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8/4/2011 2:42:25 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Alabama -- Proposed Mobile Daytime Curfew Changed

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Alabama -- Proposed Mobile Daytime Curfew Changed

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Mobile:

Today, Mayor Samuel L. Jones issued a memorandum to homeschooling
parents telling them of revisions made to the proposed curfew
ordinance for Mobile. Eliminated altogether was the definition of a
"home-schooled minor" as a child who had been issued a certificate of
exemption by the public school superintendent." The definition of
"minor" was revised for purposes of the daytime curfew as a child who
has not reached his or her 17th birthday, thereby aligning the
language of the ordinance with state compulsory attendance law.
Additionally, the proposed ordinance was amended to exclude minors who
are enrolled in a church school or taught by a private tutor if they
are in a public place with the permission of their parent or guardian.

While all of the changes are favorable to homeschooling families, they
do not warrant support for a daytime curfew such as is being proposed.
If the proposed ordinance is passed, law-abiding minors will still be
stopped, questioned by police, and required to provide proof that they
are not in violation of the ordinance. They may be picked up and
transported to the Curfew Center. This type of treatment is abhorrent
to a free society and the principles of liberty upon which our nation
was founded.

Mayor Jones will hold a second community meeting on the proposed
juvenile curfew ordinance this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Mobile
Regional Senior Community Center. We urge you to attend this meeting
and express your opposition to the proposed ordinance.

Action Requested:

1. Please contact the mayor and members of the Mobile City Council by
telephone or email and express your opposition to the proposed
ordinance. The names and contact information for the city council
members are available at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11982 . The
mayor's contact information can also be found online at
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11983 .

2. Attend the public meeting this evening at 6:30 p.m. at the Mobile
Regional Senior Community Center at 3201 Hillcrest Road to demonstrate
your opposition to the proposed ordinance and speak against it.

3. Forward this email to other homeschooling families who are not
members of HSLDA and ask them to take the same action.

Please contact the mayor and city council members today!

View the text of the proposed ordinance;
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11984

Read the mayor's memorandum to homeschooling parents:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11985

Read HSLDA's helpful information on daytime curfews:
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=11986

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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