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4/24/2008 2:50:02 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
California--Family Protection Ministries Urgently Needs Support

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California--Family Protection Ministries Urgently Needs Support

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

As you know, we at HSLDA have been very busy working on legal
responses to the rehearing of the negative homeschool Appellate Court
decision that became public on February 28.

What you may not know is that since Feb. 28, Family Protection
Ministries has been very busy leading the fight for us in the
California Legislature to successfully stop several plans to introduce
legislation this year that would have resulted in unacceptable and
burdensome regulation of homeschooling. This present and ongoing
battle is a direct result of the negative Appellate Court decision.

Family Protection Ministries (FPM) is in critical need of increased
financial support in order to continue their work now and through the
summer. FPM is the only organization, with a full-time presence in
Sacramento, dedicated to protecting the freedoms of private
homeschooling in the California Legislature.

HSLDA has worked very closely with Family Protection Ministries for
more than 20 years to advance and protect your freedom in California
to teach your children at home. Roy Hanson, Jim Davis, and Nathan
Pierce of FPM are our eyes and ears and "troops on the ground" in
Sacramento.

Over the last several years, Family Protection Ministries has led the
charge to defeat horrible bills, which would have significantly
reduced your freedom. These include:

> A state daytime curfew law;
> An attempt to add "educational neglect" as a category for child
abuse;
> A bill that would have made mandatory mental health examinations for
every Californian every three years;
> A bill that would have required at-risk screening and intrusive
homes visitations of newborn babies;
> Bills in almost every session to lower the compulsory attendance to
age 5 and introduce mandatory kindergarten;
> A bill that would have made habitual truancy a new category of child
abuse resulting in child protective services conducting truancy
investigations;
> A bill that would have mandated politically correct parenting
education a graduation requirement in California.

In teamwork with others, FPM is also providing leadership in the
battle to defeat A.B. 2943, the new anti-spanking bill. A.B. 2943
replaced A.B. 755, which was defeated earlier this year--thanks to
your calls and Family Protection Ministries' leadership.
Additionally, FPM is monitoring thousands of bills and working behind
the scenes on bills that could affect private homeschoolers.

In dealing with the aftermath of the Appellate Court decision, FPM has
incurred a huge increase in costs of printing, communications, and
travel; plus an increase in part-time hourly help expenses necessary
to deal properly with this situation. Roy, Jim, and Nathan have been
working incredibly long hours into the evenings and on weekends just
to handle all of the high priority tasks since Feb. 28 They are
exhausted. They need one more full-time staff person. Until they are
financially able to hire a new full-time staff person, they must at
least have the resources to pay for more hours of part-time help just
to survive.

FPM must invest their resources and time in developing and maintaining
important relationships with dozens of organizations, hundreds of
families, and 120 legislative offices. Without FPM's past and current
efforts, we would likely be facing several battles for our homeschool
freedoms right now.

God has used Roy Hanson's and Jim Davis's skillful expertise and
experience along with their strategic legislative contacts, to equip
them for this unique work of successfully preventing and eliminating
dangerous legislation.

The California Legislature is in session and our freedoms are at risk.
We must have FPM's presence in Sacramento to protect our liberties!
Family Protection Ministries is funded solely by tax-deductible
donations from homeschool families in California. Without your
support, Family Protection Ministries will not continue to exist.

I am asking you to give sacrificially and generously today to ensure
our continued freedom to homeschool in California. FPM needs both new
regular monthly support and one-time gifts. For those of you who are
already giving to FPM, I thank you and ask you to please consider
giving an extra amount at this time. Please also consider forwarding
this request onto other homeschoolers. Those who give $40 or more each
calendar year will receive FPM's newsletter on a complimentary basis.
Make your tax-deductible gift payable to FPM, and mail it today to:

FPM
P.O. Box 730
Lincoln, CA 95648-0730

Thank you for your consideration of FPM's urgent need as they work
diligently to protect our freedoms.


God Bless,

Mike Smith
President, HSLDA

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