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Vol. XXV
No. 6

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by Will Estrada
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Homeschoolers Take on Capitol Hill

This summer saw Home School Legal Defense Association’s Congressional Action Program (CAP) families participate in numerous events on Capitol Hill.

Sen. Jim DeMint
Senator Jim DeMint of South Carolina took time to address HSLDA’s CAP participants on the Parental Righs Amendment.

HSLDA started CAP back in 1994. At that time, there was a desperate need for elected officials and their staff to meet homeschooling parents and children. Many elected officials had never met a homeschooler before and considered homeschoolers as strange as three-eyed, green aliens! That was, until they met HSLDA’s CAP families, who were normal, local homeschooling families. HSLDA staff trained families who lived within driving distance of Washington, D.C., on issues relating to homeschooling and how to lobby elected officials, and then had these families work with HSLDA staff during lobby days on the Hill.

The work paid off. Thanks to the dedication of these local homeschool families, homeschoolers have won tremendous victories over the years in our nation’s capital.

This summer was no exception. While many homeschoolers took a much-needed vacation, CAP families worked with HSLDA Federal Relations staff to lobby the United States Senate twice over the summer. The first lobby day for our CAP families was on June 24. Around 30 area homeschoolers attended a joint lobby day between HSLDA and Concerned Women for America (CWA) to bring attention to the dangers posed by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. After an interactive briefing session by CWA President Wendy Wright and HSLDA staff, the CAP families and volunteer lobbyists from CWA headed off to lobby key senators. Many of the families were able to meet with senior staffers, and several families were able to meet directly with senators, whom they urged to oppose both of these dangerous international conventions.

CAP members receive training.
Lobbyist Stephanie Monroe prepares CAP trainees to effectively lobby congressional members and staff in support of the Parental Rights Amendment on July 22.

Then nearly a month later, on July 22, HSLDA and ParentalRights.org hosted another joint lobby day. The message that the CAP families were asked to present to senators and their staff was simple: urge every U.S. senator to support the Parental Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Over 45 area homeschoolers joined ParentalRights.org and federal relations staff in visiting 99 senate offices, urging the senators to cosponsor the Parental Rights Amendment.

These families are modern day minutemen. Just as, during colonial days, ordinary citizens were ready at a minute’s notice to stand up for liberty, these Congressional Action Program families are always ready to stand up for the liberty of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children.

The HSLDA Federal Relations Department is getting ready to hold more CAP training days. If you live within driving distance of Washington, D.C., and are interested in learning how you can help lobby for homeschool freedom, please contact us at cap@hslda.org or 540-338-5600.