Ask LA's Senators to Support the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities!
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) has been signed by many countries around the world, but not the United States. Last month, when the Advocacy Center hosted a group of human rights advocates from around the world, the U.N. CRPD was a point of discussion. It's embarrassing to acknowledge that, although the U.S. implores other countries to protect the rights of their citizens, it is slow to support U.N. initiatives that do just that.
The bill that will have the U.S. adopt the convention is coming before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. it will be heard on the anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Thursday, July 26th. It will then go before the entire Senate, hopefully before the go on their August break next week.
We need lots of calls to Louisiana's Senators TODAY! Call the Capitol Operator at (202) 224-3121 and ask for either Mary Landrieu or David Vitter. It would be great if you would do this twice and leave a message for each of them.) Tell the staffer that you want the Senator to support the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.