Info & Resources for #StrawBan #SuckItAbleism Advocates

If you’re here, either you’re trying to understand why people with disabilities need easy access to single-use, bendy, plastic drinking straws — OR, you already know and need easy access to links, resources, and ammunition.

This is NOT a comprehensive round-up of media links or resources. It never will be because there’s too many. I’ll be adding a few at a time, sporadically, as and when I’m able. Come back from time to time to see the additions.

But first, let me extend tremendous gratitude to Kirsten Schultz, who gathered MANY of these links in one place in Facebook. I have cribbed extensively from her work, so she deserves most of the credit.

Infographics

So why don’t those alternate straw solutions work for disabled people, like compostable paper straws, or metal, glass, silicon, pasta, etc.? Click here to find three handy infographics that summarize this complicated issue into a few bullets and charts. (Image descriptions are available at the link. And if you keep scrolling down past the last infographic and description, you’ll find a few answers to some of the more common questions and reactions to the infographics.)

Yes, Cities Really Are Banning Straws

Just a few examples of cities and companies that have either done it or are still debating it.

Why Straw Bans Harm Disabled People

Yes, disabled people care about the environment too. And disabled people are already doing what we can to save the environment. But some disabled folks confront more barriers in trying to engage in eco-friendly behavior. Want to fix the problem? Start listening to disabled people to understand the actual barriers.

Hint: Listening for five minutes then saying, “But why can’t you just–” isn’t really listening. All this is more complicated than most non-disabled people seem to realize. All this is more complicated than even *I* realized, and I already knew why straws are an important accessibility need for some disabled people. There is so much nuance and complexity I had not grasped until I started reading DOZENS of stories from people with disabilities. If you’ve only been reading for an hour or three? Then, honey, you haven’t even started.

People Impacted by Straw Bans

Why Straw Bans are a Misguided Way of Helping the Environment

Satire

For people who want to use satire to make their point, @dfergusson wrote this brilliant Twitter thread using a fictional future ban on tampons to satire some of the political conflicts we have seen around the real world straw bans. It invites the reader to consider how straw bans take energy away from more productive means of fighting environmentalism while causing a lot of unintended harm to marginalized communities.

 

Open Letter to People Writing Articles About Successful People with Disabilities

Open letter to people writing articles about successful people with disabilities:

Yes, that’s right, [insert disability here] completely failed to stop this person from [insert ordinary accomplishment here].

Do you know why their disability did not stop them from doing well with the thing?

Here, let me help you. The reason why their disability didn’t stop them? Is because there’s no reason why it would! Because having this disability doesn’t have anything to do with the success that you have described!

The negative assumptions that other people make about disabled people? The prejudice and discrimination that people with disabilities have to deal with? The accessibility barriers in our environment? These things can slow us down. Sometimes these things can even stop us altogether. But nine times out of ten, articles about successful people with disabilities aren’t talking about these things when they say, “[disability] did not stop this person from [accomplishment]”!

You may think you are doing a good thing in sharing stories that help bust stereotypes about disability. You are helping show that people with disabilities can be successful!

Yes, this is good. But the way you frame this matters. When you say that the person accomplished X despite having disability Y, you help reinforce the concept that disability Y should normally be a barrier to achieving accomplishment X. These kinds of statements can actually reinforce negative assumptions about disability. This can imply that the person’s success is a rare exception that other disabled people might not achieve. And often that implication is incorrect.

If you really want to help break stereotypes, then please don’t do it like this. Instead, please help your readers understand that,

  • Yes, this person with a disability is successful!
  • Because lots of people with similar disabilities are also accomplishing great things!

Help employers and other gatekeepers understand that, very often, the only thing standing in the way of the next successful disabled person is the lack of opportunity. And they’re in a position to offer these opportunities.

Thanks.

Signed, Annoyed Reader with Multiple Disabilities Who Sometimes Gets Tired of Seeing the Same Tropes in News Stories About People with Disabilities

[Note: I originally posted this “open letter” at my Tumblr.]

[Disclaimers: Yes, I recognize that sometimes disabilities are the barrier. I do not intend to erase the experiences of people for whom disability is the primary challenge to meeting conventional definitions of “successful”. However, in a high ratio of media coverage, disability in and of itself is not as much of a barrier as media purveyors seem to assume. Also: Yes, I absolutely agree that people do not have to be employed to have value as people, or to be defined as “successful”. Hence, “and other gatekeepers”.]

No, Automatic CRAPtions are Not Captions!

CRAPtions = auto-generated captions that some hearing YouTubers use as an excuse for not providing actual, human-edited captioning.

In this video, Rikki Poynter explains why the aut0-generated craptions are, in most cases, pretty much useless for deaf people who want to watch videos, and provides examples of really bad craptions. (The first 44 seconds, and the last 50 or 60 seconds are about a VidCon she was preparing for at the time she produced this video. But the rest of the content in between is focused on “craptions”.)

Consider joining the #NoMoreCRaptions campaign being launched this September 25th by YouTuber and blogger Rikki Poynter. Read her guidance below on how you can help.

If you don’t do YouTube, then Rikki has said that she also will welcome people writing blog posts or Tumblr. If you don’t do that either, then consider using your other social media to bring the attention of your friends and your favorite YouTubers to this event.

If you are personally a YouTuber who isn’t sure how to caption your videos (or get it done by others), check out this resource: http://captionedwebtv.blogspot.com/p/producer-information.html

#NoMoreCRaptions!

Sick of checking out a YouTube video only to find that it uses the computer generated CRAPtions and not properly human-edited captions? Wish more YouTubers would properly human-edit their captions, or get someone else to do it for them, and not just trust that the automated YouTube CRaptions will turn out alright? Then join the #NoMoreCRaptions campaign being launched this September 25th by YouTuber and blogger Rikki Poynter. Read her guidance below on how you can help.

If you don’t do YouTube, then Rikki has said that she also will welcome people writing blog posts or Tumblr. If you don’t do that either, then consider using your other social media to bring the attention of your friends and your favorite YouTubers to this event.

If you are personally a YouTuber who isn’t sure how to caption your videos (or get it done by others), check out this resource: http://captionedwebtv.blogspot.com/p/producer-information.html

 

Finding Captioned Online Videos: Captioned Web TV: http://captionedwebtv.blogspot.com/

The Captioned Web TV blog site is meant to help people find online (web) television programs that have captions.  Captions can be crucial in enabling many people to understand videos, particularly people who are deaf or hard of hearing or who have audio processing disorder.  Without captions, many of us may be completely unable to understand what is said in a video.

The quality of the web TV programs highlighted at the Captioned Web TV blog can vary because some are made by amateurs.  But some web videos are created by emerging professionals, so some are quite good!  If you’re interested in a particular genre or in a particular theme, you can search the blog by category. Just scroll down the page a bit and look in the right hand side bar for a listing of “labels”.

It can be very hard to find the few online videos that have captions. Please help make it easier for people who want captioned videos to find them!

  • Reblog this!  You might have more followers than you think who could benefit from captions.  Make sure they know about the Captioned Web TV blog.
  • If you make on-line videos, please consider captioning them!  There are a number of different software programs you can use, some of which are free.  You can search via google to find instructions.

No, I’m not involved with the Captioned Web TV blog.  I’m just a deaf person happy to have discovered how to find more fun on-line videos that I can actually understand.

Disabled Activists Demand Ratification of Disability Treaty #CRPD!

Feel the energy of these advocates asking the U.S. Senate to ratify the CRPD “Disability Treaty”! Six minutes with captions:

You can take action to support the CRPD at http://disabilitytreaty.org.  The Action Center there can guide you through phone calls to your Senators with phone numbers and a suggested script.  (Although phone calls are best, the Action Center can also help with emails.)

Want to learn more about the CRPD? Start with these basic handouts: http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager and http://bit.ly/CRPDmyths.

Want to know what the CRPD says? Read the full text for yourself.  Or, if you prefer, you can just read a brief summary at http://bit.ly/CRPDoverview.

Finished calling the two Senators for your state?  Or, live in disenfranchised DC?  Consider calling a few more Senators!

Yes, each phone call is counted even if you have called on the same issue many times before.  Winning CRPD ratification is partly a game of numbers: we lost at our first attempt at U.S. ratification in December 2012 because people believing in conspiracy theories about the UN flooded Senators with more phone calls than CRPD supporters.  Please don’t let this happen again.  We need to boost the number of our calls to Senators in order to win.  One easy way to do this is to either call more Senators, including Senators from other states, or else call Senators multiple times, or both.

Consider more ways to take action at http://bit.ly/ActionCRPD.

Violence against women is never a game! @NTFVAWA needs your stories of online violence! #stopcyberviolence

The following text was recently circulated via email by the National Task Force to end Sexual and Domestic Violence Against Women (@NTFVAWA in Twitter)

Violence against women is never a game!

Congress must ensure that persons making online threats of assault, sexual violence and death are held accountable.  WE NEED YOUR STORIES!!!

#stalkingisnogame

October 29, 2014 – please distribute widely!

Trigger warning: rape, murder, violence; this alert contains disturbing and offensive language

On October 15, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, nationally known for her efforts to call out violence against women in online gaming, was forced to cancel a speaking appearance at Utah State University when the school received an anonymous email threatening to carry out “the deadliest shooting in American history”[i] if the event was not cancelled.  The email was only one of a long history of online threats and harassment directed at Sarkeesian. She, like other activists against online gender-based violence, has been forced to move out of her home.  The FBI only recently took on her case; they, like many other law enforcement agencies, face many barriers to effectively investigating online threats of sexual and physical violence, and often, cyberviolence/online stalking is not a priority.

Congress must act to ensure that our laws keep pace with growing online violence and to ensure law enforcement has access to the tools necessary to enforce those laws.  We will ask Congress to hold a hearing on cyberviolence/online stalking – we need your stories!

Background: Sarkeesian and two female video game developers, Zoe Quinn and Brianna Wu are at the center of “Gamergate”, a culture war within the video game community.  A tiny subset of video game fans are attacking people who critique the misogynistic content of many video games; these trolls claim to be policing journalistic ethics by threatening Sarkeesian, Quinn and Wu with rape, torture and death.[ii]  The following is just one of many threats aimed at Sarkeesian: “I’m going to kill your parents . . . I’ve seen their house [her parents’ address]. . . I’m going to go to your apartment at [her home address]. . . and rape you to death.  After I’m done, I’ll ram a tire iron up your c%^t”.[iii] These women, and many, many more in this country, deal with threats like this every day.  Trolls have hacked their computers and posted personal information and nude photos online.  They have been forced out of their homes and into hiding.

Law Enforcement’s Response: In many jurisdictions, law enforcement does not have the expertise required to investigate cases of online violence.  Many of the people perpetrating such violence are able to electronically hide their tracks, requiring law enforcement to invest much time and effort into investigating these cyberstalking incidents.  Furthermore, the penalties for cyberstalking are laughable.  As Tim Ryan, a former FBI investigator puts it, “Spending a month getting subpoenas and doing wiretaps for a case where the sentence is six months of probation just doesn’t make sense”.[iv]  Another expert adds, “Our legal system hasn’t quite caught up with technology”.[v]

Cyberstalking victimization is not confined to celebrities and the gaming world; anyone who uses the Internet can be a target.  We can use Gamergate to start a conversation, but we need to illustrate the pervasive nature of cyberstalking in our culture.  We are asking Congress to hold hearings on cyberviolence/online stalking, and we need stories from constituents to show Congress how important this issue is. Share your story with us so we can prove the magnitude of the problem!

ACTION!! SHARE YOUR STORIES WITH US!!!  EMAIL US AT ntfvawa@gmail.com.  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR STATE BUT NO OTHER IDENTIFYING INFORMATION!

Have you or someone you know been the target of virulent online/electronic harassment and/or threats?  How has that impacted you and/or the target?  Did you contact law enforcement and, if so, what was their response?  Your stories are important!

If you are a member of law enforcement, have you tried but been unable to investigate cyberviolence/online stalking?  What were the barriers you faced?  Your stories are important!

Your stories will be kept anonymous.  The only identifying information we will use is your state, because every legislator needs to know this is happening to his/her constituents!

SOCIAL MEDIA!!!  POST THIS ALERT ON SOCIAL MEDIA OR DISCUSS GAMERGATE ONLINE!

#trollslose

#stalkingisnogame

#stopcyberviolence

Follow us on Twitter at @NTFVAWA and “like” our Facebook page. If you aren’t on one of the VAWA email lists or want to add members of your staff or state/community leaders to our grassroots alerts e-mailing list, send names and contact information including email to ntfvawaalerts@icasa.org.

A primer on Gamergate: http://deadspin.com/the-future-of-the-culture-wars-is-here-and-its-gamerga-1646145844

Analysis of gender-based online abuse: http://www.psmag.com/navigation/health-and-behavior/women-arent-welcome-internet-72170/

Sarkeesian’s critique of misogyny in video games: http://www.feministfrequency.com/tag/tropes-vs-women-in-video-games/

Democracy Now’s interview with Sarkeesian: http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2014/10/20

Why it’s difficult to prosecute trolls: http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/10/17/gamergate_threats_why_it_s_so_hard_to_prosecute_the_people_targeting_zoe.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/survey-harassment-a-common-part-of-online-life/2014/10/22/497f7330-59f4-11e4-9d6c-756a229d8b18_story.html

[i] Goodwin, A. (2014).  “Women are being driven offline”: Feminist Anita Sarkeesian terrorized for critique of video games.  Democracy Now.  Retrieved from http://www.democracynow.org/shows/2014/10/20.

[ii] Wagner, K. (2014).  The future of the culture wars is here, and it’s Gamergate.  Deadspin.  Retrieved from http://deadspin.com/the-future-of-the-culture-wars-is-here-and-its-gamerga-1646145844

[iii] Beusman, C. (2014).   Misogynistic trolls drive feminist video game critic from her home.  Jezebel.  Retrieved from
http://jezebel.com/misogynistic-trolls-drive-feminist-video-game-critic-fr-1627923562

[iv] Hess, A. (2014).  A former FBI agent on why it is so hard to prosecute Gamergate trolls.  Slate.  Retrieved from http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/10/17/gamergate_threats_why_it_s_so_hard_to_prosecute_the_people_targeting_zoe.html?wpsrc=fol_tw

[v] Ortutay, B. (2014, October 22).  Survey: Harassment a common part of online life.  Washington Post.  Retrieved

from http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/survey-harassment-a-common-part-of-online-life/2014/10/22/497f7330-59f4-11e4-9d6c-756a229d8b18_story.html

Landslide Majority of Americans Support the “Disability Treaty”–So What are They Waiting for?

What Are They Waiting For?    •	Nearly two-thirds of all Americans support it. •	50 percent of Republicans support it, with only 32% opposed. •	61 percent of Independent voters support it.  •	83 percent of Democrats support it. •	(Source: http://bit.ly/DisabilityPoll2014)   Why Hasn’t the U.S. Senate  Ratified the Disability Treaty?  •	The Disability Treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is an important international agreement among countries to defend the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. •	More than 150 countries have ratified it—but not the United States.  U.S. Senators have been listening to fringe groups who use misinformation and lies to advance their anti-treaty agenda.   Take Action!  •	Please tell Senators that landslide majority of Americans like YOU support the CRPD.   The Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org will give you phone numbers for your Senators and a suggested script for talking with them. •	Learn the basics about the treaty at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager and http://bit.ly/CRPDmyths. •	Find more ideas for taking action at http://bit.ly/ActionCRPD!For people who cannot see the image, I provide the same text below:

What Are They Waiting For?

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with cane

  • Nearly two-thirds of all Americans support it.
  • 50 percent of Republicans support it, with only 32% opposed.
  • 61 percent of Independent voters support it.
  • 83 percent of Democrats support it.
  • (Source: http://bit.ly/DisabilityPoll2014)

 Why Hasn’t the U.S. Senate Ratified the Disability Treaty?

  • The Disability Treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is an important international agreement among countries to defend the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world.
  • More than 150 countries have ratified it—but not the United States. S. Senators have been listening to fringe groups who use misinformation and lies to advance their anti-treaty agenda.

Take Action!

Alert: The Senate Returns Today and Needs to Hear from You on the Disability Treaty (CRPD) NOW!

Image of a black hourglass overlaid on black image of the Capitol building.  Text in the image says: Time is running out: Now is the time for the Senate to act! Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): www.disabilitytreaty.org #CRPD

Time is running out: Now is the time for the Senate to act! Ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD): http://www.disabilitytreaty.org #CRPD

TIME IS RUNNING OUT:

The Senate Needs to Hear from you NOW!  Ask them to ratify the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD). This is an important international civil rights treaty for 1 billion people with disabilities around the world.

Today (Sept 8, 2014), the Senate returns for a two week work session. They need to continue to hear from YOU!

Getting the CRPD passed is, in part, a game of numbers: the side that can generate the most calls to Senators has a better chance of winning.  And the opposition has been generating many calls, so we need to match their pace.

CALL your Senators often and spread the word!  See our social media guide below!

Visit www.disabilitytreaty.org to take action!

Friends who are new to the “Disability Treaty” (CRPD) can review these two handouts: http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager and http://bit.ly/CRPDmyths.  Catch up on events in the campaign for U.S. ratification of the CRPD at http://bit.ly/CRPDtimeline.  Read the full text of the CRPD here.

CRPD_Advocates_Say_Vote_Yes!_CRPD

CRPD advocates pose with printed signs saying “Vote YES! CRPD”.

You can also take action on social media! 

  • Make a sign – it can be a simple piece of paper.  Write down that you support CRPD and (if applicable) why.  If you have a personal story, use it! (Example: I support CRPD because I want my sister with a disability to be able to travel abroad!)
  • Take a picture of yourself holding up the sign.
  •  Tweet or Facebook the picture (along with one of the sample tweets below) using the hashtag #CRPD.  You can also tweet at your Senator.   You can find Senator Twitter IDs at: http://bit.ly/CRPDsenators
  • Get your friends to do the same!

Sample Twitter Pictures:

Individual: https://twitter.com/USICD/status/259376999901044736/photo/1

Group: https://twitter.com/Margaret_Gburek/status/398964337098117120

 Sample Tweets:

Ready to do more?

Let August Voices to Senators be Loud! Tell them to Support the Disability Treaty!

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with caneYes, the campaign for U.S. ratification of the “Disability Treatycontinues!   We still need your support to move forward the struggle for the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world!  This isn’t a quick sprint, this is an ongoing marathon.  And like any other marathon, getting this treaty passed requires persistence from all of us!  It isn’t over until it’s over!

  • This handout is a good start for people new to the CRPD:  http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager
  • Find more resources on what the “Disability Treaty” is and why it matters at http://bit.ly/Resources4CRPD.
  • Recruit friends and family to help you call Senators! The Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org provides phone numbers for your Senators and a suggested script.  The Action Center also has a template email.   Tell Senators that you want the U.S. to ratify the “Disability Treaty” (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD).  Tell them as many times as it takes for them to hear us.
  • Did you know that August is a great time to meet with your Senators in their home state offices about the “Disability Treaty” (CRPD)? A personal meeting with a Senator (or their staff) can be a powerful way to get the message across that you want them to ratify the CRPD.   Your Senators both have at least one office in your home state.  This handout has guidance on how to meet with your Senator: http://bit.ly/MeetSenators. To find a town hall meeting to attend, consult your Senators’ website, or your local newspaper.

If you’ve done all the above and now want to call more Senators in addition to your own, here are some who need to hear from more CRPD advocates:

Senator Reid, Nevada
202-224-3542
http://www.reid.senate.gov/contact/index.cfm
Senator Reid is the person who has the power to schedule a floor vote on the CRPD–or not.  He supports the treaty.  But he still needs to hear from us that we want him to please schedule a Senate floor vote on the CRPD in 2014!

Senator Flake, Arizona
202-224-4521
colleen_donnelly@flake.senate.gov

Senator Boozman, Arkansas
(202) 224-4843
http://www.boozman.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Senator Isakson, Georgia
202-224-3643
chris_sullivan@isakson.senate.gov

Senator Chambliss, Georgia
202-224-3521
Brandon_bell@chambliss.senate.gov

Senator Coats, Indiana
202-224-5623
terry_snell@coats.senate.gov

Senator Blunt, Missouri
202-224-5721
lauren_mccormack@blunt.senate.gov

Senator Cochran, Mississippi
202-224-5054
tim_wolverton@cochran.senate.gov

Senator  Wicker, Mississippi
202-224-6253
bevin_wilkinson@wicker.senate.gov

Senator Fischer, Nebraska
202-224-6551
peter_schirtzinger@fischer.senate.gov

Senator Johanns, Nebraska
202-224-4224
leslie_campbell@johanns.senate.gov

Senator Burr, North Carolina
202-224-3154
Cynthia_ramos@burr.senate.gov

Senator Portman, Ohio
202-224-3353
tyler_brace@portman.senate.gov

Senator Toomey, Pennsylvania
202-224-4254
dan_adelstein@toomey.senate.gov

Senator Graham,  South Carolina
202-224-5972
matt_rimkunas@lgraham.senate.gov

Senator Scott, South Carolina
202-224-6121
spencer_pederson@scott.senate.gov

Senator Hoeven, North Dakota
202-224-2551
josh_carter@hoeven.senate.gov

Senator Hatch, Utah
202-224-5251
tom_jipping@hatch.senate.gov

 

After the Disability Treaty Rally–Yes, We Still Need YOUR Calls to Senators!

This was disseminated yesterday by Access Living in Chicago, which is one of hundreds of organizations involved with the national campaign for the U.S. ratification of the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD).  The rally referenced in this email occurred on July 29th, 2014.  Certain Senators still really need to hear from CRPD supporters!  You will find phone numbers below.  A suggested “script” for what to say is available via the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org.  If you are comfortable using the phone, please do: Many Senators do count phone calls more heavily than most other forms of communication.  Yes, voice mail messages left outside of office hours are still counted!  But if making a phone call isn’t your thing, then email addresses for a staff person in each Senator’s office is also included below.  A template email for you to modify is also available at http://disabilitytreaty.org.

If the Senate adjourns for August recess without voting on the CRPD, then those of us who support the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world will need to sustain our pressure on Senators during August.  Please read below for more information on latest events and for a list of Senators who need to hear from you!

Date: July 30, 2014 12:00:39 PM EDT
Subject: Update on the CRPD Fight from Washington, DC!

Dear Access Living friends and allies,

Writing you from Washington, DC!  Yesterday was an amazing day with disability advocates from across the nation fighting for the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

First thing yesterday morning, hundreds of advocates marched from downtown DC to the Reflecting Pool at the US Capitol. Energy and positivity was very high as we knew we were marching with our best!  We rallied with a number of members of Congress who came to express support for independent living and the CRPD.  Among them were our own Senator Dick Durbin and Representatives Brad Schneider and Jan Schakowsky.  They lit the crowd on fire!

Then, about 150 of us marched to the Senate Hart Office Building where there is a large atrium.  We rallied in the atrium with a range of national disability advocates.  Then, we split up to focus on visiting the offices of Senators whose votes we need to pass the CRPD.  I personally visited eight of the twelve key Senate offices with support from Access Living and Progress Center team members. We found some people are still wavering, while some are resisting.

I know that advocates are working all fronts right now to get that support so Senator Tom Harkin can call for a floor vote on the CRPD.  No news yet this morning, but if we have new developments we will be sure to let you know! In the meantime, desk warriors, your support yesterday has meant so much and I need to ask you to call those offices once again today.  Below my signature is the contact info you need.  Just say, “Support the CRPD!”  Every contact counts. Let’s go Illinois!

Amber Smock
Director of Advocacy, Access Living

Key Senators:

Senator Flake, Arizona
202-224-4521
colleen_donnelly@flake.senate.gov

Senator Isakson, Georgia
202-224-3643
chris_sullivan@isakson.senate.gov

Senator Chambliss, Georgia
202-224-3521
Brandon_bell@chambliss.senate.gov

Senator Coats, Indiana
202-224-5623
terry_snell@coats.senate.gov

Senator Blunt, Missouri
202-224-5721
lauren_mccormack@blunt.senate.gov

Senator Cochran, Mississippi
202-224-5054
tim_wolverton@cochran.senate.gov

Senator  Wicker, Mississippi
202-224-6253
bevin_wilkinson@wicker.senate.gov

Senator Fischer, Nebraska
202-224-6551
peter_schirtzinger@fischer.senate.gov

Senator Johanns, Nebraska
202-224-4224
leslie_campbell@johanns.senate.gov

Senator Burr, North Carolina
202-224-3154
Cynthia_ramos@burr.senate.gov

Senator Portman, Ohio
202-224-3353
tyler_brace@portman.senate.gov

Senator Toomey, Pennsylvania
202-224-4254
dan_adelstein@toomey.senate.gov

Senator Graham,  South Carolina
202-224-5972
matt_rimkunas@lgraham.senate.gov

Senator Scott, South Carolina
202-224-6121
spencer_pederson@scott.senate.gov

Senator Hoeven, North Dakota
202-224-2551
josh_carter@hoeven.senate.gov

Senator Hatch, Utah
202-224-5251
tom_jipping@hatch.senate.gov

(If you missed the Disability Treaty Rally that was in Washington DC on Tuesday, July 29th, you can watch videos of some of it–some labeled CRPD, some labeled NCIL–at http://bambuser.com/channel/USICD. Unfortunately no captions, but the person who did the filming attempted to keep the sign interpreter in the shot when feasible.)

REMINDER: Rally for the Disability Treaty July 29th and Call Your Senators!

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with caneWe need you for our final push to ratify the Disability Treaty!

Tell the Senate the Time for Excuses is Over!

PLEASE Call your Senators!  And join us at a Rally for the CRPD to let the Senate know we want this brought up for a floor vote NOW! 

When:
July 29th, 2014 at Noon
(We will gather at the NCIL rally and move to a location TBD so please join us on time!)

Where:
3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Ave NW and Maryland Ave SW
We will be gathering at the NCIL rally, which will be in area 15 on this map: http://www.uscapitolpolice.gov/special_events/map.pdf
The nearest three Metro Stations are Judiciary Square (red line), Federal Center (blue and orange lines), and Archives (yellow and green lines)

If you’re not located in DC, you can take part by visiting your Senators’ in-state offices and expressing your support for the CRPD!

Encourage your DC-area contacts to attend the Rally! If you’re in Facebook, use the “Invite Friends” feature at https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/In red text, it says Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

New to the Disability Treaty? Quick overview at http://disabilitytreaty.org/faq

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Your Senators need to hear from you again that you support the CRPD! Show that the community is behind this treaty and that we want the process to KEEP MOVING FORWARD to a Floor vote!

Additionally, Senator Reid also needs to hear from us, and that we want a floor vote NOW!

Visit our citizen action portal to call your Senators http://disabilitytreaty.org!  They need to hear from our movement now or we will not succeed.

SIT student from Ghana CRPDEvery call counts–even if you’ve already called a hundred times before.  Don’t let people opposed to international cooperation outnumber us in phone calls like they did in December 2012.  We need to be louder than they are.  Tired of calling your own Senators?  Consider calling some Senators who really need to hear from CRPD advocates: www.handicap-international.us/breaking_crpd

If you can come to the rally in person tomorrow–great! I’ll see you there!  We need a large crowd to make a good impression on Senators.   If you simply cannot come in person, you can still watch it via live video streaming on the web at https://bambuser.com/channel/USCD!

Urgent Action for Disability Treaty Needed: Join July 29th Rally in DC!

If you’re in DC and care about disability rights, please join the Disability Treaty Rally this July 29th! https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/ Even if you cannot attend or aren’t in DC, there are other ways you can help! CRPD graphic 0614

This could be a crucial make or break moment for the Disability Treaty (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD). Which is why YOUR timely action is URGENT. We recently passed a major hurdle when the Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the CRPD out of committee. But we still need Senator Reid to schedule a full floor vote. And we need more votes to get the super-majority two-thirds vote we need to ratify the CRPD (67 out of 100 Senators).

You may know that the Disability Treaty is a major international agreement protecting the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not. Not familiar with it? Visit http://disabilitytreaty.org/ and read the CRPD 1 Pager at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager. Learn why more than 800 disability, veterans, faith, business, and human rights organizations support it.

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with canePlease join the July 29 rally for the “Disability Treaty” (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) in Washington DC!

We will gather at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 29 on 3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Maryland Avenue SW. Please arrive PROMPTLY. We will go to a location to be announced.  If you cannot attend in person, you can watch via live video streaming on the web at https://bambuser.com/channel/USICD.

We also need YOU to CALL SENATORS and tell them to ratify the CRPD! And ask your friends all over USA to do the same! Find phone numbers and talking points at the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org/!  Already called your own Senators and Senator Reid? Please consider also calling some key targeted SenatorsLead Disability Orgs

If desired, RSVP for the rally at https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/ Even if you cannot attend, you can still help encourage your DC-area contacts to participate. If you use Facebook, go to the Facebook event page and use the “Invite Friends” feature (a little down in the right column) to invite your DC-area contacts to the Rally.

NAD Asks Deaf Community: Take Action to Support Disability Treaty NOW!

Yes, everyone should please call your Senators! The http://disabilitytreaty.org website can help you with phone numbers and a suggested script for what to say on the phone to Senators’ staff.  Yes, you can call over the weekend–voice mail messages are counted, too!  Yes, you can call the same Senators with the same messages multiple times: each call is still counted. Tired of calling your own Senators?  Consider calling the Senators listed at http://www.handicap-international.us/breaking_crpd

If you’re in DC, please come to the Disability Treaty / CRPD Rally on July 29th! Learn the details at https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/. Or, even if you can’t go, please use the “Invite Friends” feature (a little down in the right column) to invite all your DC-area Facebook contacts to the Rally. Make sure everyone in DC knows this Rally is happening! People can take a long lunch break to attend!

Or if you’re new to the Disability Treaty and want to learn more about it first, try these:  http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager, http://bit.ly/CRPDtimeline, and http://bit.ly/Deaf4CRPD.  Or, if you’re ambitious, you can read the text of what the Disability Treaty itself says (it’s long!): http://www.usicd.org/index.cfm/convention

Join the July 29th Rally for the Disability Treaty in Washington DC!

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with caneWe are experiencing, right now, a make or break moment for ratifying the Disability Treaty.  On one hand, we are now closer to ratifying the Disability Treaty than we have been since 2012! But on the other we could still miss it—unless we have YOUR help in taking action!  We urgently need your involvement to give this treaty one big final push.

You may know that the Disability Treaty is a crucial international agreement protecting the human rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world: 147 countries have ratified it, but the U.S. has not. Not familiar with it?  Read a handout on the CRPD at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager, click here for more resources on the CRPD, or read the text of the Disability Treaty itself.  Learn why more than 800 disability, veterans, faith, business, and human rights organizations support it.

Please join the July 29 rally for the “Disability Treaty” (called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD) in Washington DC!  RSVP for the march and invite your friends via https://www.facebook.com/events/675884719173229/

The rally will gather at 12:15 pm on Tuesday, July 29 on 3rd Street NW between Pennsylvania Avenue NW and Maryland Avenue SW.CRPD graphic 0614  Please arrive PROMPTLY.

We also need YOU to CALL SENATORS and tell them to ratify the CRPD! And ask your friends all over USA to do the same! Find phone numbers and talking points at the Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org/!  Finished calling your own Senators?  Ready for more phone calls? Consider calling some of our targeted Senators!