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The Jewish Federations of North America
Action Alert

July 30, 2012

 
Dear Colleagues,

The Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) is a strong supporter of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD), which recently passed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with bipartisan support and will be sent to the Senate floor for consideration and ratification. 

The CPRD is an international treaty that describes the obligations of ratifying countries to promote, protect, fulfill, and ensure the rights of persons with disabilities, thereby ensuring that they can live full, satisfying and productive lives.  Much like the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the CRPD seeks similar achievements throughout the world through international cooperation and sharing of ideas and implementation methods. 

By ratifying the CPRD, the U.S. can continue its global leadership in advancing disability rights. A key to that leadership role is participation in the United Nations (UN) Committee responsible for overseeing and carrying out the CRPD.  Countries that ratify the treaty before September will have the opportunity to be elected to this Committee, so ratifying the CRPD before September is critical. 

To ratify the treaty, 2/3 of the Senate (67 votes) must vote in favor. Therefore, we ask for your assistance with contacting your Senators to urge them to vote in favor of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities when it comes to the Senate floor. 

Action Item

  1. Please visit the following website and select your state from the “Find Your Senators” dropdown menu on the top right to find the names and phone numbers of your senators: http://www.senate.gov

  2. Call your senators and express the following:
  • Senator, the Jewish community and disability advocates in (your state) are thrilled that the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities passed in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week with bipartisan support.
  • Now that the treaty will be coming to the Senate floor, we hope you will continue your ongoing commitment to Americans with disabilities by voting to ratify this treaty.
  • Ratification allows the U.S. to continue its global leadership in advancing disability rights.
  • It also protects U.S. citizens who live, work, travel, and study abroad
  • Finally, it levels the playing field for U.S. corporations by requiring businesses abroad to create policies on accessibility that meet ADA standards and creating demand for accessible goods that American businesses produce.
  • This treaty has bipartisan support in the Senate and is endorsed by President George H. W. Bush, Former Senator Robert Dole, Former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh, and more than 165 disability organizations and 21 veterans’ groups. 
  • I hope you will add your name to this list by voting in favor of ratification.  Thank you so much for supporting this important treaty!

Resources

CRPD legislative status on THOMAS

CRPD FAQs, provided by the U.S. International Council on Disabilities

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact David Feinman, Senior Legislative Associate at david.feinman@jewishfederations.org or 202-736-5887.

Sincerely,

William C. Daroff
Vice President for Public Policy &
Director of the Washington Office

 

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