People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
February 13, 2009
ICM DAY AT THE CAPITOL A SUCCESS
Positively Impacting Public Policy
The day started out in a busy snack bar in the basement of the Capitol with Sylvia Carroll, ICM Advocacy Chair, giving instructions to more than 20 ICM child advocates about their assignments; explaining the issues of the commercial sexual exploitation of children and the Parent Protection Act; and offering encouragement that you, too, can make a difference in the lives of Georgia's children.
Throughout the day of Wednesday, February 11, these 20-plus persons roamed the halls of the Capitol and the Coverdell Legislative Office Building carrying letters of goodwill and enlightenment to their state senators and representatives and to those legislators who had been identified as instrumental in the architecture, introduction and review of legislation pertaining to the issues of the sexual exploitation of children and the need to provide time off for parents to attend to their children's school matters or medical appointments without the threat of job loss.
The day ended with tired feet, legs and knees, but uplifted spirits in the knowledge that by putting their faith in action, people of faith have a voice beyond the whispers of their prayers.
ICM wishes to thank every ICM'er who participated and made our Day at the Capitol a success. We send a special thank you to Kirsten Widener and Alyssa Parsons from the Barton Child Law and Policy Clinic of Emory University for participating as presenters on the issue of child sexual exploitation. The Barton Clinic is a founding partner of ICM and has been critical to the movement for children in Georgia.
Advocacy Chair and Others Interviewed at the Capitol
ICM Advocacy Chair, Sylvia Carroll, former board member Panke Miller and member Ann Lister were interviewed by Atlanta Interfaith Broadcasters at the Capitol, Wednesday, February 11. The feature will air on AIB News, Friday, February 13 at 6:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on Comcast Channel 5. The feature will be available on AIBtv.com, Monday, February 16.----------------------------------------------------------
ON OUR RADAR:
Revenue Solutions to Help Fund Children's Healthcare
Voices for Georgia's Children "supports revenue solutions to ensure sustained funding of Medicaid and PeachCare including the Governor's proposal to extend the Quality Assessment Fee and the potential increase of the tobacco tax."
Faith United Against Tobacco Coalition has put forth a campaign that proposes a $1 per pack cigarette tax increase in Georgia as a source of revenue that could possibly be used to help fund children's healthcare, such as PeachCare.
What's going on under the Gold Dome?
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.
Voices for Georgia's Children
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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ICM Day at the Capitol
Mark Your CalendarWorthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
Wednesday, February 18
Women's Caucus Luncheon at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 514
Deadline February 22
The Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO) and the GALEO Latino Community Development Fund [GLCDF] are requesting participant applications for the Spring Community Leadership program. Classes start in March, and the sessions meet every two weeks for 5 weeks. Application deadline is Feb 22. Visit http://www.galeo.org/institute4leadership.php for details and/or enrollment, or call José Blanco at 404.745.2546.
WIPI Conference 2009--Working in the Public Interest presents its 2009 conference at the University of Georgia in Athens. Please contact Jamila Montaque at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wednesday, March 11
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
By the People/Women in the Halls Lobby Day at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building, Room 306
Tuesday, April 7
ICM Advocacy Committee meeting at Frazier, Soloway & Poorack, P.C., 1800 Century Place, Suite 100, Atlanta.
Tuesday, April 21 6:30 p.m.
ICM General Membership Meeting at Druid Hills United Methodist Church, 1200 Ponce de Leon Ave., Atlanta.
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.
Doing what we are called to do.
Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!