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July 30, 2012
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
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
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.
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
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
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!