CRPD Final Vote in US Senate Tuesday. Take Action Early and OFTEN.

Posted on 1 December 2012. Filed under: Advocacy, Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (, CRPD (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabili, Disability | Tags: , , , , , |

UPDATE January 15, 2013: Yes, we lost the vote in December. NO, the fight is NOT OVER.  The senate WILL have another vote on the ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in 2013!  Don’t allow the opposition to use their continuing lies to defeat us a second time–make sure your senators know you strongly support their “yes” vote on the CRPD.

Call, email, write, tweet to, or visit the offices of your senators early and OFTEN.  (Senators have short attention spans 🙂 )  Find more info on the US CRPD ratification campaign and what to tell senators; find contact information for your senators at

Individuals can sign a petition in support of the CRPD here.

If you are authorized to sign on to a letter in behalf of your organization can sign on to a letter supporting the CRPD for your organization here.

——————-Original Post from December 1 follows below——————————–

CRPD FINAL VOTE  U.S. Senate, TUESDAY at 12 o’clock EST

EMAIL, FAX, and DROP OFF the new CRPD handout in MASSES.  Get it to the PRESS in your town and state.

Link to CRPD Handout:

Find your Senator’s contact here!

Senate switchboard at (202) 224-3121

Please act quickly and do your part to make this a WIN for the disability community around the world.  Let’s not look back and think of what we should have done but what we DID do!

Time is running out.  This Tuesday, December 4th at 12PM the CRPD with be voted on.

We have all worked years to come to this point.  Over 300 disability and veterans organizations and thousands of disability advocates have weighed in and worked tirelessly to get a vote on the CRPD in the Senate.  But a small and LOUD opposition led by Rick Santorum and the Tea Party is using their misinformation to take the votes that we have all worked so hard to secure. The Senators opposed to our treaty have agreed to a vote without amendments – because they think the disability community will NOT win.

We are DOWN the votes we need but the disability community SHOULD NOT AND DOES NOT GIVE UP!

Can we count on you? Will your Senators be a “YES” vote? We need 67 VOTES to win and this will be a VERY close vote. WE NEED YOUR STATE!

At this point only an ACTION by you in your STATE will get us a positive REACTION in the Senate.  Make your support known in the press, in the media, in your Senator’s offices.  Call, Tweet with #CRPD, sit in, whatever works for you BUT doing nothing will not get us anything.

We need action all weekend and on Monday, the International Day of People with Disabilities.


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One Response to “CRPD Final Vote in US Senate Tuesday. Take Action Early and OFTEN.”

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there are never any public service announcements about this annual event; that’s improper, and the matter should be rectified forthwith; waiting until the 11th hour is counterproductive; our disabled community deserves better!

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