People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
October 22, 2009
ICM's 9th Annual "Call to Action" Prayer Breakfast
Why should my faith community and I attend the prayer breakfast?
ICM is an intentional movement to bring Georgia to the aid of her children. We believe that we are called by our faith to act on behalf of and serve those who are the most vulnerable in our society. In Georgia, we have serious issues affecting our children:
- Our children are victims of a growing sexual exploitation and trafficking trade;
- Our children are subject to a Juvenile Code that has not been fully reviewed in almost 40 years;
- 1 in 5 of our children lives in poverty;
- More than 300,000 of our children do not have healthcare;
- Our children are dropping out of high school at an alarming rate; and
- The school-to-prison pipeline is clogged with our young.
While the prayer breakfast is certainly a time of fellowship, it is also our most opportune time to educate, motivate and activate the interfaith community and to define our roles in addressing this steady decline in our children's ability to reach their full potential.
Therefore, your presence is not only requested, it is required. Let us "Create a Better Tomorrow for All Children Today." We, nor our children, can afford "to wait."
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ICM'S 9TH ANNUAL CALL TO ACTION PRAYER BREAKFAST
Keynote Speaker: Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine, JD
Together we can bring juvenile justice reform to Georgia
and stop the sexual exploitation and trafficking
of our children.
Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine of Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the keynote speaker for ICM's 9th Annual Call to Action Prayer Breakfast. In addition to being a pastor at Bethel Istrouma AME Church in Baton Rouge, a lawyer, writer/researcher and international human rights advocate, Rev. Satchel Augustine is a founding member of the Interfaith Children's Movement. Click here to read more about Rev. Roslyn Satchel Augustine.
This year's prayer breakfast is Wednesday, October 28, 2009, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., at The Temple (1589 Peachtree Street, NE, Atlanta, GA 30309).
Visit ICM's Prayer Breakfast page for ticket information. It is so important at this time that we join in solidarity to pray for children and children's issues and commit ourselves 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."
HELP ICM STOP CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION
CSEC System of Care Toolkit Hosted on ICM's Web Site
ICM is honored to be the interim host of the CSEC System of Care Toolkit for Georgia Care Connection. Georgia Care Connection is the new initiative launched by the Governor's Office for Children and Families "to identify commercially sexually exploited children and link them to services without subjecting them to arrest."
Janice Barrocas, interim administrator, writes that "Georgia has now begun using a mental health service delivery approach to assist commercially sexually exploited children."
You can visit the new program by clicking on CSEC System of Care Toolkit.
JUVENILE JUSTICE MATTERS:
JUSTGEORGIA REGIONAL COALITION MEETING FOR METRO-ATLANTA
Calling all parents, faith leaders and child advocates in metropolitan Atlanta!
A JUSTGeorgia regional coalition meeting will be hosted by ICM, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta on 1911 Cliff Valley Way, NE, Atlanta, GA 30329-2420.
Here's what you'll learn from JUSTGeorgia at this meeting:
- What's actually in SB 292: The Child Protection and Public Safety Act.
- How to be an advocate by building relationships with your legislators.
- The steps you can take now as we approach the 2010 Legislative Session.
- An update on SB 292 and related advocacy and messaging training.
For information about JUSTGeorgia, contact Project Manager Julia Neighbors at 404-521-0311 or visit www.justga.org.
Please RSVP to Pamela Perkins, ICM Coordinator, at email@example.com or by calling 770-498-2141. Dinner will be served from 5:45 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Mark Your Calendar Worthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
Friday, October 23, 2009
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Metropolitan Atlanta Baha'i Community Press Conference at GA State Capitol for Imprisoned Iranian Bahai's
The metropolitan Atlanta Baha'i community is holding a press conference in support of seven of their leaders of the Bahai faith in Iran who have been imprisoned for more than a year and face charges by the Iranian government that could lead to their deaths.
To learn more about this event and about this case. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Street GRACE Pastor's Lunch & Learn at 12Stone Church, 1322 Buford Dr., Lawrenceville GA, 30043.
This lunch gathering will be informative and focused on creating awareness of a movement taking place here in Atlanta... Street GRACE, a non-denominational alliance of churches dedicated to supporting, enlarging and allying with those individuals and organizations working toward eliminating the commercial sexual exploitation of children.
__________________________________________________________________________October 28, November 25 and December 16, 2009
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Georgia Center for Child Advocacy hosts an open Darkness to Light sexual 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.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
Benefit for Prevent Child Abuse Georgia "Mad for the Sixties Event" -- an evening of 60's "Mad Men" at Ten Pin Alley in Atlantic Station. Ticket Price: $75. Go to PCA Benefit for more information.
Saturday, October 31 and Sunday, November 1, 2009
Renovacion Conyugal presents "Taller para Familias Reconstituidas" (a workshop for reconstituted families) at St. John The Evangelist Church in Hapeville, GA. The purpose is to help those Latino couples that are in a new relation after at least one of the partners has previously gone through a divorce or a separation. The workshop will help address such issues as managing expectations of the new partner; getting their kids to accept this new reality; and dealing with the rejection of friends and families. For more information, call (678) 363-3079.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
A public hearing is scheduled to discuss proposed rules and changes designed to improve the quality of child care facilities in Georgia. The hearing will be held in the Auditorium of H Building, Central Georgia Technical College, 3300 Macon Tech Drive, Macon, Georgia 31206.
Visit this link for a summary of the proposed rule revisions.
Visit Voices for Georgia's Children to read the editorial by Pat Willis, Executive Director, on these proposed changes.
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.
JOIN ICM and the effort to improve the well-being of Georgia's children. Make a tax-deductible contribution today.
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Doing what we are called to do.
Doing what we are able to do.
Doing what must be done!