|The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is being brought to the U.S. Senate floor this week. We are nearing a vote, as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) indicated he will bring the treaty up to begin debate during Executive Session within the next few days. The Arc has been working with numerous other disability advocacy groups to garner support for ratifying the treaty, which will promote, protect, and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities. This vote is the culmination of months of advocacy work by advocates like you and we need your help to ensure ratification.It is important for you to contact your Senators today and let them know that you support CRPD. We need every U.S. Senator to be contacted and to know that the disability community is leading the charge for U.S. ratification of this international disability treaty. Our voice matters.
Get your friends, family, and work colleagues to make calls and use social media today to show support! Click on the “take action” link at the top of the page to get started.
You can find phone and email contact information for your Senators here, and Twitter IDs for your Senators here (Tweet using #CRPD #UNCRPD).
Tell your Senators:
- I am a person with a disability (I am a family member/friend/supporter of a person with a disability) and I want to see the Senator vote in support of the CRPD this year!
- The CRPD will not cost the Federal Government any additional funds.
- The CRPD has been reviewed by both Republican and Democratic Attorneys General and by past Counsel to Presidents. They confirm that it does not threaten the sovereignty of the U.S. nor does it require any new legislation to comply with the treaty.
- This treaty is good for American business and for the world. It will allow us to bring our knowledge of making a society accessible to the whole world.
- MOST IMPORTANTLY – This treaty is very important to the U.S. disability community! Following U.S. ratification of the treaty, U.S. leadership will help raise accessibility around the world, directly helping Americans with disabilities who live, work, or travel abroad.
Sample Tweet : @(SenatorID) Vote to support the #CRPD #UNCRPD! This is a #disability issue and we say vote YES!
Sample Twitpic: https://twitter.com/USICD/status/259376999901044736/photo/1