Effective Advocacy

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A Note from Our Executive Director

This handbook was written to acquaint you with simple, basic steps you can take to help prevent the loss of your freedoms. Ideas are presented on contacting your current legislators. Guidelines for maintaining these relationships and our need for representation are also presented.

The first contact may be the most difficult. The reason may be that this is an unfamiliar area. That first contact is also an opportunity to begin building an important relationship. It brings great satisfaction to be involved in the political process. It can be an exciting learning experience for the entire family.

In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:6

Most education and family policy is formed at the state (versus national) level. Therefore, you should put most of your efforts toward making contact with your state legislators: State Assembly Member and State Senator.

As you get to know your state legislators, they will begin to know your views and understand you. Currently, many legislators hold stereotyped views of private home educators. By prayerfully following these guidelines, you can begin to change this. Their association with you will temper their judgements on legislative matters.

Blessed are they who observe justice, who do righteousness at all times!
Psalms 106:3

The most important thing is to begin communicating in some manner. It is your responsibility, and even more your duty, to let your legislator hear from you. If you are not making your views known to your legislator, how will he represent you? You may be sure that your legislators are hearing from others with an opposing view.

We are praying for you as you help to advocate for private homeschooling freedom in California!