Bangladesh Disability Organization Congratulates Obama
From across the United States and around the world, both Deaf people and people with disabilities have been reaching out to US President-elect Obama. Both individuals and organizations have sent emails to his team in an attempt to raise the visibility of the challenges that face us and why his administration will need to address them. Read the Call To Action. Then also read this letter below, sent from an organization of people with disabilities in Bangladesh.
Congratulation letter to US President-elect Obama from Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKS) Bangladesh
Dear all in Disability movement, We disabled peoples from Bangladesh send the congratulation letter to Obama as the Elect president of the USA and mentioned thanks for his acknowledgment of the need for unity between all citizens, including the “disabled and not disabled”. Please see the letter that attached herewith. Sattar from Bangladesh
November 4, 2008
Mr. Barack Obama
C/o The Embassy of the United States – Dhaka
Baridhara, Dhaka, 1212
Dear Mr. Obama,
As the Executive Director of Bangladesh Protibandhi Kallyan Somity (BPKSP and President of the National Alliance of Disabled People’s Organisations (NADPO) and on behalf of the membership of Disabled People’s Organizations of Bangladesh, I would like to offer my heartfelt congratulations for your historic success today. You demonstrated enormous determination and integrity throughout the election campaign and I truly wish you every success.
I would also like to thank you for your acknowledgment of the need for unity among all citizens, including the “disabled and not disabled”. This is an important step in the right direction. However, at this crucial juncture, I would also like to take this opportunity to request that you give your very serious consideration to the catastrophic impact of war and conflict on all people, particularly those that are vulnerable, including people with disabilities. I also enjoin you to consider the tragic way in which war creates more people with disabilities, people who will struggle with poverty and face enormous challenges, long after the bombs stop falling.
Finally, I urge you to use your new position as a world leader, for the good of people with disabilities, not just in your great country, the United States of America, but also in those oft “forgotten corners” of the world you referred to in your speech, like Bangladesh, and others, where wars continue to be waged.
With our warmest regards and best wishes from Bangladesh,
Md Abdus Sattar Dulal
Executive Director, BPKS
Thank you to Md Abdus Sattar Dulal for agreeing to allow this letter to be posted on-line.
This letter is one more contribution in a campaign among Deaf people, and people with disabilities and allies around the world to send emails to Obama. These emails are an opportunity to thank him for mentioning people with disabilities in his election night speech. More importantly, they are also an opportunity to remind him of the campaign promises he made to deaf people and people with disabilities. These include a promise to sign the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Read more about the Call To Action, and how YOU can participate, at http://wecando.wordpress.com/2008/11/07/disabilities-email-obama/
Send YOUR emails to the Obama team, addressed to Kareem Dale, Obama’s National Disability Vote Director (at firstname.lastname@example.org), WITH COPIES TO Anne Hayes, a volunteer on the Obama Disability Policy Committee (at email@example.com).
Read another letter to Obama this one from me.