Promise the Children is a community of activists for children within the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta. We are a unifying voice for our faith community to speak and act on behalf of children. We advocate for a public agenda that ensures the well-being of all of Georgia’s children. And we put our faith into action through direct service, working with organizations that serve children in need.
We are committed to a world where children are safe, healthy, educated, employable, and connected to their family and community.
This coming Monday, March 2, 2015, is Read Across America Day. Our partners at Hope-Hill Elementary need a few more adult readers!
All volunteer readers need to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for a welcome reception. You will be given time for book selection or you may bring your own. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 10 a.m. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share their books with two classes.
If you can volunteer please respond at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4BA4AB2FA3F58-read or contact Hope-Hill’s media specialist, Christine Tigue, at 404-802-7460 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
and yes – it really only takes 2 minutes!
The “Ask”: Ask members of the Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Committee to request a committee hearing on the House version of the Safe Harbor legislation, House Bill 244 and House Resolution 223.
The Why: The “Safe Harbor Bill,” would develop a funding mechanism for services for sexually exploited/trafficked children by creating the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund and the Safe Harbor for Sexually Exploited Children Fund Commission. Such services could include family support, crisis intervention, counseling, and emergency housing.
Children who have been sold or rented for sex deserve all the help that we can get for them. A serious and productive conversation needs to be had about reliable funding to help these children.
The Message: “Dear Representative _______________, please request a committee hearing on the House version of the Safe Harbor legislation, House Bill 244 and House Resolution 223. Children who have been sold or rented for sex deserve all the help that we can get for them. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here to contact members of the Georgia House Judiciary non-Civil Committee.
And yes–it really only takes 2 minutes
The “Ask”: Please contact members of the Georgia House Regulated Industry Committee and ask them to vote NO on HB 110 (Roberts-155th) and HB 15 (Turner-21st) which would legalize the sale of explosive fireworks in Georgia.
The Why: According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, fireworks were involved in an estimated 8,700 injuries treated in U.S. hospital emergency departments in 2012. Of these:
- 30% of people injured by fireworks in 2012 were under 15 years old.
- 46% of the estimated emergency department-treated, fireworks-related injuries were to youth under 20 years old.
- The U.S. Fire Administration’s recommendation: “The best way to protect your family is not to use any fireworks at home – period. Attend public fireworks displays and leave the lighting to the professionals.”
The Message: “Please vote NO on both HB 110 and HB 15 when each comes before the House Regulated Industry Committee. There were 8700 fireworks related injuries treated in hospitals in the US in 2012. Youth under 20 make up 46% of that number and children under 15 make up 30% of those injuries. We do not need to increase the chance that children will suffer serious burns, lacerations or other injuries to their hands and fingers, legs, eyes, faces and ears. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here for contact information for the members of the Georgia House Regulated Industries Committee.
The “Ask”: Call or email members of the Georgia House and/or Georgia Senate Health Subcommittees of their respective Appropriations committees and ask them to maintain the current pay rates for pediatricians and other Medicaid Primary Care Providers.
The Why: Medicaid doctors are about to lose a boost in payments provided by the Affordable Care Act that got them closer to Medicare and private insurance rates. A recent study shows that those payments helped increase the use of healthcare services by children and other Medicaid patients. If Georgia does not restore this ACA boost, reimbursements will be set back to pre-2009 levels which may cause doctors, including pediatricians, to no long take Medicaid patients. Fewer doctors means less access to healthcare for approximately 1 million Georgia children who are enrolled in Medicaid.
The Message: “Dear Representative/Senator _______________, Please make sure that the 2016 state budget maintains the reimbursement rates that Medicaid Primary Care Providers have been permitted over the last two years. Better reimbursements have allowed and encouraged more pediatricians to provide services to children enrolled in Medicaid. As I’m sure you realize, nearly 28% of Georgia’s children live in poverty and more than 1.7 million children are enrolled in public health insurance. I’m sure you also know that a child’s chance of growing up strong, healthy and productive diminish significantly when there is not access to a doctor on a reliable basis. Thank you for your service and for all you do for Georgia’s children.”
The How: Click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee and click here to find contact information for members of the Health Subcommittee of the House Appropriations Committee
The “Ask”: contact 2 members of the House Judiciary Civil Committee and recommend a “Do Pass” for HB 17, pending in this session of the Georgia Legislature.
The Why: HB 17 Hidden Predator Act calls for extending the statute of limitations for civil actions for childhood sexual abuse by 30 years (to age 53). This bill is on the right track. While the 30-year extension has generated opposition to the bill, the damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse on brain development are real and last through adulthood.
The Message: “Dear (Committee Member), I urge you to recommend a “Do Pass” for House Bill 17. The damaging effects of childhood sexual abuse on brain development are real and can last through adulthood. Extending the statute of limitations for civil actions for childhood sexual abuse is a key step to helping victims.
The How: If your rep. is on the committee, write or call your rep. Otherwise, pick two and call or write them. They ALL need to hear from citizens of GA!
Rep. Barry Fleming, Chair
Rep. Stephen Allison
Rep. Beth Beskin
Rep. LaDawn Jones
Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver
Rep. Larry O’Neal
Rep. Jay Powell
Rep. Dale Rutledge
Rep. Pam Stephenson
We are very pleased to post this request from our friends at Hope-Hill Elementary School:
Hope-Hill Elementary School is ready to celebrate reading! Read Across America Day is Monday, March 2, 2015. We are in search of volunteers to read to our classes.
All volunteer readers need to arrive at 8:30 a.m. for a welcome reception. You will be given time for book selection or you may bring your own. We will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end by 10 a.m. Volunteers will have the opportunity to share their books with two classes. Please RSVP at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0C4BA4AB2FA3F58-read if you would like to attend. You may reach me at 404-802-7460 or email@example.com.
The “Ask”: Call or write two members of the House Appropriations Committee. Ask them to support Gov. Deal’s budget request for money the Department of Corrections will use to enable prisoners to get GEDs and high school diplomas.
The Why: Considering that there are about 2800 children under 22 years of age currently in the Department of Corrections (as opposed to those children in the Department of Juvenile Justice), and considering that about 70% of those in the DOC never attain a GED or high school diploma, this is an important step. The governor’s budget requests for both FY 15 and FY 16 contain funding for this endeavor.
The Message: “Dear (House Appropriations member), As a citizen of this great state, I want you to know I strongly support Gov. Deal’s budget request for funding education staff and resources in the GA Department of Corrections. With this funding, people in prison and leaving prison will be able to GEDs and high school diplomas. I believe this is an important step forward, and I hope you will vote in favor of it.”
The How: Go to http://www.house.ga.gov/Committees/en-US/Committee.aspx?Committee=88&Session=23 to find the House Appropriation Committee members. If your representative is on the committee, write or call them. Otherwise, pick two from the education sub-committee and call or write them. They ALL need to hear from citizens of GA.