Monday, March 19, 2012
Kansas City Curfew Update
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Full Force Needed March 21 against Kansas City Daytime Curfew
Please stand up for freedom on Wednesday.
Scott Woodruff answers questions and assists members with legal issues in Missouri. He and his wife homeschooled their children. Read more >>
Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,
The gauntlet has been thrown down to you. Councilman Wagner has submitted a new draft curfew ordinance that is just as bad as—or worse than—the original one.
But taking a stand for freedom, Councilman Sharp has submitted an entirely different plan: one that involves enforcing existing attendance law rather than making it a crime for a young adult to be in public.
The proposals of Councilman Sharp and Councilman Wagner represent two different ways of life. Wagner’s ratchets up government power and creates a disgraceful atmosphere in which young adults may be intimidated into hiding during the day. Sharp’s, on the other hand, makes the protection of inalienable rights a priority.
One of these two ways of life may prevail on Wednesday at the next committee meeting.
And it cannot be doubted that if a daytime curfew becomes ensconced in Kansas City, other towns will try to follow suit. After all, the current proponents of the curfew are saying Kansas City should follow the examples of daytime curfews in some smaller nearby towns.
Councilman Sharp needs your help!
If you live in Kansas City, or ever plan to visit there with your children, please attend the meeting of the Public Safety and Emergency Services Committee Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. The location is City Hall, 26th floor, 414 East 12th St., Kansas City, MO.
Remember to be calm and courteous. A respectful attitude sends a powerful message. Small children (strollers, diaper bags) should not be brought.
Parking will be difficult, so allow extra time. Consider car pooling. No knives, pepper spray, etc., may be brought in.
Wagner’s new draft is known a “V1.” Sharp has submitted two drafts: “V2” and “V2b.” They can be viewed online. The version known as V2 is best. We will be asking Sharp to urge the adoption of V2.
Daytime curfews never live up to their promises. And they hurt homeschool families more than others because we allow our children free time while public schools are in session.
Homeschoolers have been harassed and frightened by policemen who treat them like suspected criminals for doing nothing more than being in public.
Families for Home Education and HSLDA are united in opposing daytime curfews. Thank you for standing with us for freedom in Missouri!
Scott A. Woodruff