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.
The “Ask”: Call or write Governor Deal to thank him for prioritizing the Child Welfare Council Reforms in his budget request and for (once again) increasing the funding to the Juvenile Justice Incentive Grants.
The Why: Child Protective Service (CPS), foster care support, as well as DFCS (Division of Family and Children Services) workforce support and development, have been underfunded for ages. It is a complicated agency that has a really hard mission, and our children and families deserve the best supports they can get. Georgia needs to value those who check in on and protect children on a day to day basis.
“Dear Governor Deal, As a citizen of this great state, I want to thank you for your thoughtful approach to protecting and helping our children with your budget requests based on the Child Welfare Reform Council recommendations and for further increases in the community-based programs for young offenders. The sustained support for some of our most vulnerable children and teens is very much appreciated and valued. Thank you.”
The How: Click here to contact Governor Deal by webmail with the message above (or something similar), or call his office at 404 -656-1776. Or stop at the PTC Advocacy Table on Sunday! Questions? Email PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org.
Advocacy in a group won’t make you nervous and is quite a lot of fun.
ICM is calling upon the interfaith community to “Have a Heart for Children” at ICM Day at the Capitol on Wed. February 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.) Let’s speak up for Georgia’s children!
Why are we speaking up? Take a look.
We will gather at Trinity United Methodist Church, 265 Washington Street, SW, Atlanta, 30303, located immediately down the street from the State Capitol.
About the Day
9:00 a.m. Registration/Continental Breakfast
9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Orientation and Legislative Briefing
12:30 p.m. – Lunch and debriefing To REGISTER just send an email to PromiseTheChildren@uuca.org. The last day to register is February 2, 2015. For more detailed information about the day, go to ICM Day at the Capitol 2015 .
Parking is limited around the Capitol area, so we plan to carpool from UUCA.
Be a Voice for Children!
Each Sunday during the annual GA legislative session (now thru April 15), visit Promise the Children’s Advocacy Table in the social hall and use your voice to speak up for children.
“I promise you, legislators listen to citizens,” says UUCA member Nan Orrock, who is a state senator.
Our voices do make a difference!
Below: Hildegarde Gray, Tricia Stultz & Joy Borra lead the PTC Advocacy group.
Many of the children we work with at Operation P.E.A.C.E. find math an especially challenging subject. When we work with the upper elementary kids on Mondays and Wednesdays, we often do fun group activities. But we need more volunteers to work with one or two children at a time—helping them to stay on task as they do spinoff projects that are appropriate for their grade level and their individual skill level.
Are you able to help?
Math volunteers are needed to help on Wednesdays and/or Mondays 4 to 5 p.m. at Operation P.E.A.C.E. Contact Beth Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-687-8641).
Operation P.E.A.C.E. is one of our three partners in education in the Hope-Hill Neighborhood.