People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
August 11, 2009
ATTENTION: ICM'S ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING - AUGUST 18
"Doing what must be done."
ICM's annual general membership meeting will be held Tuesday, August 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Druid Hills United Methodist Church (located at 1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta 30308).
The agenda includes the election of members of the board of directors and officers. Our speakers include:
- Judge Stephen Teske, Clayton County Juvenile Court - Community Involvement in Helping Children in Juvenile Ccourt ("F.A.S.T.: Finding Alternatives for Safety and Treatment")
- Kim McGarr, Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church - Nurturing Parents of Children with Special Needs
- Barbara Mosley, Inner Harbour - Working with Children who Suffer from Mental Illness
Other features will include updates on Juvenile Code Reform (SB 292) and stopping child sexual exploitation in Georgia. Come out, get educated and find out how you and your faith community can help the children of Georgia have a better tomorrow.
ICM's general meetings are open to the public.
HELP ICM STOP CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
A Year Later...
The PBS series NOW aired a program on May 30, 2008, that focused on the problem of child prostitution in Atlanta. Below are quotes from Atlanta's mayor, Shirley Franklin, during her interview:
"It's one of those issues that doesn't get discussed and therefore there's an assumption that perhaps either it doesn't exist at all or the young women and girls who are prostitutes are there by their own free will."
"[The child prostitutes are] ten or 11 years old, and the age is getting lower. We're not talking about 17 and 18 and 19 year olds, although we could."
A year later, we are still trying to dispel the misunderstanding that children are choosing to be prostituted.
A year later, we are still fighting for the decriminalization of 11 and 12-year-old victims of child prostitution.
A year later, adults are still offering child strippers and child prostitutes in their homes.
ICM needs your help to stop the sexual exploitation of children in Georgia. Don't let another year go by. Contact us at 770-498-2141 or at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you and your faith community are ready to join the fight.
JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS: JUVENILE CODE REFORM COMES TO GEORGIA
From JUSTGeorgia -
SB 292, The Child protection and Public Safety Act, offers the much-needed reform of Georgia's Juvenile Code. The link below contains a summary of the 12 articles included in this bill: Summary of Senate Bill 292.
This summary, drafted by the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic, one of the three primary members of the JUSTGeorgia coalition, gives you an indication of the magnitude of change needed for Georgia's children.
As a member of the JUSTGeorgia coalition, ICM encourages you to review this information and begin to open the doors of your faith communities as we reach out to you on behalf of Georgia's children for your support.
SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
From Georgia Appleseed --
"Georgia Appleseed is pleased to offer its new handbook, When My Child is Disciplined at School: A Guide for Families. The guidebook is intended as a tool to help parents and guardians throughout Georgia to become informed advocates for their children when dealing with school discipline policies." Please avail yourselves of this information. Share it with the parents and guardians in your faith community.
Please contact ICM if you are interested in hosting a School to Prison Pipeline information session at your faith community. Please call 770-498-2141 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
POVERTY: THE WORKING POOR IN GEORGIA
Faith And The City: "In Search of a Living Wage: Faith in Georgia," an 11-minute video that is part of a statewide campaign, may be viewed at Faith And The City. This video is designed to inform members of various faith communities and their congregations of the business and moral arguments for a living wage for all working families in Georgia. In addition to the facts and figures that support the need for a living wage, included in this feature are interviews with a single mom earning less than a living wage, representatives from advocacy organizations, and faith leaders from Christian, Islamic and Jewish faith traditions.
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 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.
LEARN, PRAY, ACT
ICM'S 9TH ANNUAL
CALL TO ACTION
"Create a Better Tomorrow for all Children Today"
Mark your calendars now! This year's ICM Call to Action Prayer Breakfast will be held, Wednesday, October 28, 2009, at 7:30 a.m. at The Temple (1589 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).
We look forward to meeting in solidarity to pray for children and children's issues and to leave committed to fulfilling our charge to "do what we are called to do, do what we are able to do, and do what must be done."
Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
Thursday, August 13
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Wellspring Living Demand Conference
For people interested in beginning a recovery home or improving one that already exists. Sign up at www.wellspringliving.org or call Jenn at 770.631.8888.
August 12, September 19, October 14, 2009; and January 20, 2010
Prevent Child Abuse Georgia is offering several Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) prevention workshops during one-dayinstitutes that will be held at various regional locations. With support from the Governor's Office for Children and Families, these institutes are offered free of charge for a limited time!
You must register to attend. Please contact Anna Curtis at annac@pcageorgia or call (404) 870-6561 for a registration form and if you have any questions.
Tuesday, August 18
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
ICM 2009 Annual General Membership Meeting at Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30308
Saturday, August 22 & 29
8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Renovacion Conyugal will be having a parenting workshop in Spanish at the Norcross Human Services Center, 5030 Georgia Belle Ct., Norcross, GA 30093. This workshop provides Latino parents with the necessary skills to make their job as parents easier and also gives ideas about how to better fulfill their role. All the material has been adapted to fit the reality that Latino parents and their kids are facing. For more information, please call (678)363-3079.
August 26, September 23, October 28, November 25 and December 16
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy hosts an open Darkness to Lightsexual abuse prevention training on the fourth Wednesday of every month at the Fulton office. The training teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The cost is $15 per person, which includes training materials, snacks and refreshments. The training is approved for CEUs for social workers, LPCs, nurses and early childhood education providers. All are welcome to attend. Please call to register: 678-904-2880. Go to Georgia Center for Child Advocacy for more information.
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Doing what we are called to do.
Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!