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People of faith are called by that faith
to speak for all children.
September 25, 2008

The Power of Seven Challenge 
The Power of Seven membership campaign celebrates ICM's seven years of advocacy.  What we've accomplished these past seven years gives us only a glimpse of what our power could be for children if we truly could educate all of our faith communities about the dire circumstances in which our children exist. 

Did you know that in the Annie E. Casey 2008 KidsCount study that Georgia ranked 40 out of the 50 states in "overall child well-being?"
 
Help ICM to effect significant change in the welfare of our children. Take up the challenge and see the Power of Seven work.  Pledge your support to meet the challenge that will grow and sustain ICM's presence throughout Georgia. Recruit seven of your friends, family members and faith community members to join the Interfaith Children's Movement.
 
Just look at what's possible... 
           1 person recruits 7 members = 7
           7 members recruit 7 members = 49
         49 members recruit 7 members = 343
       343 members recruit 7 members = 2,401
     2,401 members recruit 7 members = 16,807
  16,807 members recruit 7 members = 117,649
117,649 members recruit 7 members = 823,543 members!
 
Now,that's a movement with POWER!  Let us hear from you.  Click on this link and say, "Yes, I accept the challenge."
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Tickets on Sale Now for ICM Prayer Breakfast:  "...and Justice for All Children" 

 

ICM's 8th Annual Prayer Breakfast is fast-approaching.  And, we need to know that you will be joining us for this time of prayer and commitment to make Georgia a place where children can have the expectation of reaching their full potential.

Our featured speaker is B. J. Bernstein, an Atlanta attorney well-versed in current juvenile law and an advocate for children.  Most recently, she was the lead attorney in the Genarlow Wilson case.

Date:  Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Time:  7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  

Location:  The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta

Tickets can be purchased online at www.interfaithchildrensmovement.org or by sending a check to Interfaith Children's Movement, P. O. Box 54149, Atlanta, Georgia 30308.

Contacting Your Legislator...
Do you know the most effective ways to contact your legislator?  Go to ICM's Web site and find out.  Log onto:
www.interfaithchildrensmovement.org.

ICM on the Road for Juvenile Justice

From Macon to Dawson, ICM spent some days on the road sharing our juvenile justice campaign with concerned faith community and civic leaders.  We are making our way across Georgia to help build awareness of JUSTGeorgia's effort for a revised juvenile code for Georgia's children.  And, we want to visit you, too!  Please contact Pamela Perkins at 770-498-2141 or at info@interfaithchildrensmovement.org to schedule a juvenile justice session with your faith communities.

 

 

 

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,
  • Georgia Appleseed,
  • JUSTGeorgia,
  • 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.
In This Issue
"The Power of Seven"
Tickets on Sale Now for ICM Prayer Breakfast
Contacting Your Legislator
ICM on the Road for Juvenile Justice
ICM Mission and Goals
Thanks, UUCA!
Worthwhile Upcoming Events

ICM says "Thanks, UUCA!"

The Bluegrass Festival held by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta on August 23 raised $2,500 for ICM.
Mark Your Calendar
Worthwhile Events by ICM,
ICM Partners & Others
Friday, October 10
11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
The GALEO Latino Community Development Fund & the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association encourage attendance to the 2008 Hispanic Heritage Month Luncheon featuring keynote speaker Sylvia Mendez (Mendez v. Westminster 1947), a Latina civil rights icon. For more information on this event or GALEO, contact Jerry Gonzalez at jerry@galeo.org or call 404.745.2580.

Monday, October 13
9 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
THE PRISON PIPELINE: The Intersection of Childhood and the Criminal Justice System Family Child Policy Initiative
More information can be found at www.vinsoninstitute.org/childfamilypolicy.  

October 17-19
Children's Sabbaths Observance Weekend, a time when all faith communities can learn, pray and act together in calling for a new Juvenile Code for Georgia.
 
October 25-28
National Black Child Development Institute 2008 Annual Conference "Our Future: Children in a Global Village" at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia. For more information and to register, log onto www.nbcdi.org/ac or call 1-800-556-2234.
 
Wednesday, October 29
7:00-9:00 a.m.
ICM Call to Action Prayer Breakfast (see article)

Tuesday, November 4
Election Day
 
Friday, November 7
Big Voice for Children Award sponsored by Voices for Georgia's Children
 
Tuesday, Nov. 11
6:30-8:30 p.m. 
ICM General Membership Meeting
 
Tuesday, January 13, 2009  
6:30-8:30 p.m. 
ICM General Membership Meeting
2009 Legislative Children's Issues
 
February - March
 
Advocacy on behalf of children's issues before the Georgia  Legislature.  Date for ICM Day at the Capitol be announced 
 
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
 
6:30-8:30 p.m.
ICM General Membership Meeting
Child Abuse Prevention
 
Complete an On-line Volunteer Skills Survey 
 
The Interfaith Children's Movement has a big mission, but limited staff.  So, we need committed volunteers to fill a variety of roles.  There are places for "leaders" and places for "do-ers." 
 
 
Doing what we are called to do.
 Doing what we are able to do. 
 Doing what must be done!