Support Global Disability Rights–Support the Disability Treaty!

So far, 561 616+ 660+ US disability, veterans, faith, and business organizations have signed on to express their support for human rights for people with disabilities across the US and around the world.  They are asking US Senators to take a stand and support US ratification of the international disability treaty (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD).  Please help reach 1000 supporting organizations!

People who oppose any form of US involvement with international issues have been fighting hard against this treaty.  They had a temporary win in December 2012 when the first US Senate vote on this issue failed to achieve ratification.  (The vote was 61 to 38 in support of ratification—but because we needed a two-thirds “supermajority” to ratify an international treaty, a 61 to 38 majority in favor wasn’t enough.)  We cannot let the opposition win again in 2013.  We need the support of every organization and every individual we can get. In short–we need YOU.

How to help?

1. Please contact both of your US senators and ask them to do everything they can to support US ratification of the CRPD disability treaty in 2013!  Find contact information for your US senators at http://www.senate.gov or in this Word file with complete contact information for all 100 US senators.  You can call them, send an email, send a Twitter message, leave a message on their Facebook page, send postal mail to either their DC office or local office in your state, or even visit their office to talk with their staff. Whatever works for you.  You can even do all the above. (It’s okay to contact a senator on the same issue several times over the course of a few weeks or months–it shows that you are passionate about the issue).

2. Find out if your favorite US organization has signed on to support the disability treaty (CRPD).  If not, please contact them and ask them to sign on:

http://usicd.org/template/page.cfm?id=252

Please note that the web page displaying the list of supporting US organizations is updated about once a week. It may be a few days before a new organization appears in the list.

3. Individual US citizens can sign a petition from Handicap International at http://www.handicap-international.us/support_the_disability_treaty

4. Want to do more?  Check the US CRPD Ratification Resources page at this blog to find more materials that you can use to educate yourself and others about the CRPD and more ideas how to take action.  Also, consult the Ratify CRPD Facebook page regularly to learn what other grassroots advocates are doing across the country, tell others what action you have taken, and exchange ideas.

This page has been updated as of August 27, 2013.

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