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March 5, 2010ICM CALL TO ACTION: VOTE "YES" FOR SB 304 AT SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE HEARING
Our legislators will return from their two-week recess Monday, and we are excited to report that SB 304 has been scheduled for a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee, Monday, March 8 @ 1:00 p.m. The hearing will be held in Room 307 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building (CLOB). SB 304 recommends a minimum age of 16 before a child is charged and prosecuted for prostitution and a disposition of treatment for the child victim.
Please come to the hearing if you are able. Call and send e-mails to the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and ask them to vote "Yes" on SB 304. Click on the links below to access their contact information.
Senate Judiciary Committee Members
Smith, Preston W. (R-SS 52)Chairman
Harp, Seth (R-SS 29)Vice Chairman
Hamrick, Bill (R-SS 30)Secretary
Adelman, David (D-SS 42)Member
Brown, Robert (D-SS 26)Member
Cowsert, Bill (R-SS 46)Member
Crosby, John (R-SS 13)Member
Fort, Vincent (D-SS 39)Member
Hill, Judson (R-SS 32)Member
Seabaugh, Mitch (R-SS 28)Ex-Officio
Wiles, John J. (R-SS 37)Member
Also, please extend your thanks to Chairman Preston Smith for including SB 304 on the judiciary committee's agenda so that this vote can take place.
ICM CALL TO ACTION: TOBACCO TAX RALLY TO BE HELD MONDAY, MARCH 8
A recent poll indicated that 73% of Georgia voters are "OK" with a tobacco tax increase to help reduce Georgia's budget deficit and to reduce the onset of teen smoking. With deeper and deeper cuts to health care and education, Georgians are beginning to realize that we cannot cut our way out of this economic crisis. The proposed tobacco tax would generate more than $300 million in additional revenue.
Join the Tobacco Tax Rally, Monday, March 8, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at Central Presbyterian Church (located directly across from the Capitol at 201 Washington Street, Atlanta).
ICM CALL TO ACTION: SB 292 (JUVENILE CODE REFORM) HEARING TUESDAY, MARCH 9
As a member of the JUSTGeorgia coalition, ICM is calling on you to help us bring juvenile code reform to Georgia. The next Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act is scheduled for Tuesday, March 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Room 125 of The State Capitol.
The Child Protection and Public Safety Act is a comprehensive reform of Georgia's current Juvenile Code. Not only does it bring order and clarity to the Code, it calls for restorative justice for Georgia's children.
For a Fact Sheet about the proposed reforms, go to Child Protection and Public Safety Act: Good for Georgia's Children and Families. Also, you can find summaries (short and detailed) of the proposed legislation at www.justgeorgia.org. The summaries give you an indication of the magnitude of change needed for Georgia's children.
We need your supportive presence at these hearings. Also, contact your state legislators and let them know that you support juvenile code reform and JUSTGeorgia We especially need for you to contact the following members of the Senate Judiciary Juvenile Code Rewrite Sub-Committee:
Go to http://www.legis.ga.gov/legis/FindLegislator.htm to find out your state legislators.
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,
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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