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Calling All Advocates—Urge the Senate to Ratify International Disability Rights Treaty!

This week, the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations held a hearing to consider, yet again, the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). Advocates will recall that the CRPD's ratification was defeated almost a year ago in the Senate thanks to fierce opposition from anti-UN, anti-internationalist lobbying interests. This latest attempt to obtain Senate ratification is believed to have a better chance, though opponents continue to make outrageous charges about what the CRPD will and will not mean for home schooling and the provision of abortion.

The United States International Council on Disabilities, the lead organization coordinating the national campaign for CRPD ratification, is urging the following:

We Need Your Help for A Call-in Day Tuesday, November 12!

Senators Menendez and Corker and our target senators on the Foreign Relations Committee STILL need to hear from YOU and know that you support the CRPD!

Help keep the process moving forward! Please call on November 12th to show the Foreign Relations Committee that the community is behind this treaty.

Senator Corker at 202-224-3344

Senator Menendez at 202-224-4744

Use our new citizen action portal:

www.disabilitytreaty.org

Forward this message on to your own networks, make your calls on November 12, and let your Senators know that you want the U.S. to ratify the CRPD and lead by example.

For further information, contact:

Mark Richert, Esq.
Director, Public Policy, AFB
(202) 469-6833
MRichert@afb.net

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