TELL YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT DISABILITY RIGHTS EVERYWHERE!!
Support the Convention on the Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)
ATTEND THE SENATE HEARING SCHEDULED FOR THURSDAY, JULY 12TH
AND CONTACT KEY SENATORS!
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international treaty that outlines the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. It embodies the American ideals that form the basis of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by empowering persons with disabilities to be independent and productive citizens. The US signed the CRPD on July 30, 2009.
Three years later, the Convention has yet to be ratified by the United States! 153 countries have signed it and 115 others have already ratified it!
On May 17, 2012, the Obama Administration submitted its treaty package to the Senate, which has since been supported by a bipartisan group of Senators.
Thanks to the disability community’s hard work, a hearing on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has FINALLY been scheduled for Thursday, July 12 in the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
But we still need your help convincing the Foreign Relations Committee to VOTE YES and send the treaty to the Senate floor for a vote!
We need you to fill the room at the hearing to show our support for the CRPD!
We have received word that the Home School Legal Defense Association, which opposes the CRPD, has activated national calls in opposition to the Convention based on inaccurate statements about the treaty. They will NOT stop us with stall tactics nor erroneous interpretations of the treaty language. Let our voices be heard over the opposition … make a call to your Senator on the Foreign Relations Committee and tell them that the disability community needs their support!
Attend the hearing currently scheduled for THURSDAY, JULY 12TH AT 9:00 AM IN SENATE DIRKSEN OFFICE BUILDING ROOM G50 (note that the time is currently scheduled for 9 am but may change. To see the latest schedule click here)
MESSAGE: “Senator, I am a constituent from your state and I support the CRPD. I look to you to attend the Foreign Relations Committee hearing on July 12th and to support ratification. The CRPD is in the United States’ interests, protects our citizens and veterans abroad, and honors the Americans with Disabilities Act.”
Chairman: Senator John Kerry (D-MA) (202) 224-4651
Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) (202) 224-6797
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-6441
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) (202) 224-3553
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD) (202) 224-4524
Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA) (202) 224-6324
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-5042
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) (202) 224-3344
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC) (202) 224-6121
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-2152
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) (202) 224-4721
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA) (202) 224-3643
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) (202) 224-5444
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) (202) 224-4744
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) (202) 224-3041
Senator Jim Risch (R-ID) (202) 224-2752
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) (202) 224-2841
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) COSPONSOR OF CRPD (202) 224-6621
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) (202) 224-4024