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3/20/2009 11:07:36 AM
Home School Legal Defense Association
HSLDA: Parental Rights Amendment Has Fifty-Six Sponsors!

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Fifty-Six Sponsors!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends:

On March 11, we invited you to make history. And you did it!

On that date, we had 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives
committed to becoming original co-sponsors of the Parental Rights
Amendment, joining the bill's lead sponsor, Rep. Pete Hoekstra of
Michigan. We urged you to write your congressman, in hopes of
convincing 19 more to join on before the bill was introduced.

Thanks to the leadership of Rep. Pete Hoekstra, your calls, emails and
letters, coupled with the diligent work of Rep. Hoekstra's staff, an
additional 24 representatives have signed on to sponsor this bill,
bringing our total (including Rep. Hoekstra himself) to 56 as of
today! With that many secured, plans are underway to introduce the
bill in the House on March 31.

To see who has joined us, check our list of sponsors at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6287 . If your representative is on
the list and you have not yet done so, consider writing a letter
thanking them for sponsoring the Parental Rights Amendment. You might
use a simple statement like the following:

"I just learned that you have committed to co-sponsor Rep. Hoekstra's
Parental Rights Amendment bill. I believe very strongly in this
Amendment, and I am proud to be able to say that my congressman will
be an original co-sponsor! Thank you, and keep up the good work!"

We do urge that you write a letter of thanks to your congressman. If
that is not possible, an email would be a good second choice. We ask
that you do not call them to thank them. Phone calls tend to interrupt
their day, which makes them great tools for urging action, but a poor
way to say "Thank you."

Of course, if your congressman is still not on board, you might want
to contact them again. This time, though, instead of asking them to
become a cosponsor, ask them this:

"Rep. Hoekstra's Parental Rights Amendment bill will be introduced on
the 31st, and he already has 56 original cosponsors. Why isn't
Congressman ____ one of them?"

This will put them on the spot, and force them to ask themselves the
same question -- Why not?

Once again, you can find your representative's Washington office
address (or phone number) by typing your zip code into the box at
Congress.org http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6288 .

Fifty-six is very encouraging number of original co-sponsors, and
having 100,000 signers on the Parental Rights petition certainly was
helpful in securing their support. To pass the Amendment, however, is
going to require 290 "Yea" votes in the House, and we're going to need
millions of citizen supporters to bring that about. Our petition is
not a legal document in any way--but it is a tool for communicating to
Congress the overwhelming number of Americans who support the Parental
Rights Amendment.

That is why, even in light of this great victory, we need more than
ever volunteers to recruit or to become 10-and-2 Representatives to
secure even more signatures to the Parental Rights petition. If you
have not yet accepted that mission, we urge you to get involved in
that campaign at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6289 ! If you
haven't signed the petition yet yourself, that would also be a great
place to start. Sign the petition here
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6290 .

In addition, if you are not already a member, I would encourage you to
consider joining ParentalRights.org. The membership fee of $25 will
fund our on-going efforts to pass the Parental Rights Amendment, and
each new member will receive two new window decals bearing the
ParentalRights.org logo and motto, "Protecting children by empowering
parents." If you have not already done so, won't you join today
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=6291 . These decals are a great way
to start a discussion of parental rights with people you come into
contact with every day.

Gratefully yours,

Michael P. Farris
President
ParentalRights.org

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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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