Edited (July 24, 2014) to add this paragraph: The Disability Treaty has passed a major hurdle that we have been working toward during more than 18 months of sustained campaigning! The treaty (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) has been passed out of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. This means we are a major step closer to ratification–but we’re not there yet. We still need your help calling Senators to ask them to ratify. The Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org can help you with phone numbers and a script for talking with your Senators’ staff. With the Disability Treaty passed out of committee, Senator Reid could schedule a Senate floor vote at any time. Things may move VERY QUICKLY from here on out. Although I try to post alerts here when I am able, sometimes there is simply too much to do. The best way to ensure you don’t miss any important opportunities to take action is to subscribe to the CRPD Action Alert mailing list at http://disabilitytreaty.org/app/register?1&m=9605.
The text of the original blog post (posted on July 18) follows below:
Thank you to everyone who called their Senators this month and expressed support for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)! Based on your incredible show of support, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez has scheduled a mark-up hearing on July 22nd! (Senators will propose and vote on Amendments for the CRPD, then vote it out of Committee).
We need your help! It is critical! We cannot stop now: The world is watching!
Your Senators need to hear again from you and know that you support the CRPD! Show the community is behind this treaty and that we want the process to keep moving forward to a Floor vote!
Visit our citizen action portal,www.disabilitytreaty.org, to find yourSenators information and CALL them! They need to see that we want this NOW or we will not succeed.
You can make the CRPD Sticker your Facebook profile picture to encourage support by your friends and family
Or, find more stickers at http://bit.ly/CRPDprofile!
If you would like to the join the next National Youth and Campus leaders call, please contact Andrea Shettle at AShettle@USICD.org.