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5/28/2004 1:25:18 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Jersey--Rally A Huge Success; Bill Could Be Heard Thursday

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May 28, 2004


New Jersey--Rally A Huge Success; Bill Could Be Heard Thursday


Dear HSLDA members and friends:

The rally was a huge success!

1,600 or more homeschoolers gathered on Monday on the steps of the
Statehouse to speak out in favor of freedom and against Assemblywoman
Loretta Weinberg's bill, A1918.

There were few, if any, parking or transportation problems to deter
participation. Mothers, fathers, young adults, children, and babes in
strollers formed a large, colorful, enthusiastic, crowd. Dozens held
large signs carrying our message. Some gathered under the large nearby
shade trees; others covered the sunny plaza in front of the state
house and spilled into the street, where mounted officers patrolled on
horseback.

Numerous lawmakers (including U.S. congressman Scott Garrett) spoke to
the group, as well as members of the New Jersey Home School Task
Force, the tightly focused but loosely structured group of homeschool
leaders that planned and organized the rally. I spoke to the crowd
about some of the many recent legislative victories homeschoolers have
won in other states. Speaker after speaker defended the cause of
freedom and denounced A1918 as a senseless power grab and a
distraction from the real problem, which is taming the DYFS beast. The
cheers and shouts of the crowd could be heard for blocks. We came to
be heard, and we were!

The rally prompted many television and newspaper reports. Our presence
was felt in Trenton and across the state. Thank you for coming and
helping make a dramatic statement in defense of freedom!

There was no rain, no permit or law enforcement problems, and few if
any transportation or parking problems. God answered our prayers!

If you attended the rally, you will never forget it; if you did not,
you may have a second chance soon.

The rally was just a prelude. The Assembly Education Committee may
hold a public hearing on the bill. This will be the event that
justifies every homeschooler in the state coming to Trenton. The
Committee will meet on Thursday, June 3, and we hope to know shortly
whether this bill will be on the agenda. Please check your email
frequently.

Thank you for standing with us for freedom!


Sincerely,

Scott A. Woodruff, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney




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