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.

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UUCA Family Event: Join Us for the 2.5 Mile Hunger Walk Sunday, March 13

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For more information go here, and check out the post immediately below.

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Walk for Hunger on March 13

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Best reason to Walk for Hunger on Sun. March 13?

  1. a) The festive food & fun (esp. for kids).
  2. b) The money raised for our YO Boulevard! Food Co-op.
  3. c) The chance to support a good cause even if you can’t walk!
  4. d) All of the above.

Info: Call Annie at (404)373-0434. And Sonya at (404) 293-3883. Stop at the Promise the Children social hall table this Sunday (March 6) for a flyer.

Act fast! The walk is after church on March 13 (soon!!!!)

Here’s the Story

Next Sunday after church, UUCA families and friends are joining the YO Boulevard! Food Co-op to walk or run in the Atlanta Community Food Bank’s WALK for HUNGER at Turner Field (March 13). It should be a lot of fun for the UUCA team, and it’s for a very good cause.

UUCA helped start this food co-op in the Old Fourth Ward three years ago. It is run by seniors living in the low – income Cosby Spears Tower on North Avenue.

The goal is to raise $5,000 via walkers and runners (and donations!!) to provide more fresh fruits, vegetables and protein to the co-op.* The money will be banked at Atlanta Community Food Bank to provide much needed food support to the original co-op group AND a new group of 20 families.

Register / donate online at: www.hungerwalkrun.org. Very Important! First find and then register under our team: “Hot Sauce in the City” in the list of teams . . so the money goes to the YO! Boulevard Food Co-op.

Quick facts…. Food and entertainment start at Turner Field from noon – 2. Walk/run starts at 2 and is 2.5 miles thru downtown Atlanta, then back to Turner Field. It’s all over before 4 p.m. Strollers ok. If you plan to go, coordinate with Sonya and Annie to find the UUCA banner at the field.

* The difference between a food pantry and a food co-op is important. A food pantry gives the food away.   A co-op has limited membership (about 20), who pay a small monthly fee ($5) , and who bag and distribute the food to themselves. (This is called “learning how to fish”!!!)

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2-Minute Advocacy Asks for February 24-29

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Don’t know your representatives? To find your elected officials, go to: Open States. Remember to include Gov Deal!  http://gov.georgia.gov/webform/contact-governor-domestic-form

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2 Minute Advocacy Ask for this Week

and yes – it really only takes 2 minutes!

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the askThe “Ask”:  Use the MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense in America form (see link below) to send a message to your Georgia Representative to tell them Campus Carry is a bad idea for Georgia. Ask them to vote “NO” on HB859.

 

 

the whyThe Why:  The National Rifle Association (NRA) is trying to pass a dangerous bill that would force Georgia colleges to allow people to carry guns on campus.

The vast majority of campus police chiefs, college presidents, students and faculty oppose this idea – and if this bill passes, Georgia will be one of the only states in the country with such a dangerous policy.

 

 

the messageThe Message:

“Dear Representative,

I’m writing as a concerned Georgia resident to urge you to vote ‘NO’ on HB859.

This bill would force colleges and universities in Georgia to allow guns on campus – even though stakeholders including campus police chiefs, college presidents, students and faculty oppose this dangerous policy.

Allowing guns on campus is a dangerous and expensive choice for Georgia. For these reasons, I urge you to stand up for public safety and vote NO on HB 859.”


the howThe How: Join Moms Demand Action for Gun Safety in America.  Click here  to contact members of the House Appropriations Committee to send the above message. If you prefer, call or email them with the same message.

 

 

 

Moms

 

 

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2 Minute Advocacy Ask for February 5 – 12

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2 Minute Advocacy Ask for February 5 – 12

 

  the askThe “Ask”:  Start or build upon a relationship with your own state representative or senator.

 

 

 

 

the whyThe Why:  Advocating is made easier by nurturing respectful but clear communications with elected officials.

 

 

 

 

the messageThe Message: “Hi – My name is __________ and I live in your district. Issues such as child health, child welfare, juvenile justice, child care and learning are important to me.  Please be sure to ask ‘Is it good for kids?’ as you study, develop and vote on legislation and budgets of all sorts.  Thank you for your time and your dedication to public service. I look forward to more opportunities to work together for the children in our district and in our state.”

 

the howThe How: To find your elected officials, go to: Open States  and then call or email them with the message above.

 

 

 

 

Remember to include Governor Deal! (http://gov.georgia.gov/webform/contact-governor-domestic-form)

 

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The Georgia Legislature is in Session . . . And your Short Email Makes a Difference for Children!

Advocacy Group PhotoHildegarde Gray, Tricia Stultz & Joy Borra lead the PTC Advocacy group.

“I promise you, legislators listen to citizens,” says UUCA member Nan Orrock, who is a state senator.

A note from UUCA’s Promise the Children advocacy group

The Georgia legislature is in session…. And they’re in a hurry to get their 40 days over with and start campaigning for re-election… That means it is more difficult than usual to stop the BAD bills and get the GOOD bills voted on…

So. Speed is the name of the game for citizen advocates, too!

And our “Two Minute Advocacy Ask” is a speedy way to have your say.

For the next eight weeks, we’ll urge you make children a priority and call or email your state legislator when we ask you.

We provide a short message and contact information for key policy makers who need to hear from you. It will take just two-ish minutes!

Who is this “we”??

UUCA has been an active part of Georgia’s network of child policy & advocacy organizations for more than a decade, and we have watched the power of ordinary voices become (for real!) a powerful voice for the welfare of children.

UUCA’s group is “Promise the Children: Advocacy.” This is the second year for our “Two-Minute Asks.” There’s a social hall table each week thru Easter. There’ll be widely publicized “Asks” linked to the PTC website www.promisethechildrenatuuca.wordpress.com. So speak up with us! Children are a priority!

How do we know our advocacy is effective?

In spite of what you probably think, emailing and calling your state legislators makes a huge difference! Legislators listen to us, and so does the governor.

Last year the legislature passed, and the governor signed, every single piece of legislation that we child advocates worked for.

Some Examples…

In the last 3 years, there have been amazing successes.

Last year, another big bill passed aimed at keeping children away from sex traffickers. This one will come with money to provide services to these young people (It has to be passed by voters in November – so get ready for more “Two-Minute Asks”!)  The legislature began passing important sex trafficking bills a few years ago, when citizen advocates staged a rally at the Capitol and about 500 people showed up! Our voices have power.

Two years ago, Georgia passed one of the best Juvenile Justice bills in the nation after 4 years of prep and bill-development lead by the child advocacy community. The legislation got strong support from a flood of calls from citizen advocates like us. It got a kick over the finish line by Gov. Deal, who came to support it.

The Child Welfare System is another area where there have been changes. For three years, Gov. Deal has included extra money in the state budgets to fund hundreds of new caseworkers…. without them, the other major changes underway cannot succeed. OUR emails to legislators helped keep, and one year to increase, the money in the budget for those jobs.

And next year it will be Education Reform! The Education Reform Commission has reported in, and after the November elections, you can expect to see many “Asks” as advocates work to ensure a good outcome for all schools.

Meanwhile, in November, Georgians will vote up/down the statewide charter school amendment. PTC is promising both “Education” and “Asks.”

So! Local advocacy works! Join your voices, please, to the legions citizen advocates at UUCA and in other communities of faith. Together, we can continue making sure “good” legislation happens for children and families.

RESOURCES/ QUICK Links:

Thanks for making children a priority!

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Upcoming in October: The Children’s Sabbath + some ABC’s

First! : The Children’s Sabbath

A nationwide call-to-action for children

Sunday, October 18 at 9:30 and 11:15

UUCA welcomes to the pulpit Rev. Bessie Donaldson from Big Bethel A.M.E. Church in Atlanta. “It’s an old saying, but true,” she says. “It is easier to raise up a good child than it is to fix a broken adult.”

Then, some ABC’s! :

A = “A lot’s goin’ on!”…

    UUCA’s Promise the Children Lunch and Learn

From direct service programs to advocacy for children, opportunities abound here at UUCA! See where you fit in. Eat a tasty lunch and interact with the program leaders.

When: 12:45 – 2:00p.m. October 18 after the Children’s Sabbath service.

Where: in Room 208/209

B = “Be in the know”

        … so you can Be an advocate for children.

Register for Beyond the Bell: Developing Leaders Through Afterschool” 

A GA Voices seminar / webinar. This community conversation includes Georgia’s highest-level child policymaker, Bobby Cagle,  Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services.

When: Tuesday, October 20 from 10 a.m. – noon

Where: The Blue Room of the Freight Depot, 65 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive SE.

It’s a free event, but  please register to ensure a seat. If you can’t attend in person  check out the free live stream  online.

C = Children need our prayers….

        As well as our Service, Advocacy and Love.

Get your seat at the UUCA table for the Interfaith Children’s Movement’s 15th annual Prayer Breakfast. Ambassador Andrew Young keynotes.

When: Wednesday, October 21st from 7:30 – 9:30 a.m..

Where: The Temple, 1589 Peachtree Street, Atlanta.

UUCA has 10 seats; Tickets are $50, $100, $250. $25 for students, and two tickets free.

Contact: promisethechildren@uuca.org for more information and questions on all of this!

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