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10/15/2003 10:35:02 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Wyoming--Announcing Wyoming Homeschool "Legislative Reception"

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October 15, 2003

Dear Wyoming HSLDA Members and Friends,

Last year, when Senator Catherine Sessions filed three legislative
attacks on home education, a handful of families in the Cheyenne area
scrambled to respond. This year, homeschoolers across Wyoming are
working hard, fast, and continuously to prevent Senator Sessions from
carrying out her stated intent of enacting new homeschool
regulations. On Saturday, October 13, homeschoolers in the Cheyenne
area will have their single best opportunity to take a stand for
homeschool freedom.

On that day, the Wyoming Homeschool Legislative Watch "Legislative
Reception" will take place at 2 p.m. at the Cheyenne Library. HSLDA
strongly encourages every member family and friend to attend this
meeting, with your well-behaved homeschooled child twelve years old
and up, if possible. If you have small children, and cannot find a
babysitter, please consider helping another family attend by offering
to baby-sit their children. If you can baby-sit or need baby-sitting
help, please contact Linda Heath, the Baby-sitting Coordinator for
this event at sedge@ifriendly.com or (307) 547-3466.

Your participation in this event matters greatly. If legislators see
a small, disorganized group of families who cannot even manage their
own households well, they will assume that it is easy to pass new
homeschool laws. If, on the other hand, they see a large group of
well-organized families, with bright and articulate teens who can
explain why freedom matters so much to them, they will think twice
before taking our liberties away.

We recognize that mothers with nursing babies may not be able to
attend this event. The situation is not so desperate at present that
we feel the need to ask any mother to leave a nursing child to meet
with legislators.

If hostile homeschool regulations start moving during next year's
legislative session, however, we may need to call upon this degree of
sacrifice. It is important to limit the attendees to parents and
teens. These legislators are used to dealing with certified teachers
who prowl the halls of the Legislature with their "power suits" and
cell phones. We need to show them that they are dealing with an
equally serious, united, and disciplined group of homeschoolers if we
are to win in January.

For more information about the reception, contact Ray and Nicole Hohl
at (307) 640-1216 and zookeeper7@bresnan.net, or Becky Vandeberghe at
(307) 547-3785 and bvandeberghe@surfmk.com.

Thank you for your commitment to homeschool freedom! By working hard
and working together, we can preserve the blessings of liberty for
ourselves and our posterity.

Sincerely,


Scott Somerville
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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