If you have called before, call again and get all your family, friends and colleagues to do the same. NOW is the Time!
TODAY'S THE DAY! Nov.4th
CRPD National Call–In Day
Senators Menendez and Corker and our target senators on the Foreign Relations Committee need to hear from you and know that you support the CRPD!
Visit the Citizen Action Portal to call these target Senators on the Foreign Relations Committee!
CRPD Hearing in the United States Senate
November 5th at 2:30pm
Dirksen Senate Office Building, Room SD–419
RSVP for the hearing!
The Disability Treaty is Back!
Senate Hearing Tomorrow!
November 4, 2013
In December 2012, the U.S. came close—really close—to ratifying the Disability Treaty. Five Senators who voted 'No' stood in the path of the 2/3 vote required to ratify the treaty that protects the rights of people with disabilities. Last year we lost, in part, because the Homeschool Legal Defense Association used misinformation and scare tactics with homeschool parents to generate 100 calls in opposition to one in favor of the Treaty. We cannot let this happen again!
This international disability treaty is a vital framework for creating legislation and policies around the world that embrace the rights and dignity of all people with disabilities. It was inspired by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which served as the model for the Treaty, and values independence and respect and the concept of reasonable accommodation.
More than 700 American organizations, including disability groups, 20+ veterans' service organizations (most recently American Legion), businesses, and faith-based organizations have pledged their support to this treaty. The United States signed the CRPD in 2009. It's time for our Senators to ratify the treaty.
SUMMARY OF CURRENT STATUS:
Tomorrow, Nov. 5 is the first of two hearings planned to educate Committee members. Senator Flake is new to the Senate and new to the Foreign Relations Committee. Therefore, it is our job to make sure he understands what the Treaty is and it is our job to get him to commit to voting “YES” during the Committee markup! The Treaty will not be brought to the Senate floor for a vote unless WE can get the 67 votes needed.
We currently have 61 Senators stating their support for the Treaty, including several strong Republicans (McCain, AZ; Barrasso, WY; Ayotte, NH; Kirk, IL; Murkowski, AK; Collins, ME). We need at least 6 more committed senators to reach the necessary 2/3 (67) votes to ratify the treaty. We have identified 14 senators that we believe could be persuaded to vote for the Treaty.
Please take the following action steps to help us Ratify the Treaty Now.
CallSenator Flake and urge him to support the Disability Treaty. If you have called him before, call him again!
- Senator Flake’s office 202-224-4521
- Identify yourself as a constituent and the organization that you represent (if any)
- Use the talking points below to state your position and ask for a commitment to vote for the Disability Treaty
- Ask if they would like to meet to discuss the Disability Treaty
- Pass this alert along to other people in AZ that support the treaty
Email your Senator using AUCD’s Action Center. Or contact his staff directly:
Sen. Flake’s staff: Colleen DonnellyColleen_Donnelly@flake.senate.gov
Tweet both of your Senators to show your support. Click here for list of your Senators Twitter IDs. Remember to use #CRPD for each tweet you send.
Sample Tweet: “Let's promote respect for everyone's inherent dignity. @(SenatorID) I urge you to support passage of #DisabilityTreaty for Americans with Disabilities.”
Senator Flake Twitter: @JeffFlake
- Ratification will open new markets for American products, technologies and services and will put the US in the best position to export technologies for people with disabilities worldwide. Many businesses, such as IBM, Consumer Electronics Association, Adobe, AT&T and the US Chamber of Commerce support the Treaty.
- Ratification will help thousands of Veterans by improving physical, technological, and communication access outside the US (Statement by Bob Dole, Senator and Disabled Veteran)
- Ratification will reinforce America’s global leadership, putting us in the strongest position to advance disability rights worldwide.
- 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.
· Ratification of the CRPD will not result in any changes to U.S. laws since we have very strong laws already to protect people with disabilities. However, the CRPD will help to remind people that make and enforce the law that people with disabilities must have equal rights in our country.
- The reservations, understandings, and declarations (RUDs) added to the treaty package were carefully crafted to address all the issues raised by the opposition.