From the HSLDA E-lert Service:


9/27/2011 2:46:56 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Last Week to Register--to Attend Fifth Annual CAP Training Day--October 11!

From the HSLDA E-lert Service...

Last Week to Register--to Attend Fifth
Annual CAP Training Day--October 11!

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

Since homeschooling exploded in popularity in the early 1980s,
homeschoolers have enjoyed the liberty to thrive in the United States
due to the grace of God and the diligence and sacrifice of those first
homeschool families. Throughout the years, HSLDA has kept constant
vigilance fighting battle after battle to preserve our freedoms. Yet,
as the federal government grows, and we see our rights become more and
more threatened, we must defend our freedom even more fervently.
Daniel Webster once said, "God grants liberty only to those who love
it and are always ready to guard and defend it."

In keeping with that statement, HSLDA created the Congressional Action
Program (CAP). CAP teaches our members how to effectively interact
with Congress and facilitates lobbying days for families to visit key
members of Congress and encourage them to stand up for homeschool

We are hosting a CAP training day to inform our members regarding the
battles we currently face in Washington, D.C. and equip them with the
tools they will need to come along side us in protecting homeschooling
nationwide. We will review legislation, practice lobbying techniques,
and discuss ways you can make your voice heard. The CAP training and
preparation day will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011, at Patrick
Henry College in
Purcellville, VA. We will start at 10:00 a.m., take a break for lunch
at noon, and then wrap up by 3:30 p.m.

Our training day will prepare you for our upcoming CAP on the Hill
lobbying days in Washington, D.C., as well as lobbying on your own. We
will have congressional staff members, HSLDA's federal relations
staff, and current CAP members share some of their lobbying
experiences and tips for what works (and what does not).

How do I sign up?

1. To participate in the CAP training day, each family must be members

of HSLDA and complete the CAP Lobbyist Application found at (unless you have already done
so in the past).

2. COST: There is a fee of $15 per family to help subsidize lunch
expenses. However, if you have paid to attend any of the previous CAP
training days, the fee is waived.

3. TRAVEL: We do not provide overnight accommodations, but as an HSLDA
member, you can take advantage of a 20 percent discount with Choice
Hotels found at There are several other
hotels in the Leesburg, VA area as well.

If you have any questions, please visit our CAP website or contact
Melanie Palazzo at or (540) 338-5600.

Thank for standing with us for freedom.

Very truly yours,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA

William A. Estrada, Esq.
Director, Federal Relations Department

-> Extreme makeovers are for extreme circumstances...

Most homeschools don't need an extreme makeover, but there is
something to be said for attention to detail and recognition of
accomplishments. Watch the media and you'll soon see that not
everyone wants home educators and homeschooling to look good.
HSLDA works hard to shed light on the good work of home educators
so it's obvious that we don't need someone "making-over" our
homeschools. Join HSLDA and help us show the world that we're fine
as we are . . . thank you!

More reasons to join HSLDA...

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