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March 26, 2009

CIGARETTE TAX RISES FROM THE ASHES

 

URGENT CALL TO ACTION!

 

We have another chance to help our legislators make the right decision.  With the serious economic downturn, raising the tax on cigarettes is a far more reasonable solution to the state revenue shortage than cutting critical services.


Right now, our legislators are working on a state budget that may leave Medicaid and PeachCare without enough funds to pay for health care for the large numbers of families who will need help as they lose jobs and health coverage.  There has been talk of teachers having to take furlough days.  People with disabilities are seeing community services being cut.  
 
Raising the tobacco tax by $1.00 on a pack of cigarettes will generate more than $400 million to address these needs.  We also know from other states' experiences that raising the cigarette tax reduces smoking, especially among young people, and saves lives.
 
Please contact your representative and your senator today and express your support for this tax. There are only a few days left before April 3, which is the last day of this legislative session.  

 

Ask your legislators to pass the $1.00 per pack cigarette tax.  They need to hear from all of us that taxing cigarettes is the right choice for Georgia's children and families. 
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If you do not know who your Representative and Senator are, please use the following link to find out which district you're in:  

http://sos.georgia.gov/elections/polllocator/PollLocator.aspx.

 

Fill in the information requested.  A screen will appear that will show your Georgia Senate District and your Georgia House District. 

 

Then use the following link to find your Senator:

http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/2009_10/senate/districts.htm

 

and the following link to find your House Representative: 

http://www.legis.state.ga.us/legis/2009_10/house/district.htm.

 

 

Note:  The links containing the list of senators and representatives in the Secretary of State Web site may not be up to date.  Please be sure to use the links provided above to find your current state senator and house representative.

 

Please take action today!
 

 

ICM Mission and Goals

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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.

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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.GPB LawmakersVoices for Georgia's Children

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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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 Doing what must be done! 

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