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1/30/2009 10:09:20 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Nebraska: Please Attend the Homeschool Legislative Day

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January 30, 2009

Nebraska: Please Attend the Homeschool Legislative Day

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

On Wednesday, February 18, 2008, the Nebraska Christian Home Educators
Association (NCHEA) is sponsoring its third annual Legislative Day at
the Capitol. HSLDA Staff Attorney for member affairs in Nebraska,
Michael Donnelly, will be in attendance as families from all over
Nebraska meet in Lincoln to watch hearings, meet senators, learn about
the unicameral and find out how to protect parental rights. The event
is free, and family members of all ages are welcome. The day will
include:

> Training on contacting senators;
> Investigating how a bill becomes a law;
> Receiving resource materials;
> Observing part of a legislative hearing; and
> Participating in a special tour of the Capitol.

After last year's fight against L.B. 1141 it should be apparent how
important this is. During each session of the unicameral, NCHEA and
HSLDA monitor bills, hearings, and debates that impact your parental
rights. It is our goal to work together to educate senators about
your inherent right to homeschool and the benefits of homeschooling.

In 25 years, we have seen how effective legislative days are in
preventing bad legislation or enacting good law. A face-to-face
meeting between a legislator and a homeschooling family gives the
legislator the opportunity to see firsthand the positive benefits of
homeschooling. Informed homeschooling constituents who meet with and
demonstrate interest in their legislator's activities provide that
legislator with reasons to vote in favor of maintaining homeschool
freedom. If a legislator never meets a homeschooler, he may have no
reason to support parental freedom to homeschool and may vote against
homeschooling if presented with the issue.

In addition to protecting your freedom, the Home School Day at the
Capitol provides a great opportunity to your children for a field trip
to learn about state government and how laws are made in Arkansas.

NCHEA Home Educators Legislative Day will be packed with civics
adventures and learning for all! The registration deadline is February
4, 2009. Register today at: http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6016

Plan ahead and make an appointment with your legislators. Take
advantage of this opportunity. Don't miss this year's great event!

For more information, go to www.NCHEA.org, or contact Deb Badeer at
nchea@nchea.net

In addition, NCHEA is starting a new arm of legislative contact aimed
at building relationships with senators by recruiting and training at
least one constituent family per district. NCHEA would like to have
at least one family in each of the 49 districts volunteer to contact
their senator three or more times per year with a personal visit,
emails, calls, and letters of thanks. Senators receive very little
thanks for their service, and many complaints, so basic kindness and
respect are powerful tools of relationship development.

At the bottom of the Legislative Day Registration page there is an
invitation to join "HELM", which stands for Honoring and Encouraging
Legislative Members. NCHEA will have a 20-30 minute informative
meeting with the HELM team right after the Legislative Luncheon. All
volunteers are encouraged to attend this meeting.

This day is important as we work to build relationships and maintain
your liberties. I hope you will join me and attend!


Sincerely,

Michael P. Donnelly, Esq.
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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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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