georgia

National Observance Weekend

October 16-18, 2009


You may be asking, "What can my faith community do for the Children's Sabbath Observance?"  


Answer this call from ICM to provide books and snacks to the children of Clarkdale Elementary School in Austell, Georgia.  The school was completely destroyed in the recent flood.


The teachers lost hundreds (perhaps thousands) of books that were in their personal classroom libraries.


The children also need snacks (healthy ones).  As one teacher has written on her school Web page, while the children are settling into their new environment at Austell Intermediate, "Our new lunch time is 10:48, and the students are hungry again in the afternoon. Crackers and snack mix are very popular in our class."

Let us know that you are able and willing to help.  Contact us by e-mailor by calling 770-498-2141.




The Bobby Dodd Institute is offering free, online disability awareness training.  You can help reach, then teach others, by visiting BDI DisABILITY Awareness Solutionsand participating in the free disability awareness training.

Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM, 

ICM Partners & Others

Full ICM Calendar


October 21, 2009

Human Trafficking Luncheon Series - Georgia State University
Mark Hoerrner, of Not For Sale Georgia, will address the issue of trafficking in Georgia in this unique program series presented by the GSU Center for Ethics and Corporate Responsiblity. For more information, go to Not for Sale Georgia.


Tuesday, October 27, 2009

11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.

Street GRACE Pastor's Lunch & Learn at 12Stone Church, 1322 Buford Dr., Lawrenceville GA, 30043.


This lunch gathering will be informative and focused on creating awareness of a movement taking place here in Atlanta... Street GRACE, a non-denominational alliance of churches dedicated to supporting, enlarging and allying with those individuals and organizations working toward eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
*************************October 28, November 25 and December 16, 2009

9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Georgia Center for Child Advocacy hosts an open Darkness to Lightsexual abuse prevention training on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Fulton office. The training teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse.  The cost is $15 per person, which includes training materials, snacks and refreshments.  The training is approved for CEUs for social workers, LPCs, nurses and early childhood education providers. All are welcome to attend.  Please call to register: 678-904-2880. Go to Georgia Center for Child Advocacy for more information.  


Thursday, October 29, 2009

7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

Benefit for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia "Mad for the Sixties Event" -- an evening of 60's "Mad Men" at Ten Pin Alley in Atlantic Station.  Ticket Price: $75.  Go to PCA Benefit for more information.

Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 2009

Renovacion Conyugal presents "Taller para Familias Reconstituidas" (a workshop for reconstituted families) at St. John The Evangelist Church in Hapeville, GA.  The purpose is to help those Latino couples that are in a new relation after at least one of the partners has previously gone through a divorce or a separation. The workshop will help address such issues as managing expectations of the new partner; getting their kids to accept this new reality; and dealing with the rejection of friends and families.  For more information, call (678) 363-3079.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

A public hearing is scheduled to discuss proposed rules and changes designed to improve the quality of child care facilities in Georgia.  The hearing will be held in the Auditorium of H Building, Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Drive, Macon, Georgia 31206.  


Visit this link for a summary of the proposed rule revisions. 


Visit Voices for Georgia's Children to read the editorial by Pat Willis, Executive Director, on these proposed changes.

Doing what we are called to do. 

 Doing what we are able to do.  

 Doing what must be done! 

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