People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
February 5, 2009
SIGN UP FOR ICM DAY @ THE CAPITOL
Positively Impacting Public Policy
ICM Day at the Capitol will be held Wednesday, February 11, starting at 10:00 a.m. We will gather for orientation at the Capitol snack bar which is located on the bottom floor.
The Day at the Capitol is our opportunity to help educate legislators about the issues that children face in Georgia. We have been told by elected officials on numerous occasions that it is rare that they hear from the general public. Therefore, it is incumbent upon us to awaken them to the deficiencies within our public policies and programs that determine the well-being of our children.
We need a host of available persons who are willing to speak for children. If you are retired and looking for a meaningful way to spend a few hours, or if you are a college student and interested in grassroots advocacy, or if you feel that it is time for you to take ownership of your citizenship, contact Sylvia Carroll, ICM Advocacy Chair, at email@example.com to sign up to participate in this day of advocacy for children.
ICM's Advocacy Issues for ICM Day at the Capitol
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
1) SB69 expands the definition of child abuse to include "sexual exploitation" by any person (not just a parent or caretaker) who allows, permits, encourages, or requires a child to engage in prostitution, or any sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing any visual or print medium depicting such conduct.
2) A bill expected next week which will require a $5 surcharge for entry in an adult entertainment establishment to pay for services for sexually exploited children and youth.
Parent Protection Act (HB 37)
The Parent Protection Act has been reintroduced in this legislative session. This Act provides that "An employee who does not have available leave should be able to take time away from work to attend to family health needs and the educational achievement of children while protecting his or her employment status."
This bill is a simple, low-budget proposition, introduced with bi-partisan support, that would provide up to 24 hours of unpaid, job-protected leave per year to employees to:
- Attend a child's school conferences or;
- Go to one's own medical appointments;
- Take a child, parent or spouse to medical appointments.
PRESIDENT OBAMA SIGNS SCHIP BILL
Expands Healthcare to Additional 4,000,000 Children
President Barack Obama signed legislation Wednesday, February 4, to expand publicly funded health insurance for children, marking a historic shift in Washington's political landscape and providing the White House its biggest victory since Mr. Obama took office.
Less than 18 months ago, President George W. Bush had blocked similar bills, labeling the proposed expansion of the State Children's Health Insurance Program as a step toward government-run healthcare.
But this Congress with full support from the White House ushered through a $33 billion bill that is expected to provide subsidized insurance for an additional 4 million, mostly low-income, children. This should reduce the number of uninsured children in America by about half over the next 4 1/2 years and boost the number covered by the program to 11 million.
"The way I see it, providing coverage to 11 million children... is a down payment on my commitment to cover every single American," Mr. Obama has been quoted as saying as he signed the bill at the White House.
Juvenile Justice Matters--
A New Juvenile Code for Georgia
The current Juvenile Code, enacted in 1971, is largely out of date; is a "patchwork quilt of amendments;" and is no longer able to guarantee fair or consistent treatment for children who enter the system.
As faith communities, we have an obligation to ensure the safe and fair treatment of all children and to seek restorative justice. Therefore, in support of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition (of which ICM is a member) and the effort to bring a new Juvenile Code to Georgia, ICM has been working to establish an active network of faith communities statewide--
(1) that will become educated about the current Juvenile Code and how it affects Georgia's children;
(2) that will advocate for restorative justice within their faith communities; and
(3) that will work for the passage of legislation that will be based on the YLD's Proposed Model Code, stakeholder feedback and political reality.
Please contact Pamela Perkins, ICM Coordinator, at 770-498-2141 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information you can share with your legislator during this legislative session.
What's going on under the Gold Dome?
Daily Legislative Updates
The following links take you to Web sites that provide daily updates on the legislative activity at the Capitol. Check out these sites to find out how your legislators are addressing your needs and the needs of Georgia's children.
Voices for Georgia's Children
Mark Your CalendarWorthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
CANCELLATION NOTICE: United Methodist Day of Love and Justice at the Capitol, scheduled for Monday, February 9, has been cancelled due to a change in the legislature's session schedule.
Tuesday, February 10
Student Lobby Day at the CapitolRegistration starts at 8:00 a.m.
Wednesday, February 11
10:00 a.m. ICM Day at the Capitol Gather in the snack bar at the Capitol, which is located on the bottom floor. (See "Sign Up for ICM Day at the Capitol" article.)
Deadline February 22
The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund [GLCDF] are requesting participant applications for the Spring Community Leadership program. Classes start in March, and the sessions meet every two weeks for 5 weeks. Application deadline is Feb 22. Visit http://www.galeo.org/institute4leadership.php for details and/or enrollment, or call José Blanco at 404.745.2546.
WIPI Conference 2009--Working in the Public Interest presents its 2009 conference at the University of Georgia in Athens. Please contact Jamila Montaque at email@example.com for more information.
Tuesday, April 7
ICM Advocacy Committee meeting at Frazier, Soloway & Poorack, P.C., 1800 Century Place, Suite 100, Atlanta.
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.
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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