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Michael P. Farris, Esq.

Attend the Fourth Annual CAP Training Day December 8

HSLDA Federal Relations Department

October 28, 2009

With parental rights and homeschooling becoming more and more threatened by the growing power of the federal government, it is imperative that homeschool families become involved in the congressional process. As President Dwight D. Eisenhower said in a broadcast speech in 1954, “Politics ought to be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage.”

HSLDA’s Congressional Action Program (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 freedoms!

All families must attend a CAP training day before joining us for lobbying on the Hill. The next CAP training and preparation day will be Tuesday, December 8, 2009, at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, VA. We will start at 10:30 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., which will begin in January or February of 2010. 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!), and we will brief you on the political issues we wish to discuss with congressional legislators and staffers.

How do I sign up?

1. To participate in the CAP training day, each family must be members of HSLDA and complete the CAP application form.

2. This is a great time to invite friends to join HSLDA and get involved in CAP lobbying! They will also need to fill out a CAP registration form.

3. 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.

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