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Sign Our Petition to "Change the Rating"

ICM has started a petition -- "Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB): Change the rating of Grand Theft Auto V video game from "Mature" to "Adults Only." We need your help to get it off the ground.

Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now and share it with others who are concerned about our children? Here's the link:

http://www.change.org/p/entertainment-software-rating-board-esrb-change-the-rating-of-grand-theft-auto-v-video-game-from-mature-to-adults-only

   

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Help ICM Grow the Movement for Children!

Please complete and e-mail the Membership Donation Form on the "Join" home page. ICM is a 501(c)(3) organization.

   

Prevent Child Abuse GA
 
1-800-CHILDREN Helpline
 
If your agency or organization would like to be included in the Helpline Resource and Referral Database, contact Julia Neighbors at 404-413-1419 or jneighbors@gsu.edu.
 
   

Wednesday's Child Program

Wednesday's Child, sponsored by the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is a weekly television feature about adoption that helps find permanent, loving, adoptive families for children in foster care. Wednesday's Child Georgia is a partnership of the Georgia Department of Human Services, the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption and Fox 5 in Atlanta.

 

 

   

Don't Miss Events
Calendar Link - A list of upcoming ICM-related trainings, programs and meetings.

 

REGISTER TODAY - ICM'S 15TH ANNUAL "CALL TO ACTION" PRAYER BREAKFAST.


ICM HOUR OF UNITY

At the intersection of faith and advocacy, one finds compassion.
 
On September 11th, we are reminded of a terrible tragedy and the hope that spawned from the birth of a Movement that called for the thousands of faith communities to put their faith in action and bring their compassion and commitment into advocacy on behalf of Georgia's children.  

Join us for our annual "Hour of Unity" as we share in conversation with Rena Marroquin of Compassionate Atlanta and others through discussion, song and spoken word about the importance of creating a healthier, more peaceful society for Georgia's children.

Date/Time:  Friday, September 11, 2015, 12:30 p.m.
Location:  The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 2089 Ponce de Leon Avenue, NE, Atlanta, GA
 
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."  Nelson Mandela, Former President of South Africa


ANNOUNCEMENT:  DATE AND LOCATION CHANGE

Sign Up to Help Stop Human Trafficking

Post It Up! Georgia

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8:45 a.m., St. Philip AME Church (outer parking lot), 240 Candler Road, SE, Atlanta, Georgia 30317

House Bill 141 was passed into law and signed by the Governor in 2013.  It requires that the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 888-3737-888 is posted in businesses and venues  as a means of providing help for children and adults who are victims or potential victims of human trafficking.
 
Join Interfaith Children's Movement, EMAG Impact, Tabitha’s House/Greater Traveler’s Rest Church, youthSpark! and a host of others involved in the fight against human trafficking for "Post It Up!" Georgia to help protect children and vulnerable adults.
 

 

   

Juvenile Justice Matters

ICM is a member of the JUSTGeorgia Coalition.

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM FOR GEORGIA'S CHILDREN
 
With the passage of juvenile justice reform legislation in the 2013 state legislative session, the state can move forward in improving the lives of children and creating healthier communities in Georgia.  Now is the time for implementation with integrity and fidelity.  Otherwise, the positive effects of the hard work of so many will go unrealized.  
 
The interfaith community is an essential component to the success of this reform.  ICM will continue its movement to promote the benefits of juvenile justice reform and encourage faith communities to become informed, involved and engaged in being a part of the solution. 

See latest release of Georgia Juvenile Justice Reinvestment and Incentive Grants Report 2013-2014
 
 Produced by The Tow Foundation, National Juvenile Justice Network and JUSTGeorgia
 

 

 

   

STOP Child Sexual Exploitation

 HELP ICM STOP CHILD SEXUAL EXPLOITATION AND TRAFFICKING
 
Effective September 15, 2013, certain businesses and establishments were required to display the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline poster created by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.  You can access the poster and additional information about the requirements by clicking on the links below.
 
ICM encourages all faith communities to display the National Human Trafficking Hotline poster around your campuses, especially those faith communities who provide services to vulnerable populations, such as children and youth, homeless, disabled and immigrant families. 
 
Speak Up Now!  Fight Child Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking In-Flight. Please use the "Speak Up Now" link and contact City of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport's General Manager and the top six major national airlines that fly into Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and ask them to join the fight by supporting the airing of in-flight videos against child sexual exploitation and trafficking on all flights into Atlanta -- domestic and international.

 
GEORGIA CARES (formerly Georgia Care Connection)
Georgia Cares (formerly Georgia Care Connection) can be found at http://www.gacares.org/index.phpGeorgia Cares is the 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."  You can visit the program by going to http://www.gacares.org/index.php. Contact: Georgia Cares, P.O. Box 1967, Decatur, GA 30031, 404.602.0068  

 

   

Mandatory Reporting Info
MANDATORY REPORTING LAW CHANGES
AND THE FAITH COMMUNITY
Effective, July 1, Georgia expanded its mandated reporting pool (those persons who are mandated to report suspected child abuse) to include all employees and volunteers whose duties include attending to children.  Another significant change to the law, includes designating clergy as mandated reporters under certain circumstances.
 
Please use the following resources and materials to help your faith community become aligned with the new law.  Afterall, our faith communities should be safe places for our children and families to engage in fellowship and worship. 

Mandatory Reporting Law Resources

   

Education
 
 
SECURING THE EDUCATION PIPELINE
BY ENDING THE SCHOOL TO PRISON PIPELINE
The "School To Prison Pipeline" (STPP) refers to a disturbing national trend in which students are funneled out of public schools and into the juvenile and criminal justice systems.  Please follow the link to more information STPP Materials. 

 
 
QUALITY EARLY CARE AND LEARNING ARE ESSENTIAL TO A CHILD'S DEVELOPMENT
The Bright from the Start:  Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning offers incentives and scholarships to encourage early care and education; professionals to obtain additional training and certification. Please open the documents below for more information and to apply.
 
 

 

   

Immigration Issues
“Protecting Assets and Child Custody in the Face of Deportation: 
A Guide for Practitioners Assisting Immigrant Families.”
 
From Georgia Appleseed: This manual guides volunteer lawyers and non-lawyer practitioners through important financial and family rights threatened by the deportation process, including final paychecks, bank accounts, car and home ownership, government benefits, child custody, and others. “Protecting Assets” provides easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions to help immigrants protect their financial assets and family relationships. 

 

   

Budget & Policy
WHAT'S GOING ON UNDER THE GOLD DOME?
Legislative Updates
Georgia Public Broadcasters Lawmakers
http://www.gpb.org/lawmakers

Voices for Georgia's Children
http://www.georgiavoices.org
 
Find Your Legislators
Georgia General Assembly
 
State Budget Issues
Georgia Budget & Policy Institute
 

 

   

40-Day Prayer Calendar

Read the Prayers and Meditations in our 40-Day Legislative Prayer Calendar.  Submit your own prayer, meditation or reflection on behalf of Georgia's children.

   

Call to Action

Click  image below to join ICM's Child Advocacy Task Force.



LEARN, PRAY, ACT!

LEARN:  Attend one or more of the trainings /events listed below.

PRAY:  I will pray for / meditate or reflect upon children—children known and unknown to me.  I will pray for / seek their well-being in body, mind and spirit.  I will keep my heart responsive to the joys and sorrows of children—they can count on me to never be indifferent and uncaring.

ACT: Engage in one or more of these Opportunities to express advocacy at the services level and engender in children, youth and adults a love for community and service. 

 
   

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ICM, along with interfaith organizations in the metro Atlanta area, invite you to use our joint calendar of events and activities to plan your day, your week, your month, your year!   

 


Compassionate Atlantaa grass roots movement that seeks to raise awareness about the benefits of compassionate action throughout the Greater Atlanta area.  Sign the Charter for Compassion and become an active part of the movement today!


 

 

 


 

   

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