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8/26/2011 2:05:49 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Alabama -- City Council to Vote on Daytime Curfew Tuesday

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Alabama -- City Council to Vote on Daytime Curfew Tuesday

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends in Mobile:

According to its published agenda, the Mobile City Council will vote
on the proposed daytime curfew at its regular meeting on Tuesday,
August 30, at 10:30 a.m. Your calls and emails to council members are
needed to defeat passage of this ordinance that restricts the
liberties of law-abiding citizens.

On August 4, approximately three weeks ago, 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, all minors may 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.

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 http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12167are available online.
The mayor's contact information
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12168 can also be found online.

2. 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=12169

Read the mayor's memorandum to homeschooling parents >>
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12170

Read HSLDA's information on daytime curfews >>
http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=12171

Very truly yours,

Dewitt T. Black, III
HSLDA Senior Counsel

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