Join the Thunder for the “Disability Treaty” (#CRPD)!

Help bring attention to the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD)!  We need the U.S. to ratify this important international human rights treaty protecting the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide.  Sign up your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account NOW to join the next “Thunder Clap It” for the CRPD at http://thndr.it/1ky8p97 !

What’s A “Thunder Clap It”?

A “Thunder Clap It” is when 100 or more people sign on their Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account to all send out the same message at the same time to all their followers.  To participate, you need to sign up in advance.  The next CRPD “Thunder Clap It” will be at 2pm EST on June 10, 2014 (1pm Central Time, 11am Pacific Time).  Sign up BEFORE this time or you will miss the Thunder Clap.

How Do I Sign Up?

  • Go to this link: http://thndr.it/1ky8p97
  • A message will ask you to share a message to support the #CRPD.
  • You will find three buttons—one each for Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.  You need to have an account in at least one of these three in order to participate.
  • Click on whichever button is appropriate.  You will have an opportunity to personalize your message to your followers.
  • Hit the “Add My Support” button.
  • If you have successfully signed up, then you should appear at the top of the list of “Recent Supporters” in the right hand side bar.  Refresh the page if needed.

What Else?

Learn more about the CRPD and other ways to help at http://disabilitytreaty.org.  Sign up for the CRPD “action alert” mailing list at the link!  Ask your friends to do the same!

National Youth/Student Disability Rights Teleconference Call

CRPD_StickerDear Disability Human Rights Advocates:

Are you ready to be involved with the national movement for international disability rights?  If so, you are invited to join the next national teleconference call for student and youth advocates at U.S. colleges/universities.  This call will be on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 4 pm EST (3 pm Central Time, 1 pm Pacific Time).  CART (live text transcription on line) will be available.

An important international “Disability Treaty” is being used around the world to promote the human rights of people with disabilities.  So far, 143 countries have ratified the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  But the U.S. has not yet joined them.  This has the potential to slow down advances in disability rights in other countries around the world.  We need student and youth volunteers and other campus leaders at U.S. colleges/universities to help change that.  People like YOU!

The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) have been leading a coalition of more than 800 disability, veterans’ human rights, international development, humanitarian, business, and religious organizations in support of U.S. ratification of the Disability Treaty (CRPD).  USICD and DREDF also have been helping guide student and youth leaders in mobilizing their campus communities to take action in support of the CRPD.

If you’re new to the Disability Treaty, learn the basics in this one-page flyer at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager and visit http://disabilitytreaty.orgThen join the call on April 23rd to learn the latest news about the national movement for U.S. ratification of the CRPD.  Find out what other advocates have been doing at U.S. colleges and universities to support the movement.  Bring your energy, idealism, and passion to the call!  Let us help you consider how you can help!

Please contact Andrea Shettle at ashettle@usicd.org to learn how to dial into the April 23rd call or how to connect to the on-line CART service (live text transcription of the call).  Or, if you cannot join this call, please still contact me to receive materials that can help you think about ways to support the national movement.  Join forces with advocates across the country!  Together, we have POWER!

Know others who might be interested in joining this call?  Please circulate this notice as appropriate.

National Disability Treaty Teleconference Call, Wed Feb 26th!

We Support CRPD logoAre you angry to know that the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee has been sitting on an important international human rights treaty that upholds the rights of people with disabilities? Want to help? Or thinking about it? Please join the next national teleconference phone call for youth, student, and other campus leaders who support the Disability Treaty this Wednesday, February 26th! Learn what other advocates have been doing to support the national movement for U.S. ratification of the Disability Treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Start thinking about ways that YOU can help.

You may recall that the U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) and the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF) recently put out a call for volunteers among students and other advocates at U.S. colleges and universities. This could be YOU! We need YOUR energy, idealism, and passion to help the U.S. Senate ratify the Disability Treaty! You can start learning about the treaty at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager, then learn more at http://disabilitytreaty.org.

The February 26th national phone call will be at 4pm EST (3pm Central Time, 1pm Pacific Time). Please contact Andrea Shettle at ashettle@usicd.org to learn how to dial into the call or connect to the on-line CART service (live transcription of the call). Even if you cannot join this call, please still contact me to receive materials that can help you think about ways to support the national movement. Join forces with more than 800 U.S.-based organizations and many individual advocates that have been asking U.S. Senators to ratify the Disability treaty! Together, we have POWER!

Subsequent calls will be on the following dates:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at 4 pm EST (3pm Central Time, 1pm Pacific Time)
Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 4 pm EST (3pm Central Time, 1pm Pacific Time)

Call for Volunteers for Disability Human Rights Campaign

Dear Prospective Volunteers and Human Disability Rights Advocates:

Did you know that the United States has been missing out on an important opportunity to support human rights for one billion people with disabilities around the world?

The first international human rights treaty to address people with disabilities is trapped in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  This “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), has been ratified by 141 other countries.  But the United States hasn’t joined them.  And we cannot join them until the Foreign Relations Committee takes action on the Disability Treaty.

We need volunteers like YOU to be involved in the national movement for U.S. ratification of the CRPD.  You can learn more about the treaty at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager.

 How can I help?

The easiest way to start is by visiting http://disabilitytreaty.org.  Learn more about what the “Disability Treaty” is and why it matters.  Use the action center to guide you through your first phone calls or emails to key Senators.  Ask them to re-start the negotiation process on the CRPD and move the treaty toward ratification.

We are seeking YOUR STORY to put a FACE to CRPD ratification efforts.  Have you tried to travel abroad for study, work, or recreation and had disability-related challenges?  Please contact Rhonda Neuhaus at rneuhaus@dredf.org or share at http://disabilitytreaty.org.

If you’re ready to do more, you can reach out to Andrea Shettle at ashettle@usicd.org.  She can send you a packet with more information on how to get started, including dial-in and CART instructions for how you can join the next national teleconference call for students and other campus leaders.  These regular calls include updates on the national movement for CRPD ratification and enable participants to exchange ideas for taking action.

Save these dates on your calendar for upcoming national calls:

  • Wednesday, February 26, 2014, at 4 pm EST (3pm Central time, 1 pm Pacific time)
  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at 4 pm EST (3pm Central time, 1pm Pacific time)
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014, at 4 pm EST (3pm Central time, 1pm Pacific time)

Petitions to Support the International Disability Rights Treaty!

Support global disability rights!  Sign and disseminate the petitions for the Disability Treaty!  Youth and students at http://bit.ly/Youth4CRPD!  People of all ages at http://bit.ly/CRPDpetition!

One billion people with disabilities around the world confront discrimination at every turn.  Society excludes them from education, employment, basic health care services, travel and transportation, and even the opportunity to live with their own families in the community.

The “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is the first international human rights treaty to address these inequities.  So far, 141 countries have ratified it.  And these countries are slowly starting to revise their laws to be more consistent with the intent and spirit of the Disability Treaty.

But the United States is behind.  We have not yet ratified the CRPD.  Instead, this important treaty is stuck in the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.  Please help fix that!  Tell Senators you want them to return to negotiations and move the CRPD toward ratification!

Please sign and disseminate the petitions:

Want to do more?  Educate yourself about the treaty and use the action center at http://disabilitytreaty.org.

Are you at a U.S. college or university?  Want to help mobilize other people at your U.S. college or university to take action on the CRPD?  Please communicate with Andrea Shettle at ashettle@usicd.org about how to get involved!  Tell her you saw this via the Rambling Justice blog.

 

Senator Corker Gives Disability Community Coal for Christmas

Senator Corker Gives Disability Community Coal for Christmas

Today Senator Corker walked away from the negotiations on the Disability Treaty!
He caved to the extreme far right and abdicated his leadership on this bipartisan issue.

It is time to hold him responsible!

Join this Call to ACTION!

Let Senator Corker know that we won’t be cast aside like second class citizens. Don’t let him continue to hide behind false constitutional arguments! Hold him responsible for carrying the water for the far rights myths, lies and exaggerations. Call his DC and Tennessee Senate offices!

Let him know that we will NOT go away!

You can contact Senator Corker at:
202-224-3344
or find his Tennessee office numbers here.

White-rimmed red Christmas stocking filled with black coal

Shame on Senator Bob Corker for turning his back on the global disability community! Send him this picture of a coal-filled Christmas stocking!

Send this picture to Senator Corker’s staff here with the message “Restart the negotiations!”

Forward this message onto your lists of friends and colleagues so they can join us in sending a message to Senator Corker that we are HERE and that our voice MATTERS!

www.disabilitytreaty.org

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For Immediate Release:
December 20, 2013

Contact: Kevin Locke, U.S. International Council on Disabilities
klocke@usicd.org, (202) 347-0102

Senator Corker’s Christmas Gift to One Billion People with Disabilities: A Big Lump of Coal

Before heading home to spend the holidays with his family, Senator Bob Corker sent a message to the 57.8 million Americans with disabilities, 5.5 million disabled American veterans, and one billion people worldwide with disabilities: appeasing the far-right wing of his caucus is more important than supporting their rights and dignity by supporting the Disability Treaty.

Inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities, the Disability Treaty is designed to be a framework for creating laws and policies throughout the world that support the rights and dignity of the billion people worldwide living with disabilities. Ratification of the treaty is supported by a strong and diverse coalition of over 800 disability organizations, veterans groups, business groups, and faith organizations, as well over one thousand Tennesseans who recently signed a petition calling on the Senate to ratify the treaty as soon as possible.

Marca Bristo, President of the US International Council on Disabilities expressed disappointment with Senator Corker’s decision not to support the treaty: “I am shocked and dismayed that Senator Corker would abruptly cut off negotiations surrounding this crucial treaty and fail to support it. Doing so is a betrayal of the millions of Americans with disabilities, professionals, people of faith, and veterans who both need and want the Disability Treaty to be ratified. Our community is strong and committed, and we will continue to press forward in our work to support this treaty.”

Wade Henderson, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, added, “By caving to the most extreme isolationists in our nation, Senator Corker has undermined the United States’ reputation as a beacon of freedom for the world. The U.S. is a model for the advancement of transparency and human rights for all, and today’s statement by Senator Corker puts that status in considerable jeopardy. Conspiracy theories about how the CRPD would undermine American sovereignty are not based in reality, but only in the rhetoric of those who wish to fear monger and build walls between us and the rest of the world. We strongly urge Senator Corker to join the mainstream and to honor the dignity of all Americans by reconsidering this position.”

Heather Ansley, Vice President of VetsFirst, said, “Despite assertions to the contrary, ratification of the CRPD will not endanger U.S. sovereignty. We must not let misinformation limit equal opportunities for veterans and all people living with disabilities. By failing to support CRPD, Senator Corker is failing to support the millions of disabled American veterans who fought bravely in service of this country and its Constitution. To use that very Constitution as a reason not to support the treaty is a betrayal of their service.”

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Acting Assistant Secretary Zeya Delivers a Video Message on the Disabilities Treaty

This captioned 6-minute video from the U.S. Department of State explains why they are working to support U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). For more information on the Disability Treaty, visit http://disabilitytreaty.org. The website at this link also has a great Action Center that makes it easy to call or email Senators to ask their support for the CRPD: it does everything except dial the phone for you! Youth under 30 and students of all ages can sign a CRPD support petition at http://bit.ly/Youth4CRPD.