J. Michael Smith, Esq.
Michael P. Farris, JD, LLM
Fifth Annual CAP Training Day—October 11
HSLDA Federal Relations
September 12, 2011
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 families. Throughout the years, HSLDA has kept constant vigilance, fighting battle after battle to keep 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 freedoms.
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 go through legislation and practice lobbying techniques, and ways members can make their voices heard.
The next 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.
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. 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.
4. Travel: We do not provide overnight accommodations, but as an HSLDA member, you can take advantage of a 20 percent discount with Choice Hotels. 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 CAP@hslda.org or (540) 338-5600.
Thank for standing with us for freedom.