Minnesota Commission of Deaf, DeadBlind and Hard of Hearing Action Alert on CROD!
November 9, 2012
ACTION ALERT – Ask your U.S. Senators to ratify the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
The CRPD is an international treaty that promotes, protects, and ensures the rights of people with disabilities. This also includes deaf, deafblind, and hard of hearing people. The United States signed the CRPD on July 30, 2009, and now the U.S. Senate has to ratify (approve) the treaty.
Many other countries have already ratified the treaty, so we here in the United States should not be behind!
Both the National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) support the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). You can see the long list of other supporters at http://usicd.org/index.cfm/crpdupdates.
Good news! Both our U.S. Senators in Minnesota, Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken, already support the CRPD. Please thank them for their support!
Please ask everybody you know in the U.S. to contact their Senators and ask them to put the CRPD to a Senate floor vote and make sure that it is ratified.
Sample message to send to your Senators:
I stand with the National Association of the Deaf and the Hearing Loss Association of America, among other organizations and advocates, in my strong support of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. I am contacting you today to urge you to support the ratification of the CRPD. As your constituent, I request that you vote for the ratification of the CRPD when it comes to a vote on the floor of the Senate. Thank you for support of this important treaty that impacts me and others that I know.
How to contact your Senators:
- If you use the phone, call the U.S. Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121 and ask for your Senators by name.
- If you use email, you can find your Senators’ email addresses here.
- If you use Twitter, you can find your Senators’ Twitter handles here. Make sure you put #CRPD in the tweet!