Monthly Archives: January 2014

Facing Sex Trafficking of Children in Atlanta

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On Thursday, January 30, at 7 PM, join us at UUCA for a moving performance: “Facing Sex Trafficking of Children in Atlanta.”

Every city has its dirty secrets!  Did you know that Atlanta is known as a center for the modern form of slavery called sex trafficking?  Sad to say, sex trafficking affects children and teenagers, mostly girls, from all walks of life in all kinds of neighborhoods—from the poorest to the richest.

Spiritual leaders from all faiths, civic leaders, artists, dancers and former victims will be gathering before an audience to tell their stories and help educate you about this shameful issue in as thoughtful way.

The Program is called “Facing Child Sex Trafficking: Atlanta’s Dirty Little Secret.”  The goal is to educate and inform the public about the child sex trafficking crisis in metro Atlanta. By raising awareness the project founders want to help parents, educators, medical professionals, faith community leaders, teens and adults to understand the signs and to protect children from being vulnerable to predators, both on the internet and in their community.  They also are empowering artists to continue to use their voices to speak out on social justice issues.

We are delighted to announce that Facing Project Founders J.R. Jamison-Pippin and Kelsey Timmerman will join us for the event.

We invite you to JOIN US IN THE FIGHT TO END MODERN SLAVERY IN ATLANTA and around the world!    

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR 7PM THURSDAY, JANUARY 30TH.

LOCATION:  UUCA!

Please come. Entrance is free and there will be a reception afterwards which will give you the opportunity to talk to the people from various organizations which have rallied around this cause that affects all of us!

To paraphrase Martin Luther King: if there is a daughter or son in this city that is being sex trafficked, it affects me and the children in my family as well.

We need to stand up together against the crime of sex trafficking or we all participate in it on some level!

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Come to ICM Day at the Capitol: “Have a Heart for Children”

UUCA Members can advocate for the rights of all our children by attending a “Day at the Capitol.” These opportunities to speak with your legislator are sponsored by the statewide Child Advocacy organizations that are partners with UUCA’s Promise the Children Advocacy Group.

If you can make the time, this will be a memorable experience!ICM Heart

The date is Thursday, February 6 and it is sponsored by The Interfaith Children’s Movement, which UUCA helped found in 2001.

When:
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM – ongoing but ends at 3:00 PM
Registration begins at 9:00 AM

Location:
Gathering at Trinity United Methodist Church
265 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303
(Immediately down the street from the Capitol)

Never been to a Day at the Capitol?
Here are the “logistics”

Gather at Trinity United Methodist Church, 265 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, GA 30303 (immediately down the street from the State Capitol).
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9:00 a.m.: Registration /Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m.: Orientation and Legislative Briefings.

You’ll receive your ICM “Have a Heart for Children” badge, advocacy training and information to provide to your legislators.

If you have pre-registered, ICM will provide you with the
names and locations of your legislators when you arrive.

Before February 6, call your State Representative and State Senator  and let them know that you will be at the Capitol on February 6. You can find out who they are by visiting http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/

NOTE:

These activities will be repeated throughout the day. The goal is to have delegations of like-district attendees make  group visits to their legislators.

Once delegations are sorted, you will proceed to calling on your legislators and engaging them in discussions on ICM’s priority issues regarding our children

Word to the WISE – Ride MARTA!  Parking near the Capitol can be impossible during the legislative session.

Advocacy Platform:

Interfaith Children’s Movement’s advocacy platform includes help for Georgia’s children, such as:

JUVENILE JUSTICE

  • supporting full implementation of the new juvenile code, with a special focus on CHINS

CHILD PROTECTION

  • supporting passage of Safe Harbor Act legislation for child victims of sex trafficking;
  • supporting the restoration of $27 million to the child welfare budget

EDUCATION

  • strengthening local school councils and implementing more fair school discipline policies in every public school system;
  • supporting an increase in pre-K enrollment to 80% of eligible four-year-olds;
  • supporting compulsory school attendance from ages five through 18

CHILDREN OF IMMIGRANT FAMILIES

  • supporting successful outcomes for K-12 ELL students through development and implementation of linguistic and cultural training for educators in public schools

PARENTAL NURTURE

  • supporting passage of the Family Care Act and helping parents care for their children and keep their jobs

BUDGET

  • challenging proposals to shift from an income tax to a sales tax as the major source of state revenue

HEALTH CARE

  • supporting Medicaid expansion and a $1 increase in the cigarette tax

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Labels for Education: A New Way to Support Hope-Hill School

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Hope-Hill Elementary now participates in the LABELS FOR EDUCATION program.  The school can redeem the coupons for merchandise to benefit the school, teachers and students. Priscilla Borders, Hope-Hill’s PTA President is encouraging all of the school’s community partners, like UUCA, to CLIP and GIVE to help the school Earn!

It is easy to spot Labels for Education coupons on numerous grocery and household products, such as Campbell’s, V8 Juice, Prego, Dannon, Pepperidge Farm, Glad, and Pop-Secret.  For a complete list of participating products, visit: http://www.labelsforeducation.com/Earn-Points/Participating-Products or stop by the Hope-Hill table in the Social Hall on Sundays.

All you do is:

  • Purchase products that contain Labels for Education coupons;
  • Clip the coupons; and
  • Turn in your coupons at the Hope-Hill table. (Also, there is a collection box mounted on the Hope-Hill bulletin board across from Room 208.)

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Bonus Points.  Through January 31st, help earn 100 BONUS POINTS by collecting 5 UPCs from any Labels for Education participating brands.  We can earn 50 BONUS POINTS by collecting 5 UPCs from Pepperidge Farm products and 5 UPCs from any Campbell’s products.

This is an easy way for UUCA members, friends, and families to support the children and teachers at Hope-Hill.  Get your kids involved.  Ask them to help you spot Labels for Education products in the grocery store.  They can clip (with your help) the coupons and turn them in.  This is a great way to teach kids to be mindful of the needs of others and to encourage their spirit of helpfulness.  Won’t you and your family help?  Thanks for making a difference for Hope-Hill kids and teachers.

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