Friday, August 3, 2012
Rights of Persons with Disabilities
If you live in the US, you have an opportunity to become part of international systemic change!
The US Senate will be voting whether or not to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Ratifying the CRPD requires a two-thirds majority Senate vote, and that means that in order to ratify the CRPD, 67 Senators must vote for ratification. No date has been set for the Senate vote, and the Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, will decide when the Senate vote takes place. The vote will likely occur in the first two weeks in August, 2012.
The CRPD is a groundbreaking international treaty. The US is one of only a handful of nations that has not yet fully supported it. If the CRPD is ratified in the U.S., the U.S. will be able to join the global community in efforts to promote, protect, and ensure full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity. http://tinyurl.com/3lt5s2
Please call or email your senator NOW. Go to http://tinyurl.com/hrok9 to find them. Then email them immediately. Or ask to be connected at 202-224-3121. The message is simple: Please vote in support of ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when it comes to the floor.
Posted by Moderator at 3:00 AM