The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was signed in 2009 but is only now headed into Senate mark-up.
CRPD is an international treaty that outlines the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities. It meets the ideals that are set out in the ADA, promoting the empowerment, independence, and the contributions of people with disabilities. By ratifying this treaty, we are showing the world our nation's dedication to the rights and well being of people with disabilities every where.
The markup is being held by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by Senator John Kerry (D-MA), this Thursday, July 26th, at 9:30 am.
We need you to let the committee know that the rights of people with disabilities around the world are important! Call your Senator on the committee and let them know we want their support!
If you are not sure what to say, feel free to base your comments on our sample:
"Hello, my name is _____, and I'm one of your constituents. I support CRPD, and I am looking to your support this Thursday when it goes into markup. Please vote to send CRPD in for ratification. By ratifying it we would be honoring the ideals outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act, supporting our interests as a nation, and protecting both citizens and veterans abroad. Thank you for your support."
The contact information for the Senators on the committee is:
Chairman: Senator John Kerry (D-MA)
Chief counsel: Andrew Keller email@example.com OR http://www.kerry.senate.gov/contact/
Ranking Member: Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN)
Chief counsel: Michael Mattler firstname.lastname@example.org OR http://www.lugar.senate.gov/contact/
Senator John Barrasso (R-WY) Co-Sponsor of CRPD
Foreign Relations Legislative Aide: Amber Bland ( email@example.com) OR http://www.barrasso.senate.gov/public/in...ontactForm
Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA)
Foreign Relations Legislative Aide: Ann Norris ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR
Senator Ben Cardin (D-MD)
Foreign Relations Legislative Aide: Katharine Beamer ( email@example.com) OR http://www.cardin.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Bob Casey, Jr. (D-PA)
( 202) 224-6324
Foreign LA: Damian Murphy ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR http://www.casey.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) Co-Sponsor of CRPD
Foreign LA: Halie Soifer ( email@example.com) OR http://www.coons.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Bob Corker (R-TN)
Foreign LA: Stacie Oliver ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR http://www.corker.senate.gov/public/inde...=ContactMe
Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC)
Foreign LA: Lydia Morgan ( email@example.com) OR http://www.demint.senate.gov/public/inde...nformation
Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) Co-Sponsor of CRPD
Foreign LA: Chris Homan ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR http://www.durbin.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK)
Foreign LA: Joel Starr ( email@example.com) OR http://www.inhofe.senate.gov/public/inde...ontactForm
Senator Johnny Isakson (R-GA)
Foreign LA: Chris Sullivan ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR http://www.isakson.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Senator Mike Lee (R-UT)
Foreign LA: Miriam Harmer ( email@example.com) OR http://www.lee.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ)
Foreign LA: Jodi Herman ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR menendez.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
Foreign LA: Victor Cervino ( email@example.com) OR http://www.rubio.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/contact
Senator Jim Risch (R-ID)
Foreign LA: Chris Socha ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR http://www.risch.senate.gov/public/index.cfm?p=Email
Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)
Foreign LA: Chad Kreikmeier ( email@example.com) OR http://www.shaheen.senate.gov/contact/
Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) Co-Sponsor of CRPD
Foreign LA: Matt Padilla ( firstname.lastname@example.org) OR http://www.tomudall.senate.gov/?p=contact
Senator Jim Webb (D-VA)
Foreign LA: Marta Ross ( email@example.com) OR http://www.webb.senate.gov/contact.cfm
Thank you for supporting the rights of people with disabilities around the world!
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