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12/12/2008 9:43:06 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
New Mexico--Help Needed for 2009 Legislative Season!

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December 12, 2008

New Mexico--Help Needed for 2009 Legislative Season!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

The Christian Association of Parent Educators - NM (CAPE-NM) is
gearing up for New Mexico's 2009 legislative season, and they need
your help!

With the post-election composition of the New Mexico legislature, it
appears that the 2009 session will pose more battles for the family.
Legislation can be filed as soon as December 15, so it is imperative
that organization happens quickly!

CAPE is forming a coalition of people to advocate for moral and
ethical values and is asking homeschooling families to volunteer their
time for one of the following:

1. CITY OR COUNTY COORDINATOR: Commit to contact every church and
group in your community in the next two weeks, and recruit at least
one contact person for each. Be willing to remind, motivate,
encourage, and pray with your contact people so that they do not grow
weary or discouraged.

2. CONTACT PERSON: Volunteer to speak to your own church and your
support group in the next two weeks, handing out 3 x 5 cards for
names, phone numbers, and email addresses. The contact person will set
up (or delegate and supervise) a group email list, receive alerts from
the coalition, and forward emails. This person must be willing to BE
that contact person in his or her church, speak and pray with the
pastor, and maybe even lead a team of people to the Capitol for a day.


3. RESPONSIVE (AND RESPONSIBLE) FAMILIES: Pray, send emails and
postcards, make phone calls, and be willing to go to Santa Fe to
attend committee meetings and show support for moral and ethical
values. Remind, motivate, encourage, and pray with your family so that
they do not grow weary or discouraged. God willing, as far as it is
possible, be prepared to respond at a moment's notice. In addition,
families may be asked to:
a. Ask others to sign up;
b. Send an email, a letter, a post card;
c. Make a call on an issue;
d. Talk to friends and acquaintances about the need to protect our
freedoms and stand for principles; and
e. Commit to $5 per month to the effort (For the coalition to use for
newspaper and TV advertisements).

ACTION REQUESTED

If you are willing to serve in one of these areas, reply to CAPE with
your choice (1. City/County Coordinator, 2. Church/Organization
Contact, or 3. Family). Please include your name, email address,
church or organization, and location. CAPE's contact information is
below:

CAPE-NM
P. O. Box 3203
Moriarty, NM 87035
info@cape-nm.org


BACKGROUND:

The CAPE-NM board of directors is convinced that New Mexico urgently
needs a nonpartisan coalition of passionately determined families
committed to preserving the family in a hostile world.

CAPE's main goal is to support homeschooling families, and it will
continue to protect and defend the right to homeschool. However, the
group feels that to accomplish this purpose, they must band together
with like-minded and equally determined men and women who will lead
others to pray and speak out on all family-related issues, including
home education.

The homeschooling community is known for its dedication to traditional
family values, citizenship, passion, and action, and as a result, CAPE
has been asked to lend its effective support to pro-family issues.
CAPE's bylaws and purpose limit its involvement in issues such as the
fairness doctrine, hate crimes, etc. that are equally important but
not directly related to homeschooling. Thus, CAPE is using its
influence to recruit people for a statewide Coalition for
Moral/Ethical Values that will tackle these issues.

Led by veteran New Mexican statesmen (not just politicians) like
Congressman Steve Pearce and Walter Bradley, pastors, and businessmen,
the coalition is looking for 250,000 volunteers throughout the state
to join an emergency email network that will reach people at a
moment's notice to address potentially fatal legislation scheduled to
be passed in the next legislative session, which is just weeks away.

Thank you for taking the time to consider CAPE's request.

Sincerely,

Christopher J. Klicka
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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-> Have you ever yelled into the wind, only to hear the sound of your
voice blown back at you?

It's hard to be heard in the midst of a storm. Trying to influence
federal legislation is much like yelling to be heard while
standing in a fierce wind. Yet when 80,000 voices join together,
they become a powerful force that cannot be drowned out.
Join HSLDA to be heard above the tempests that threaten homeschool
freedoms.

More reasons to join HSLDA...
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=1939

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