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8/26/2002 10:36:20 AM
J. Michael Smith, Esq., President of HSLDA
California--Urgent Financial Support of Family Protection Ministries Needed

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August 26, 2002

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Most of you know me as the President of Home School Legal Defense
Association and the attorney who represents HSLDA members from
California. My wife and I are also "retired" home educators, having
taught our own children for 13 years. We began our home schooling
journey in California and that state continues to be personally very
important to me - in fact, California court cases and legislation
often set legal precedents that affect our whole nation.

As hard as HSLDA has worked to establish and protect our members'
freedom to home school, we can't do it alone. We are deeply indebted
to the equally diligent efforts each involved home schooling family
and to an invaluable partner in this battle - Family Protection
Ministries (FPM).

Fifteen years ago, the home school leadership in California together
with HSLDA, asked Roy Hanson to serve as special consultant for
legislative affairs. Roy established Family Protection Ministries to
serve in this capacity.

FPM is the only full-time ministry in Sacramento defending both
parental rights and private home schooling freedoms in our state
legislature (which passes more bills each year than the U.S.
Congress). FPM Director Roy Hanson, with the capable assistance of
Jim Davis, daily monitors thousands of pieces of legislation in
California. In addition, Roy, Jim, Mary Schofield of CHEA, and HSLDA
work closely together in monitoring and interacting with the various
administrative offices that can impact home schooling families.

No other persons I have met are as uniquely qualified and have the
successful track record Roy and Jim have for the job they do. Such
people must be able to pay attention to detail in reviewing
legislation, proposed regulations, and administrative actions and
have the background, training, experience, and wisdom to be able to
determine what legislation and proposals will be damaging to home
schooling and parental freedoms. They must be dedicated to this
mission and work hard on their own initiative. And together they must
have the skills to strategize and organize opposition to each threat.
I know Roy and Jim personally and work with them closely on a regular
basis. They have demonstrated these skills consistently and with
excellence. They are committed and are well respected as competent
professionals.

Against incredible odds, they have been used mightily by God to
ensure your freedoms have remained intact. They have been there for
California home educators for the last 15 years, winning important
battles every year in the legislature.

Just this month, a great victory was achieved when the legislature
finally amended A.B.634 so that compulsory school age was not lowered
to age 5 and kindergarten would not become mandatory. The positive
A.B.634 amendment is very similar to and likely came from the
language Roy and Jim provided to the author over a year ago after
consultation with HSLDA.

In addition, during this legislative session, FPM was blessed by God
to lead in many other victories, including successfully defeating
many dangerous bills such as: (1) A.B.804 (adding "educational
neglect" to the definition of child abuse), (2) S.B. 276 (psychiatric
mental health screening of all citizens, from birth till death, every
four years), (3) A.B.1763 (Emergency Health Powers Act: forced
treatments even if death could result and confiscation of property
without due process or compensation), (4) S.B. 765 (requiring
dangerous interrogation of children concerning non-health, private
family matters and intrusive home visits in government health
programs) and (5) S.B. 650 (a statewide daytime curfew). Passage of
any one of these bills would have resulted in devastating long-term
ramifications for home schooling families' rights.

This session they were also able to stop A.B.102 in the California
Legislature from adding "endangerment of a child's emotional well-
being" as a new separate category of reporting child abuse. This
definition could have allowed catastrophic misuse of the child abuse
reporting system.

Roy and Jim need your help now!

Because contributions have taken a spring and summer slump, Roy and
Jim need $8,400 additional help now, beyond the normal giving, in
order for them to receive their full August and September salary. Roy
and Jim also need an increase in monthly giving of about $700 a month
to help meet their needs in order not to have to move out of their
office space.

Due to recent changes in personnel in the California Department of
Education's office, its handling process for private school
affidavits, and some other factors, home schoolers are facing a
possible increase in harassment and attempted prosecutions. We at
HSLDA will do all we possibly can to defend our members successfully.
But we need to be able to work together with a strong and viable FPM
to protect your freedom.

You and I must ensure that Family Protection Ministries has the
proper resources to be able to continue to monitor all of the
legislation and to be able to mount an effective opposition to
adverse legislation. Therefore, I strongly commend their work to you.

Please give as generously as you can. If you are already giving, I
thank you and ask you to please continue and consider increasing your
financial support of this vital work.

Family Protection Ministries needs families who will begin giving
$15, $25, $50, or $100 a month. Roy and FPM are 100 percent
dependent upon contributions from home schoolers for salary and
expenses. Time is of the essence.

I urge you to help now. Contributions (tax-deductible) should be made
payable to Family Protection Ministries (P.O. Box 730, Lincoln, CA
95648-0730). Both monthly and annual contributions are needed and
appreciated. Please pass this along to your home schooling friends
and encourage them to support Family Protection Ministries.

Thank you for your part in the fight to preserve the level of home
education freedoms we enjoy in California. This is also an important
investment in your children's and your grandchildren's future
freedoms.

Sincerely yours,

J. Michael Smith
President of HSLDA

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