CRPD Mark UP - Contact Your Senators Today!
Monday, July 21, 2014
in the United States Senate
YOU MADE A DIFFERENCE!
NOW IS THE TIME TO GET IT DONE!
Thank you to everyone who called their Senators this month and expressed support for the CRPD! Based on YOUR incredible show of support,
Chairman Menendez has scheduled a mark-up for July 22nd!
Treaty opponents continue to use scare tactics to frighten people to fictitious dangers to the treaty.
We all must share the TRUTH with your Senators!
The CRPD is an international disability treaty that was inspired by U.S. leadership in recognizing the rights of people with disabilities. The CRPD is the first human rights treaty of the 21st Century and the first international treaty to address disability rights globally. It clarifies the obligations of nations to promote, protect and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. The treaty promotes equal rights for people with disabilities in all areas of life including employment, education, access to politics and justice, and full inclusion in cultural events, leisure and sports. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was the model for the CRPD, which values of independence and respect and reasonable accommodation are echoed throughout the treaty.
COPAA supports ratification of the CRPD, along with many major veteran and military family organizations, U.S. businesses, and more than 800 disability organizations. Ratification is critical to maintaining our leadership role and to eliminating disability discrimination throughout the world; adoption of this treaty gives the U.S. legitimacy to export the model of the ADA to other countries. Ratification ensures humane and moral treatment and allows millions of children and adults to experience enriched family life, community resources, and access to basic civil rights.
Some opponents have indicated that the treaty undermines current U.S. law, however, the treaty protects existing law and regulation, stating in Article 4: Nothing in the present Convention shall affect any provisions which are more conducive to the realization of the rights of persons with disabilities and which may be contained in the law of a State Party or international law in force for that State. There shall be no restriction upon or derogation from any of the human rights and fundamental freedoms recognized or existing in any State Party to the present Convention pursuant to law, conventions, regulation or custom on the pretext that the present Convention does not recognize such rights or freedoms or that it recognizes them to a lesser extent.
WE NEED YOUR HELP! WE CANNOT STOP NOW:
THE WORLD IS WATCHING!
Your Senators need to continue to hear from YOU and know that you support the CRPD! Show the community is behind this treaty and that we want the process to KEEP MOVING FORWARD to a Floor vote!
Visit our citizen action portal, www.disabilitytreaty.org, to CALL your Senators! They need to hear from our movement now to succeed.