Five Ways to Support the CRPD Ratification Campaign!
UPDATE: Yes, the fight is still on to ratify the CRPD in 2013!
1. Educate yourself about the CRPD!
- The acronym CRPD stands for “Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities”. It is an international treaty defending the human rights of people with disabilities ratified by 127 countries—but not the US. We’re working to fix that!
- Learn the basics via a FAQ on the CRPD and this video (yes, with subtitles). For more intensive learning, find more CRPD resources
- Keep up with the news at USICD’s CRPD updates page Follow @USICD in Twitter and in Facebook
- If you are a college or university student, follow @AdvocatEquality in twitter and visit Students4CRPD.
2. Talk to Senators!
- Sign on to the open letter from individual citizens to US senators!
- Visit http://www.senate.gov to find the website for each of your two senators. The website will have their contact information. Email them, call them, tweet them, or leave messages at their Facebook page! In twitter, use the hashtag #CRPD
- Your message for senators: “I am a person with disabilities–please ratify the CRPD in 2012! This is an important issue for the disability community!” If desired, you can say what your disabilities are. Or say that you know someone with disabilities, or that you are a US veteran, etc. Visit USICD’s website for more sample CRPD messages for senators.
3. Lend your Face!
- Let senators see the many faces of people who support the CRPD! Take a picture of you holding your own homemade sign supporting the CRPD. Individuals, couples, or groups are all welcome! Look at more pictures for ideas.
- You can make your sign with poster board or a blank piece of paper. Use magic markers, or your printer.
- Send the picture to Susie Richard email@example.com at USICD for their growing collection! Ask your friends and relatives to contribute pictures also!
- If you have Twitter, you can tweet pictures to senators with the #CRPD hashtag.
4. Recruit your Friends and Family!
- Educate your friends and family about the CRPD. Ask them to call, email, or tweet their senators–and contribute pictures!
- Follow @USICD in Twitter and re-tweet them often. “Share” the USICD Facebook page with your friends. Link to this post from your blog or website.
- Are you a university student or faculty member? Consider creating a chapter of Students4CRPD on YOUR campus!
5. What Can YOUR Organization Do?
- Your organization can sign on to USICD’s letter of support from organizations for the CRPD. (Check the list to learn what other organizations have signed on.)
- Consider sending your own letter to senators explaining why your organization wants the US to ratify. (Read letters of support from other organizations). Send a PDF copy to Susie Richard so she can post it to USICD’s website.
- Encourage your organization’s constituents to contact senators supporting the CRPD.
- Consider making your own group picture of people who support the CRPD! See examples of pictures here. Send your group picture to firstname.lastname@example.org at USICD!
- Communicate with USICD about these and other ways to help the effort.