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CRPD - October 24, 2012

on Wed, 10/24/2012 - 19:36

Hi folks. Just passing along a message from the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities:

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COPAA is working together with a large coalition of disability organizations to show the U.S. Senate that our community supports U.S. ratification of the disability rights treaty during the upcoming lame duck session of Congress. 

Every day over the next six weeks, different national disability organizations will be contacting their state members and affiliates to show their support for the CRPD.   We need to generate strong support by using the contact methods mentioned below.  

Thursday, October 25th, November 27th, and December 10th are specifically assigned to the COPAA network, so please share the following on these dates with your friends and colleagues.  Even if you receive similar requests from other state or national level organizations, please show support on COPAA led days as it is important to maintain a sustained level of contacts to Senate offices throughout this campaign.  

The opposition has stated that the disability community is uninformed and does not really support the disability rights treaty. We are being significantly outnumbered by the opposition on calls and contacts via social media. We need every U.S. Senate member to be contacted and to know that the disability community is leading the movement for U.S. ratification of this international disability treaty and our voice matters! Get your friends, family, and work colleagues to make calls, Tweet and Twitpic, email and Facebook today to show support!  

CONTACTS: You can find phone and email contact information for your senator here and Twitter IDs for your senators here (Tweet using #CRPD #UNCRPD)

Tell your Senators:

·         I support the CRPD treaty and I want to see he/she vote in support of the treaty this year! 

·         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. 

·        By ratifying CRPD the United States is not undertaking any international obligations inconsistent with current domestic U.S. law.

·         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. 

·         MOST IMPORTANTLY - This treaty is very important to the U.S. disability community! Following U.S. ratification of the treaty, U.S. leadership will help raise accessibility around the world, directly helping Americans with disabilities who live, work, or travel abroad.  

Sample Tweet : @(SenatorID) Support the #CRPD #UNCRPD in 2012This is a #disability issue and we say vote YES!

Sample Twitpic: https://twitter.com/USICD/status/259376999901044736/photo/1