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.
The date is Thursday, February 6 and it is sponsored by The Interfaith Children’s Movement, which UUCA helped found in 2001.
Date: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Time: 9:30 AM – ongoing but ends at 3:00 PM
Registration begins at 9:00 AM
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).
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/
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.
Interfaith Children’s Movement’s advocacy platform includes help for Georgia’s children, such as:
- supporting full implementation of the new juvenile code, with a special focus on CHINS
- supporting passage of Safe Harbor Act legislation for child victims of sex trafficking;
- supporting the restoration of $27 million to the child welfare budget
- 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
- supporting passage of the Family Care Act and helping parents care for their children and keep their jobs
- challenging proposals to shift from an income tax to a sales tax as the major source of state revenue
- supporting Medicaid expansion and a $1 increase in the cigarette tax