People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
November 24, 2010
ICM CHILDREN'S ISSUES AND ADVOCACY FORUMS--
We heard you. We are responding. Take advantage of these free sessions with field experts to become informed about the issues that Georgia's children face, and then, learn how to become an effective advocate their behalf. A sign-up for service opportunities will also be available at each session.
SCHEDULE OF SESSIONS:
(all sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.)
Please log into the ICM Web site to enroll
December 17, 2010
January 13, 2011
February 24, 2011
March 24, 2011
April 28, 2011
May 26, 2011
June 23, 2011
Seats are limited. Please register for these offerings today!
Please do not hesitate to contact us at ICM e-mail or 770-498-2141 with any questions.
SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CONTINUES HEARINGS ON THE CHILD PROTECTION AND PUBLIC SAFETY ACT
The next hearing on The Child Protection and Public Safety Act will take place December 7, 2010, in Room 450 of the Georgia State Capitol from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Senate Judiciary Committee will convene to continue the review of Article 7 - Delinquency.
Your presence at these hearings is critical to ensuring that restorative justice is the primary goal for Georgia's children. You can also support Georgia's children and JUSTGeorgia in this effort by contacting asking your state senator to attend the hearing if he/she sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee. The full committee is provided in the link below.
PEACE "4" PRE-K DAY--DEC. 7
Grow Kids, Inc. is hosting Atlanta's first concurrent literacy and emotional awareness PEACE "4" Pre-K Day! event Tuesday, December 7, 2010, from 10:00 am to 11:30 a.m. 200 volunteers will kick off Safe Spaces Campaign by Promoting Early Action for Calm Emotions PEACE "4" Pre-Kindergartners!
We will have two sets of volunteers, Leader Readers and PEACE Partners! These volunteers will visit 100 pre-kindergarten classrooms throughout metro Atlanta. The Leader Readers will read the book, Hands Are Not for Hitting by Martine Agassi. The Leader Readers activity will last from 10:00 am to 10:30 am.
Our second group of volunteers is our PEACE Partners. These volunteers will facilitate the Tucker the Turtle Art Activity; which emphasis positive ways to use your hands and handle anger. The PEACE Partners activity will last from 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Please contact Menyuan Smith, Executive Director, at (678) 361-5369 for more information.
COBB FAITH PARTNERSHIP
ANNUAL MEETING -- DEC. 8
Cobb Faith Partnership Annual Meeting and Holiday Celebration will take place Wednesday, December 8, at Turner Chapel AME Church, 492 North Marietta Parkway, Marietta.
This special meeting includes a holiday meal and election and installation of officers for the 2011 program year. Lunch will start at 11:30 a.m.
Don't forget to bring your old cell phones and ink cartridges for recycling. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
SECOND ANNUAL "TASTE OF FAITH" CELEBRATION--DEC. 12
The Second Annual "Taste of Faith" celebration for the Atlanta InterFaith Leaders Fellowship is scheduled for Sunday, December 12, 2010. Mark your calendar to attend and bring family and friends.
This year we will be holding the gathering at Shallowford Presbyterian Church, 2375 Shallowford Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA 30345. Tasting of foods from our multiple religious and ethnic traditions will begin at 3:00 p.m. and continue until 5:00 p.m. Ben Johnson will bring greetings and brief reflections midway through the event.
The focus of the celebration is conversation and fellowship to continue to meet our long range vision of breaking down historic boundaries and building new bridges. This is a special opportunity to visit with old friends and expand your circles by adding new ones.
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.
SAVE THE DATES!
JANUARY 25, 2011
Meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. at
Druid Hills United Methodist Church
1200 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta
FEBRUARY 10, 2011
We need you there with us to educate and raise awareness; to be a voice for children who have no voice; and to ensure that our legislators are focused on the
well-being of each child.
ICM IN COBB
Thurs., Dec. 9
Join us for the next ICM in Cobb meeting, Thursday, December 9 at 4:00 p.m. at MUST Ministries (Foothills location).
ICM in Cobb is a regional meeting of ICM which provides faith communities in Cobb County and the surrounding region an opportunity to become aware of the needs of Georgia's children and become active in ensuring their well-being.
NEXT HEARING FOR SPECIAL COUNCIL ON TAX FAIRNESS FOR GEORGIANS--DEC. 1
Join ICM and 2020 Georgia at the Special Council on Tax Fairness for Georgians, Wednesday, December 1, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at Mercer University's Cecil B. Day Hall at 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA.
ICM is a member of the 2020 Georgia alliance. For more information on 2020 Georgia, visit www.2020georgia.org.
STRENGTHENING FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES SUMMIT--DEC. 9
The Strengthening Families & Communities: Heal the Family, Heal the World Summit will address primary issues affecting our children, families and communities in the areas of Violence, School Drop-Out, Teenage Pregnancy and Economic Development.
A panel discussion with City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and other public officials will kick-off the morning portion of this day of issues and solutions.
In addition, there will be break-out sessions for each issue area and opportunity for the community to have input on the Community Plan of Action.
Date: Thursday, Dec. 9
Time: 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. (registration begins at 8:00 a.m.)
Location: The Loudermilk Center,
40 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA
Registration Fee is $20. On-line registration at SFC Summit.
Join ICM at the breakout session on School Drop-Out Prevention.
"LET'S MOVE: FAITH AND COMMUNITIES" LAUNCH WITH FIRST LADY MICHELLE OBAMA - NOV. 29
A Conference Call for Faith and Community Leaders with First Lady Michelle Obama
Date: Monday, Nov. 29, 2010
Time: 2:30 PM Eastern, 1:30 PM Central, 12:30 PM Mountain, 11:30 AM Pacific
Dial-in information: 1-888-790-3160 (no passcode needed)
First Lady Michelle Obama will join with faith and community leaders by conference call to formally launch Let's Move: Faith and Communities. Let's Move! is the First Lady's initiative to solve the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation.
On the call, we will: discuss ways your organization can participate, unveil a new toolkit to support action, highlight exciting challenge opportunities. And several faith and community leaders will announce their responses to the Let's Move challenges!Community Plan of Action.
ICM is partner in the GA Faith-Based Workgroup: Healthy Communities Task Force.
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