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January 7,  2010

UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS IN CHILD ADVOCACY

  • January 8 - JUSTGeorgia Regional Meeting (weather permitting-see notice below)  
  • January 12 - ICM General Membership Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
  • January 15 - Georgia Budget Policy Institute's Annual Policy Conference 
  • January 25-27 - Prevent Child Abuse "Promises to Keep" Training of Trainers 
  • February 1 - CSEC Lobby Day at the Capitol 
  • Febrary 3 - Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies Legislative Reception 
  • February 6 - NSORO Starfish Ball (Foster Care Children Benefit) 
  • February 11 - Save the Date!  ICM Day at the Capitol

 Find out more information about each opportunity in the articles below. 

 JUSTGEORGIA COALITION REGIONAL MEETING  

Please be advised that tomorrow's meeting in Austell will be postponed due to inclement weather if the Cobb County Schools are closed.  Please check Cobb County Schools' Web site for most up-to-date information:   http://www.cobbk12.org/.

 

As a member of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition, ICM encourages you to attend the JUSTGeorgia Coalition regional meeting, Friday, January 8, 2010, from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 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

 

ICM GENERAL MEETING - 

2010 LEGISLATIVE KICKOFF

  

 

REMINDER:  ICM's next general membership meeting will be held Tuesday, January 12, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. at Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta.  This meeting will be the kick-off of our legislative agenda and actions for children in 2010. 

 

Presenters include:

Clare Richie, Sr. Policy Analyst, Georgia Budget Policy Institute

Julia Neighbors, Project Manager, JUSTGeorgia

 

Advocacy issues include (but are not limited to):

- Re-write of Georgia's Juvenile Code (SB 292)

- Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking (SB 91HB 582SB 74)

- Health Care/PeachCare for Kids:  $1 Cigarette Tax (HB 39)

- TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families):  Poverty Relief/Childcare Assistance

- Georgia's Universal Pre-K Program: Enrollment and Availability

 

And ICM will continue to work with others who are advocating for extending protected leave to unprotected workers.  Parents should not have to choose between keeping their jobs and taking their children to the doctor or attending a parent/teacher conference.

 

Let us know that you are ready to work for the well-being of Georgia's children in 2010.  Contact us at info@interfaithchildrensmovement.org or at 770-498-2141.

 

GBPI's Annual Policy Conference  

Please join us for the Georgia Budget & Policy Institute's annual policy conference. Georgia's fiscal crisis is worsening and the state is now facing serious structural problems. You'll hear solutions and action steps that address the crisis from leading experts, as well as the most up-to-date budget and fiscal analysis available.

This year's keynote speaker is Michael Ettlinger, the vice president for economic policy at the Center for American Progress. Mr. Ettlinger is a tax policy expert and the former tax policy director for both Citizens for Tax Justice and the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy.

The Fiscal Crisis: Solutions That Move Georgia Forward

January 15, 2010

Loudermilk Conference Center

Atlanta, Georgia 

8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m

 $50 per person ($25 for students)

 Register

PREVENT CHILD ABUSE GEORGIA:  

PROMISES TO KEEP TRAINING OF TRAINERS

  

 

 Child Sexual Abuse is considered one of the categories of childhood trauma linked to long term problems like poor health and poor qualilty of life well into adulthood.  The ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study points to the importance of preventing not just the horror of sexual abuse itself, but other major health and social problems when we act before a child is harmed.   Many of us know the signs of abuse and who to call to make a report, but how many in your community know how to respond to adult behaviors that put children at risk? Before reportable trauma has happened? You can learn to arm people to take these uncomfortable situations into opportunities for prevention.

 

Promises to Keep Training of Trainers

 Circles of Safety and Building Blocks

of Healthy Sexual Development

 January 25-27, 2010

 

Prevent Child Abuse Georgia 

1720 Peachtree St., NW, Suite 625

Atlanta, GA 30309  

Click here to register

 

Click on the link above to get details on price, agenda, and a full description of the training or contact Anna Curtis at Prevent Child Abuse Georgia (404)870-6561 or annac@pcageorgia.org.

                           

CSEC - COMMERCIAL SEXUAL EXPLOITATION OF CHILDREN

LOBBY DAY AT THE CAPITOL  

 

2010 Stop CSEC! Lobby Day

Date: February 1, 2010
Time: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Location: The Steps of the Georgia State Capitol

 

Join Street GRACEA Future. Not A Past. and Wellspring Living as they come together and talk with Georgia legislators about the upcoming bills that affect the victims of commercial sexual exploitation. Everyone can make a difference and we want you to help us speak with one voice and ask our legislators to pass stronger laws to fight the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) and to protect the CSEC system of care funding for victims. 

Free online registration is required: http://tinyurl.com/SGLobbyDay.

HEALTHY MOTHERS, HEALTHY BABIES LEGISLATIVE RECEPTION  

Join us for an evening of discussion with legislators and policymakers regarding health issues facing Georgians in the 2010 Legislative Session. 

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

at

Central Presbyterian Church

201 Washington Street

Atlanta, GA 30303

 

-  Threats to health benefits - mammograms, pap smears, and childhood immunizations.

-  Legislation and policy changes impacting services for Medicaid and PeachCare clients. 

-  Funding for pediatric vaccines for under-insured children.

-  Statewide trauma care system.

-  Legislation to increase the state's tobacco tax.

 

Click here to Register Online or Download the Registration Form 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

 at the

 

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.

 

 

ICM DAY AT THE CAPITOL: 

INTERFAITH COMMUNITY SPEAKING

WITH ONE VOICE FOR ALL CHILDREN

 Save the Date! 

 Thursday, 

February 11, 2010

 

ICM is calling upon the interfaith community to come back to the Capitol this year in force.  The 2010 legislative session will address the future of Georgia's children in several pieces of legislation--from child victims of prostitution to health care to a new juvenile code.  The interfaith community must show up and speak with a clear voice for children whose cries for help are silenced by misinformation and whose cries go unnoticed from a lack of awareness.

 

REMINDER:  The January 12 ICM general meeting is our legislative kickoff meeting.  Be sure to come out, get informed and get active.  Contact us at info@interfaithchildrensmovement.org or at 770-498-2141.

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, 

  • 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.

 

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