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Landslide Majority of Americans Support the “Disability Treaty”–So What are They Waiting for?

Posted on 9 October 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

What Are They Waiting For?    •	Nearly two-thirds of all Americans support it. •	50 percent of Republicans support it, with only 32% opposed. •	61 percent of Independent voters support it.  •	83 percent of Democrats support it. •	(Source: http://bit.ly/DisabilityPoll2014)   Why Hasn’t the U.S. Senate  Ratified the Disability Treaty?  •	The Disability Treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is an important international agreement among countries to defend the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world. •	More than 150 countries have ratified it—but not the United States.  U.S. Senators have been listening to fringe groups who use misinformation and lies to advance their anti-treaty agenda.   Take Action!  •	Please tell Senators that landslide majority of Americans like YOU support the CRPD.   The Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org will give you phone numbers for your Senators and a suggested script for talking with them. •	Learn the basics about the treaty at http://bit.ly/CRPD1Pager and http://bit.ly/CRPDmyths. •	Find more ideas for taking action at http://bit.ly/ActionCRPD!For people who cannot see the image, I provide the same text below:

What Are They Waiting For?

Text inside circle says "We Support CRPD", text around circle says www.disabilitytreaty.org also on rim of circle are icons for sign interpreter, wheelchair, audio loop, and blind person with cane

  • Nearly two-thirds of all Americans support it.
  • 50 percent of Republicans support it, with only 32% opposed.
  • 61 percent of Independent voters support it.
  • 83 percent of Democrats support it.
  • (Source: http://bit.ly/DisabilityPoll2014)

 Why Hasn’t the U.S. Senate Ratified the Disability Treaty?

  • The Disability Treaty, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), is an important international agreement among countries to defend the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities around the world.
  • More than 150 countries have ratified it—but not the United States. S. Senators have been listening to fringe groups who use misinformation and lies to advance their anti-treaty agenda.

Take Action!

  • Please tell Senators that landslide majority of Americans like YOU support the CRPD.  The Action Center at http://disabilitytreaty.org will give you phone numbers…

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ALERT: Disability Treaty is Moving Again! We Need More of YOUR Phone Calls to Senators

Posted on 18 July 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

Thank you to everyone who called their Senators this month and expressed support for the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)! Based on your incredible show of support, Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Menendez has scheduled a mark-up hearing on July 22nd! (Senators will propose and vote on Amendments for the CRPD, then vote it out of Committee).

We need your help! It is critical! We cannot stop now: The world is watching!

Your Senators need to hear again 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.orgto find yourSenators information and CALL them! They need to see that we want this NOW or we will not succeed.

For examples on contacting your Senator through Twitter follow @Ashettle and @USICD and @AdvocatEquality.

You can make the CRPD Sticker your Facebook profile…

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Join the Thunder for the “Disability Treaty” (#CRPD)!

Posted on 6 June 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Originally posted two days ago at my primary blog site, http://ramblingjustice.wordpress.com. Please go sign up NOW to participate in the June 10 CRPD / Disability Rights Treaty Thunder Clap It at http://thndr.it/1ky8p97!

Rambling Justice

Help bring attention to the “Disability Treaty” (Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, CRPD)!  We need the U.S. to ratify this important international human rights treaty protecting the civil rights of 1 billion people with disabilities worldwide.  Sign up your Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account NOW to join the next “Thunder Clap It” for the CRPD at http://thndr.it/1ky8p97 !

What’s A “Thunder Clap It”?

A “Thunder Clap It” is when 100 or more people sign on their Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr account to all send out the same message at the same time to all their followers.  To participate, you need to sign up in advance.  The next CRPD “Thunder Clap It” will be at 2pm EST on June 10, 2014 (1pm Central Time, 11am Pacific Time).  Sign up BEFORE this time or you will miss the Thunder Clap.

How Do I Sign Up?

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Me, The Bobbsey Twins, and Switched At Birth

Posted on 17 May 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

[Edited to add: After the main text of the blog post below is an ever-growing collection of links to things that other people have said about why diversity in books, TV, and other popular culture matters so very much to people with disabilities, people of color, people who are GLBTIQA, and so forth. In order to make it easier for people to come back and browse only the newest added links, I will note the date of the latest update up here. Then you can scroll down to the bold faced text to find the start of the collection of links. Last expanded on 17 May 2014 at 5:30pm EST, 9:30 Greenwich Mean Time.]

This post was going to be about Switched At Birth.  And, it still is mostly about that, except that it isn’t mentioned until near the end of this post.  Because the more I struggled to write about…

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National Youth/Student Disability Rights Teleconference Call

Posted on 10 April 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

CRPD_Sticker Dear Disability Human Rights Advocates:

Are you ready to be involved with the national movement for international disability rights?  If so, you are invited to join the next national teleconference call for student and youth advocates at U.S. colleges/universities.  This call will be on Wednesday, April 23rd, at 4 pm EST (3 pm Central Time, 1 pm Pacific Time).  CART (live text transcription on line) will be available.

An important international “Disability Treaty” is being used around the world to promote the human rights of people with disabilities.  So far, 143 countries have ratified the “Disability Treaty”, called the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  But the U.S. has not yet joined them.  This has the potential to slow down advances in disability rights in other countries around the world.  We need student and youth volunteers and other campus leaders at U.S. colleges/universities to help…

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Attention Disability Rights Treaty Supporters: Two National Teleconference Calls Tomorrow, January 28th!

Posted on 27 January 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

ear disability rights advocates:

This announcement is a friendly reminder that tomorrow, Tuesday, January 28th, is an important day for people across the country who want the U.S. to ratify the “Disability Treaty”—Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)!  Tomorrow, two separate national teleconference phone calls for CRPD supporters are being offered.  I encourage you to attend both if you are able.  These calls will complement and build upon each other and both may be helpful to you as you consider ways to mobilize YOUR school / campus community in support of CRPD ratification.

  1. The first call is for ALL people in the U.S. who want the U.S. Senate to ratify the Disability Treaty (CRPD)!  This call will be a rallying call to discuss a wider national strategy for calling Senators back to the negotiation table so we can move forward toward ratification.  There will be…

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Apply NOW for Youth in Intl Development & Affairs (YIDA) Internship Program!

Posted on 16 January 2014. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

Third Call for Applicants!

 Youth in International Development & Affairs (YIDA) Internship Program

The summer 2014 Youth in International Development and Affairs (YIDA) internship program is aimed at students and recent graduates with disabilities who aspire to careers in international development or international affairs.  We are open for applications until January 29, 2014.

The YIDA program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks. This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. USICD will cover the cost of fully-accessible housing during the YIDA progam, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC, and provide a limited stipend. It is anticipated that the program will run from May 25 to July 25, 2014. These dates may be subject to change.

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Second Call for Applicants! Youth in International Development and Affairs (YIDA) Internship Program

Posted on 16 December 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

Second Call for Applicants! Youth in International Development and Affairs (YIDA) Internship Program

The summer 2014 Youth in International Development and Affairs (YIDA) internship program is aimed at students and recent graduates with disabilities who aspire to careers in international development or international affairs.  We are open for applications until January 29, 2014.

The YIDA program will bring a group of talented graduate students, recent graduates, and rising college juniors and seniors with disabilities to Washington, DC, for nine weeks. This will include a one-week training and orientation program followed by an eight-week internship at an international organization in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. USICD will cover the cost of fully-accessible housing during the YIDA progam, reimburse travel expenses to and from DC, and provide a limited stipend. It is anticipated that the program will run from May 26 to July 26, 2014. These dates may be subject to change.

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How to Add a Caption File to A Youtube Video

Posted on 5 December 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Students and Youth for the Disability Treaty!

Posted on 2 December 2013. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Rambling Justice

Please join in solidarity with 1 billion people with disabilities around the world! 

Want the U.S. government to support disability rights?   You can help in just two steps!

  1. First, sign the youth and student petition for the “Disability Treaty” at http://bit.ly/Youth4CRPD!  People under age 30 can sign. So can students of all ages.
    This asks U.S. Senators to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The CRPD (“Disability Treaty”) is an agreement among countries.  It protects the human rights of people with disabilities.  So far, 138 countries have ratified it.  But the U.S. is behind.  YOU can help change that!
  2. Second, spread the petition far and wide!  Ask friends and classmates to sign!  (Don’t forget to sign it yourself!)

The CRPD was inspired by U.S. law.  This includes the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  U.S. ratification would allow us to more easily…

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