People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
April 22, 2010
INTERFAITH CHILDREN'S MOVEMENT
WELCOME & REDEDICATION CELEBRATION
The honor of Your presence is requested. We gather to welcome and celebrate you and the children we serve; and to renew our commitment to do what we are called to do; do what we are able to do; and do what must be done for children.
"Coming Together for All Children"
Interfaith Children's Movement
Welcome and Rededication Celebration
Thursday, May 13, 2010
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(Registration begins at 6:00 p.m.)
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta
1911 Cliff Valley Way, Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30329
(Please go to www.uuca.org for driving directions.)
Dinner will be served.
Please RSVP by May 10 for yourself and your guests to: email@example.com
This is a free event.
This is a great opportunity for child advocacy and other child well-being organizations to provide information about the work you're doing to help children in Georgia. Please let us know that you're coming.
LEGISLATIVE UPDATE:Thank you and congratulations, HB 1085 Passed and is on its way to the Governor's Office!
CALL TO ACTION - SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE: Support zero tolerance reform, in the form of SB 299 (Jones, 10th), which changes provisions relating to zero tolerance policy on weapons in schools. While this legislation is not designed to resolve all of the issues of zero tolerance, it does give the court an alternative to automatic sentencing for children under these circumstances.
Please contact the members of the House Rules Committeeand the Speaker of the House David Ralston and ask them to put SB 299 on the Rules Calendar for Tuesday, April 27, and bring this legislation to the floor for a vote.
CALL TO ACTION - HEALTH CARE:
Please contact your State Representative and State Senator and
tell them to vote NO on SB 407 when it comes to a vote.
From: Georgians for a Healthy Future
"We have been following HB 1184 and SB 407. Both bills essentially do the same thing: allow health insurance companies to sell policies across state lines. Our concern is that they will circumvent vital consumer protections and essential mandated medical services by allowing Georgians to purchase insurance policies across state lines and from states that might not provide the same level of protections and mandates.
Though both bills have passed their respective chambers, we have just learned that the House Insurance Committee amended SB 407 to strip it of all the mandate protections that had been added through amendments to now look like HB 1184. This is bad news for Georgians.
As SB 407 is currently written, out-of-state insurers would be exempted from state laws governing required benefits and consumer protections. Now that SB 407 has been amended and voted out of the House Insurance Committee, it is on to the House floor for a vote then on to the Senate for an agree or disagree motion. This is why we need your help now--this chain of events starts today!
Please contact your State Representative AND Senator and tell them to vote NO on SB 407 when it comes to a vote.
Here are some talking points to assist you: (Do not worry if you do not get through to the legislators directly; feel free to leave a message with their staff members.)
- Hi, my name is [Your Name], and I am calling on behalf of Georgians for a Healthy Future to urge you to vote NO on SB 407.
- This legislation would abandon the essential consumer protections and minimum coverage requirements that Georgians currently count on when they purchase an individual health insurance policy.
- Health insurance will become much more expensive-and potentially unaffordable-- for those most in need of medical services.
- This would encourage insurance companies to sell plans that don't include important benefits such as cancer screenings, well-baby checkups and other preventive measures that the Legislature has already determined should be standard for policies they sell in our state.
- Rather than risk the health of our citizens with inadequate, bare bones plans, state leaders would be wiser to back efforts to make individual policies adequate and affordable for all Georgians.
We fully support the effort to improve the individual health insurance marketplace but have grave concerns and a wealth of questions about the approach that SB 407 takes. Please support our efforts by making these important phone calls today!
Thank you for all you do to ensure a healthier Georgia!"
Amanda Ptashkin, JD
Outreach & Advocacy Director
Georgians for a Healthy Future
100 Edgewood Ave
Atlanta, GA 30303
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 CALLS UPON FAITH COMMUNITIES TO SUPPORT THE "CELEBRATION OF EXCELLENCE"
The "Celebration of Excellence" is an annual statewide event that honors and recognizes youth in Georgia's foster care system who will graduate from high school, vocational school, GED programs or college. This year's event will celebrate some 400 foster care youth and will be held Wednesday, June 9, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at Georgia State University's Rialto Center for the Arts in downtown Atlanta.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
ICM is calling upon faith communities to help us support this joyous occasion by participating in the following ways:
1. Start a $1 per member scholarship campaign at your faith community to help give scholarships to graduating foster care children who will be attending college or technical / vocational school. Less than three percent of foster care children go to college after graduating high school. (The scholarships will be given to the post-secondary institution on behalf of the student.)
2. Donate gift cards in increments of $25 to help students with purchasing supplies they will need for school, work and home. Please remember that children who turn 18 while in foster care are said to have "aged out" and transition into independent living status. Our goal is to give each of the 400 children a gift card.
3. Join the COE Volunteers Team and commit to assisting at the event on June 9.
4. Come to the celebration and give love and support to these well-deserving youth. It is free and open to the public.
Let us help make June 9, 2010, an especially positive and memorable day. Please contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org sign up as a volunteer and to find out more information about the $1 per member scholarship campaign and donating gift cards.
STREET GRACE HOSTS SPECIAL SHOWINGS OF "PLAYGROUND"
Street GRACE has put together two special showings of the movie, "PLAYGROUND," both on May 2, 2010 (5:00 PM and 7:30 PM).
Directed by Libby Spears, executive produced by George Clooney, Grant Heslov, and Steven Soderbergh, and punctuated with poignant animation by Japanese pop artist Yoshitomo Nara, "PLAYGROUND" gives viewers an alarming look into the insidious world of child sex trafficking in America, specifically in Atlanta.
This event is being underwritten by partners of Street GRACE. Tickets are required and seating is limited. To secure your tickets, please visit www.StreetGRACE.org. Questions? Call (678) 990-9513 or email Playground@StreetGRACE.org.
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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 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.
Doing what we are called to do.
Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!